CLEMSON, S.C. — Christy Lynch notched her first career win as Clemson’s head coach, as the Tigers (1-0, 0-0 ACC) downed Coastal Carolina (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Friday evening, 6-1. Additionally, four Clemson freshmen claimed their first career victories in the winning effort.
Coastal Carolina took an early 1-0 lead after earning the doubles point, winning 6-3 at No. 1 and 6-4 at No. 3. However, Clemson proceeded to overcome its early deficit by reeling off four-straight singles victories. On Court 1, Eleni Louka was the first to defeat her opponent in singles action (6-0, 6-2) and Sophia Hatton followed closely behind at line three (6-1, 6-2). Then, Jenna Thompson won her match at No. 2 by a score of 6-3, 6-3 and Lana Sipek clinched the Clemson victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win on Court 6.
The teams played out the final two matches, with Cristina Mayorova notching a victory at No. 4 in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and Makayla Mills taking the final match of the evening at line five, 7-5, 7-5 after overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the second set.
“It feels really good. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to compete and for this to be our first win here, I couldn’t be more excited,” said Lynch. “Our girls were nervous when they came out and Coastal Carolina really came out firing and they played a great doubles point but I was really proud of how our team responded in singles. I thought they battled hard and I think we got better today. I’m looking forward to another tough match on Sunday.”
The Tigers are set to host College of Charleston on Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.