CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina's men's tennis team (2-1) won two matches at Community Day on the Clay at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center in Conway, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 4. The two matches were scheduled for the Riverfront Tennis Center but were changed due to weather issues. The Chanticleers defeated Mount Olive College (0-2) 4-1 and Methodist College (0-1) 5-1.
The first matches of the day were singles matches played against Mount Olive. After dropping the first singles match the Chants rallied to win the next four to win 4-1. Juniors Elliot Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) and Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen's Mary's College) won their matches 6-3, 6-1 while junior Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) won his in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Coastal's Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) won his in slightly more difficult fashion of 7-5, 1-6, 10-7. No doubles matches were played due to the weather issues.
In the second singles matches of the day, the Chants won the first five matches over Methodist to win going away 5-1. Again junior Taylor led the way as he won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in the third match to set the tone early. Also coming away with singles victories was sophomore David Mellis (London, England/Goffs), Quibell, Caress and Redding.
"There is no question we have work to do, but we can build on today's success," head tennis Chris Powers said. "We really supported one another on the court today and I know from experience that team spirit can do a lot to determine the outcome of a close match. It was good to see that spirit in the wins today."
Coastal will return to action next weekend as it host Francis Marion at 9 a.m. and Coker College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Coastal 4, Mount Olive 1
Gabriel Garcia (MOC) def. David Mellis (CCU) 6-1, 6-3
Elliott Quibell (CCU) def. Bruno Capato (MOC) 6-3, 6-1
Simon Taylor (CCU) def. Guilherme Serra 6-3, 6-1
Andy Caress (CCU) def. Felipe Olarte (MOC) 7-5, 1-6, 10-7
Richard Redding (CCU) def. Efram Cayara 6-2, 6-2
Coastal 5, Methodist 1
Mellis (CCU) def. Keith Criscoe (METH) 6-3, 6-3
Quibell (CCU) def. Chris Fletcher (METH) 6-4, 6-2
Taylor (CCU) def. David Hardy (METH) 6-0. 6-0
Caress (CCU def. Sam Miller (METH) 6-1, 6-2
Redding (CCU) def. Mike Layton (METH) 6-4, 6-4
Matt Siegel (METH) def. Ryan Weisband (CCU) 1-6, 6-1, 10-7