April 9, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team jumped out to 3-1 lead, but the Liberty Flames rallied on the final three singles courts to walk away from Wednesday’s match with a 4-3 win.
The loss drops the Chants to 10-9 overall. Their 2-4 Big South record may drop them to seventh in the conference pending the result of Wednesday’s match between Radford and James Madison. The Flames, meanwhile, advance to 11-9, 4-3 and will overtake Gardner-Webb for fourth place in the Big South.
The Chants gained an early advantage over the Flames, picking up wins on all three doubles courts to take the match’s opening point.
Segur brought the Flames even with the Chants as play moved to singles, taking a 6-4, 6-2 win over Hunter Whalen at No. 5.
Samed brought the lead back to the Chants after downing Vaughan at No. 4, 7-5, 6-1, and Nilsson put the Chants up 3-1 after taking a 6-1, 6-3 win on the second court over Samaai.
Trailing by two points, Liberty rallied on the three remaining singles courts.
Azuero finished off a 6-3, 6-4 match against Christofides at No. 3 before Thomas downed #101 Tsangaridis in straight sets at No. 1, 6-4, 6-4.
The match was decided on the sixth singles court where Llamas won a first-set tiebreaker before defeating Jabor Al-Mutawa 6-4 in the second set to clinch the match.
Coastal closes out its regular season this weekend with two matches. The Chanticleers travel to fourth place Gardner-Webb (11-10, 3-3) for a 1:30 p.m. match on Saturday before hosting ninth place Longwood (1-16, 0-7) at 1 p.m. on Sunday for senior day.
Liberty 4, Coastal Carolina 3
1. THOMAS, Shea (LIBERTYM) def. TSANGARIDIS, Philipp (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-4
2. Nilsson, Ted (COASTAL) def. SAMAAI, Egon (LIBERTYM) 6-1, 6-3
3. AZUERO, Jorge (LIBERTYM) def. Christofides, Leo (COASTAL) 6-3, 6-4
4. Samed, Renan (COASTAL) def. VAUGHAN, Stan (LIBERTYM) 7-5, 6-1
5. SEGUR, Dillon (LIBERTYM) def. Whalen, Hunter (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-2
6. LLAMAS, Alejandro (LIBERTYM) def. Al-Mutawa, Jabor (COASTAL) 7-6, 6-4
1. TSANGARIDIS, Philipp/CHRISTOFIDES, Leo (COASTAL) def. AZUERO, Jorge/LLAMAS, Alejandro (LIBERTYM) 8-3
2. YEDIGARIAN, Garik/SAMED, Renan (COASTAL) def. SEGUR, Dillon/SAMAAI, Egon (LIBERTYM) 8-7
3. NILSSON, Ted/AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (COASTAL) def. THOMAS, Shea/SECANELL, Guillem (LIBERTYM) 8-5
Liberty 11-9 (4-3)
Coastal Carolina 10-9 (2-4)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,2,3,1,6)