Coastal Carolina 5, UNC Greensboro 2
Coastal Carolina men's tennis team extended its winning streak to six after a 5-2 defeat of UNC Greensboro on Tuesday, March 6 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
UNCG opened the match winning the No. 2 doubles match but Coastal followed with two straight doubles victories to earn the point.
The Spartans (4-6) won the No. 1 singles match to even the score at 1-1. Coastal answered back by winning the next four matches to secure its eighth win of the year. UNCG won the last singles match for the final score of 5-2.
Coastal plays two more matches this week beginning with Temple on Thursday at 3:30pm followed by a noon match with James Madison on Saturday.
Winthrop 4, Coker 0
The Eagles started strong against Division II opponent Coker, cruising to capture all three doubles matches. In the No. 1 position, Guy Kubi and Nadav Ruppin knocked off Leonardo Lima and Manel Estruga 8-7. At No. 2, the freshman tandem of Dylan Comerford and Rich Meade brought down Guillermo Aylon and James Corfield 8-1. Rounding out the doubles round, Yuta Hirokawa and Luka Stanic defeated Billy Simpson and Ricardo Perez 8-2 at No. 3.
In the singles round, Winthrop continued to roll, as the Eagles nabbed three victories to clinch the victory. Kubi captured a win in an unfamiliar No. 1 position, defeating Lima, 6-3, 6-1. Stanic got a victory over Corfield 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4 singles, and Meade brought down Simpson 6-0, 6-1 in No. 5 singles.
Winthrop 5, James Madison 2
In the doubles round, Kubi and Ruppin clinched the point for the Eagles as they came away with an 8-6 victory over JMU's Greg Vladimirsky and Bertrand Moulin at the No. 1 position. The first victory came at No. 3 as Hirokawa and Stanic grabbed their second doubles victory of the day, knocking off Bastien Russo and Hugo Ramadier 8-2.
Winthrop posted four singles victories to clinch the match as Hirokawa brought down Florent Sentenac 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Also winning in straight sets was Meade, as the freshman defeated Jovan Milic 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. Winning in three sets, Comerford took down Moulin 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Stanic polished off his perfect afternoon with a victory over Tommi Nissinen 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 at No. 5 singles.
The Eagles return to action on Saturday, March 10 as they will remain at the Memorial Courts to take on Furman at 2:00pm. Winthrop will then travel to the state of Florida to play in three matches in seven days.
Bethune-Cookman 7, Presbyterian 0
Rafael Berghaus won matches in both singles and doubles play on Tuesday against Bethune-Cookman, but the Presbyterian College men's tennis team fell to the Wildcats by a 6-1 margin.
PC moves to 4-8 in spring play. Bethune-Cookman improves to 5-6.
Berghaus battled to a marathon win at the first flight. The Blue Hose squared off against Marc Misanovic and gutted out an opening set win, 7-6, before falling in the second, 6-4. With victory hinging on the final set, Berghaus grabbed the win with a 6-3 third set performance. Berghaus now stands tied for the team lead in singles wins, with five.
Berghaus and doubles partner William O'Connell also grabbed a win at the top flight in doubles action. The duo bested Misanovic and Kip Jackson, 8-3.
The Blue Hose did produce several close matches on the day. At No. 3, Zachary Sprouse took one set from Santiago Lobelo, but it was not enough as the Wildcat won, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. In another three-set contest, Ryan Walters fell to Gilbert Kibet, 7-6, 6-2.
Edward Snead IV also came up short against Mortiz Pronath at the fifth flight, 7-6, 6-2. O'Connell nearly won a set against Juan Varon at No. 2 before falling, 6-4, 7-5.
The Blue Hose return to action in Orlando with a pair of matches against St. Joseph's and Grand Valley State on Friday.