CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern ran its winning streak to 12 matches in a row on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers held off a strong challenge from NCAA Division III No. 1 Emory at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex, 4-3.
Kimberley Koerner held off a late rally on court no. 3 to clinch the Buccaneers' (12-1) win, while Kristen Farmer and Sophie Cloessner added singles wins to lead CSU past Emory (6-4) for the third time in as many seasons.
Koerner fought through the match of the day as the CSU sophomore improved to 13-0 on the season in singles play with her win on court no. 3 over Emory's Daniela Lopez. Koerner took the first set in the tiebreaker, 7-6. Lopez fought back to take the 7-5 win and send the match into the decisive third set.
With both teams gathered around the court, Koerner fought back after dropping the first game to finish up the third set, 6-2, and seal the CSU win.
Farmer gave the Bucs the chance to seal the match with the junior picking up her first singles win of the season on court no. 6. Farmer topped Emory's Paula Castro in the first set, 6-4, but dropped the second frame, 3-6, to head into the third set. Farmer rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to take the final five games and secure CSU's third point of the match.
Cloessner put the Bucs on the board in singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 straight sets win over Satterfield on court no. 2. The junior improved to 11-2 in singles competition on the season with the win and gave CSU the early 2-0 lead.
The Bucs opened the match taking two of the three points in doubles play. Yana Morar and Koerner opened the match on court no. 3 with a 6-2 win over Emory's Michelle DeMeo and Castro. Cloessner and Nicolin Luecke finished shortly after with a 6-2 win on court no. 1 over Bridget Harding and Katarina Su. The Eagles took the final match on court no. 2, 6-3, as Satterfield and Lopez topped Mi'Kola Cooper and Valeria Koussenkova.
The Eagles took their first point of the match on singles court no. 4 as Su topped Koussenkova, 6-4, 6-4. Harding provided Emory's second point with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win on court no. 1, while Goodman topped Morar on court no. 5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
The Buccaneers continue the 2017 Big South schedule this week as CSU welcomes Winthrop to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon. First serve is set for 2 p.m.