No. 5 Coastal faces No. 1 Charleston Southern in Thursday's semifinal at 2:30 p.m.
Coastal improves to 2-2 in the Big South, 14-3 overall.
The Chants five-match win streak came to end with Thursday's loss.
Catherine Hewitt enters her fourth year as head coach of the women's tennis team at Coastal Carolina University.
The 2013-14 season saw Hewitt lead the Chanticleers to the 20th Big South Conference Championship semifinal appearance in the program's history. Hewitt has now had two of her Chanticleer teams make semifinal appearances in her three seasons at the helm of the women's tennis program. Under Hewitt's direction, the Chants wrapped the season with an 18-7 overall record with a 5-4 record against Big South opponents. Hewitt additionally coached three All-Big South players, including the 2014 Big South Freshman of the Year Honami Yazawa, and the 2014 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Christenberry Award winner Dominique de Wit.
In the 2012-13 season, Hewitt led the Chants to a 10-10 overall record and 5-4 conference record in the regular season before falling to Liberty 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Championship. Under Hewitt's direction, Libby Scott was named the 2013 Big South Freshman of the Year, the first Coastal player to receive the award since 2000. Additionally, the Chants were honored as an ITA All-Academic Team for the 15th consecutive year.
In 2011-12, Hewitt led the Chants to an impressive 18-6 overall record, and a berth in the Big South Conference Championship where they fell 4-0 to Winthrop to finish the season second in the Big South.
This season, Hewitt will welcome back four returning players from last season and bring in four new recruits to round out the 2013-14 women's tennis squad.
Hewitt, a Conway native, was named head women's tennis coach in July of 2011, taking over the reins of the Chanticleers' program after three-plus years as the director of tennis at Spring Valley Country Club in Columbia. She replaced Jody Davis, who retired from coaching after 15 seasons as head coach of the Chanticleers.
While serving as director of tennis at Spring Valley Country, Hewitt was responsible for all operations of the tennis club, including the instruction of members of all skill levels and coaching of junior teams. Prior to accepting the position at Spring Valley, she was the head teaching professional at the Topspin Racquet & Swim Club in Lexington. As head teaching professional, Hewitt engaged in substantial teaching responsibilities with tennis students of all ages and ability levels. Hewitt also implemented the successful Cardio TennisTM program at Topspin Racquet & Swim Club.
Hewitt is a member of the Professional Tennis Registry and holds professional level certification through the United States Professional Tennis Association. As a member of the United States Tennis Association in South Carolina, she has served as a member of the Tennis Professional Committee.
During her playing career, she helped guide South Carolina to a No. 11 national ranking in 2000 and a Southeastern Conference championship final in 2001. Prior to playing collegiately, Hewitt was named the 1998 South Carolina Junior Player of the Year after winning the 1998 Wachovia Palmetto singles championship.
Hewitt received her undergraduate degree in sport and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina in 2003.