BACK ON THE ROAD: Coastal Carolina University’s women’s tennis team heads on the road this weekend for a pair of key Big South Conference matchups. The trip starts in Lynchburg, Va., as the Chanticleeers will take on Liberty, Sat., Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. and will conclude at Radford, Sun., March 1 at noon. This is part of a four-match road swing that will include trips to Longwood and UNC Asheville next weekend.
RECORDS UNDER DAVIS: Under 13th-year Head Coach Jody Davis, the Chanticleers are 18-0 all-time against Radford and 10-1 versus Liberty.
LAST SEASON’S MEETINGS: Last year, Coastal Carolina took both meetings from Radford, defeating the Highlanders in Conway during the regular season and then in Rock Hill, S.C., in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Championships. Against Liberty, the Chanticleers lost a tough 4-3 decision at home but rallied to take the Big South Semifinal matchup, 4-0, to advance to the Big South Championship round for the ninth straight year.
SINGLES SOLID FOR THE CHANTS: Coastal Carolina has made sure that the squad is taking care of business in the one-on-one matchups. Of the 35 singles matches played this spring, the Chanticleers are 26-9 (.743). This isn’t to say that the Chants aren’t good in doubles, having picked up 12 wins in 16 matches (.667).
STREAKING???!!: The Chants have three players who are currently rolling individually. Sophomore Lexi Bolesky has won her last five singles matches at No. 1 singles, while juniors Patricia Cortes and Maria Camberos have also reeled off five consecutive victories each at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively.
PICKING UP A HOME WIN IN LEAGUE: Coastal Carolina picked up its fifth consecutive win with a 7-0 victory over Gardner-Webb at home, Feb. 21. The Chanticleers won two of the three doubles matches to take the opening point and then swept all six singles matches, including a pair of three-set victories.
A ROAD VICTORY: Coastal Carolina picked up its first road victory of the year with a 4-3 victory at East Carolina, Feb. 13. Coastal Carolina grabbed the doubles point and then split the six singles matches to get the victory. Included in the singles wins was a three-set thriller at No. 1 by sophomore Lexi Bolesky, as she took the match 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 to seal the Chants’ win.
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: Junior Maria Camberos and Kim Webb continue to move up on the win totals, as each has 50 in their careers, tying them for 15th on Coastal Carolina’s all-time singles wins chart. In doubles, Webb ranks 14th with 46 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 5-1 at No. 4 and is 4-2 in doubles with partner Lexi Bolesky at No. 1 doubles. Overall, she has won eight of her last nine singles matches.
HEAD COACH JODY DAVIS: Head Coach Jody Davis is in his 13th season as the Coastal Carolina women’s tennis mentor. While at the helm, Davis has led Coastal Carolina to a 191-73 (.723) overall record and a 85-24 (.780) mark in the Big South Conference. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year honoree, Davis has guided the Chanticleers 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 four 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 sophomore Lexi Bolesky. 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 will conclude four straight matches on the road with two next weekend. The trip starts with a dual at Longwood, Thu., March 5 at 2 p.m., followed by a Big South Conference tilt at UNC Asheville, Sat., March 7 at 10 a.m.