CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina's men's tennis team (4-2) won a close match over Longwood (0-2) 4-3 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 19. The match originally was to be played on Saturday, Feb. 18, but was postponed due to weather issues.
Sophomore David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) dropped the number-one singles match to Rasko Patnikov 6-1, 6-2. Coastal rallied in the second and third singles matches, as juniors Elliot Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) and Simon Taylor (Hampshire. England/Queen's Mary College) were victorious for CCU. Quibell won his match 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) while Taylor defeated Toby Guennel in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. The fourth and fifth singles matches went to Longwood as juniors Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth College) and Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) were defeated 6-1, 6-3 and 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Weisband (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) defeated Mani Barajas-Alexander 6-3, 6-4 in the sixth and final singles match.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Chants earned the doubles point as the team of Taylor/Caress defeated the Longwood team of Guennel/Patnikov in the second doubles match 8-4. The third doubles match also was for Coastal as the team of Mellis/Brian Dowis (Yorktown, Va./York) defeated Longwood's Ian Young/Jon Blair 8-4.
"Longwood's head coach Pat Breen has done a nice job of improving his tennis program," head coach Chris Powers commented. "We really had to gut this match out and we stepped up enough to get the win. I'm a little concerned with our lack of focus at times and our overall intensity and play. We'll have to improve and work hard in practice this week for next weekends opponents, UNC Wilmington and conference rival Radford."
Coastal will return to action next weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Chants travel to UNC Wimington for a 1 p.m. match before returning home for a 1 p.m. match against Radford on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Coastal 4, Longwood 3
1. Rashko Patnikov (LW) def. David Mellis (CCU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Elliott Quibell (CCU) def. Carlos Garcia de Andoain (LW) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Simon Taylor (CCU) def. Toby Guennel (LW) 6-0, 6-2
4. Brandon Lindsley (LW) def. Richard Redding (CCU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Roger Torres (LW) def. Andy Caress (CCU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
6. Ryan Weisband (CCU) def. Mani Barajas-Alexander (LW) 6-3, 6-4
EX Brian Dowis (CCU) def. Jon Blair (LW) 8-5
1. Lindsley/Andoain (LW) def. Redding/Quibell (CCU) 8-6
2.Taylor/Caress (CCU) def. Guennel/Patnikov (LW) 8-4
3. Mellis/Dowis (CCU) def. Young/Blair (LW) 8-4