April 13, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina seniors Ted Nilsson and Leo Christofides each contributed singles and doubles wins in their last home match as the Chanticleer men's tennis team took a commanding 7-0 win over Longwood on Sunday to close out the regular season.
With the win the Chanticleers improve to 12-9, 4-4 and bypass Gardner-Webb to clinch the sixth seed in the Big South tournament this week. Coastal will look to avenge last week's 4-3 loss to Liberty as the Chants and third-seeded Flames (12-9, 5-3) are slated to meet in the quarterfinals of the tournament on Wednesday.
The Chanticleers opened the match with dominant performances on all three doubles courts to win the first point.
Nilsson and Jabor Al-Mutawa teamed up at No. 3 to deliver an 8-1 blow to Longwood's pairing of James Fudge and Steed Johnson.
Christofides and Philippe Tsangaridis followed up with an 8-6 win over Daniel Elston and Edward Becker on the first court to clinch the doubles point.
Sophomore Hunter Whalen picked up the match's first singles point at No. 6 where he bested Sankar in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Yedigarian gave the Chants a commanding 3-0 lead after recording a 6-0, 6-2 win on the third court against Johnson. #101 Tsangaridis, playing his first match of the season at No. 2, clinched the match for Coastal after downing Becker 6-2, 6-1.
Christofides gave Coastal its fifth point of the day with a straight-sets win at No. 5. The senior cruised past Higgs in the second set after taking the first set by a close 7-5 score.
Playing in his first match at No. 1, Nilsson won a three-set tiebreaker 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 against Elston and Samed gave Coastal its final point of the day with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 win at No. 4.
The Big South Conference men's tennis championship begins Tuesday with first-round action in Boiling Springs, N.C. Fans can follow the Chanticleers' progress throughout the tournament this week right here on GoCCUSports.com.
Big South Men's Tennis Championship Schedule
Tuesday, April 15 - First Round
Match 1: No. 8 UNC Asheville vs. No. 9 Longwood, 8:00am ET
Wednesday, April 16 - Quarterfinals
Match 2: No. 1 Presbyterian vs. Winner Match 1, 8:00am ET
Match 3: No. 4 Campbell vs. No. 5 Radford, 8:00am ET
Match 4: No. 2 Winthrop vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb, 11:30am ET
Match 5: No. 3 Liberty vs. No. 6 Coastal Carolina, 11:30am ET
Thursday, April 17 - Semifinals
Match 6: Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3, 10:00am ET
Match 7: Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5, 10:00am ET
Friday, April 18 - Championship
Match 8: Winner Match 6 vs. Winner Match 7, 2:00pm ET
Coastal Carolina 7, Longwood 0
1. Nilsson, Ted (COASTAL) def. Daniel Elston (LONG) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8
2. #101 TSANGARIDIS, Philipp (COASTAL) def. Edward Becker (LONG) 6-2, 6-1
3. Yedigarian, Garik (COASTAL) def. Steed Johnson (LONG) 6-0, 6-2
4. Samed, Renan (COASTAL) def. Warren Bryan (LONG) 7-5, 7-6
5. Christofides, Leo (COASTAL) def. Justin Higgs (LONG) 7-5, 6-1
6. Whalen, Hunter (COASTAL) def. Bharani Sankar (LONG) 6-1, 6-0
1. TSANGARIDIS, Philipp/CHRISTOFIDES, Leo (COASTAL) def. Daniel Elston/Edward Becker (LONG) 8-6
2. YEDIGARIAN, Garik/SAMED, Renan (COASTAL) def. Warren Bryan/Bharani Sankar (LONG) 8-5
3. NILSSON, Ted/AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (COASTAL) def. James Fudge/Steed Johnson (LONG) 8-1
Longwood 1-17 (0-8)
Coastal Carolina 12-9 (4-4)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,2,5,1,4)