Feb. 22 - East Carolina, 1 p.m.
Feb. 26 - GARDNER-WEBB, 2 p.m.
Feb. 27 - STETSON, Noon
The Coastal Carolina mens tennis team (4-3) plays in three matches this week, including two weekend matches in Conway. The Chants travel to Greenville, N.C., to face East Carolina Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. Coastal then will host Gardner-Webb Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m., and Stetson Sunday, Feb. 27, at noon. Coastal is coming off a 5-2 loss to Campbell Feb. 18.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: East Carolina (4-6) dropped a close one to College of Charleston 4-3 Feb. 19. Paulo Baumer won at number-one singles 6-2, 6-2 over Timo Siebert. ECU defeated Big South opponent High Point earlier this year 4-3.
Gardner-Webb (0-6) fell to Georgia State 6-0 in its last match. This is a make-up for a rainout on Jan. 29. Gardner-Webb will play Wofford and Davidson before facing the Chants.
Stetson (6-1) fell to 51st-ranked Miami 6-1 in its last contest. It was the Hatters first loss of the season. Stetson went 4-0 at the Lehigh Winter Invitational. Mario Alberto Cayo won the Hatters match against the Hurricanes.
HEAD COACH CHRIS POWERS: Chris Powers (Ferrum 97) is in his first season as the head coach of the mens team after serving four seasons as an assistant for both the Coastal mens and womens teams. He helped guide the 2001 womens squad to a Big South championship and an NCAA appearance. Powers coached two seasons at Virginia Tech, where he helped the Hokie women to back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference championships.
MELLIS UNBEATEN STRING ENDS: Freshman David Mellis (London England/Goffs) rattled off five straight wins in singles play before falling to Jiri Beranek of Campbell Feb. 18. Mellis has won two three-set matches this season at the number-one singles spot. He joins Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England), Florentin Meynie (Nanterre, France) and Richard Redding (Winscombe, England) with five singles victories this season.
UP NEXT: Coastal opens the Big South Conference schedule Saturday, March 5, against Birmingham-Southern College at noon.