ROCK HILL, S.C. - Michelle Schmitz picked up Charleston Southern's lone point of the day on court no. 4 as the Buccaneers fell on the road to Winthrop, 6-1, on Monday afternoon at the Rock Hill Tennis Center.
Schmitz topped Tayla Van Eck on court no. 4 in singles action for CSU's (10-7, 5-3) lone win of the afternoon as the freshman rallied back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to win the second frame, 6-4. She completed the comeback in a tightly contested tiebreaker set, winning 14-12 to take the match.
Winthrop (15-4, 8-0) remained undefeated in conference play as the Eagles swept the doubles point and took five of the six singles matches to pick up their eighth Big South win in 2018.
The no. 50 ranked doubles tandem of Lauren Proctor and Megan Kauffman opened up doubles play with a 6-1 win over the CSU duo of Sophie Cloessner and Madalina Man on court no. 1. Aida Kelic and Ellie Burns secured the doubles point for WU with a 6-1 win on court no. 3 over Yana Morar and Kimberley Koerner.
Kelic put Winthrop up 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Morar on court no. 5. Soloveva followed shortly afterward with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Ericson on court no. 2 to put the edge, 3-0, in favor of Winthrop. Burns secured the match win with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tyler Kirk on court no. 6.
No. 27 Proctor topped Koussenkova in a tough match on court no. 1. Koussenkova fought the nationally-ranked singles opponent to a 7-6 (7-0) first set before falling 6-3 in the second frame. Kauffman topped Koerner in another tough match, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
Schmitz's win over Van Eck closed out the competition.
Winthrop 6, Charleston Southern 1
Apr 09, 2018 at Rock Hill, S.C. (Rock Hill Tennis Center)
1. #27 PROCTOR, Lauren (WIN) def. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU-W) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
2. SOLOVEVA, Alisa (WIN) def. ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) 6-0, 6-4
3. KAUFFMAN, Megan (WIN) def. KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
4. SCHMITZ, Michelle (CSU-W) def. VAN ECK, Tayla (WIN) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (14-12)
5. KELIC, Aida (WIN) def. MORAR, Yana (CSU-W) 6-4, 6-0
6. BURNS, Ellie (WIN) def. KIRK, Tyler (CSU-W) 6-2, 6-4
1. #50 PROCTOR, Lauren/KAUFFMAN, Megan (WIN) def. CLOESSNER, Sophie/MAN, Madalina (CSU-W) 6-1
2. SOLOVEVA, Alisa/VAN ECK, Tayla (WIN) def. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria/ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) 6-3
3. KELIC, Aida/BURNS, Ellie (WIN) def. MORAR, Yana/KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) 6-1
Charleston Southern 10-7, 5-3 Big South
Winthrop 15-4, 8-0 Big South
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6,1,3,4)
News & Notes
- Charleston Southern finishes the Big South regular season 5-3 overall in conference play. The Bucs will likely be seeded fourth in the Big South Women's Tennis Championships starting on April 18 in Rock Hill, S.C.
- The Bucs loss in Rock Hill continued a trend in the series with the Eagles as the home team has been victorious in the match in each of the last four seasons. CSU last won in Rock Hill on March 31, 2014.
Charleston Southern returns home to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon for Senior Day as CSU hosts DePaul. First serve in the match against the Blue Demons is set for 2 p.m. with live stats available on CSUSports.com.