Katherine Schofield Shines on Final Day of CofC Invitational

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. –  After early morning delays due to inclement weather, College of Charleston sophomore women’s tennis player Katherine Schofield (Franklin, Tenn.) took home two titles on Sunday during the final day of the twelfth annual CofC Invitational.

Katherine Schofield

Katherine Schofield

Under a gloomy, threatening sky, Schofield started her memorable day off by pairing up with senior Jamie Harrell in the doubles final to thoroughly expel the UNC Wilmington pairing of Alix Theodossiou and Hamilton Lovett, 8-3.

After a brief respite, Schofield took to the court agan, this time against Samford freshman Carita Moolman. Moolman – with the singles crown on the line –  came out firing, creating all sorts of problems for Schofield and easily taking the first set, 6-0. Searching for answers, Schofield used the break between sets to discuss tactics with the CofC coaching staff.

Katherine Schofield (left) talks with CofC Assistant Coach Chris Wollett (right) between sets

Katherine Schofield (left) talks with CofC Assistant Coach Chris Wollett (right) between sets

After trading service games in the second set, Schofield finally managed to break Moolman to take a 6-5 advantage – closing out the set in the following game to send the match to a 10 point super-tiebreak. Schofield controlled play from the get-go in the tie-break, and never looked in danger, eventually finishing off Moolman – who struggled to find her early-match form –, 10-4.

“Katherine carried her outstanding performance from last semester in-to this tournament,” said College of Charleston director of tennis, Angelo Anastopoulo. “Her fantastic work ethic is showing off in her positive results. It was great having senior Jamie Harrell competing again after suffering with injuries all last year, so for Kat to win the doubles title with Jamie really brought a lot of smiles.”

Schofield’s victory brings to a close another successful Invitational for Anastopoulo and the Cougar tennis family.

“I was really proud of the team’s strong finish. It’s always best to play your best when you are tired and mentally exhausted. All the participating teams should be congratulated on the their teams performances. It was high level tennis. Now we take a day off and then start preparing ourselves for the regional individual championships.”

Over the course of the otherwise gratifying tournament, the cougars did suffer one set-back, with junior Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) suffering an unidentified knee injury.

“Samantha will see our team physician tomorrow after suffering a knee injury; we are hoping for a positive report,” said Anastopoulo.
The Cougars are in action next in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 18-20, at the ITA Regional Championships.