MACON, Ga. - Charleston Southern wrapped up the three-day Mercer Gridiron Classic on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers closed out the weekend event.
Highlighting CSU's efforts on the weekend include Yana Morar's championship in the Flight B singles consolation bracket, as well as numerous appearances in the brackets' semifinals matches.
Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu was pleased with her team's efforts over the weekend and looks forward to building on the success CSU posted over the three-day event at the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center.
"I am very happy with our progress from our first tournament to this one in terms of ability to compete, solve problems out there, and improving our mental toughness," Dumitrescu said. "The girls are learning a lot with every match and they are starting to see some of the hard work they have been putting in on and off the court pay off."
She continued, "Each match, each tournament, each practice is an opportunity to get better. If we stay focused on getting a little better each day, only good things will happen.
Filippa Ericson and Madalina Man continued their strong doubles play over the final two days of the Mercer Gridiron Classic. Ericson and Man topped Georgia Southern's Elizabeth Goines and Hannah Daniel in the Flight A consolation bracket, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals. The CSU duo followed up with a 6-2 win over Middle Georgia State's Maike Naegele and Franziska Nobis to advance to the championship match. However, the Bucs were unable to ride the momentum in falling to Magda Stepnik and Lorena Rionda, 6-2, in the consolation championship.
The doubles duo of Nevena Georgieva and Tiffany Pyritz fell in their quarterfinals match in the Flight A doubles bracket. CSU's tandem dropped a 6-4 decision to East Tennessee State's Raquel Amaro and Laylo Bakhodirova.
Michelle Schmitz and Liz Williams fell in the women's doubles Flight A consolation quarterfinal round to Magda Stepnik and Lorena Rionda. The duo dropped the 6-2 decision to end their competition for the weekend.
Filippa Ericson's singles play came to a close in the Flight A quarterfinals. The senior athlete dropped a 6-3, 7-5, decision to Matea Mihaljevic.
Nevena Georgieva made her way to the Flight A singles consolation bracket championship after posting straight-set wins in the quarter and semifinals. Georgieva topped Malin Buechner, 6-0, 6-4, in the quarterfinal match. She followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Yi Chi Ma in the semifinals. Her string of luck came short in the championship with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Raquel Amaro.
Tyler Kirk's singles action ended in the Flight C quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Maeva Roquebert.
Madalina Man was victorious in her lone singles match over the final two days of the event. The CSU sophomore topped Selin Devrimci in the third set tiebreaker to secure the 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (7) win.
Yana Morar swept her final three matches on her way to winning the singles Flight B consolation bracket. The senior topped Emory Ann Phillips in the quarterfinal match, 6-1, 6-1. She followed up with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Franziska Nobis in the semifinals. Her championship match went into the tiebreaker with the CSU athlete proving victorious with the 3-6, 7-6 (2), 1-0 (10) win over Brenna Reilly.
Tiffany Pyritz's singles play came to an end in the Flight B quarterfinal round. The CSU freshman fell to Chunxi Guo, 6-4, 6-1 in the loss.
Michelle Schmitz won her final singles match of the weekend in the Flight A extra consolation drew. The CSU sophomore topped Juliana Castellanos in a three-set tiebreaker, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (8) to finish the weekend on a high note.
Femcke van Rensburg topped Elin Hellberg in the Flight B consolation 2 in a three-set tiebreaker to close out the weekend with the 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (2) victory.
Grace Waldron kept her weekend hopes alive with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Laura Cocoma in the Flight C consolation quarterfinal round. The CSU sophomore dropped a tough 6-4, 7-6 (2) match to Christie Cesarini in the semifinals.
Liz Williams topped Christina Moll in the Flight B consolation quarterfinal match with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. She wrapped up her weekend with a 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (9) loss in the semifinals to Brenna Reilly.
CSU continues the fall schedule on October 17-20 at the ITA Carolina Fall Regional hosted by the University of North Carolina.