CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern recorded its first sweep of the 2017 season as the Buccaneers topped visiting South Carolina State on Sunday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex, 7-0.
The Bucs took the doubles point early and won five of the six singles matches in straight sets on their way to improving to 2-1 on the season. Yana Morar closed out the match with a three-set win over S.C. State's (0-3) Marketa Marcanikova to complete the sweep.
CSU took the doubles matches on courts 1 and 3 to open play on Sunday afternoon. Kimberley Koerner and Femcke van Rensburg topped the S.C. State duo of Mihajlovic and Petreanu on court no. 3, 6-1. Nicolin Luecke and Sophie Cloessner took the point on court no. 1 to give CSU the 1-0 lead with the 6-2 win over Intissar Rassif and Oleksandra Filippova.
The doubles win carried the momentum over into singles play as Luecke topped Filippova on court no. 2, 6-1, 6-1, to give CSU the 2-0 lead. Koerner finished shortly after on court no. 4 with a 7-5, 6-0 win. Koussenkova sealed the CSU victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court no. 3 over Vasic.
Van Rensburg topped Petreanu on court no. 6, 7-5, 6-2, to keep the CSU winning streak going. Cloessner topped Rassif, 7-5, 6-1, on court no. 1 to give the Bucs the 6-0 lead.
Morar completed the Buccaneers' sweep after rallying back from a 7-5 loss in the first set on court no. 5 against Marcanikova. The Chernivtsi, Ukraine native rallied back with a 6-2 win in the second set and finished the match with a 10-6 win in the third set tiebreaker to take the win.
CSU is back in action on Thursday, February 16, as the Buccaneers travel to Savannah State for a midweek matchup. First serve between the Bucs and the Tigers at the Tiger Tennis Courts is set for 2 p.m.
Charleston So. 7, S.C. State 0
Feb 12, 2017 at Charleston, S.C. (Buccaneer Tennis Complex)
1. Sophie Cloessner (CSU) def. RASSIF, Intissar (SCST) 7-5, 6-1
2. Nicolin Luecke (CSU) def. FILIPPOVA, Oleksandr (SCST) 6-1, 6-1
3. Valeria Koussenkova (CSU) def. VASIC, Andjela (SCST) 6-2, 6-4
4. Kimberley Koerner (CSU) def. MIHAJLOVIC (SCST) 7-5, 6-0
5. Yana Morar (CSU) def. MARCANIKOVA, Marketa (SCST) 5-7, 6-2, 10-6
6. Femcke van Rensburg (CSU) def. PETREANU (SCST) 7-5, 6-2
1. Nicolin Luecke/Sophie Cloessner (CSU) def. RASSIF, Intissar/FILIPPOVA, Oleksandr (SCST) 6-2
2. Valeria Koussenkova/Yana Morar (CSU) vs. VASIC, Andjela/MARCANIKOVA, Marketa (SCST) 5-4,
3. Kimberley Koerner/Femcke van Rensburg (CSU) def. MIHAJLOVIC/PETREANU (SCST) 6-1
S.C. State 0-3
Charleston So. 2-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,3,6,1,5)