CONWAY, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team picked up its first two wins of the season defeating Mount Olive and Methodist without dropping a set at the annual Community Day on the Clay at Riverfront Tennis Courts in Conway.
The Chanticleers defeated the Trojans of Mount Olive College 7-0 in their first match of the day. Senior Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen Mary's College) defeated Guilherme Serra 6-3, 6-2 in the number one spot. Taylor also picked up a doubles win with teammate Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) when they defeated Serra and Indradeep Mitra 8-3. Caress also picked up a win in the number six spot defeating Frederico Barros 6-2, 6-1.
Junior David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) got a win in the number two hole for Coastal defeating Vitor Lage 6-2, 6-2 while Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) picked up a win after beating Mitra 6-2, 6-2 at the three spot. The doubles team of Mellis and Quibell defeated Lage and Beven Hewett 8-3 to pick up a win at number two doubles.
Sophomore Joseph Withers (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap (Liberty)) picked up his first win in a Chanticleer uniform after defeating Hewett 6-2, 6-3 at the number four spot. Senior Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) played in the fifth spot for the Chants, picking up a win against Richard Maclachlan 6-2, 6-0. The doubles team of freshman Plamen Tzvetkov (Herts, United Kingdom/Stanborough) and Redding defeated Maclachlan and Barros 8-0.
In the second match of the day, the Chanticleers again didn't lose a set to the Monarchs of Methodist University, winning 7-0. Taylor picked up his second win in the first spot defeating Chris Fletcher 6-1, 6-2, Mellis defeated Mike Layton 6-0, 6-1 in the second slot for the Chants and Withers defeated David Hardy 6-0, 6-0 in the third hole. Redding moved up a slot this match, playing the fourth seeded Andrew Freeman to pick up his second win of the day 7-5, 6-2. Tzvetkov also picked up his first singles win in a Coastal uniform after defeating Louis Cisti in the fifth position 6-1, 6-1 and Caress defeated Matthew Siegal 6-2, 6-0 in the sixth slot.
In doubles action, the team of Taylor and Caress defeated Chris Fletcher and Layton 8-3, Tzvetkov and Redding picked up a win against Hardy and Freeman 8-1 and Withers and Mellis picked up a win against Andrew Fletcher and Cisti 8-3.
"I'm really happy with today's performance," Head Coach Chris Powers commented. "For the most part, we played with purpose and intensity. These early matches are important steps toward building confidence and focus on the team and I expect the same approach against Coker on Wednesday. The guys represented the University with class during the community mixer which brought in a solid donation for "Collins Kids"."
The Chants raised $300 for the "Collin's Kids" Foundation, which is a foundation founded by Chanticleer Football coach David Bennett that benefits underprivileged children in Horry and Georgetown Counties.