Women's Tennis Visits Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian This Week
WOMEN’S TENNIS WRAPS UP HOMESTAND WITH FOUR MATCHES THIS WEEK: The Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team will take the midweek off before hitting the road for two weekend matches. The Lady Chanticleers travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Gardner-Webb Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. Coastal then faces Presbyterian Sunday, Feb. 17 also at 12 p.m. Coastal has started the 2008 season with a 4-2 mark, including wins over Queens, Winston-Salem State and Campbell this past week.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Gardner-Webb (1-4) picked up its first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over Appalachian State on Feb. 9. The Bulldogs won four singles matches in straight sets, including a 7-5, 6-0 win by Laura Kriett at number-one singles. Presbyterian (2-1) is coming off a 7-0 win over North Greenville Feb. 9. The Blue Hose swept all six singles matches in straight sets and only lost three games in the three doubles matches. Brittany Lanford is 2-1 in number-one singles this season.
We’re number one: The team of freshman Lexi Bolesky and senior Amy Pazahanick remained perfect on the season at No. 1 doubles with an 8-0 victory over Scarlett Alfonzo and Cristina Garcia. Coastal’s duo now sits at 5-0.
BOLESKY BESTS FOES AT #1 SINGLES: Freshman Lexi Bolesky (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) has started the season 4-1 at number-one singles. This included a 7-5, 6-1 win over Scarlett Alfonzo of Campbell. Bolesky was injured and did not play in Coastal’s 4-3 loss to Wofford Feb. 10.
AMY ALSO AWESOME: Senior Amy Pazahanick (Canton, Ga./Brookwood (Georgia Southern)) defeated Ana Surviladze of Campbell 6-1, 6-4, at number-two singles to pick up her fourth win in singles play. She joins classmate Sofie Ahlberg (Stockholm, Sweden/Adalsskolan) and Bolesky as Lady Chants with four singles win on the year.
COASTAL SELECTED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: CCU was selected to finish second in the annual Big South Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The defending league champion Lady Chanticleers received 78 points and four first-place votes in the poll. Winthrop was tabbed as the preseason favorite with 93 points, receiving nine first-place votes.
DEFENDING THE BIG SOUTH TITLE: Coastal knocked off the defending five-time Big South Tournament Champion Winthrop in a thrilling 4-3 decision to capture the second conference championship in CCU history. With the victory, the Lady Chants qualified for the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Clemson, 4-0, in the opening round.
20/20 VISION: With its 20-6 overall record, CCU reached the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive season. Coastal posted a 22-4 record in the spring of 2006. Since the turn of the century, the Lady Chants have posted an amazing 143-38 (.790) record.
HEAD COACH JODY DAVIS: Head Coach Jody Davis enters his 12th season as the CCU mentor. While at the helm, Davis has led Coastal to a 174-63 (.734) overall record and a 77-24 (.762) mark in the Big South Conference. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year honoree, Davis has guided CCU to two league championships.
SHE’S NOT KIDDING AROUND: The most prolific women’s tennis player in school history, Emma Kidd, was inducted into CCU’s Sasser Athletic Hall of Fame, Oct. 19, 2007. Kidd is the first women’s tennis player to receive the honor.
Producing the most illustrious career in the history of Coastal’s women’s tennis program, Kidd (1998-02) set and still holds school records for singles victories (114) and ranks second in doubles victories (92), while becoming the only female in Big South Conference history, in any sport, to win the league’s Player of the Year award four times.