MACON, Ga. - Charleston Southern ran its winning streak to 14 matches in a row as the Buccaneers completed the quick turnaround on Sunday morning with a 4-3 win over host Mercer at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center.
Less than 24 hours after topping Winthrop in a hard-fought match at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon in Charleston, the Bucs were back on the court for a 10 a.m. first serve in Macon, Ga. against the host Bears. CSU (14-1) overcame losing the doubles point with singles wins on courts 2, 3, 4, and 6, to take their 14th consecutive match and their third straight 4-3 decision.
Similar to Saturday afternoon, Sophie Cloessner was again the difference-maker on court no. 2 with the junior bouncing back after dropping the first set to rally and take the second and third frames to clinch the CSU win.
Mercer's Katie Sidor took the opening set against Cloessner, 6-3, before the CSU athlete took over the match. Cloessner took the second set, 6-1, and then put the third set away early in closing out the 6-1 victory.
Kristen Farmer kept the match alive for the Bucs on court no. 6 with a straight set win in her second action in a week with the Bucs. Farmer topped Andrea Peteu, 6-3, 6-3, to even the score at 3-3 to turn all attention to court no. 2.
Mercer's Haley Powell opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court no. 5 over CSU's Yana Morar to give the Bears the early 2-0 lead. Valeria Koussenkova put the Bucs on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Marie Mottet on court no. 4.
Kimberley Koerner bounced back from her first singles loss of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court no. 3 over Mercer's Grace Korta to even the score at 2-2.
Mercer's Katia Stavroulaki topped CSU's Nicolin Luecke on court no. 1, 6-4, 6-4, to put the Bears within match point, the Bucs' late rally sealed the win for CSU.
Mercer took the opening point of the match with doubles wins on courts 1 and 2. Stavroulaki and Korta topped CSU's duo of Luecke and Cloessner, 6-4, on court no. 1. Sidor and Powell gave the Bears their second doubles match with a 7-5 win on court no. 2 over Mi'Kola Cooper and Koussenkova.
CSU's Morar and Koerner took the opening win on court no. 4, 7-5, over Mercer's Christie Cesarini and Mottet.
Charleston Southern remains on the road this week as the Buccaneers travel to Coastal Carolina on Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup against the Chanticleers. First serve in Conway is set for 1 p.m.