April 20, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team won a marathon match over Liberty, 4-3, that finished early Friday morning at the Downtown Asheville Racquet Club.
“This match was an epic battle,” said head coach Chris Powers. “To finish after 1 a.m. while fighting off match points, this is nothing short of a sports miracle. This team has demonstrated such tenacity this season and has earned us another huge win.”
After dropping the doubles point, Coastal would lose the first singles match to find itself down 2-0. The Chants bounced back with a 6-1, 7-5 win from Danny Heidecker to put the match at 2-1 in favor of Liberty.
The Flames won the next match in straight sets, giving them a 3-1 lead. Garik Yedigarian (5-7, 6-2, 6-1) and Leo Christofides (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) won both of their matches in three sets to tie the match at three apiece.
In the final singles match of the day, all-conference selection Matias Di Pasquale dropped his first set 7-5 but rallied to defeat Jorge Azuero 7-6, 6-1 to clinch the match for Coastal, sending them to the semifinals shortly after 1 a.m.
Coastal pushed its record to 14-5 while Liberty fell to 15-8 on the year.
The Chanticleers will face seventh-seed Presbyterian College at 1:30 p.m on Friday following a 4-3 for the Blue Hose who knocked off host Asheville 4-3 earlier Thursday evening.
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