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Cougars Make it Six Straight with Win over LU
After suffering a 7-0 setback to No. 11 Clemson to open the spring season, the College of Charleston has reeled off six-straight victories to raise its record to 6-1 and a No. 65 national ranking. The one-point loss drops Liberty's mark to 4-6 on the season.
A pair of 8-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles helped secure the doubles point for the home squad, as Laura Borza and Anna Lee Evans knocked off Hannah Fick and Lais Souza at No. 2 doubles and Caroline Newman and Amanda Schwarz downed Valeriya Klintsevich and Jordan Jenkins at No. 3 doubles by four games.
The No. 1 doubles matchup went a bit longer, but Holly Dowse and Kinsey Casey were able to outlast Liberty's lead doubles tandem of Stephanie Brown and Nadia Solomon-Burgess, 8-6, to complete the doubles sweep for the Cougars.
Nina Burgoon gave the College of Charleston its next team point, with a 6-4, 6-0 straight sets win over Klintsevich at No. 6 singles, followed by a Borza 6-1, 6-2 win over Brown at No. 2 singles to push the Cougars' match lead to three points, 3-0.
With their backs to the wall, the Lady Flames came storming back, winning the next three singles matches to knot the overall contest at 3-3.
Jenkins began the three-point Liberty barrage with a 6-4, 6-2 straight sets win over Dowse at No. 1 singles, followed directly by a 6-4, 6-2 win by Fick over Evans at No. 5 singles for the second-year player's fourth-straight victory.
Souza kept the straight-set theme rolling in the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Casey at No. 4 singles, leaving the outcome of the overall match to the No. 3 singles contest between Liberty's Solomon-Burgess and the Cougars' Newman.
Newman, the College of Charleston's leading singles victor on the year, opened the contest with a 6-0 victory in the first set. Solomon-Burgess tried to force a third and decisive set, but eventually fell, 6-4, to move Newman to 5-1 on the year and seal the victory for the Cougars.
The Lady Flames will remain in the low country of the "Palmetto State", when the women's team joins the men's squad in Hilton Head, S.C., tomorrow, to begin their annual Spring Break tournament against various teams in the region.