April 21, 2011
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to Liberty Thursday afternoon from the memorial courts in the first round of the Big South Championships.
Liberty took an early 1-0 lead when the Flames captured the doubles point by winning at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Siim Tuus and Benjamin Wirth posted an 8-4 win over seniors Matt Gordon and Peter Billingham at No. 1 before Shea Thomas and Giancarlo Lemmi turned in an 8-6 win over seniors Alex Funkhouser and Dorian Sovic at No. 2.
The third doubles match was not played since Liberty had already clinched the point by winning the first two matches.
Thomas put the Flames ahead 2-0 following his 7-6, 6-4 over Funkhouser at the No. 3 singles position. Wirth followed with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Billingham at No. 6 to give the Flames a 3-0 edge.
Junior Danny Heidecker tallied a point for the Chants when he bested Lemmi 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 4 position. Liberty, however, clinched the win and advanced to the next round following his 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gordon at No. 1.
The final two singles matches were both unfinished when they were deemed unnecessary once Liberty clinched the win.
Siim Tuus & Benjamin Wirth (Liberty) def. Matt Gordon & Peter Billingham (Coastal Carolina) 8-4
Shea Thomas & Giancarlo Lemmi (Liberty) def. Alex Funkhouser & Dorian Sovic (Coastal Carolina) 8-6
Danny Heidecker & Yusuke Kusuda (Coastal Carolina) vs. Tristan Stayt & Mandeep Yadav (Liberty) unfinished
Siim Tuus (Liberty) def. Matt Gordon (Coastal Carolina) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Yusuke Kusuda (Coastal Carolina) vs. Tristan Stayt (Liberty) 6-3, 6-6 (unfinished)
Shea Thomas (Liberty) def. Alex Funkhouser (Coastal Carolina) 7-6, 6-4
Danny Heidecker (Coastal Carolina) def. Giancarlo Lemmi (Liberty) 6-4, 6-1
Leo Christofides (Coastal Carolina) vs. Mandeep Yadav (Liberty) 4-6, 6-2, 3-1 (unfinished)
Benjamin Wirth (Liberty) def. Peter Billingham (Coastal Carolina) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2