CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern puts its nine-match winning streak to the test this week as the Buccaneers prepare for a Thursday afternoon clash against the visiting Buffalo Bulls at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.
CSU (9-1) is entering the match on a high note with the Bucs coming off of back-to-back conference wins this past weekend at UNC Asheville and Radford. CSU continued its dominant run with a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, and then followed up with a doubles sweep on their way to a 6-1 win over Radford on Monday.
The Bucs have won eight straight at home dating back to March 30, 2016, and will look to extend that streak on Thursday with a match against the Bulls (6-3). Buffalo will face off against College of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon before taking on the Bucs the following day.
Buffalo has won four of their last five with sweeps over Quinnipiac, Binghamton, and St. Francis, while topping Duquesne in a tough 4-3 match. The Bulls' lone loss during the span came on March 4 at Towson, 4-3.
It will be CSU's first match against a Mid-American Conference (MAC) team in the 2017 season. It will also be Buffalo's first match against the Big South in 2017.
Charleston Southern continues to boast the lone player in the Big South to remain undefeated on the season in sophomore Kimberley Koerner. The Wedel, Germany native improved her mark to 10-0 this past weekend playing primarily on court no. 4. She has only been taken to three sets twice on the season with wins over opponents from Wofford and Gardner-Webb.
Teammates Yana Morar (8-1), Sophie Cloessner (8-2), and Valeria Koussenkova (7-1) also possess strong singles records on the season for the Bucs as CSU continues to showcase its all-around talent in the lineup.
Cloessner and Nicolin Luecke have posted a strong 7-3 mark in doubles play in 2017 with the duo serving as CSU's top lineup on the season. Mi'Kola Cooper and Koussenkova have gone 4-0 since getting paired on court no. 2, while the duo of Koerner and Morar are 2-0 after lining up together for the first time this past weekend.
Buffalo has been led by the duo of Tanja Stojanovska (7-4) and Chantal Martinez Blanco (8-3) on the top two singles courts, while Emel Abibula and Mercedes Losada Rubio both have a team-high nine wins on the year.
The doubles duo of Stojanovska and Margarita Kotok lead the way for the Bulls with a 7-1 mark in doubles play, while Martinez Blanco and Anna Savchenko will give Cooper and Koussenkova a test on court no. 2 with the duo posting an 8-0 record on the season.
The midweek matchup against the Bulls is CSU's lone match for the rest of the week as the Bucs will have a break before jumping back into conference play on Wednesday, March 29, at home against Presbyterian.