CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team will be the No. 7 seed in the Big South Championship this week at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Blue Hose open play on Friday against the No. 2 seed Charleston Southern at 9 a.m.
PC Making Strides
• PC has gone 12-10 overall this season, tying the program’s Division I era record for single-season wins. The Blue Hose previously won 12 matches in 2015, finishing with a 12-11 record. Both seasons came under now sixth-year head coach Catherine Dunagan.
• The Blue Hose also won two Big South regular season matches in 2017, a first for the program. That includes a 5-2 win over Radford on April 1, the first-ever win over the Highlanders.
• PC finished seventh in the league standings, tied for its highest finish in the Big South. Additionally, it drew the No. 7 seed for the conference tournament, its highest ever seed in the Big South Championship.
Johnson Named First Team All-Conference
• Tracy Johnson was named first team All-Big South in singles by the league’s coaches on Wednesday, while also earning a spot on the All-Academic team.
• Johnson is the first player in PC history to be named All-Big South.
• The sophomore is 14-7 overall in singles play this season, while also posting a 13-8 mark in doubles action. She won three matches against Big South foes in both singles and doubles.
Young Squad Proves Capable
• PC reached 12 victories this season, despite just three upperclassmen on the roster.
• In singles, PC’s six primary players were comprised of two juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen.
• Five Blue Hose reached double-digit victories in singles with four of the five underclassmen. Johnson, a sophomore, led the way with 14 wins, followed freshman Beth Taylor and junior Brittany Nuttall with 12 each and sophomore Nicole Croxton and freshman Katie Thompson with 10 each.
• Sophomores Croxton and Johnson also proved PC’s top doubles pair, going 12-8 at No. 1. The freshmen pair of Mary Kathryn Dickson and Thompson also proved successful, going 5-0 at No. 3 doubles.
PC in the Big South Tourney
• PC is 0-4 all-time in the Big South Tournament since becoming eligible for the event in 2013 after completing its transition to Division I.
• The Blue Hose have never faced Charleston Southern in the Big South Tourney.