May 21, 2014
Athens, Ga. - #114 Philippe Tsangarides, the first Chanticleer to represent Coastal Carolina at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, would not advance past the tournament's opening round after falling 6-4, 6-3 to #45 Jordi Vives of Florida Gulf Coast.
Tsangarides ends his first season at Coastal with a 12-8 overall singles record after becoming the first Chanticleer to achieve a national ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 125.
Vives improves his singles record to 21-2, and will advance to the round of 32 where he will face the winner of #10 Yannick Hanfmann from USC and #59 Ryan Lipman from Vanderbilt.
The match was tightly contested in the first set as Tsangaridis and Vives traded games. The score was even midway through at 3-3, and Tsangaridis managed to tie the set once again at 4-4 after Vives took a brief lead. Vives held on to close out the set however, taking the final two games to finish 6-4.
Vives took control early in the second set, jumping out to a sizeable 4-1 lead. Tsangarides continued to battle on, bringing the set to 5-3 in favor of Vives, but the junior from FGCU was able to close out the final game with four straight points.
"Philippe put in a great effort" said Chanticleer coach Chris Powers. "His opponent was a very strong player who did not give away any free points, so Philippe had to earn every game he won. He came up a little bit short but I am really proud of him as well as the team for their efforts this season. This trip to the NCAA tournament is just another step in the building of the program and it was a really fun experience."