Chants End Losing Streak at Gardner-Webb

The Chanticleers play Longwood tomorrow at 1 pm for Senior Day.


Philippe Tsangaridis

April 12, 2014

Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team picked up a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at Gardner-Webb to end its three game losing streak. The win moves the Chanticleers to 11-9, 3-4 while the Runnin’ Bulldogs drop to 12-11, 4-4. 

The Chanticleers started the match strong, grabbing the opening point with a sweep of doubles competition. 

Leo Christofides and Philippe Tsangaridis took an 8-4 win on the first court against GWU’s Nikita Zverkov and Ernest Alberch. 

Renana Samed and Garik Yedigarian followed with a win on court two, besting Ben Kaszas and Pepe Batalla in an 8-6 match. 

Ted Nilsson and Jabor Al-Mutawa closed out the doubles round with an 8-7 win at No. 3 over Blake Dunlap and Jonathan Walker. 

Coastal continued its dominant play as the match shifted to singles, taking four of the remaining six points. 

#101 Tsangaridis delivered for Coastal at No. 1, downing Kaszas in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. 

Nilsson picked up a straight-sets win at No. 2 over Zverkov, and Christofides won a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 5 against Walker. 

At No. 6, sophomore Hunter Whalen split his first two sets with Batalla before dispatching his opponent in the third set by a 6-3 margin. 

Gardner-Webb’s first point came at No. 4 where Brenden Dempsey downed Samed in straight sets. Alberch also picked up a win for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, winning a three-set match over Yedigarian at No. 3. 

The Chanticleers close out their regular season Sunday when they host Longwood for a 1 p.m. match. Prior to Sunday’s match, Coastal’s senior class of Leo Christofides and Ted Nilsson will be honored. 

Coastal Carolina 5, Gardner-Webb 2
Singles competition
1. #101 TSANGARIDIS, Philipp (COASTAL) def. Ben Kaszas (GWU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
2. Nilsson, Ted (COASTAL) def. Nikita Zverkov (GWU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Ernest Alberch (GWU) def. Yedigarian, Garik (COASTAL) 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
4. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) def. Samed, Renan (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-3
5. Christofides, Leo (COASTAL) def. Jonathan Walker (GWU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Whalen, Hunter (COASTAL) def. Pepe Batalla (GWU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. CHRISTOFIDES, Leo/TSANGARIDIS, Philipp (COASTAL) def. Nikita Zverkov/Ernest Alberch (GWU) 8-4
2. SAMED, Renan/YEDIGARIAN, Garik (COASTAL) def. Ben Kaszas/Pepe Batalla (GWU) 8-6
3. NILSSON, Ted/AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (COASTAL) def. Blake Dunlap/Jonathan Walker (GWU) 8-7

Match Notes:
Coastal Carolina 11-9 (3-4)
Gardner-Webb 12-11 (4-4)



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