ROCK HILL, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell for the first time in Big South Conference play on Thursday afternoon as the Buccaneers dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 53 Winthrop at the Memorial Courts.
Sophie Cloessner and Valeria Koussenkova picked up singles wins for CSU's two points on the afternoon, while Brianna Thopmson and Nicolin Luecke won their doubles match for the Bucs victories on the day.
Charleston Southern falls to 9-3 overall, 4-1 in Big South Conference play with the loss, while Winthrop improves to 14-3, 6-1 in conference play with the win.
Winthrop's Alice Garcia and Tijana Uzelac took the first doubles win of the afternoon with the 6-1 win on court no. 3 over CSU's Annika Wagner and Kimberley Koerner. The Eagles took their second win and secured the doubles point on court no. 2 as Caitlin Cridland and Megan Kaufmann topped Clossner and Koussenkova, 6-3.
CSU's Luecke and Thompson took the final doubles match with the tough 7-6 (7-4) win over Mariana Humberg and Lauren Proctor on court no. 1.
In singles action, Proctor gave Winthrop the 3-0 lead with the 6-1, 6-2 win over Luecke on court no. 1. Monica Aguado took the Eagles fourth point with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Koerner on court no. 5. Humberg added a Winthrop win on court no. 3 with the 6-3, 6-4 victory over Thompson.
Koussenkova put the Bucs on the board on court no. 6 with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Kaufmann.
Cridland topped CSU's Gabriela Srodowski on court no. 4, 7-5, 6-2, for Winthrop's final point of the match.
The Bucs took the final point overall as Cloessner rallied back after dropping the first set against Garcia on court no. 2. After falling 7-6 in the first set, Cloessner took the second frame 7-5 to even the match at 1-1. Cloessner took the third set tiebreaker to close out the afternoon.
Charleston Southern is back in action next week as the Buccaneers host Coastal Carolina in a midweek Big South Conference match at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
#53 Winthrop 5, Charleston Southern 2
Mar 24, 2016 at Rock Hill, SC (Memorial Courts)
1. PROCTOR, Lauren (WUW) def. LUECKE, Nicolin (CSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. CLOESSNER, Sophie (CSU) def. GARCIA, Alice (WUW) 6-7, 7-5 (1-0), 1-0
3. HUMBERG, Mariana (WUW) def. THOMPSON, Brianna (CSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. CRIDLAND, Caitlin (WUW) def. SRODOWSKI, Gabriela (CSU) 7-5, 6-2
5. AGUADO, Monica (WUW) def. KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU) 6-0, 6-4
6. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU) def. KAUFMANN, Megan (WUW) 7-6, 6-1
1. LUECKE, Nicolin/THOMPSON, Brianna (CSU) def. PROCTOR, Lauren/HUMBERG, Mariana (WUW) 7-6 (7-4)
2. CRIDLAND, Caitlin/KAUFMANN, Megan (WUW) def. CLOESSNER, Sophie/KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU) 6-3
3. GARCIA, Alice/UZELAC, Tijana (WUW) def. WAGNER, Annika/KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU) 6-1
Charleston Southern 9-3, 4-1 BSC
Winthrop 14-3, 6-1 BSC; National ranking #53