CAYCE, S.C., The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats defeated the South Carolina State Lady Bulldogs, 4-0, to win the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Tennis Championship title on Saturday at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center. The title is the first for the Lady Wildcats since 2001 and fourth overall.
“It was a hard but good fight and we were able to pull it out,” said Bethune-Cookman head coach Tim Pleasant. “South Carolina State put up an outstanding fight, we’re strong at doubles but every singles match was highly contested.”
In doubles action, the Lady Wildcats captured wins at the number one and three positions. B-CUs Mina Matsuba and Maria Sablina prevailed over Intissar Rassif and Dakota Brown, 8-2, and Alejandra Vidal and Maria Garoz-Moreno defeated Oleksandra Fillippova and Claudia Roca 8-0 to gain the first edge of the match.
Adel Musina grabbed the first singles victory of the evening with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dakota Brown. No. 4 Maria Garoz-Moreno claimed a hard fought second point against Andjela Vasic, 6-2, 6-1. Having won the final point in the semifinal matchup, No. 6 Alejandra Vidal, the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer, sealed her second straight match with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Smaranda Petreanu to seal the win.
In addition to Vidal’s tournament honor, B-CU’s Tim Pleasant was named the Outstanding Coach for the first time in his career.
With the win Bethune-Cookman (20-6) earned the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship.
Due to inclement weather in the area, the MEAC Men’s Tennis Championship was cancelled.
The conference will not award a tournament champion for men’s tennis this year however it will award South Carolina State University, the regular season southern divisional champion, with the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.