WOMEN’S TENNIS OPENS BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK: The Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team will open Big South play as it take on the Liberty Flames Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. The Lady Chanticleers have won their last three Big South openers.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Liberty (1-2) picked up its first win of the season Feb. 16 with a 5-2 victory over George Washington. The Lady Flames swept all three doubles matches and took four of the six singles contests. Jordan Jenkins won in straight sets in number one singles and remains undefeated on the season.
WE'RE NUMBER ONE: The team of freshman Lexi Bolesky and senior Amy Pazahanick remain perfect on the season at No. 1 doubles with an 8-1 victory over Presbyterian’s Abby Diminich and Brittany Lanford Sunday, Feb. 17. Coastal’s duo now sits at 7-0 and leads the Big South.
SOFIE'S STREAK TO SEVEN: With a win over Presbyterian’s Virginia Waldon Feb. 17, senior Sofie Ahlberg has extended her winning streak to seven in singles play. Ahlberg holds a 3-1 record at No. 4 singles and a solid 2-0 record at both No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
AMY ALSO AWESOME: Senior Amy Pazahanick defeated Abby Diminich of Presbyterian 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2 singles to pick up her sixth win in singles play this season. Pazahanick is now 6-1 at the No. 2 singles slot. She joins classmate Sofie Ahlberg and sophomore Kimberly Webb as the only three Lady Chanticleers with six wins on the season.
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 176-63 (.736) 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.