Sept. 24, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina men's tennis capped an impressive weekend at the Elon Fall Invitational with a singles championship victory by Hunter Whalen, and two doubles championships by the Coastal pairs of Leo Christofides/John Karle, and Hunter Whalen/Sam Barr.
Whalen dropped his first set of the championship match 3-6 to UNC Asheville's Brett Landau; it was also his first, and only, loss of the tournament. The freshman Chant was able to rally and put away the next two sets 6-3, 6-1 to claim the championship in the C2 singles flight.
In doubles competition, the CCU pair of Karle and Christofides had a productive Sunday as they downed Tim Schweig and Zvonimir Podvinski of Old Dominion 8-4 in the semifinal of the B2 doubles flight. The pair then went on to defeat UNC Greensboro's Jimmy Roueche and Will Albright 8-3 to take the championship.
Whalen and Barr also put together two solid matches to take the championship in the C2 doubles flight. The pair defeated Conaty/Goldberg of UNC Asheville in the semifinals by a score of 8-2, and won the championship match by the same score over Longwood's pair of James Fudge and Steed Johnson.
The Chants closed the three-day tournament with a 26-9 overall record.
"This was a very solid weekend for the tennis program," said head coach Chris Powers. "We can build on these results, but we can't be content. There is still a lot of the fall season remaining to prove that we can be a consistently strong team."
Coastal Carolina's men's tennis will next be in action Friday, Oct. 5 when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., to compete in the University of Virginia Fall Tournament.