The Cougars (14-7, 6-0) have compiled a 10-3 record on their home courts this season and remain in contention for their second consecutive SoCon regular-season title currently tied for first place with the Spartans (11-4, 6-0). Meanwhile, the Paladins (9-9, 6-1) trail both schools in third place with four matches remaining prior to the 2011 SoCon Tournament on April 20-23 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
First serve between CofC and Furman is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. (ET), and CofC and UNCG on Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m. (ET). Live scoring for both matches will be available online at www.CofCSports.com or by CLICKING HERE.
"It will be a challenging weekend for us," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "We will figure out how good we are. There are so many teams in the SoCon who can win the championship this year. Hopefully, we can be in the thick of things, if we can pull off a pair of wins this weekend. It is nice being 6-0 slightly over the halfway point of the season, especially with the great competition we have been facing during our current winning streak."
The Cougars will celebrate three graduating seniors, Kinsey Casey (Alpharetta, Ga.), Emma Hayman (Wanganui, New Zealand) and Keely Mulligan (Miami, Fla.), on Sunday prior to the UNCG match. The trio has been a part of three consecutive 20-win campaigns, back-to-back SoCon Tournament Championships in 2009 and 2010, two NCAA Tournament appearances and an 81-26 winning record (.757) over the last four years at The College.
"This year's Senior Class has set records while being exceptional student-athletes at the College of Charleston including most wins in a single season (24 in 2009), back-to-back SoCon Championships and half (Hayman) of the first doubles team to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship in SoCon history," Anastopoulo said. "Emma, Kinsey and Keely have been great ambassadors for our school and tennis program and they will be greatly missed."