Coastal & Liberty's Men's tennis Performs at UVA Fall Classic




The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team advanced two singles players and two doubles pairs in the first day of competition at the University of Virginia Fall Classic.

Yusuke Kusuda and Garik Yedigarian had an impressive first day against tough singles competition as they gave themselves a chance for a championship appearance in their respective flights.

Kusuda faced Alon Faiman of College of Charleston in the round of eight after having a first round bye.  After dropping the first set 3-6, Kusuda rallied to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-4.

Yedigarian downed Rob Stirling of JMU 6-2, 6-4 in the first round before defeating Liberty's Siim Tuus 6-2, 6-3.

In the doubles flights, the Coastal pair of Hunter Whalen and Sam Barr won their opening match against the Morgan State pair of Duwane Thomas and Richard 8-4.

Yedigarian and Matias Di Pasquale also recorded an opening round victory over Binghamton's Robin Lesage and Eliott Hureau.

All Coastal players will return to action on Saturday for day two of the tournament.


Liberty's Shea Thomas posted a perfect weekend at the UVa Fall Classic, winning a singles championship in the Gold Bracket and capturing the doubles title in the Black Bracket with partner Egon Samaii.

This was the seventh year the Flames have competed in the tournament and this year marked the first time Liberty has recorded a championship in either a doubles or singles flight.  Overall, Liberty tallied 17 victories, including 10 singles and seven doubles wins.

In singles action on Friday, Thomas and Siim Tuus picked up first round victories for the Flames. Tuus defeated Evan Ward of Morgan State in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Tuus' second-round matchup with Garik Yedigarian of Coastal Carolina went the way of the Chanticleers' sophomore, 6-2, 6-3.

Thomas rolled past Morgan State's Jannick Tash, 6-0, 6-1. In the second round, Thomas dropped the first set, 4-6, to Chris Young of Penn State. The Flames' junior responded by winning the next two sets, 6-3, 6-2 to claim the win over Young, whose career-best ITF junior ranking is No. 138 in the world. Thomas downed Coastal Carolina's Yusuke Kusuda, 6-4, 6-4, in the semi finals to set up a championship tilt against fourth seeded Jonny Cornish of Virginia. Cornish competed in the Junior Wimbledon Championships in 2011 and has a career best ITF World junior ranking of 80. Thomas topped Cornish in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to claim the Gold Bracket title.Also in singles play, Jorge Azuero posted a pair of wins, while Guillem Secanell, Dillon Segur and Samaii each notched a victory for Liberty.

Thomas and Samaii highlighted the Flames' play in doubles competition, posting a 3-0 record. In the first round, the Liberty duo triumphed over the James Madison pair of Maxi Branth and Bastian Russo, 8-6. Thomas and Samaii then topped Yedigarian and Matias Di Pasquale of Coastal Carolina, 8-5, in the semi finals. Playing for the championship, Thomas and Samaii defeated William and Mary's Ben Hoogland and Adrian Vodislav by an 8-5 final mark.

Liberty's Tuus and Jorge Azuero, competing in the Red Doubles Bracket, tallied wins over Tash and Duk Young Park of Morgan State, 8-4, and Sam Lemberger and Kent Austin of Norfolk State, 8-4. The Flames' tandem was derailed in the championship match, falling to Ben Guthrie and Scott Huang of William and Mary, 8-5.

Segur and Secanell picked up a doubles victory as did Sergio Mourelo and Josiah Boda for the Flames.

Liberty continues its fall slate this weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the Wake Forest Invite.