ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Southern Miss women’s tennis team (8-7) concluded its six-match road swing with a 5-2 loss to Winthrop (12-3), Thursday at the Winthrop Memorial Courts.
The Golden Eagles dropped their final match in South Carolina to the No. 52 Eagles. Despite taking the 1-0 advantage in doubles play with wins on court 1 and 3, the Golden Eagles couldn’t stop their Big South opponents.
Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen secured their fourth win in a row on court 1 in doubles with an easy 6-1 victory. Tjasa Jerse and Tzu-Hui Chen also secured their second win in doubles this week after their 6-4 match against Alya Mourad and Aida Kelic.
Jerse was the only Golden Eagle to record a win in singles play. Although she dropped the first set, Jerse forced the third set and defeated Kelic again in a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 match to improve to 13-2 on the season.
Chen and Elena Roca also forced their opponents to three sets but couldn’t pull out the victory. Roca forced the tiebreaker in her final set but ultimately fell 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.
“It was a heart-breaking loss but we fought hard and I’m proud of the effort we showed out there,” Head Coach Dominic Modise said.
The Golden Eagles return home and play host to Louisiana-Monroe, March 23 at 2:30 at the Southern Miss Tennis Facility.
1. Alex Kitchen/Carolin Drescher (USM) def. Lauren Proctor/Megan Kauffman (WINTHROP) 6-1
2. Caitlin Cridland/Alisa Soloveva (WINTHROP) def. Elena Roca/Rikeetha Pereira (USM) 6-4
3. Tzu-Hui Chen/Tjasa Jerse (USM) def. Alya Mourad/Aida Kelic (WINTHROP) 6-4
1. Lauren Proctor (WINTHROP) def. Carolin Drescher (USM) 6-4, 6-3
2. Alisa Soloveva (WINTHROP) def. Alex Kitchen (USM) 6-4, 6-2
3. Caitlin Cridland (WINTHROP) def. Rikeetha Pereira (USM) 6-4, 7-5
4. Megan Kauffman (WINTHROP) def. Tzu-Hui Chen (USM) 6-7, 6-0, 6-1
5. Tjasa Jerse (USM) def. Aida Kelic (WINTHROP) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
6. Alya Mourad (WINTHROP) def. Elena Roca (USM) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
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