Big South Men's Tennis Competes at ITA Regionals



The Coastal Carolinamen's tennis team recorded seven victories through the first two days of theITA Carolina Regional played at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

Matias Di Pasqualeclaimed the lone win for the Chants in the first round of the singles flight onThursday as he defeated Appalachian State's Carson Greve in straight sets 6-3,6-4.  Di Pasquale's progress through thebracket would then be halted by Fred Saba of Duke, who edged Di Pasquale 6-4,6-0.

After being ousted from the main draws in the first round, Hunter Whalen, Ted Nilsson and GarikYedigarian all recorded first round wins in the consolation bracket onThursday.

Whalen passed Presbyterian's Andrew Brigham 6-2, 6-4 beforesuffering a close loss to Alon Fariman of College of Charleston 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Having advanced past their first round opponents, Nilssonand Yedigarian were then forced to face each other in the round of 32.  Nilsson came out on top of his fellowChanticleer 7-6(5), 6-3 to advance to the round of 16, where he quickly putaway South Carolina's Harry Menzies 6-3, 6-4.  Nilsson will play his quarterfinal match onSaturday against Jack Williams of UNC Charlotte.

Friday's matches also saw the Chants record two doublesvictories.  The CCU pair of Leo Christofides and John Karle downed Campbell's pair ofBaro and Rossignon 8-4 to advance to the second round to be played Saturday.

Di Paquale's and Yedigarian's doubles match against NCState's pair of Carter and Sanchez resulted in a walkover, as the NCSU pair didnot compete.  The Coastal pair will alsoreturn to action on Saturday as they face Delcore and Sherwood of Wake Forest.

Coastal Carolina's Nilsson advanced to the round of eight inthe men's consolation singles bracket before being ousted Saturday by JackWilliams of UNC Charlotte.

After dropping a first round decision in the main draws,Nilsson advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation round by winning hisfirst match in three sets, his second match in straight sets with a first-settiebreaking win, and his third match in straight sets.  Williams advanced to the quarterfinals in avery similar fashion, winning his first match in three sets, his second matchin straight sets with a first-set tiebreaking win, and his third match instraight sets.

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 fromdoubles competition.

Di Pasquale and Yedigarian's first round match, scheduled tobe against North Carolina State's Carter and Sanchez on Friday, resulted inwalkover.  The duo then lost around-of-32 match against Wake Forrest's Delcore and Sherwood.

Christofides and Karle also advanced to the round of 32after taking their first round match Friday, 8-4.  However, the tandem could not overcome Bisonand Protsenko of SC State to advance to the round of 16.

The ITA Regional marked the end of the men's tennis teamfall schedule.  The Chants will begintheir 2013 spring campaign on Sunday, Jan. 27 when they host Mercer.  Big South Conference play will begin Feb. 23against Gardner-Webb.


Siim Tuus reachedthe round of 16 for the second consecutive year, highlighting play for the Liberty men's tennis team, as theyconcluded a strong weekend of competition at the ITA Atlantic Regional inCharlottesville, Va.

The Flames placed five players directly into the main drawfor the first time ever and each of those five players delivered first roundwins. Overall, Liberty posted six singles wins for the weekend.

Tuus and Shea Thomasboth were seeded, marking the first time a Liberty men's team has had twoplayers seeded in the Regional Tournament.

Egon Samaai, Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero kicked off the weekend for the Flames with wins in theopening round.  Samaai topped Matt Barryof Penn State in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.  Segur battled Old Dominion's Tim Schweig anddowned the Monarchs' freshman, 6-3, 7-5.  Azuero continued the Flames winning ways bydefeating Alexander Drean of UMBC, 7-6, 6-3.

In the round of 64, Samaii lost a hard-fought three-setmatch to seeded Albert Ochagavia of Old Dominion, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.  Segur fell to the No. 7 seed Harrison Richmondof Virginia, 6-1, 6-3, while Azuero dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to No. 15 seedDanil Zelenkov of George Washington.

After receiving first round byes, Thomas and Tuus bothpicked 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 ofGeorge Washington, 7-5, 6-1.  Tuus pulledan upset over the No. 8 seed Tomas Hanzlik of Penn State, 7-6 (2), 6-4.  Hanzlik played in both the No. 1 and 2positions for the Nittany Lions last season.  With Tuus' win over Hanzlik, the Flamesfinished 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 McCloskeyand Francis Pare of VCU, 8-4, before falling to the No. 3 seeded duo of RussellBader and Roman Trkulja of Penn State, 8-4.

The Longwood University men's tennis teamparticipated in the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by theUniversity of Virginia on October 18-22.  Sophomore HarryKelleher (2-1) led the Lancers in singles competition.  Longwood will open its spring schedule onJanuary 19 when the squad travels to in-state foe Virginia Tech.

Kelleher,who had the No. 2 seed in the Qualifications Draw, earned a bye in thequalification semifinal before defeating Ian Uriguen of Virginia (6-2, 6-0) inthe qualification final.  He then movedon to the main draw, beating Jordan Dyke of George Mason (0-6, 6-3, 6-4) in hisround 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 singlescompetition, advancing to the round of 32 by defeating Daniel Grauel of NorfolkSt (6-1, 6-4) and earning a bye in the next round, but was knocked out of thetournament 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 theUniversity of Richmond (83-8).