SERIES WITH BINGHAMTON: The Lady Chanticleers have not faced Binghamton in the past three seasons. The Bearcats are currently 4-3 for the season.
SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: CCU has not faced Bucknell in the past three seasons. The Bison are 2-1 for the 2006 season.
SERIES WITH CHARLOTTE: Coastal has played Charlotte two times in the past three years. The Lady Chanticleers have split with Charlotte, with a 6-1 victory in 2003 and a 2-5 loss in 2004.
CLIMBING TO THE TOP: Senior Petra Jantti has 71 career singles and is tied for fourth on CCU's all-time list. Virginie Dinh has 49 total singles wins, being placed in the 10th spot on CCU's all-time.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Petra Jantti and Amy Pazahanick have won all 12 doubles matches for the season. Jantti is now fourth on CCU's all time with 79 wins, one win behind Dana Goffin. Virginie Dinh holds the seventh spot with 52 doubles wins.
LUCKY 13: Sophomore Amy Pazahanick has recorded 13 straight singles wins for the current season.NATIONAL RANKING: Coastal Carolinas womens tennis team (13-0, 3-0) is ranked 56th in the nation on College Tennis Online, the organization announced Wednesday, March 8. The 56th position is the highest any team from the Big South Conference has everbeen ranked.
The Lady Chanticleers are highlighted by sophomoreAmy Pazahanick who is 13-0 in singles for the season. Senior Virginie Dinh and junior Hayley Rudman are 11-1 in doubles along side of Petra Jantti and Pazahanick, who are 12-0 in doubles for the season.
"This ranking is a testament to our team and the dedication of our players, " Head coachJody Davis said, "One of our goals this year was to achieve a ranking. We obviously know that the ranking means nothing when you get into competition and that teams on our schedule will be extra motivated to play well against us."
"Our program has come a long way over the years and credit goes to past players and present players that have worked hard to achieve this recognition for our University. Our primary goal remains unchanged, and that is to win the Big South Conference Tournament next month."
SECOND BIG SOUTH WIN: Coastal Carolinas tennis team (13-0, 3-0) remained undefeated after a 5-2 victory over Liberty, Saturday, March 11 after a 5-2 victory over Liberty.
The Lady Chanticleers swept the doubles with an 8-6 win byVirginie Dinh and Hayley Rudman . Petra Jantti and Amy Pazahanick also marked their 12th straight doubles victory for the season.
Pazahanick marked her 13th straight singles win of the season with a, 6-2, 6-1 win over Erica Fredstrom.Sofie Ahlberg, Rudman, and Sarize Coetzee also brought in singles wins.
COASTAL PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH POLL: Coastal Carolinas womens tennis team received 107 points, including three first-place votes, to grab the second spot in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, the conference office announced Thursday, Jan. 19. Winthrop finished first with 13 first-place votes and a total of 125 points. The Lady Chanticleers are coming off a season where they finished 17-6 overall, including 6-1 in the Big South Conference, and advanced to the Big South Tournament Finals. The 2006 squad returns six letterwinners including senior Petra Jantti and adds two transfers, junior Hayley Rudman from Mississippi State and sophomore Amy Pazahanick from Georgia Southern. The 2006 Big South Womens Tennis Preseason Poll is voted upon by the conferences head coaches and sports information directors.
2006 PREVIEW: After another second place finish in the Big South, the Coastal Carolina womens tennis team looks for more in 2006. With the graduation of Marie Matrka, last years Big South Conference Player of the Year, the 2006 edition of the Lady Chanticleers will have large shoes to fill. The positive side is that there are six players returning from last years 18-5 squad. The runner-up finish in the conference tournament should provide plenty of motivation for this 2005-06 squad.
"Our lineup this spring could have many faces in different places," Coastal head coach Jody Davis said. "We will be looking at many different combinations early in the spring, and hopefully by April, our lineup will be solid with great depth."
Seniors Virginie Dinh and Petra Jantti should play near the top of the lineup. Both of these seniors will be relied on to use their match previous match experience to help lead the team during the spring. The other lone senior, Rosemary Younger, will provide valuable help in the doubles lineup and will play in some singles matches as well.
"Both Virginie and Petra made all-conference last year," Davis said. "If they can repeat that performance again this year, it will make us a much stronger team."
Juniors Sarize Coetzee and Nicole Lemmerer will use their experience to help the Lady Chants fight for the Conference title. Sophomore Sofie Ahlberg was voted the Big South Rookie of the Year last year, playing mainly at the fourth position in the lineup. This year, she could move up and be another key to Coastals success.
"Sarize will play a very important role on our team this year in that we are counting on our positions 3-6 to bring home many wins in these upcoming dual matches," Davis commented. "Nicole has improved all fall and I really expect her to continue this through the spring season.
"Sofie had a great fall and really produced some quality wins," Davis continued. "We are really looking for some big things out of her this spring."
Two transfers will add even more depth to the roster. Junior Hayley Rudman, a transfer from Mississippi State, will play in the middle to top half of the lineup and her experience of playing in the Southeastern Conference should bring more toughness to this team for the spring. Sophomore Amy Pazahanick played last season at Georgia Southern and could be a significant force this fall.
"This is by far the deepest team I have ever coached," Davis concluded. "Hopefully, we can peak at the right time and bring home the Big South Conference championship."
The Lady Chants open at Billy Nichols Center Feb. 4 with matches against Savannah State and Newberry. CCU will host 17 home matches during the season. Not only will Coastal battle in the highly-competitive Big South, they will also face other solid programs such as Memphis, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Binghamton, Bucknell, Appalachian State, and East Carolina.