ATLANTA, Ga. - Charleston Southern overcame Division III power Emory on the road on Friday afternoon as the Buccaneers topped the Eagles at Wood PEC, 5-4.
The Bucs (10-5) topped the Eagles (6-3) after falling in two of the three doubles matches as CSU took singles wins on courts 1, 2, 4, and 6 to defeat Emory. Emory, the no. 1 ranked team in Division III and the two-time reigning Indoor National Champion, took two of the three doubles matches and singles wins on courts 3 and 5 in the loss.
Katie Chang and Daniela Lopez opened play with an 8-3 win on doubles court no. 3 over the CSU duo of Michelle Schmitz and Kimberley Koerner. CSU secured its lone doubles point on court no. 2 with Filippa Ericson and Valeria Koussenkova topping Anna Fuhr and Stephanie Taylor, 8-6.
Emory's Bridget Harding and Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico held off CSU's Sophie Cloessner and Madalina Man on court no. 1 in a highly contested match. The Eagles took the 9-8 (7-3) win in the tiebreaker to hold the 2-1 lead after doubles play.
Man tied the match up on court no. 4 to open singles play as the Bucs evened the score following her 6-1, 6-4 win over Taylor.
Emma Perelman swung the advantage back to the Eagles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Koerner on court no. 5. Schmitz evened the match again with a 6-4, 7-5 win on court no. 6 against Chang to put the match tied up at 3-3 with the top three courts still in play.
Koussenkova put the Bucs in the lead for the first time on the afternoon with a tough three-set win over Harding on court no. 2. Koussenkova took the opening set, 6-4, before Harding responded with a 6-4 win in the second frame. Koussenkova took the match with the 6-3 victory in frame three to give CSU the 4-3 lead.
Lopez tied the match back up again with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ericson on court no. 3 to send everyone over to court no. 1 with the match even at 4-4.
Cloessner rallied back against Gonzalez-Rico to clinch the match for CSU. After falling, 6-2, in the first set, Cloessner rebounded with a 7-5, 6-2 win over the final two sets to secure the Bucs' 10th win of the season.
News & Notes
- Charleston Southern picked up its fourth win in as many seasons over the NCAA Division III power with the 5-4 win.
- Friday's match was played under NCAA Division III rules with the teams competing in the best-of-nine format with each doubles match counting for a point.
- CSU's 10th win marked the seventh consecutive season the Bucs have recorded double-digit wins and ninth time in Head Coach Mike Baker's tenure.
Charleston Southern continues its three-match road trip next week as the Bucs close out the Big South regular season at Winthrop on Saturday, April 7. First serve between CSU and the Eagles is set for 10 a.m.