CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Elon University women’s tennis fell to Charleston Southern, 5-2, on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Victoria Saldh was the highlight of the match for Elon, picking up a singles win over CSU’s Zoe Cauthen in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Saldh also combined with Sofia Edo to defeat Liz Williams and Femcke Van Rensburg, 6-3, for the Phoenix’s lone doubles win on the day.
Olivia Archer earned the Phoenix’s other point on the day, defeating CSU’s Michelle Schmitz in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Also in singles, Alex Koniaev battled the Bucs’ Anna Marka but fell in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 1-6 in the No. 1 singles slot. Freshman Kianna Rizzolo took CSU senior Liz Williams to three sets, but Williams prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 5-7.
Also in doubles, Alex Koniaev and Uma Nayar were barely outlasted by the Bucs’ tandem of Madalina Man and Luiza Fullana, falling 6-7.
Charleston Southern clinched the victory after winning two out of three doubles matches to earn the overall doubles point, in addition to taking four out of six singles matchups.
1. Tiffany Pyritz (CSU) def. Alex Koniav (Elon) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. Victoria Saldh (Elon) def. Zoe Cauthen (CSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Madlina Man (CSU) def. Uma Nayar (Elon) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
4. Olivia Archer (Elon) def. Michelle Schmitz (CSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Liz Williams (CSU) def. Kiana Rizzolo (Elon) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
6. Hilda Lundstedt (CSU) def. Sofia Edo (Elon) 6-1, 6-2
1. Man/Fullana (CSU) def. Koniav/Nayar (Elon) 7-6
2. Pyritz/Cauthen (CSU) def. Archer/Shiau (Elon) 6-1
3. Saldh/Edo (Elon) def. Williams/van Rensburg (CSU) 6-3
The Phoenix will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for its home opener against North Carolina A&T. That match will take place at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center at 2 p.m.