CHARLESTON, S.C. – A third set on court one decided the match, but it was Delaware who prevailed 4-3 over Charleston Southern on Thursday afternoon.
The Buccaneers (8-8, 5-3) won 6-2 on doubles courts one and three over the Blue Hens (9-9). Madalina Man and Tiffany Pyritz won their third doubles match in a row on the top court while Filippa Ericson and Kimberley Koerner won their 10th doubles match of the season with a win on court three. Yana Morar and Femcke Van Rensburg were leading 5-3 when the Bucs clinched the doubles point.
The Blue Hens took the lead with three straight victories on singles courts six, three, and four to put them just one win away from clinching the match. Liz Williams dispatched her opponent on court two 6-4, 6-4 and Michelle Schmitz won 7-5, 6-3 on court five to even the score.
With the match coming down to the wire, Madalina Man fought hard on court one. After dropping the first set 6-4, she came back to win the second set 7-6 in a 7-3 tiebreaker. Delaware's Viva Laas prevailed in the final set with a 6-2 win.
Delaware 4, Charleston So. 3
1. Viva Laas (DELAWARE) def. MAN, Madalina (CSU-W) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
2. WILLIAMS, Liz (CSU-W) def. Caragh Courtney (DELAWARE) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sarah Hall (DELAWARE) def. ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) 6-4, 6-3
4. Emily Gotkiewicz (DELAWARE) def. KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) 7-5, 6-4
5. SCHMITZ, Michelle (CSU-W) def. Sarah Whited (DELAWARE) 7-5, 6-3
6. Tayo Adetunji (DELAWARE) def. PYRITZ, Tiffany (CSU-W) 6-1, 6-2
1. MAN, Madalina/PYRITZ, Tiffany (CSU-W) def. Annie Jaskulski/Tayo Adetunji (DELAWARE) 6-2
2. MORAR, Yana/VAN RENSBURG, Femcke (CSU-W) vs. Caragh Courtney/Emily Gotkiewicz (DELAWARE) 5-3, unfinished
3. ERICSON, Filippa/KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) def. Sarah Hall/Sarah Whited (DELAWARE) 6-2
Match Notes: Delaware 9-9 Charleston So. 8-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,4,2,5,1)
"I thought we did a good job in doubles staying positive and playing smart! In singles delaware did a great job starting strong and we needed to be tougher point to point! We have to learn that it is not perfect tennis that wins matches, rather being a perfect competitor point after point. I hope we can learn from today and use the opportunities we have left to raise our ability to compete and willingness to get dirty out there!"
News & Notes
- Williams won her fourth match in a row and now has wins at five of the six singles positions.
- Ericson/Koerner have 10 doubles wins. They are one of four doubles teams in the Big South with double-digit wins.
- Michelle Schmitz has won three matches in a row.
The Buccaneers will host Tulane on Sunday for a 1pm match at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex. The senior day ceremony will precede first serve.