CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern puts its 14-match winning streak on the line this weekend as the Buccaneers close out the regular season with Big South Conference matches at Liberty and Longwood. CSU will take on the Flames on Friday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va., with first serve set for 2 p.m. The Bucs close out the season on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Farmville, Va. against Longwood.
Friday's match pits two teams looking to clinch at least a share of the Big South regular season title as the Bucs (14-1, 6-0) take on Liberty (10-11, 6-1) at the Cook Tennis Center. The Bucs are the lone undefeated team remaining in the conference and looking to take their third regular season title in the last four seasons. Two Bucs wins this weekend would seal just the second undefeated conference season for CSU in program history.
Live Stats for the match between Charleston Southern and Liberty will be available with the link posted on the CSU Women's Tennis Schedule page.
Liberty enters with their lone loss in conference play coming on April 1 against Winthrop, 5-2. The Flames could clinch at least a share of the conference regular-season title on Friday afternoon in their final match. It would be the Flames' third regular season title in program history.
Longwood enters the Saturday match with a 6-12 overall record. The Lancers come into the weekend on a three-match winning streak including their first conference win of the season with a 4-3 decision over Radford.
The Bucs' ride a 14-match winning streak coming into the match following a trio of hard-fought 4-3 wins over NCAA Division III No. 1 Emory, Winthrop, and Mercer. CSU's tough stretch has showcased the resilience and depth of the Bucs' lineup with nearly every single member on the roster finding a way to contribute to the program's success this season.
Junior Sophie Cloessner highlighted the Bucs' recent tough stretch by receiving Big South Player of the Week honors from the conference office this week. Cloessner came through with a pair of huge three-set match-clinching wins in singles play this past week as the Buccaneers went 2-0 with victories over Winthrop and Mercer.
Cloessner has been on a hot streak as of late and enters the weekend with six consecutive wins on court no. 2 for the Bucs. She raised her season record to 13-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play to pace the Bucs.
Valeria Koussenkova is looking to finish off a perfect stretch in Big South play this weekend. The senior has posted a 6-0 record in conference play and an 11-2 record overall on the season to lead the Bucs on court no. 5.
Kimberley Koerner has won 14 of her 15 singles matches in the 2017 season to lead the Bucs' individual efforts. Koerner is 5-1 in conference play and a dominant 10-1 on court no. 4 on the year.
Sophomore Yana Morar picked up her 11th win in singles play this past week to improve to 9-1 on court no. 6 and 5-1 in conference play on the season.
Liberty enters the Friday afternoon match coming off of back-to-back road wins at Charlotte and Campbell. The Flames' contest against the Bucs is their final match heading into next week's Big South Conference women's tennis championships.
The Flames also possess a deep roster with four players posting double-digit wins in singles play on the season. Mariely Hassey leads the way with a team-best 18 wins on the season playing primarily on the lower three courts. Emily Groeneveld has posted a 16-13 overall record and 6-0 mark in conference play, while Eugenia Camacho is 7-0 in Big South play on the season.
The Lancers have been led by Jamie Breunig at the top of the lineup in singles play, while Mason Thomas has posted a 12-8 overall record and a 6-0 mark on court no. 5. The doubles duo of Anna Pelak and Thomas has been dominant in doubles play with a 15-4 overall mark, 5-2 in conference play on court no. 3.