ROCK HILL, S.C. – Junior Karolina Chernaya (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) registered a 7-5 triumph in the third set to lift No. 3 Campbell over No. 6 UNC Asheville on Thursday evening at the Big South Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. Singles victories were also notched by senior Lourdes Ros (Greensboro, N.c.) and sophomore Tamara Stanic (Budva, Montenegro).
Campbell (10-12) will face No. 2 Charleston Southern on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Winthrop Memorial Tennis Courts.
Each of the final three singles matches went the distance as Erick Rivero provided UNCA (12-10) with a 3-2 lead following a 6-2 victory at No. 2. Bouncing back from a 6-3 first-set defeat was senior Lourdes Ros (Greensboro, N.C.) with consecutive, 6-3, 6-1 wins to knot the contest at three-all.
That set up the winner-take-all bout at No. 1 between Chernaya and Zoe Hamel as the pair spit the first two frames, 6-4, 1-6. The Tashkent, Uzbekistan, native was down 5-4 in the final frame before rallying to take the next three points to secure the victory for the Camels.
Campbell secured the first point of the match by taking the doubles point. Freshman Ana Maria Ortiz (Betera, Spain) and junior Natasha Afridi (Tokyo, Japan) won an 8-6 decision at No. 2 to secure the point. An 8-4 victory was notched by Chernaya and Stanic at No. 1
The Bulldogs responded quickly though by taking the first two singles contests by Amryn Soldier at No. 4 and Christine Boissevain at No. 5. After taking the first set, 6-3, Stanic held off a late-rally by Emily McNail by taking a second-set tiebreaker 7-3.
Campbell 4, UNC Asheville 3
Apr 18, 2013 at Winthrop Memorial Courts
1. Karolina Chernaya (CAM) def. HAMEL, Zoe (ASHW) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
2. Tamara Stanic (CAM) def. MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
3. RIVERO, Erickia (ASHW) def. Ana Marie Ortiz (CAM) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) def. Natasha Afridi (CAM) 6-2, 6-3
5. BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) def. Ewa Telenga (CAM) 6-0, 6-4
6. Lourdes Ros (CAM) def. LEWIS, Gillian (ASHW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
1. Karolina Chernaya/Tamara Stanic (CAM) def. HAMEL, Zoe/RIVERO, Erickia (ASHW) 8-4
2. Ana Marie Ortiz/Natasha Afridi (CAM) def. MCNALL, Emily/BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) 8-6
3. SOLDIER, Amryn/LEWIS, Gillian (ASHW) def. Ewa Telenga/Lourdes Ros (CAM) 8-2
UNC Asheville 12-10
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (5,4,2,3,6,1)
2013 Big South Conference Women's Tennis Championship - Game 5
#3 Campbell versus #6 UNC Asheville
Winner advances to play #2 Charleston Southern