No. 3 CCU Advances to Semifinals over No. 6 Liberty, 4-3


ASHEVILLE, N.C. ( - The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team won a marathon match over Liberty, 4-3, that finished early Friday morning at the Downtown Asheville Racquet Club.

After dropping the doubles point, Coastal would lose the first singles match to find itself down 2-0.  The Chants bounced back with a 6-1, 7-5 win from Danny Heidecker to put the match at 2-1 in favor of Liberty.

The Flames won the next match in straight sets, giving them a 3-1 lead.  Garik Yedigarian (5-7, 6-2, 6-1) and Leo Christofides (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) won both of their matches in three sets to tie the match at three apiece.

In the final singles match of the day, all-conference selection Matias Di Pasquale dropped his first set 7-5 but rallied to defeat Jorge Azuero, 7-6, 6-1, to clinch the match for Coastal, sending them to the semifinals shortly after 1:00am.

Coastal pushed its record to 14-5 while Liberty fell to 15-8 on the year.

The Chanticleers will face seventh-seed Presbyterian College at 2:00pm on Friday following a 4-3 for the Blue Hose who knocked off host Asheville 4-3 earlier Thursday evening.

Coastal Carolina 4, Liberty 3

Singles competitions
1. HEIDECKER, Danny (COASTALM) def. TUUS, Siim (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 7-5
2. CHRISTOFIDES, Leo (COASTALM) def. THOMAS, Shea (LIBERTYM) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
3. LEMMI, Giancarlo (LIBERTYM) def. KUSUDA, Yusuke (COASTALM) 6-3, 6-2
4. YEDIGARIAN, Garik (COASTALM) def. SEGUR, Dillon (LIBERTYM) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
5. DI PASQUALE, Matias (COASTALM) def. AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTYM) 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
6. YADAV, Mandeep (LIBERTYM) def. KARLE, John (COASTALM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Doubles competition
1. LEMMI, Giancarlo/TUUS, Siim (LIBERTYM) def. HEIDECKER, Danny/KUSUDA, Yusuke (COASTALM) 8-5
3. BARR, Sam/KARLE, John (COASTALM) vs. YADAV, Mandeep/AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTYM) 7-6, unfinished