April 18, 2014
Boiling Springs, N.C. - Sixth-seeded Coastal Carolina was unable to repeat as conference champions as the Chanticleers were eliminated from the Big South Men’s Tennis Championship on Friday with a 4-2 loss in the semifinals to No. 2 Winthrop. With the loss the Chanticleers close out the 2014 season with a 13-10, 4-4 record.
“It was great to get up here and get a win against Liberty yesterday,” said Chanticleer head coach Chris Powers after the match. “We are disappointed that we didn’t push further than we did this year. Give a lot of credit to these other teams in the Big South. It is so competitive, everyone works very hard and everyone competes very hard. Hats off to Winthrop and best of luck to them in the finals”
Winthrop grabbed an early 1-0 lead on the doubles courts with wins at Nos. 1 and 2.
The Eagles’ second pairing of Steven Patrick and Tremayne Mitchel struck first with an 8-1 win over Coastal’s duo of Garik Yedigarian and Renan Samed. Winthrop then clinched the match’s opening point at No. 1 where Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak came away with an 8-3 victory over Philippe Tsangaridis and Leo Christofides.
The No. 3 doubles match between Winthrop’s Juan Pablo Boada/Corey DeCandia and Coastal’s Ted Nilsson/Jabor Al-Mutawa went unfinished with the Winthrop pair holding a 5-4 advantage.
Trailing 1-0, the Chanticleers struck first in singles action as #124 Tsangaridis dispatched Yuta Hirokawa in straight sets at No. 1 to even the match.
Christofides followed up with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Boada at No. 5 to give the Chants a 2-1 lead.
The Chants’ chances of winning looked bleak in the early going of singles, but the tide began to turn as Yedigarian forced a third set against Patrick on the third court and Samed nearly took the No. 4 singles match to a third set as well.
Winthrop would not be denied however, and grabbed straight-sets wins on courts six (Michael Chen def. Hunter Whalen 6-4, 6-3), four (Mitchell def. Samed 6-2, 7-5) and two (Comerford def. Nilsson 7-5, 6-1) to close out the match.
The No. 3 singles match went unfinished with Yedigarian holding a 1-0 advantage in the third set.
With the win, No. 2 Winthrop advances to the Saturday’s championship match where it will face the winner of Friday’s second semifinal match between No. 1 Presbyterian College and No. 4 Campbell.
Winthrop 4, Coastal Carolina 2
1. TSANGARIDIS, Philipp (COASTAL) def. HIROKAWA, Yuta (WUM) 6-0, 6-2
2. COMERFORD, Dylan (WUM) def. Nilsson, Ted (COASTAL) 7-5, 6-1
3. PATRICK, Steven (WUM) vs. Yedigarian, Garik (COASTAL) 6-4, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished
4. MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) def. Samed, Renan (COASTAL) 6-2, 7-5
5. Christofides, Leo (COASTAL) def. BOADA, Juan Pablo (WUM) 6-4, 6-2
6. CHEN, Michael (WUM) def. Whalen, Hunter (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-3
1. COMERFORD, Dylan/NAGOVNAK, Peter (WUM) def. TSANGARIDIS, Philipp/CHRISTOFIDES, Leo (COASTAL) 8-3
2. PATRICK, Steven/MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) def. YEDIGARIAN, Garik/SAMED, Renan (COASTAL) 8-1
3. BOADA, Juan Pablo/DECANDIA, Corey (WUM) vs. NILSSON, Ted/AL-MUTAWA, Jabor (COASTAL) 5-4, unfinished
Coastal Carolina 13-10 (4-4)
Winthrop 15-9 (6-2)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,6,4,2)