Women's Tennis Set For Season Opener at Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team begins the 2018 spring season on Wednesday when it heads to Furman for a 2:30 p.m. match.
Coastal is entering its seventh season under head coach Catherine Hewitt, who led the Chants to a 15-7, 1-3 record in 2017, their first season of competition in the Sun Belt Conference.
The 2018 Chants have an even mix of experienced student-athletes and up-and-coming players to watch for. The roster consists of three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen.
Headlining the group is Rylie Cox, the 2017 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Cox played the entire 2017 season on the first singles court, finishing with a 13-7 record to claim a spot on the all-conference singles first team. She likewise had a winning record in doubles, going 10-7 while playing mostly at No. 2.
Coastal's senior class is comprised of Sara Bondar, Natalie Wall and Brooke Campbell. Bondar led Coastal is singles victories last season with a 16-5 overall record, and finished second in doubles wins at 13-8. Wall posted a 10-5 doubles mark last spring while playing mostly alongside Cox.
The lone junior on the team is Iryna Vardanian, who transferred to Coastal from Northwestern State University. Vardanian's last season as a sophomore saw her finish 12-10 in singles and 9-10 in doubles. This past fall with the Chants, Vardanian claimed a doubles championship at Elon and qualified for the main singles draw at the ITA Carolina Regional.
Joining Cox as sophomores are Maria Khomchenko and Alexa Tiefel. Both finished with winning records in doubles in 2017 -- including an 11-5 record for Khomchenko -- and .500 winning percentages in singles.
Coastal's freshman class of Jessie Mount and Somer Dalla-Bona showed promise in the fall. Mount won four singles matches and six doubles matches, including a doubles championship at the Elon Invitational. Dalla-Bona recorded wins in eight singles matches and six doubles matches.
Coastal plays its first five matches of the season on the road before making its home debut at the Stevens Tennis Complex on Feb. 17 versus Wofford.