CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern women's tennis closes out the 2018 regular season this weekend as the Buccaneers welcome DePaul to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon. First serve between the Bucs and the Blue Demons is set for 2 p.m.
The Buccaneers (10-7) enter the match looking to snap a two-match losing streak for the second time this season. CSU is coming off back-to-back losses on the road to Elon and Big South rival Winthrop, but look to enter next week's Big South Championships on a high note with the match against DePaul.
CSU's past two matches involved a 4-3 loss on the road to Elon and a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Eagles. The Bucs won the doubles point against the Phoenix but were unable to hold off Elon in singles play with losses on four of the six courts. Michelle Schmitz recorded CSU's lone point in the conference match against the Eagles with a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (14-12) win on court no. 4 in the loss to WU.
The Buccaneer Tennis Complex has been friendly to the CSU women's tennis team once again this season as CSU boasts a 6-1 home record. CSU's lone loss came at the hands of Liberty, a 6-1 defeat to the Flames on March 24.
The senior class of Sophie Cloessner and Valeria Koussenkova has an impressive 31-4 mark at home during their four years at CSU, including a pair of undefeated records in both 2015 (8-0) and 2017 (9-0). CSU will look to keep that trend going with the non-conference match against the Blue Demons.
DePaul enters the Friday match with a 6-8 overall record and 1-4 mark on the road this season. The match against the Buccaneers is the Blue Demons' lone match against a Big South Conference opponent this season.
The Blue Demons are on a three-match losing streak coming into the Friday competition with losses on the road at Seton Hall, Butler, and Indiana. DePaul is in the midst of a seven-match road trip with competition at Coastal Carolina and Marquette still on the slate before returning home on April 22 against Xavier.
Patricia Lancranjan leads five DePaul athletes with double-digit wins with a 12-5 mark lining up primarily on courts 1 and 2. Keisha Clousing also boasts a winning record with a 10-8 record on the season.
The doubles team of Lancranjan and Clousing is a team-best 9-6 in doubles play on the season lining up on court no. 1.
A familiar face is on the DePaul coaching staff as the Blue Demons come to town. CSU alum and former All-Conference pick Marketa Placha is a Graduate Assistant Coach. She made her mark at CSU earning Big South Player of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015, as well as CSU Female Athlete of the Year honors in 2015.
Sophie Cloessner leads the CSU lineup with an impressive 10-4 mark on the season playing all 14 matches on court no. 1. Valeria Koussenkova (8-7) and Madalina Man (8-5) also boast winning records in singles competition this season.
The tandems of Cloessner/Man (11-6) and Filippa Ericson/Koussenkova (10-6) boast double-digit wins in doubles play in 2018.
Sophie Cloessner Highlights and Stats
Sophie Cloessner enters her final match at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex with a career mark of 49-10 in singles play. She has been even more impressive in Big South competition with a 25-3 record over her four years at CSU. She is a two-time First Team All-Conference singles selection and was the No. 3 Flight Champion her freshman season and the No. 2 Flight Champion her sophomore year. Her career in doubles has been almost equally impressive with a 45-20 career mark and 22-6 record in Big South play. She earned 2017 Big South Second Team All-Conference Doubles honors.
Valeria Koussenkova Highlights and Stats
Valeria Koussenkova also enters her final match at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex with a career mark of 42-15 in singles play, 20-5 in Big South competition. The Barcelona, Spain native was the Flight No. 6 Champion in her freshman season and boasted a team-high 15 wins in 2016. She received Big South Second Team All-Conference Singles honors for the first time last season. Her doubles mark has been among CSU's best all-time with a 30-13 record and 15-5 mark in conference play. She earned First Team All-Conference Doubles recognition last season.