CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern made sure Senior Day for Sophie Cloessner and Valeria Koussenkova was one to remember as the Buccaneers closed out the 2018 regular season with a 5-2 win over DePaul on Friday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.
Aided by a trio of forfeits by the Blue Demons, the Bucs (11-7) took the doubles point and singles wins on courts 1 and 4 on their way to topping the Big East opponent.
DePaul (6-9) had four players in its lineup on Friday and surrendered the win on doubles court no. 3. The Blue Demons took the 6-2 win on court no. 1 as Alina Kuzmenkova and Marija Jovicic topped CSU's Cloessner and Madalina Man.
The Bucs secured forfeit wins on courts 5 and 6 to take the 3-0 lead heading into the remainder of singles play.
Kimberley Koerner was first off the courts for the Bucs with the junior securing CSU's win with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tesic on court no. 4.
Jovicic put the first point of the match in DePaul's favor with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Koussenkova on court no. 2.
Cloessner secured CSU's fifth point of the day on court no. 1 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Avgeri.
Kuzmenkova closed out the competition on court no. 3 as Ericson was unable to complete her comeback attempt. Ericson dropped the first set, 6-2, before rallying back to even the match with a 7-6 win in the second frame. However, Kuzmenkova took the tiebreaker, 10-5, to secure DePaul's second point of the match.
Charleston Southern 5, DePaul 2
Apr 13, 2018 at Charleston, S.C. (Buccaneer Tennis Complex)
1. CLOESSNER, Sophie (CSU-W) def. AVGERI, Aspasia (DEPAUL) 6-0, 6-4
2. JOVICIC, Marija (DEPAUL) def. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU-W) 6-4, 6-1
3. KUZMENKOVA, Alina (DEPAUL) def. ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) 6-2, 6-7, 10-5
4. KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) def. TESIC, Milica (DEPAUL) 6-2, 6-0
5. SCHMITZ, Michelle (CSU-W) def. No player (DEPAUL), by forfeit
6. MORAR, Yana (CSU-W) def. No player (DEPAUL), by forfeit
1. KUZMENKOVA, Alina/JOVICIC, Marija (DEPAUL) def. CLOESSNER, Sophie/MAN, Madalina (CSU-W) 6-2
2. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria/ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) def. AVGERI, Aspasia/TESIC, Milica (DEPAUL) 6-4
3. KOERNER, Kimberley/MORAR, Yana (CSU-W) def. No player/No player (DEPAUL), by forfeit
Charleston Southern 11-7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,4,2,1,3)
News & Notes
- CSU's win over DePaul marked the Bucs first win over a Big East opponent in head coach Mike Baker's tenure with the Buccaneers.
- The Bucs closed out the season with a 7-1 mark at home in 2018. CSU is 16-1 at home over the last two seasons.
- Senior Sophie Cloessner closed out the regular season with an 11-4 overall record and won her final three matches heading into the conference tournament
The Bucs will take part of next week's Big South Women's Tennis Championships hosted at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C. CSU is projected to take on No. 5 Presbyterian on Thursday afternoon at noon.