Women's Tennis

Buccaneers face off with NCAA Division III No. 1 Emory on Sunday afternoon

Buccaneers face off with NCAA Division III No. 1 Emory on Sunday afternoon

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern welcomes the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA Division III to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Sunday afternoon as CSU hosts Emory University in a non-conference matchup. First serve in doubles play is set for 1 p.m.

Sunday's match will be CSU's first match utilizing the new electronic scoreboard at the Complex as the installation of the Fair-Play system was completed on Wednesday afternoon. The 18' by 16' board comes with a wireless receiver and controller that will enable off-court scoring between games to show up-to-date scores on all singles and doubles courts. The board features openings for three sets scores on six different courts and overall team score positioning on the top of the board.

The Buccaneers have taken on Emory in each of the last two seasons with CSU posting 5-2 wins over the Eagles in each of the two contests. The Bucs topped Emory, 5-2, on February 28, 215 at the Kennesaw State Tournament. Last season, CSU topped the Eagles heading into the Big South Tournament with a 5-2 win over Emory at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.

CSU will be looking to extend their 11-match winning streak on Sunday afternoon as the Bucs ride a stretch that started on February 11 with a 6-1 win over Wofford. The Bucs also possess a nine-match winning streak in the Buccaneer Tennis Complex dating back to last season.

The Buccaneers remain one of three Big South teams to sit undefeated in conference play in the 2017 season following their Wednesday afternoon victory over visiting Presbyterian. CSU (5-0), Winthrop (6-0), and Liberty (4-0) are all undefeated in conference competition with two weeks to go in the regular season.

CSU's singles lineup has been one of their strengths this season with three players reaching double-digit wins this year. Kimberley Koerner has paced the way for the Bucs with a perfect 12-0 record in singles competition on the season. Sophie Cloessner picked up her 10th win of the season against the Blue Hose and boasts a 9-1 record on court no. 2 in 2017. Yana Morar has won three in a row on court no. 6 to improve to 10-1 on the season. Valeria Koussenkova (9-1) could join the CSU trio in double-digits with a win on Sunday afternoon.

The duo of Cloessner and Nicolin Luecke has led the Bucs with an 8-4 record in doubles competition on court no. 1. Mi'Kola Cooper and Koussenkova are a perfect 6-0 on court no. 2 for the Bucs, while Koerner and Morar are 3-1 on court no. 3.

Emory sits atop the Division III ITA regional rankings debuted earlier this week. Four Eagles are positioned inside the top-13 in the Atlantic South singles regional rankings with Bridget Harding owning the No. 1 spot followed by Michelle Satterfield (No. 5), Daniela Lopez (No. 9) and Katarina Su (No. 13). The group has all recorded at least 13 victories on the season with Harding leading the way with 19 wins.

In doubles, Su and Harding lay claim to the top spot in the region with Lopez and Satterfield ranked at the 11th position. Su and Harding are 19-3 together this year including a 7-1 mark in dual matches. Lopez and Satterfield have registered a 10-4 record and are winners of three straight.

The Bucs continue the 2017 season with a tough test on Friday, April 7, with a 2 p.m. home match against Winthrop.

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