CCU, GWU and LU Win Tuesday


Coastal Carolina 5, Campbell 2 *

Head men's tennis coach Chris Powers earned his 100th career win as Coastal Carolina defeated Campbell 5-2 Tuesday afternoon at Nisbet Tennis Center.

After each team won a doubles match Yusuke Kusuda and Matias Di Pasquale edged out Josep Baro and Adiren Rossignon 9-8 to take the doubles point.

Coastal won the next two points with Sam Barr (6-2, 6-1) and Kusada (6-0, 6-3) winning their matches to put the Chants up 3-0. Campbell earned its first point when Fernando Guillen defeated Leo Christofides 6-3, 7-5. 

Coastal clinched the match when two-time freshman of the week Garik Yedigarian won 6-2, 6-4 over Baro. The Chants are now 2-0 in the Big South and 7-1 overall while Campbell falls to 3-5 and 1-2 in BSC play.

In the other two matches Di Pasquale won 7-6, 6-3 while Danny Heidecker fell in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-3).

Coastal's next match is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 against UNC Greensboro. Match will be held at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center in Conway beginning at 2:00pm.  Campbell's next match will be March 3 against Jacksonville at 10:00am.

Gardner-Webb 5, Wofford 2

The freshmen duo of Joao Poli/Brendan Dempsey held on for the deciding doubles match by a score of 9-7 as the Runnin' Bulldogs were able to put away visiting Wofford 5-2 at home on Tuesday.

With the win, GWU improves to 3-7 (0-1 Big South) this season.

To gain the first point of the match, GWU needed a win at either No. 1 or No. 3 after the tandem of Ernest Alberch/Matthew Parker took an 8-4 win at the No. 2 position. Wofford's Tinus Van Wyk/Rob Galloway rallied to win 8-6 at the No. 1 slot, leaving Dempsey and Poli in need of a late stand to take the win at No. 3.

The freshmen did just that, outlasting a furious rally from the Terriers' duo of Drew Superstein/Tom Wood by a 9-7 margin to put GWU up 1-0 early.

The Runnin' Bulldogs stayed on top with wins at No. 4 and No. 3 singles. Junior Roman Piftor cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Galloway, and junior Adam Knutsson-Sundblad won 6-2, 6-3 over Wofford's Jackson Keith to give Gardner-Webb command of the match.

After Wofford secured a win at No. 5 from Wood, freshman Brendan Dempsey finished a stirring rally for a come from behind win over the Terrier's Walker Heffron, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to secure the match.

Freshman Ernest Alberch earned a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Superstein to win at the No. 2 position.

GWU turns around tomorrow, facing Brevard on the road. The match is scheduled for a 2:00pm start time.

Liberty 4, #64 Oklahoma State 3

Freshman Wayne Harrell pulled out a three-set win in the No. 5 singles match, Tuesday, helping the Flames come from behind to knock off No. 64 Oklahoma State, 4-3, at the University of Tulsa's Case Tennis Center.  The victory is the program's first over a ranked opponent.  The match was originally scheduled as the Cowboys' home opener, but was relocated due to the threat of inclement weather.

Liberty improves to 5-3 after the program's first meeting and victory against a Big 12 program.  The win gives the Flames back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as it halts their alternating win-loss pattern.  The Flames also remain unbeaten in neutral-site matchups this season, moving to 4-0.  Meanwhile, Oklahoma State levels off at 3-3 and suffers its third consecutive setback.

The Flames started strong in doubles play, taking convincing victories in the top two matches to secure the 1-0 lead.  Tristan Stayt and Shea Thomas paired up for their second consecutive doubles victory, taking down the Cowboys' Brandon Champagne and Trevor Horstmann in the No. 2 match, 8-2.  The senior-junior duo of Giancarlo Lemmi and Siim Tuus then locked up the doubles point, defeating Chris Haworth and Eric West, 8-3.

Oklahoma State appeared to have stolen momentum early in singles play, led by wins from previously ranked singles competitors, Rifat Kiktyakov (112) and Haworth (115) in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively.  The wins allowed the Cowboys to claim their first lead of the afternoon, 2-1.

In the lead singles match, West took revenge on his doubles defeat as he handed Tuus just his second loss of 2012, to extend the Cowboys' lead, 3-1.

Liberty's underclassmen then came through in the clutch for the Flames, picking up wins in the final three slots of Johnson's lineup.

Freshman Dillon Segur snapped a three match slide, taking a straight-set win over Horstmann, 7-6, 6-0, in the No. 4 match, while sophomore Matt Slamecka helped square the match, 3-3, and improved to 2-0 on the year by defeating Champagne, 6-3, 6-2.

Harrell was forced to rally after dropping the opening set of his No. 5 contest, 6-4, to Adolfo Aires.  The East Windsor, Conn., native struck back with a 6-4 set of his own, and took the deciding set for his match and the overall contest, also 6-4, to give Liberty the 4-3 win.  Harrell's singles victory is his fifth straight and sixth overall, tying him for the team lead with Tuus.

The Flames will now have approximately a week to recover from their recent travel schedule, before they hit the road again to face UMBC on March 7.  Match time is to be determined.

Charlotte 5, Presbyterian 2

The Presbyterian college men's tennis team won two singles matches and lost two others in three sets to fall to the Charlotte 49ers in action this afternoon at the Templeton Center Tennis Courts in Clinton, S.C.

PC dropped to 2-7 overall, while Charlotte improved to 8-2.

The Blue Hose split number one and two doubles by scores of 9-7 each, but lost at number three, 8-3, giving the 49ers the doubles point to open the match.

In singles play Nathan Crocker picked up the first win in his first singles match of the year with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Nate Shanok.  The other PC win came from Zachary Sprouse, who defeated Anthony Davison, 6-3, 6-3.

Close matches of the day included a 6-4, 6-4 loss by Grayson Mills to Jack Williams and a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss by Rafael Berghaus to Kamil Khalil.  William O'Connell also lost in three sets for PC, falling to Alex Calott 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

In other action 49er Paul Cisti defeated Andrew Brigham, 6-1, 6-4.

The Blue Hose are next in action Saturday, March 5, when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to take on Robert Morris at 11:30am and South Dakota State at 6:00pm.