TWO FOR THE ROAD: The Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team will play two matches on the road this weekend. The Lady Chanticleers look to improve their conference record when they travel to Big South opponent Winthrop Saturday, April 5. The team will then play UNC Greensboro on Sunday, April 6.
I FEAR NO FOE: Winthrop (8-10) recently defeated Charlotte, 6-1 on Wed. April 2. The Eagles are working off of a three- match winning streak on their home courts. UNC Greensboro (7-9) fell to Davidson, 6-1 on Thur. April 3. The Spartans are looking to keep their two-match winning streak on their home courts alive as well.
CCU MAKES SCHEDULE CHANGES: CCU has updated its schedule for various reasons. These changes will take the team through to the end of the season. Changes can be noted in the schedule on the left.
LAST VISIT ON THE COURTS: The Lady Chanticleers are coming off a solid 6-1 victory over West Virginia on Sat. March 29. The team earned wins in all but the No. 6 singles slot.
SOFIE’S SWEET: Senior Sofie Ahlberg posted the lone point for the Lady Chanticleers with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory in No. 4 singles at Charlotte, Thursday, March 27. With her victory over Colleen Speaker of West Virginia on Sat. March 29, Ahlberg extended her singles record to 13-3. She is the only Lady Chant to post 13 wins in singles so far this season.
DOUBLE DOSAGE: The duo of senior Sofie Ahlberg and sophomore Kim Webb are posting a solid 12-5 overall record in doubles competition. The dynamic doubles team posts a solid 5-1 record in No. 2 doubles and a strong 7-4 record in the No. 3 slot. The two Lady Chants are on a four match winning streak including an 8-5 victory over West Virginia’s Monica Lyskawa and Stephanie LaFortune.
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 181-68 (.727) 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.