Coastal Opens Season at #1 Wake Forest

       

Jan. 22, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team begins the 2018 season Tuesday at preseason national favorite Wake Forest.

“Everyone in the program is excited to open the season against the top team in college tennis,” said head coach Chris Powers, entering his 14th season leading the Chants. “The team has been working hard and showing good focus to this point, and I think we can build into a very solid team. This is the youngest team that I have ever coached, but I see the potential and possibilities if we can come together as a unit.”

The young team consists of one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen, and features just three returners from last season.

The returners include junior Luiz Faria, and sophomores Zak Talic and Francesco Cori-Gamero.

Faria, the most experienced of the group, finished the 2017 season 11-8 in singles and 9-7 in doubles. This past fall Faria led the Chants with first-place finishes in singles and doubles at the South Carolina Intercollegiate Championship, and fell just short of reaching the quarterfinals of the singles draw at the ITA Carolina Regional.

Talic’s 2017 season included a 9-10 singles record and 6-11 doubles mark. Cori-Gamero finished last season 3-5 and 6-5 in singles and doubles, respectively.

The remaining sophomores are Lawrence Perrin and Gonzalez Achondo. Perrin transferred to Coastal from New Mexico, where he was 7-4 in doubles as a freshman. Achondo is also a transfer, joining the Chants after a freshman season at Texas A&M that saw him go 13-8 in singles and 3-1 in doubles.

Coastal’s freshman class consists of Paul Boulay, Juan Castellanos and Harry Cohen. The three performed well during the fall schedule, with Boulay winning three singles and six doubles matches, Castellanos picking up four singles and a doubles victory, and Cohen winning three and four matches on the singles and doubles courts, respectively. Cohen also won a doubles championship alongside Faria at the South Carolina Intercollegiate Championship.

Following the season opener at Wake Forest the Chants play four straight matches at home, including their home opener on Jan. 28 versus Eastern Washington.

In addition to its match against the current top team in the country, Coastal’s non-conference slate includes matches against North Carolina State and #24 Duke.

“The Sun Belt Conference is a very good league,” said Powers. “I decided to schedule tougher non-conference teams this year in order to prepare us properly. This is our toughest schedule since I’ve been here at Coastal, and I hope we can use it to our benefit. It remains to be seen what our win-loss record will be, but my hope is that we will be ready for the Sun Belt Championship at the end of the spring.”

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