ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Coastal Carolina University women’s tennis team will play four matches in five days this week, including three conference matches. The Lady Chanticleers travel to Big South opponent Charleston Southern Tuesday, April 8. The team will then take on UNC Wilmington, Wednesday, April 9 in Wilmington, N.C. The Lady Chants then return home to the Billy Nichols Tennis Center for only the third time this season as they play the Radford Highlanders on Thursday, April 10. With one day’s rest, CCU will take it to the road once more on Saturday, April 12 as it faces High Point.
I FEAR NO FOE: Charleston Southern (9-6, 4-1 Big South) is coming off of one week’s rest as its last match was played March 29 when it defeated Radford 5-2. UNC Wilmington (16-8-1) recently took two of three matches at the CAA Round Robin April 4-5, which included a 7-0 sweep of Towson. The Radford Highlanders (8-8, 0-4 Big South) had their two-match winning streak broken as they fell 6-1 to Liberty Saturday, April 5. High Point University (5-9, 1-2 Big South) recently snuck by Appalachian State with its 4-3 victory on Friday, April 4.
LAST VISIT ON THE COURTS: The Lady Chanticleers fell to UNC Greensboro 5-1 on Sunday, April 6. Inclement weather prevented the doubles competition from being played.
SOFIE’S SWEET: Senior Sofie Ahlberg posted the lone point for the Lady Chanticleers at UNC Greensboro with a 6-3, 6-0 victory in No. 6 singles at Greensboro, Sunday, April 6. With her victory over Courtney Akel, Ahlberg extended her singles record to 14-3. She is the only Lady Chant to post 14 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 has 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 181-69 (.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.