WTEN Preview: Bucs host Campbell in Big South Saturday opener

WTEN Preview: Bucs host Campbell in Big South Saturday opener

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern opens Big South Conference play this weekend as the Buccaneers host Campbell on Saturday afternoon. First serve in doubles play at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex is set for 1:30 p.m.

CSU (4-1) puts its four-match winning streak to the test on Saturday afternoon as the Bucs welcome a Campbell squad that was picked fourth overall in the conference preseason poll. The Camels enter the Saturday matchup with a 3-5 overall record with wins over Appalachian State, Chowan, and N.C. Central.

The Bucs and the Camels have faced off against one common opponent in 2017 to date with both teams taking on UNC Wilmington at UNCW. CSU fell to the Seahawks on February 9 in the Bucs' season opener, 5-2. Campbell fell to the Seahawks the next day, 7-0.

CSU has been on a roll since the season-opening loss though with the Bucs entering the match winners of four straight including a 5-2 victory on the road this past weekend against Stetson. CSU was paced by strong singles play by Sophie Cloessner, Mi'Kola Cooper, Kimberley Koerner, and Yana Morar, while the doubles duos of Cloessner/Nicolin Luecke and Koerner/Femcke van Rensburg both picked up wins to lead the Bucs against the Hatters.

Koerner (5-0) and Morar (4-0) both remain undefeated in singles play on the season for CSU, while Cloessner has won four in a row since dropping her season-opening match at UNCW. The top duo of Cloessner/Luecke has also paced CSU's doubles play with four straight wins on court no. 1, while Koerner and van Rensburg have won three straight matches on court no. 3 to aid in the Bucs' wins.

During CSU's winning streak the Bucs have shutout two opponents (S.C. State & Savannah State), while also posting a home win against Wofford in the home opener.

Campbell ended a four-match skid this past Saturday at N.C. Central with the Camels topping the Eagles, 5-1, at the Younge Tennis Courts. Prior to the win, Campbell had fallen to Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, UNCW, and USC Upstate.

The Camels have been led on the season by sophomore Alexandra Adrivot. The Peymeinade, France native has posted a 5-3 record atop the CU lineup and 10-12 record overall on the season to lead Campbell's singles efforts on the year.  Pauline Roustan is also among CU's wins leaders on the season with a 9-11 record primarily playing on court no. 4.

Campbell has utilized a number of different doubles combinations this season with Andrivot and Isabel Boada settling in on court no. 1 with a 5-4 record overall together.

Saturday's match begins the first of five straight conference matches for the Buccaneers. CSU continues conference play at home on Saturday, March 4, before traveling to Virginia to take on Liberty, Longwood, and Radford over a three-day span on March 11-13.