BACK ON THE ROAD: Coastal Carolina University’s women’s tennis team will return to the road for a pair of matches this weekend. The Chanticleers will travel to Greenville, N.C., Fri., Feb. 13, to take on East Carolina and then head across the states to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the Wofford Terriers, Sat., Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.
RECORDS UNDER DAVIS: Under 13th-year Head Coach Jody Davis, the Chanticleers are 5-4 against Wofford but just 3-5 versus East Carolina.
GETTING THE HOME SEASON OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Chants opened home action with three straight wins over Western Carolina, North Carolina A&T and Presbyterian. The Chanticleers dropped just one match three sets on the weekend, while also winning 14 sets without giving up a game.
MOVING UP THE CAREER CHARTS: With their wins this week, juniors Kim Webb and Maria Camberos moved into Coastal Carolina’s top-16 in career singles victories. Webb is currently 15th with 49 singles wins, while Camberos is tied for 16th at 48 victories.
COMFORTABLE IN A FOREIGN LAND: Freshman Caitlyn Brooksbank has shown she has adjusted well after coming to the United States from Australia. So far, Brooksbank is undefeated in singles the spring, going 4-0 at No. 4 and is 3-1 in doubles with partner Lexi Bolesky at No. 1 doubles. Overall, she has run off seven straight singles victories and is 9-1 in her last 10 matches.
HEAD COACH JODY DAVIS: Head Coach Jody Davis is in his 13th season as the CCU mentor. While at the helm, Davis has led Coastal to a 189-73 (.721) overall record and a 84-24 (.778) mark in the Big South Conference. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year honoree, Davis has guided CCU to two league championships.
CLOSER THAN THE SCORE SHOWS: Coastal Carolina opened the 2009 season at College of Charleston, Jan. 30, and fell 6-1 to one of the Southern Conference’s top teams. However, the match was closer than that, as the No. 1 and 2 singles matches both went three sets.
RETURNING A VETERAN LINEUP: The Chanticleers return five letterwinners from the 2008 Big South Conference runner-up squad. Among those is lone senior Tina Petkova, two juniors in Kim Webb and Maria Camberos and sophomores Lexi Bolesky and Fernanda Shalders. Last year, Bolesky was selected as an All-Big South doubles player along with recent graduate Amy Pazahanick.
CHANTS PICKED THIRD IN THE PRESEASON: Coastal Carolina University’s women’s tennis team has been chosen to finish third in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll by the League’s coaches.
Winthrop, who has captured the Big South title 11 times, was selected to repeat, receiving six first-place votes and 61 out of a possible 64 points. The Eagles finished ahead of Liberty, who received one first-place vote and 51 points. The Lady Flames were one point ahead of the Chanticleers who also received one first-place vote and recorded 50 points. Charleston Southern finished fourth in the voting with 39 points, while Radford captured the fifth spot with 36 points. Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville tied for sixth with 21 points, followed by Presbyterian (9).
FOLLOWING THIS WEEKEND: The Chants return home next weekend for their second Big South Conference matchup of the season, hosting league newcomer Gardner-Webb, Sat., Feb. 21 at 11 a.m.