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Women's Tennis Plays In Final Home Matches This Week

       

Women's Tennis Plays In Final Home Matches This Week

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UPCOMING MATCHES: The Lady Chanticleers will host UAB Wednesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. and Radford Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

SERIES WITH UAB: CCU has not faced UAB in the past three seasons. The Blazers are 7-5 for the 2006 season after falling to East Carolina, 6-1, Saturday, March 25.

SERIES WITH RADFORD: The Lady Chanticleers lead the series with Radford, 6-0 in the past three seasons. The Highlanders are 7-7 and 1-2 in Big South play.

CLIMBING TO THE TOP: Senior Petra Jantti has 74 career singles wins holding the fourth spot on CCU's all-time list. Virginie Dinh has 53 total singles wins, placing 10th on CCU's all-time list, one win behind Melissa Mason.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Petra Jantti and Amy Pazahanick have won all 17 doubles matches for the season. Jantti is now third on CCU's all time with 86 wins, six wins behind Marie Matrka. Virginie Dinh holds the sixth spot with 59 doubles wins.

PERFECT 18: Sophomore Amy Pazahanick has recorded 18 straight singles wins for the current season.

FOURTH BIG SOUTH WIN: The Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team ran its record to 18-1 and 4-0 in Big South Conference play with a 5-2 home victory over Birmingham-Southern, Mar. 26. The Lady Chanticleers are now 13-0 at home, while the visiting Panthers fell to 7-6 and 2-3 in league play.

Coastal swept all three doubles matches, with senior Virginie Dinh and junior Hayley Rudman getting an 8-1 victory over Cammie Nix and Kathryn Carroll at No. 1 doubles. Senior Petra Jantti and sophomore Amy Pazahanick remain perfect in doubles action, going to 16-0 with a victory at No. 2 over Kate Lambert and Casey Ragsdale, 8-6.

In singles, Coastal dropped the top two slots, as Dinh lost to Jennifer Williams, 6-2, 6-1 and Jantti dropped her match in three sets to Carroll, 1-6, 6-2, 7-6, losing 7-5 in the third-set tiebreaker. However, the Lady Chants rebounded in the final four matches, as Rudman won in three sets at No. 3 singles over Nix, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Sofie Ahlberg, Pazahanick and junior Sarize Coetzee all had straight-set wins at Nos. 4, 5 and 6, respectively.

BLOWING OUT MEMPHIS: The Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team continued their success this season, winning at home over Memphis, 7-0, Mar. 25. With the victory, the Lady Chanticleers advance to 17-1, while the Tigers fall to 3-8 on the year.

Coastal swept all three doubles matches, with senior Virginie Dinh and junior Hayley Rudman getting a 9-8 victory over Andrea Feichtinger and Alex Tjioe, winning the tiebreaker 8-5. Senior Petra Jantti and sophomore Amy Pazahanick ran their record to 15-0 in doubles play this season with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles over Christina Wieser and Kristin Noble.

In singles, Coastal got convincing straight-set wins in five of the six matches. The only match to go the distance was No. 6 singles, as junior Nicole Lemmerer won over Memphis’ Flavia Russo in the third-set tiebreaker, 10-2.

COASTAL PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH POLL: Coastal Carolina’s women’s tennis team received 107 points, including three first-place votes, to grab the second spot in the Big South Conference’s 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 Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll is voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

2006 PREVIEW: After another second place finish in the Big South, the Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team looks for more in 2006. With the graduation of Marie Matrka, last year’s 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 year’s 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 Coastal’s 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.