Men's Tennis Holds Off Gardner-Webb, 4-2
Asheville, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team managed to hold off a surge from No. 8 Gardner-Webb in singles to take a 4-2 victory in Sunday's first quarterfinal match of the Big South men's tennis championship at the Asheville Racquet Club.
With the win the top-seeded Chanticleers (12-5) advance to Monday's semifinal round where they will face No. 4 Campbell, who defeated No. 5 Presbyterian in its first match on Saturday.
Coastal opened Sunday's match by winning the doubles point to jump out to an early 1-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb's Nikita Zverkov and Ernest Alberch started off the doubles round by defeating Philippe Tsangarides and Kaue Pereira 8-4. It was the Chanticleer duo's first loss to a conference opponent in eight matches this season.
Coastal responded on the third court where Vuk Velickovic and Garik Yedigarian handed an 8-6 loss to Paul Hogan and Jonathan Walker. The Chants' No. 2 pairing of Renan Samed and Pedro Leme then clinched the point with an 8-6 victory over Korhan Ates and Yaroslav Prostakov.
Gardner-Webb wouldn't stay down for long, however, as the Runnin' Bulldogs won the first two singles matches on the fifth and sixth courts to take a 2-1 lead.
Prostakov started singles with a straight sets win at No. 5 over Jabor Al-Mutawa, while Brendan Dempsey followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Samed at No. 6.
Tsangarides pulled the match back to even, earning the Chants' first singles point with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Zverkov at No. 1. Velickovic then downed Alberch at No. 3 to put Coastal up 3-2, and Pereira clinched the match at No. 2 after outlasting Benjamin Kaszas 7-5 in the third set.
Monday's semifinal match versus Campbell is set for 10 a.m. The Chants and Fighting Camels last met on April 10, with Coastal taking a 6-1 victory.
Coastal Carolina 4, Gardner-Webb 2
1. TSANGARIDES, P. (COASTALM) def. Nikita Zverkov (GWU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Pereira, Kaue (COASTALM) def. Benjamin Kaszas (GWU) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
3. Velickovic, Vuk (COASTALM) def. Ernest Alberch (GWU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Yedigarian, Garik (COASTALM) vs. Korhan Ates (GWU) 2-6, 7-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Yaroslav Prostakov (GWU) def. Al-Mutawa, Jabor (COASTALM) 6-0, 6-1
6. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) def. Samed, Renan (COASTALM) 6-2, 6-4
1. Nikita Zverkov/Ernest Alberch (GWU) def. TSANGARIDES, P./PEREIRA, Kaue (COASTALM) 8-4
2. SAMED, Renan/LEME, Pedro (COASTALM) def. Korhan Ates/Yaroslav Prostakov (GWU) 8-6
3. VELICKOVIC, Vuk/YEDIGARIAN, Garik (COASTALM) def. Paul Hogan/Jonathan Walker (GWU) 8-6
Coastal Carolina 12-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,6,1,3,2)
Big South Men's Tennis Championships Quarterfinal
Match 3: No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 8 Gardner-Webb