Women's Tennis

CSU continues conference play on Wednesday with match against Presbyterian

CSU continues conference play on Wednesday with match against Presbyterian

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues Big South women's tennis play this week as the Buccaneers host Presbyterian on Wednesday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex. First serve between the Bucs and the Blue Hose is set for 2 p.m.

CSU (10-1, 4-0) saw its winning streak reach double-digits this past week with a 6-1 win over visiting Buffalo on Thursday afternoon. The Bucs' winning streak started back on February 11 against Wofford and has included conference wins over Campbell, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville, and Radford.

In addition to their winning streak this season, CSU also extended its home winning stretch to nine consecutive matches with the win over the Bulls. The Bucs topped the Blue Hose, 7-0, last season in Clinton, S.C.

The Blue Hose (11-6, 1-3) have split their last six matches with wins over the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Newberry, and Longwood, while falling to Wofford, Campbell, and Liberty. PC had a five-match winning streak earlier in the year with wins over Savannah State, USC Upstate, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, and Jacksonville State.

Kimberley Koerner carried her undefeated record through this past week as the sophomore topped her opponent from Buffalo in a third set tiebreaker. She improved to 11-0 in singles play with a 9-0 record on court no. 4. Yana Morar has posted a 7-1 record on court no. 6 for the Bucs, while Valeria Koussenkova is 7-0 on court no. 5 for CSU.

Atop the lineup, Nicolin Luecke (6-5), Sophie Cloessner (9-2), and Mi'Kola Cooper (6-3) have all posted winning records in singles play.

The Bucs' duo of Cloessner and Luecke lead CSU's doubles efforts on the season with a 7-4 overall record, 3-1 record in conference play. Cooper and Koussenkova are a perfect 5-0 when paired together, while Koerner and Morar improved to 3-0 this past week as a doubles tandem.

For Presbyterian, Celine Schepers leads the Blue Hose atop the PC lineup with a 7-2 record in the 2017 season. Tracy Johnson has posted a 13-3 record in singles play and an 8-1 mark on court no. 2. Brittany Nuttall has also reached double-digits in wins with a 10-6 record with most coming on court no. 5.

In doubles play, the duo of Nicole Croxton and Johnson are 11-4 overall and 3-1 in Big South Conference play on the year, while Schepers and Beth Taylor are 7-1 overall when paired together.

CSU remains at home this weekend following the Wednesday afternoon match with a 1 p.m. first serve against Emory on Sunday at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.

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