The Stetson women's tennis team (3-2) dropped a tough match on Saturday, falling to 72nd ranked College of Charleston (5-3) by a score of 4-3 at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.
The match began with College of Charleston taking the doubles point. Freshman Andrea Crespo and Junior Diana Bukajeva lost to Irene Viana and Katherine Schofield 8-3. The Cougars captured the point when Jenny Falcone and Samantha Maddox defeated Senior Sara Lazarevic and Sophomore Rachel Luke 8-3.
Junior Lindsey Cable and Freshman Eveline Lepinay remained undefeated in doubles by defeating Christin Newman and Brooke McAmis 8-3.
In singles, Maddox defeated Clarke Tatje 6-3, 6-2 to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the match. At the number five singles position, Lepinay got the Hatters on the board by defeating Olivia McMillan 7-6 (6), 6-4.
College of Charleston extended its match lead when Schofield defeated Cable 6-3, 6-2. The Cougars secured the victory when Newman defeated Crespo 6-1, 7-5. Senior Jen Miller gave the Hatters another point, defeating Irene Viana 6-4, 6-1. Bukajeva was the last to finish, defeating McAmis 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (9).
"Despite playing in extremely challenging weather conditions for tennis, the team played very well," Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said. "The College of Charleston is always very good and they showed why they are consistently ranked among the best in the nation today."
Stetson returns to action on Monday when the team takes on Pennsylvania. The match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.
"This is a stretch of matches that pit us against some excellent teams," Assistant Coach Christophe Noblet said. "Penn will also be a formidable challenge, and the team is looking forward to it."
Match notes: Stetson played in the College of Charleston Invitational in the fall ... The Hatters lost the last meeting by a score of 5-2 on February 19, 2010 ... Lazarevic was scratched from the singles lineup today.