TWO FOR THE ROAD: The Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team will play two matches on the road is it travels to North Carolina. The Lady Chanticleers will face the Aggies from North Carolina A&T Friday, March 14. The team then looks to improve its conference record as they take on High Point the following day Saturday, March 15.
I FEAR NO FOE: North Carolina A&T (3-11) was shut out 7-0 March 1 by Liberty University. It was the second loss on the home courts for the Aggies. The High Point Panthers (3-5) are coming off almost a month rest as they open Big South Conference play. The Panthers will play host to Charleston Southern prior to taking on CCU.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: The dynamic duo of freshman Lexi Bolesky and senior Amy Pazahanick are 8-1 on the season at No. 1 doubles. The pair battled for the 8-6 victory as they defeated UNC Asheville’s Louise Bottomely and Leslie Smith.
EIGHT IS GREAT: With a win over UNC Asheville’s Tania Mateva March 9, senior Sofie Ahlberg has extended her winning streak to eight in singles play. Ahlberg holds a 4-1 record at No. 4 singles, a solid 3-0 record at No. 5 singles and is 1-0 in the No, 6 slot.
CHASING AMY: Senior Amy Pazahanick defeated Louise Bottomely of UNC Asheville 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 singles to pick up her eighth overall win in singles play this season. Pazahanick is now 8-1 at the No. 2 singles slot. She joins classmate Sofie Ahlberg as the only Lady Chanticleers with eight wins on the season.
SECOND IN COMMAND: 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.
PROTECT AND DEFEND: 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 177-64 (.734) overall record and a 78-25 (.757) mark in the Big South Conference. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year honoree, Davis has guided CCU to two league championships.
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KIDD: 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.