Feb. 28, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team begins the Big South Conference portion of its schedule this Saturday when the rival Liberty Flames come to Conway for an 11 a.m. match at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
“I feel like this is going to be a great college match,” said Chanticleer head coach Catherine Hewitt. “It stands a good chance of coming down to the intangibles: fight, heart and desire. We are excited and ready.”
The Chanticleers carry an impressive 8-1 record into the match against the Flames, who currently sit at 6-2 and have won their past three matches. Liberty has already begun conference play, edging Campbell in its last outing 4-3.
The teams’ last meeting was in the quarterfinals of last year’s Big South tournament, with Liberty getting the better of the matchup and eliminating Coastal from postseason play. Two current Chanticleers played in that match including senior Kourtney Kowal and the 2013 Big South Freshman of the Year, Libby Scott.
Kowal has been a steady presence for the Chants this season with overall records of 6-3 and 6-1 in singles and doubles, respectively. The senior has spent the majority of her matches playing at No. 1 in both singles (4-0) and doubles (6-1) and has fared well against Coastal’s top competition.
Scott has continued to build upon her impressive freshman campaign and currently holds overall records of 4-2 in singles and 4-1 in doubles. All but one of Scott’s singles matches have been played on the first court where she has been splitting time with Kowal. In doubles, Scott has been paired with both Dominique De Wit and freshman Romane Delay, and has split time between Nos. 1 and 2.
Senior Amanda Malatek has played consistently well this season and boasts a near-unblemished record with only two losses in singles and doubles combined. Malatek has played primarily at No. 5 singles (4-0) and has had success with freshman partner Marie Babayan in doubles as the pair holds a 5-1 record.
Fellow senior Dominique De Wit has excelled in doubles play, posting a perfect 6-0 record alongside freshmen partners Scott, Delay and Mila Majtan. De Wit has played a limited role in singles, but has made the most of it, winning all three singles appearances this season.
Freshmen Babayan, Delay, Majtan and Honami Yazawa round out Coastal’s roster and have played a large role in the success of the Chanticleers so far this season. Yazawa leads the freshman group with a 7-1 singles record – splitting time between the second and third courts – and has paired well with Kowal at No. 1 doubles. Delay and Babayan have won five singles points apiece alternating matches in the third, fourth and fifth positions and hold doubles records of 3-1 and 5-1, respectively. Majtan holds a 5-0 singles record playing primarily at No. 6 and has provided solid support in doubles, recording wins in all three appearances.
The Chanticleers host three more conference matches after Liberty; Radford, UNC Asheville and Presbyterian will each make the trip to Conway this season. Be sure to follow all Coastal Carolina women’s tennis action online at GoCCUSports.com and on Twitter, @GoCCUSports.