A LOOK AHEAD: The Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team will play three matches this week. The Lady Chanticleers will take to the courts Thursday March, 27 at Charlotte then return home to face West Virginia Saturday March 29 and Big South opponent Radford Sunday March 30.
I FEAR NO FOE: Charlotte (3-9) suffered a hard 4-3 loss against UNC Greensboro Fri. March 21. The 49ers remain unbeaten on their home courts. West Virginia (9-4) has won its last four matches, including the most recent being a 6-1 victory over California (Pa.) Thurs. March 20. Radford (6-5) is coming off of its spring break with a three game winning streak; all of them shut-outs. The Lady Highlanders blanked both Southwest Minnesota State and SIU Edwardsville 7-0 and Adelphi 4-0.
CCU DROPS AGAINST THE RANKED: The Lady Chants fought hard but came up short against two nationally ranked teams during the week of March 17. CCU fell 7-0 to both No. 35 Ohio State and No. 49 Dartmouth.
CAMBEROS STEPS UP: With a win over Florida Gulf Coast’s Leah Johnson March 18, sophomore Maria Camberos marked one of the best Lady Chanticleers; record for the week of March 17 in singles play. She also earned victories against Stony Brook and NJIT that week, all in the No. 5 slot. Camberos now holds an overall singles record of 11-4.
10 IN A ROW: Prior to suffering losses against both No. 35 Ohio State and No. 49 Dartmouth, senior Sofie Ahlberg netted her tenth straight singles victory. Her streak began on Feb. 2 verses Appalachian State and continued through March 18 against Florida Gulf Coast. Sofie joins teammates Camberos and sophomore Kim Webb with 11 singles victories 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 (.729) 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.