WILMINGTON, N.C. - Kimberley Koerner and Yana Morar picked up singles wins for Charleston Southern in the Buccaneers' season opener at UNC Wilmington on Thursday afternoon. The Seahawks took the overall match, 5-2, at the UNCW Tennis Courts.
Koerner put the Bucs (0-1) on the board with a straight-set win on court no. 4 to open singles play. The sophomore from Wedel, Germany topped UNCW's Xandra Fougner 6-4, 6-1 to give the Bucs their first point of the match.
Morar, in her first action at CSU, recorded a five-set win on court no. 5 to close out the afternoon's match. The Chernivtsi, Ukraine native fell in the first set to UNCW's Laura Gomez, 6-4, but rallied back in sets 2 and 3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to take her first win as a Buccaneer.
Charleston Southern continues the 2017 season at home this weekend as the Buccaneers welcome Wofford to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon. First serve in doubles play is set for 1 p.m.
The Seahawks (1-1) picked up their first win of the season and started off strong with a doubles sweep to open the match. UNCW's Sabrina Barisano and Madara Starume topped Mi'Kola Copper and Morar on court no. 2, 6-2. Annika Sillanpaa and Alix Theodossiou topped CSU's Sophie Cloessner and Nicolin Luecke, 6-4, on court no. 1. The Seahawks completed the sweep on court no. 3 with Celeste Matute and Gomez topping Koerner and Femcke van Rensburg, 7-6 (8-6).
Koerner evened the match with her straight sets win on court no. 4 before UNCW took control of the set with wins on courts 3, 6, 1 and 2 to clinch the match. Sillanpaa topped Cooper in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, while Barisano topped van Rensburg, 6-2, 6-3 on court no. 6. Straume defeated Cloessner on court no. 1, 6-4, 6-4, while Theodossiou topped Luecke on court no. 2, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
Morar closed out the match with the three-set win on court no. 5.
UNCW 5, Charleston So. 2
Feb 09, 2017 at Wilmington, N.C. (UNCW Tennis Courts)
1. Madara Straume (UNCW) def. Sophie Cloessner (CSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Nicolin Luecke (CSU) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
3. Annika Sillanpaa (UNCW) def. Mi'Kola Cooper (CSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Kimberley Koerner (CSU) def. Xandra Fougner (UNCW) 6-4, 6-1
5. Yana Morar (CSU) def. Laura Gomez (UNCW) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) def. Femcke van Rensburg (CSU) 6-2, 6-3
1. Annika Sillanpaa/Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Sophie Cloessner/Nicolin Luecke (CSU) 6-4
2. Sabrina Barisano/Madara Straume (UNCW) def. Mi'Kola Cooper/Yana Morar (CSU) 6-2
3. Celeste Matute/Laura Gomez (UNCW) def. Kimberley Koerner/Femcke van Rensburg (CSU) 7-6 (8-6)
Charleston So. (0-1)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,6,1,2,5)