The cougars were able to walk away from a successful weekend with six out of a possible ten wins to their name.
The Frightful Halloween Challenge was a boon to the women’s tennis as they’ve struggled to overcome a spattering of illnesses and injuries as well as trying to introduce a number of new players to the team.
Freshman Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) was able to prove her worth by not only downing her ETSU competitor 6-4, 6-1, but also by working with Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C) to win 9-8 over the double from UK. Freshman Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) was out to make her name known as well, successfully winning her singles 6-4,6-3, and then teaming up with Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) to down the UK doubles 8-4. For their wins’, the women were awarded the fifth and fourth singles flight championship respectively as well as doubles flight three championship for Newman and Maddox.
Though the freshmen made standout performances, the veterans of the team certainly weren’t slacking off. Jamie Harrell (Charleston, S.C.) and Irene Viana (Paris, France) downed their competition to win 8-6 in the doubles and the doubles flight one championship.
And though they did not pick up a championship wins, CofC player Carolina Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) was able to get her singles win with back to back 6-3 sets against ETSU and Grace Baker (Charlotte, N.C.) was able to come back from a first set of 3-6 to win with two 7-3 sets.
CofC Director of Tennis and Head Coach Angelo Anastopoulo said of the tournament play, “I can see a vast improvement in our team over the last six weeks when we last played in the CofC Invitational in mid-September…. We look forward to the spring season and our opening two matches against Top 10 teams, Clemson and Duke.”
This tournament effectively closes the fall season of women’s tennis. They will open spring away at Clemson on Jan 22.
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