COASTAL CAROLINA COMPETES AT ITA CAROLINA REGIONALS | SINGLES | DOUBLES
The Coastal Carolina
men's tennis team recorded seven victories through the first two days of the
ITA Carolina Regional played at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
Matias Di Pasquale
claimed the lone win for the Chants in the first round of the singles flight on
Thursday as he defeated Appalachian State's Carson Greve in straight sets 6-3,
6-4. Di Pasquale's progress through the
bracket would then be halted by Fred Saba of Duke, who edged Di Pasquale 6-4,
After being ousted from the main draws in the first round, Hunter Whalen, Ted Nilsson and Garik
Yedigarian all recorded first round wins in the consolation bracket on
Whalen passed Presbyterian's Andrew Brigham 6-2, 6-4 before
suffering a close loss to Alon Fariman of College of Charleston 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Having advanced past their first round opponents, Nilsson
and Yedigarian were then forced to face each other in the round of 32. Nilsson came out on top of his fellow
Chanticleer 7-6(5), 6-3 to advance to the round of 16, where he quickly put
away South Carolina's Harry Menzies 6-3, 6-4. Nilsson will play his quarterfinal match on
Saturday against Jack Williams of UNC Charlotte.
Friday's matches also saw the Chants record two doubles
victories. The CCU pair of Leo Christofides and John Karle downed Campbell's pair of
Baro and Rossignon 8-4 to advance to the second round to be played Saturday.
Di Paquale's and Yedigarian's doubles match against NC
State's pair of Carter and Sanchez resulted in a walkover, as the NCSU pair did
not compete. The Coastal pair will also
return to action on Saturday as they face Delcore and Sherwood of Wake Forest.
Coastal Carolina's Nilsson advanced to the round of eight in
the men's consolation singles bracket before being ousted Saturday by Jack
Williams of UNC Charlotte.
After dropping a first round decision in the main draws,
Nilsson advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation round by winning his
first match in three sets, his second match in straight sets with a first-set
tiebreaking win, and his third match in straight sets. Williams advanced to the quarterfinals in a
very similar fashion, winning his first match in three sets, his second match
in straight sets with a first-set tiebreaking win, and his third match in
Williams would go on to win the quarterfinal match 6-3, 6-3,
eliminating Nilsson from the tournament.
Saturday also saw two of Coastal's pairs eliminated from
Di Pasquale and Yedigarian's first round match, scheduled to
be against North Carolina State's Carter and Sanchez on Friday, resulted in
walkover. The duo then lost a
round-of-32 match against Wake Forrest's Delcore and Sherwood.
Christofides and Karle also advanced to the round of 32
after taking their first round match Friday, 8-4. However, the tandem could not overcome Bison
and Protsenko of SC State to advance to the round of 16.
The ITA Regional marked the end of the men's tennis team
fall schedule. The Chants will begin
their 2013 spring campaign on Sunday, Jan. 27 when they host Mercer. Big South Conference play will begin Feb. 23
COMPETE IN ITA ATLANTIC REGIONALS
Siim Tuus reached
the round of 16 for the second consecutive year, highlighting play for the Liberty men's tennis team, as they
concluded a strong weekend of competition at the ITA Atlantic Regional in
The Flames placed five players directly into the main draw
for the first time ever and each of those five players delivered first round
wins. Overall, Liberty posted six singles wins for the weekend.
Tuus and Shea Thomas
both were seeded, marking the first time a Liberty men's team has had two
players seeded in the Regional Tournament.
Egon Samaai, Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero kicked off the weekend for the Flames with wins in the
opening round. Samaai topped Matt Barry
of Penn State in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Segur battled Old Dominion's Tim Schweig and
downed the Monarchs' freshman, 6-3, 7-5. Azuero continued the Flames winning ways by
defeating Alexander Drean of UMBC, 7-6, 6-3.
In the round of 64, Samaii lost a hard-fought three-set
match to seeded Albert Ochagavia of Old Dominion, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. Segur fell to the No. 7 seed Harrison Richmond
of Virginia, 6-1, 6-3, while Azuero dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to No. 15 seed
Danil Zelenkov of George Washington.
After receiving first round byes, Thomas and Tuus both
picked up straight-set wins in the round of 64. Thomas beat James Madison's Greg Vladimirsky,
7-5, 6-2, while Tuus rolled past Tanner Baine of George Mason, 6-1, 6-1.
Thomas' run was ended by the No. 15 seed Danil Zelenkov of
George Washington, 7-5, 6-1. Tuus pulled
an upset over the No. 8 seed Tomas Hanzlik of Penn State, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Hanzlik played in both the No. 1 and 2
positions for the Nittany Lions last season. With Tuus' win over Hanzlik, the Flames
finished the fall with a perfect 3-0 record against Penn State in singles play.
Tuus fell in the round of 16 to the No.
9 seed from Virginia Tech, Andreas Bjerrehus, 6-2, 6-4.
In doubles play, Thomas and Samaai downed Dylan McCloskey
and Francis Pare of VCU, 8-4, before falling to the No. 3 seeded duo of Russell
Bader and Roman Trkulja of Penn State, 8-4.
The Longwood University men's tennis team
participated in the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by the
University of Virginia on October 18-22. Sophomore Harry
Kelleher (2-1) led the Lancers in singles competition. Longwood will open its spring schedule on
January 19 when the squad travels to in-state foe Virginia Tech.
who had the No. 2 seed in the Qualifications Draw, earned a bye in the
qualification semifinal before defeating Ian Uriguen of Virginia (6-2, 6-0) in
the qualification final. He then moved
on to the main draw, beating Jordan Dyke of George Mason (0-6, 6-3, 6-4) in his
round of 128 match before falling to Lucas Oliveira of Virginia Tech (6-4, 3-6,
3-6) in the round of 64.
Sophomore Daniel Elston (1-1) also represented Longwood in singles
competition, advancing to the round of 32 by defeating Daniel Grauel of Norfolk
St (6-1, 6-4) and earning a bye in the next round, but was knocked out of the
tournament by No. 7 seed Harrison Richmond of UVA (0-6, 2-6).
In doubles play,
Kelleher and teammate Edward Becker (0-1)
lost in their round of 64 match to St. Joseph's (6-8), while
Sophomore Steed Johnson and freshman James Fudge (0-1) also fell in the round of 64 to the
University of Richmond (83-8).