Men's Tennis Hosts Community Day on the Clay Saturday
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity men’s tennis team will head down to Myrtle Beach Saturday, Feb. 7 to host the Community Day on the Clay at PrestwickTennisCenter. MountOlive is a familiar foe at the event, having attended last season, while Wofford returns to the Grand Strand for its third-consecutive meeting with the Chanticleers. All proceeds generated at Community Day on the Clay will be donated to the Grand Strand Food Bank.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Match 3: Wofford Terriers
– PrestwickTennisCenter – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Head Coach: Rod Ray
Terriers at a Glance: Wofford is searching for its first win of the season after dropping its first four matches. The Terriers have faced some tough competition in nationally ranked opponentsSouth Carolina (No. 52) and Barry, who is ranked second in Division II. Scott Collins has played at th No. 1 spot in all four matches for the Terriers, while Danny Manlow and Stuart Robertson have split the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Paul Bartholomy, Tinus Van Wyk and Michael Schecter should also get into the singles lineup this week for Wofford.
Series vs. Wofford: Since 1994, these two squads have met 10 times and played to a 5-5 series record. Wofford holds a slight edge, having won four of the past five contests, with Coastal Carolina’s last win coming in the 2002 season when they defeated the Terriers 4-3 in Spartanburg. Last season, Wofford narrowly edged out the Chanticleers 4-3 earning a 4-2 advantage in singles play after Coastal Carolina won the doubles point.
Match 4: Mount Olive Trojans
– PrestwickTennisCenter – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Head Coach: Burt Lewis
Trojans at a Glance:MountOlive opens the 2009 season this weekend in Myrtle Beach.Mount Olive returns five players from 2008, including Conference Carolinas All-Tournament selection Alaxandre Querios. The Trojans posted a 13-12 overall record and finished third in Conference Carolinas with a 7-2 mark. During 2008, the Trojans were ranked as high as No. 30 in Division II. All of the Trojans losses were to Division I opponents or nationally ranked Division II foes.
Series vs. MountOlive: Coastal Carolina has won all five meetings with the Trojans. Last year, the teams played a double header, where the Chanticleers came out on top with 7-0 and 6-1 victories.
CHANTICLEER BREAK POINTS
Straight set victories drive Chants past Coker
The Chanticleers earned six straight-set victories in singles and only dropped three games in doubles play to blow past Coker 7-0 Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
Doubles Point Claims 4-3 Victory at campbell
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity men’s tennis team did not waste any time getting its first victory of the dual-match season in a thrilling 4-3 win over Campbell Friday, Jan. 30 at the NesbettTennisCenter. The win marks the Chanticleers’ first win in Buies Creek since the 1999 season. The Chants won their opening match for the third-straight year.
Three’s a Charm
The Chanticleers won their third-consecutive season opener with a 4-3 win at Campbell. In 2007, Coastal Carolina opened the year with a 7-0 sweep of MountOlive and repeated the victory to open the 2008 season.
Chants Picked Third in Big South Preseason Poll
Coastal Carolina was picked to finish third in the Big South Conference's annual preseason poll by the league’s head coaches, it was announced Thursday, Jan. 15. The defending Big South Conference champion Radford received six first-place votes and 48 out of a possible 49 points to repeat in 2009. Radford finished ahead of Winthrop, who received one first-place vote and 41 points. Coastal Carolina finished third in the voting with 34 points, while Gardner-Webb captured the fourth spot with 25 points. Liberty was picked fifth with 24 points, followed by UNC Asheville (17) and Presbyterian (6).
Withers Leading the Way
Senior Joseph Withers was named captain of the 2009 squad for the second-straight year. Withers paired up with sophomore John Hairston for the best doubles record at 13-6 and finished 10-8 overall in singles play.
NewKids on the Block
After the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s men’s tennis team was discontinued after the 2008 season, Coastal Carolina men’s tennis Head Coach Chris Powers jumped at the opportunity to get more experience on his squad. Joining the 2009 Chanticleers are senior German Perez and sophomore Dorian Sovic. Perez finished 12-12 in singles and 14-7 in doubles play last season, while Sovic closed out his freshman year going 12-6 in singles and a 14-7 doubles action.
That’s right! The 2009 Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team has no freshmen listed on its roster. Two transfers, senior German Perez and sophomore Dorian Sovic from Arkansas-Little Rock are the only newcomers to the squad this season.
It's All Academic
Coastal Carolina received its ninth straight ITA All-Academic Team selection in 2008. In order to be considered for the award, teams must have a 3.2 GPA or higher. Last year, the Chants posted a 3.6 team GPA. Senior David Mellis and sophomores Ernesto Ramos, Dmitry Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov were named ITA Scholar-Athletes, which requires student-athletes to have at least a 3.5 GPA.
The Fall in a Nutshell
The Chanticleers completed fall play with a 52-32 record.
Coastal Carolina Fall Shootout:
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity men’s tennis team went 17-5 in its own Fall Shootout Sept. 13 at the BillyNicholsTennisCenter. Junior Ernesto Ramos and sophomore Dorian Sovic both went 2-0 in singles play, while the Chanticleer doubles teams were 7-1. Junior Plamen Tzvetkov and classmate Dimitry Vlaskin both won a match in the Alpha Singles Flight.
Sophomore Dorian Sovic won the C-1 singles title, leading the Coastal Carolina University men's tennis team to a 16-10 record at the 2008 University of North Carolina Invitational (Sept. 26-28).
Sergio Tacchini Collegiate Invitational:
Two doubles titles for the CoastalCarolinaUniversity men's tennis team highlighted the Sergio Tacchini Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 10-12) hosted by Old Dominion. Ernesto Ramos and German Perez won the A-1 doubles flight, while Dmitry Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov took home the B-2 doubles flight title. The Chants finished 15-9 overall in singles and 5-2 in doubles action.
ITA Mideast Regional:
The Chants had one of their best outings at the ITA Mideast Regionals Friday, Oct. 17 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Junior Dmitry Vlaskin defeated Andre Bubkov from UNC Greensboro 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the Round of 64 in the main draw, while duo Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov and Ernesto Ramos and German Perez paired up and competed in the doubles main draw.