FLORENCE, S.C. -The Coastal Carolina University mens tennis team (3-2) travelled to Florence, S.C., to face Francis Marion University and Barton College Feb. 12. The Chanticleers defeated Barton 5-2, but fell to the host Francis Marion 5-3.
Against Barton, the Chants lost two of three in the doubles portion, but sophomore Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England) and freshman David Mellis (London, England) defeated Nikola Andelic and Ewout Hinnen 8-5. Coastal then took four singles matches, while not finishing two others. Taylor defeated Robert Jenner at number-two singles 6-2, 6-4. Junior Florentin Meynie (Nanterre, France) defeated Scott Reddick by the same 6-2, 6-4 score at number three singles. Sophomore Richard Redding (Winscombe, England) bested Adrian Baluyot 6-1, 7-6 (6), while junior Brian Dowis (Yorktown, Va.) won his match 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
Coastal dropped all three doubles matches against Francis Marion. In singles play, Mellis beat Kevin Taylor 6-3, 6-2 at number one singles. Redding defeated Alex Curry 6-2, 6-4 and Dowis beat Igor Prielozny 6-4, 7-5.
"Were headed in the right direction, but I know we can improve a great deal from this performance today," Coastal head coach Chris Powers said. "Were a couple good shots from playing good doubles and we had a couple of guys who werent mentally ready today. However, this is a good win supported by strong overall team effort. We can build tomorrow with a strong outing versus North Carolina A&T."
Coastal hosts North Carolina A&T at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13.
Coastal Carolina 5, Barton 2
1. David Mellis (Coastal) vs. Nikola Andelic, Did not finish
2. Simon Taylor (Coastal) def. Robert Jenner, 6-2, 6-4
3. Florentin Meynie (Coastal) def. Scott Reddick, 6-2, 6-4
4. Richard Redding (Coastal) def. Adrian Baluyot, 6-1, 7-6 (6)
5. Brian Dowis (Coastal) def. Soderblom, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Andy Caress (Coastal vs. Jose Netto, DNF
1. Brent Ching/Brent Simmons (Barton) def. Meynie/Redding, 9-8 (4)
2. Taylor/Mellis (Coastal) def. Andelic/Ewout Hinnen, 8-5
3. Jenner/Baluyot (Barton) def. Dowis/Caress, 8-6
Francis Marion 5, Coastal Carolina 3
1. David Mellis (Coastal) def. Kevin Taylor, 6-3, 6-2
2. Chatwinder Singh (FMU) def. Simon Taylor, 6-4, 6-4
3. Franklyn Emmanuel (FMU) def. Florentin Meynie, 6-4, 6-1
4. Richard Redding (Coastal) def. Alex Curry, 6-2, 6-4
5. Brian Dowis (Coastal) def. Igor Prielozny, 6-4, 7-5
6. Andy Caress (Coastal) vs. Roshun Razik, DNF
1. Curry/Singh (FMU) def. Meynie/Redding, 8-5
2. Taylor/Emmanuel (FMU) def. Taylor/Mellis, 8-4
3. Razik/Prielozny (FMU) def. Dowis/Caress, 8-6