CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern hosts the CSU Invitational this weekend to start its fall competition slate as the Buccaneers welcome College of Charleston, Charlotte, and Georgia Southern to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex. The two-day event will span Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday and feature doubles and individual singles competition slates at CSU's courts.
The first day of competition on Friday, September 21, is set to feature two doubles rounds and a round of singles play starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday's finale is set to start at 8:30 a.m. with a final round of doubles competition and two rounds of singles play.
CSU takes the courts for the first time in 2018 under head coach Anca Dumitrescu. Dumitrescu took over the reins of the program at the beginning of August and will look to continue the success established under the helm of former head coach Mike Baker.
The Buccaneers are coming off an 11-8 record and 5-3 mark in Big South Conference play last season and return great depth to the roster. Seniors Filippa Ericson, Kimberley Koerner, and Yana Morar return to provide key leadership and depth to the CSU roster, while All-Conference Singles and Doubles selection Madalina Man returns for her sophomore season. Michelle Schmitz also returns after lining up primarily on court no. 6 for the Bucs in 2018.
The Invitational this weekend is the first of four competitions for the Bucs this fall. CSU will also compete at the Mercer Gridiron Classic held at Mercer University on October 5-7. ITA's Carolina Fall Regional will be held on October 17-20 at North Carolina. The Bucs close out the fall schedule on November 2-3 at the Furman Invitational.
The full schedule for the weekend is below:
Friday - 1:30 p.m. – Buccaneer Tennis Complex
First Doubles Round
CSU (4 teams) vs. College of Charleston (4 teams)
Charlotte (2 teams) vs. Georgia Southern(2 teams)
Second Doubles Round
CSU (4 teams) vs. Charlotte (2 teams) and College of Charleston (2 teams)
College of Charleston (2 teams) vs. Georgia Southern (2 teams)
First Round Singles
CSU (7 players) vs Georgia Southern (4 players) and College of Charleston (3 players)
College of Charleston (4 players) vs Charlotte (4 players)
Saturday - 8:30 a.m. – Buccaneer Tennis Complex
First Doubles Round
CSU (2 teams) vs Georgia Southern (2 teams)
College of Charleston (4 teams ) vs Charlotte (2 teams) and CSU (2 teams)
First Singles Round
CSU (4 players) vs Charlotte (4 players) and College of Charleston (3 players)
College of Charleston (4 players) vs Georgia Southern (4 players)
Second Singles Round
CSU (7 players) vs College of Charleston (7 players)
Georgia Southern (4 players) vs Charlotte (4 players)