CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell to visiting UMass, 5-2, on Friday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.
Brianna Thompson and Valeria Koussenkova both won singles matches for both CSU points on the afternoon. However, UMass won the remaining four matches in the third set to hand the Bucs their second loss of the season.
UMass won all three doubles matches to take the first point of the day. Carol Benito and Ana Yrazusta topped CSU's Nicolin Luecke and Koussenkova, 6-1, on court no.1. Ruth Crawford and Anna Woosley from UMass defeated CSU's Brianna Thompson and Kimberley Koerner on court no. 2, 6-4. UMass received the third doubles win from Arielle Griffin and Laura Moreno defeating CSU's Sophie Cloessner and Annika Wagner on court no. 3, 7-6.
Thompson gave the Bucs their first point of the match with her 6-2, 6-0, win over Woosley on court no. 3. Koussenkova also won in straight sets, topping Benito, 6-0, 6-4, on court no. 5 to give the Bucs the 2-1 lead.
The remaining four matches went three sets, with UMass taking the win on all four courts.
Luecke won the first set against Crawford, 6-2. However, Crawford rallied in the final two sets to take the 6-2, 6-4 win to even the match at 2-2.
Griffin topped Koerner on court no. 4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-0, to put UMass ahead, 3-2. Yrazusta clinched the match for the Minutemen with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 win in a hard-fought match over CSU's Cloessner on court no. 2.
Brittany Collens closed out the match on court no. 6 with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over CSU's Chanel Bell.
The Bucs will be back in action at Campbell University at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
UMass 5, Charleston Southern 2
Mar 18, 2016 at Charleston, S.C. (Buccaneer Tennis Complex)
1. CRAWFORD, Ruth (UMASS) def. LUECKE, Nicolin (CSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. YRAZUSTA, Ana (UMASS) def. CLOESSNER, Sophie (CSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
3. THOMPSON, Brianna (CSU) def. WOOSLEY, Anna (UMASS) 6-2, 6-0
4. GRIFFIN, Arielle (UMASS) def. KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU) 6-4, 6-7, 6-0
5. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU) def. BENITO, Carol (UMASS) 6-0, 6-4
6. COLLENS, Brittany (UMASS) def. BELL, Chanel (CSU) 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
1. YRAZUSTA, Ana/BENITO, Carol (UMASS) def. LUECKE, Nicolin/KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU) 6-1
2. CRAWFORD, Ruth/WOOSLEY, Anna (UMASS) def. THOMPSON, Brianna/KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU) 6-4
3. GRIFFIN, Arielle/MORENO, Laura (UMASS) def. CLOESSNER, Sophie/WAGNER, Annika (CSU) 7-6
Charleston Southern 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,5,1,4,2,6)