GREENVILLE, S.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to keep pace against a tough Louisville team on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell to the Cardinals at the Mickel Tennis Center, 7-0.
The Buccaneers (0-3) picked up the win on doubles court no. 3 as Filippa Ericson and Kimberley Koerner topped Wong/Chaika for their lone victory of the day. Tiffany Pyritz was also involved in her second consecutive third set tiebreaker to highlight the Bucs on the day.
Louisville (6-0) stretched its winning streak in the neutral site match held on the indoor courts at Furman University. The Cardinals took the doubles point thanks to wins on courts 1 and 2. Raven Neely and Sena Suswam topped CSU's Madalina Man and Tiffany Pyritz, 6-2, on court no. 1, while Michelle Schmitz/Liz Williams fell to Louisville's Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin, 6-2, on court no. 2.
CSU took their lone match on doubles court no. 3 as Ericson/Koerner topped Diana Wong and Dina Chaika, 6-3.
Suswam put the Cardinals ahead, 2-0, with a 6-1, 6-0 win in a tough match over Ericson on court no. 2. CSU was unable to keep pace on court no. 1 as Man fell to Aleksandra Mally, 6-1, 6-1, to put the Bucs in the three-point hole.
The Bucs were unable to make a dent in the lead the rest of the way as CSU dropped the final four singles decisions.
Koerner was unable to hold off a surging Neely on court no. 3, 7-6, 6-4, in falling on court no. 3. Liz Williams dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Hamlin on court no. 5.
The final two matches went into the third set. Schmitz and Jovic went the full frame on court no. 4 after Schmitz took the first frame, 7-6 (3). Jovic rallied back to take the second set, 6-0. With the overall match still in doubt, Jovic and Schmitz went to the full third set with the Louisville athlete taking the 6-1 win.
Pyritz and Wong also went into the third set after splitting the first two frames. Pyritz took the opener, 6-2, while Wong rallied back with the 6-0 win in the second set. In the tiebreaker, Pyritz was unable to keep pace in falling, 10-5.
News & Notes
- Pyritz was in her second consecutive three-set match taking her opponents from both Furman and Louisville to the wire.
- The doubles win by Ericson/Koerner was their first of the 2019 season.
- The loss to Louisville put the Bucs at 0-2 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents on the season.
CSU continues its season-opening road trip on Friday, February 15, as the Buccaneers travel to Charlotte for a non-conference matchup. First serve between the Bucs and the 49ers is set for 2 p.m.