Men's Tennis Suffers Dramatic Loss in Big South Semifinals
April 20, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Less than 12 hours after wrapping up a first round win over Liberty, lasting until past 1 a.m. Friday morning after starting five hours late, Coastal returned to the Asheville Racquet Club’s Downtown courts. The Chants ran out of steam dropping a 4-3 decision to Presbyterian College.
"Give credit to Presbyterian," said head coach Chris Powers. "We gave it everything we had this year and I am very proud of our results this year. We started this year fighting and we fought until the last point in this match."
Presbyterian won the doubles point but Coastal answered back with a 6-2, 6-0 win from Garik Yedigarian, knotting the match at one apiece.
Presbyterian’s Grayson Mills won the second singles match to give the Blue Hose their second point of the day. Coastal would earn its second point when Leo Christofides topped Rafael Berghaus in straight sets (6-2, 7-5).
With the match tied 2-2, all three of the remaining singles matches went to a third set. Coastal would win take a 3-2 lead following John Karle’s 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win over Gonzalo Asis. The Blue Hose bounced back with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win to tying the match for the third time.
In the final singles match William O’Connell overcame a strong charge from Coastal’s Yusuke Kusuda who fell 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 to Presbyterian’s No. 3 player.
Coastal wraps up the season with a 14-6 overall record while Presbyterian takes its 13-15 record to the Big South Championship match against top-seeded Radford Saturday morning.