March 21, 2014
CONWAY, S.C. - Behind the strength of an early doubles point and five singles victories, Coastal Carolina posted a 6-1 non-conference women's tennis triumph over East Carolina Friday afternoon at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
The Chanticleers, who pushed their win streak to five in a row and improved to 13-2 this spring, used an 8-4 victory by Marie Babayan and Amanda Malatek over Melis Tanik and Betsy Zurawel in a No. 3 doubles matchup before Dominique De Wit and Libby Scott recorded an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Michelle Castro and Emily Groeneveld to secure an early 1-0 lead.
In singles play, Coastal Carolina recorded straight-set wins at the No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 slots, and a three-set 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 decision by top-seeded Scott over Castro to account for the 6-1 final. Honami Yazawa sparked the run by defeating Maria Storozheva 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 before Romane Delay and Babayan netted 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-2 triumps at No. 4 and No. 5 over Groeneveld and Dana Gray, respectively. In addition, Malatek handed Zurawel a 6-2, 6-4 setback in a No. 6 battle.
The Pirates (9-7) tallied their only point of the day when Tanik outlasted Kourtney Kowal 6-2, 3-6, 10-4 in a No. 2 meeting.
East Carolina returns to action Wednesday, March 26 when it travels to Norfolk for a 4 p.m. Conference USA match at Old Dominion.
COASTAL CAROLINA 6, EAST CAROLINA 1
No. 1 - Libby Scott (CCU) def. Michelle Castro (ECU) 6-2, 4-6, 10-8
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Kourtney Kowal (CCU) 6-2, 3-6, 10-4
No. 3 - Honami Yazawa (CCU) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Romane Delay (CCU) def. Emily Groeneveld (ECU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 - Marie Babayan (CCU) def. Dana Gray (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 - Amanda Malatek (CCU) def. Betsy Zurawel (ECU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 1 - Gray/Storozheva (ECU) def. Kowal/Yazawa (CCU) 8-6
No. 2 - Dominique De Wit/Scott (CCU) def. Castro/Groeneveld (ECU) 8-6
No. 3 - Babayan/Malatek (CCU) def. Tanik/Zurawel (ECU) 8-4
Team Records: East Carolina 9-7, Coastal Carolina 13-2