Boiling Springs, NC – The No. 2 seed Winthrop women’s tennis team shut out the No. 7 seed UNC-Asheville, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big South tournament.
The Eagles solid play began in the doubles competition, as they captured the doubles point. In the No. 1 doubles position, Winthrop’s Andressa and Alice Garcia overpowered UNC-Asheville’s Gillian Lewis and Zoe Hamel, 8-2, while the Eagle’s Caitlin Cridland and Ekin Gunaysu routed the Bulldog’s Amryn Soldier and Christin Boissevain, 8-2, in the No. 2 doubles position. In the No. 3 doubles position, Winthrop’s Tijana Uzelac and Beth Williamson were leading UNC-Asheville’s Emily McNall and Lauren Brooker, 7-6, when the doubles point was decided.
Winthrop secured the victory in the singles round, with victories at the No. 1, 2, and 5 positions. In the No. 1 singles position, Andressa Garcia prevailed over Hamel, 6-1, 6-3, and Alice Garcia shut out Soldier, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 2 singles position. Cridland was ahead, 7-5, against McNall, in the No. 3 position, and Uzelac was leading Boissevain, 6-2, 4-1, in the No. 4 position, when the match was decided. In the No. 5 position, Gunaysu was victorious over Lewis, 6-1, 6-3, while Monica Aguado had a 6-2, 5-1, lead over Brooker in the No. 6 singles position when the match was decided.
When asked to comment on the match, Coach Cid Carvalho stated, “I am proud of my girls, there are always a little bit nerves coming in to play the first round match at the Big South Championship. I felt my girls played very well and handled the nerves well. I felt my girls played a good match against a good Asheville team and we are looking forward to playing the winner of the Radford vs. Liberty match”
With the victory, the Eagles advance to the semifinals of the Big South tournament to play the No. 3 seed Liberty. The match will take place on Thursday, April 17th, at 2:30 p.m.