CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues the 2019 season this weekend as the Buccaneers make the trip to Greenville, S.C. and the Minor Herndon Mickel Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday. The Buccaneers will take on host Furman on Friday afternoon and Louisville on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers opened the year on January 18 on the road at Clemson as the Bucs took on the host Tigers at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. The Tigers took the 4-0 victory over CSU in the match with Clemson winning on doubles courts 1 and 3, as well as singles courts 1, 3, and 5.
CSU looks to bounce back this weekend as Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu brings a veteran roster to Greenville featuring seniors Kimberley Koerner, Yana Morar, and Filippa Ericson. The Bucs also bring All-Conference singles and doubles selection Madalina Man as CSU takes on a pair of tough opponents in the Paladins and the Cardinals.
Ericson and Man both competed among the region's best at the ITA Carolinas Regional in the fall. Ericson bowed out in the Singles Division I consolation bracket in the round of 16s, while Man dropped out during the Women's B Singles semifinal round to wrap up the region's premier match of the fall season.
Koerner and Morar also look to provide leadership in their senior seasons. Koerner returns as CSU's wins leader with nine singles victories, while Morar has been steady at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions over the last two years.
Charleston Southern opened up the season at Clemson for the fifth consecutive season. The trip to Clemson sparked the first of five consecutive road matches to start 2019 before the Bucs welcome UNC Wilmington to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on February 23.
Furman opened the spring season with back-to-back wins over Elon and Georgia State. The Paladins open the year with five consecutive home matches taking on CSU, Louisville, and Emmanuel over the upcoming weekend.
Furman junior Katarina Kozarov is among the nation's top talents in singles after being ranked 30th in the nation by the Oracle/ITA Division I poll back in November. She is currently one of five Paladins entering the weekend with 2-0 marks in singles play, while Katty Weymouth has posted a 1-1 record on court no. 2.
The Paladins have combined to post a 4-2 record in doubles play over the first two matches of the season. In addition to CSU, Furman will also take on the Big South's USC Upstate and Winthrop this season.
Louisville boasts a 5-0 record heading into Saturday's match against the Buccaneers. The Cardinals have posted wins over Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Ball State, Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati. Saturday's match is the Cardinals first match away from the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center after starting the year with five consecutive home matches.
The Cardinal boast a strong roster featuring sophomore Nikolina Jovic and senior Sena Suswam, as well as redshirt senior Aleksandra Mally. Louisville will be one of the strongest opponents the Bucs will face this season and the second Atlantic Coast Conference member CSU will face this season.
Charleston Southern hits the road again on February 15 for a Friday afternoon matchup at Charlotte. First serve between the Bucs and the 49ers is set for 2 p.m.