- By Madelyn Sipola
End-of-season standings for men’s and women’s tennis
Finishing the season 14-7, the Coastal Carolina University’s Women’s Tennis Team is a team to beat.
Their last match was on April 17 against South Alabama in the Conference Tournament.
“Somer Dalla-Bona played number one for us in both singles and doubles with her partner Jessie Mount, and Victoire De Samucewicz played all conference and singles,” said Head Coach Catherine Hewitt over a phone call. “We started off really tough with matches against South Carolina and Clemson and finished off with a tough match from a really good Charlotte team that was ranked top 50.”
Unfortunately, after a great season three players will be graduating. However, three new players are set to join the team, one being a highly ranked player, and another as a transfer from a #4 ranked Division 2 team.
The CCU Men’s Tennis team finished 8-9 but reached some amazing feats.
“Historically, it was a good year. We had a nationally ranked singles player (Bastien Huon) who also went undefeated for a long stretch during the season, a nationally ranked doubles team (Pyry Hyrkkonen and Diego Giraldo), and at one point we had the highest national team ranking we’ve ever had,” said Head Coach Chris Powers.
If Pyry Hyrkkonen and Diego Giraldo finish the season nationally ranked, it will be the first time in CCU’s history that men’s tennis reaches that feat. Unfortunately, one of the team’s best player were injured in the beginning of April, causing him to miss the end of the season, creating a domino effect for the team losing a few matches.
“The future is really bright for next year,” said Powers. “We’ll be going back to normal and playing a national schedule and will hopefully be able to accomplish the things we couldn’t this year.”