Sophomore Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio) won his singles match, but the Coastal Carolina University mens tennis team (4-4) fell to East Carolina University (5-6) 6-1 Feb. 22, in Greenville, N.C.
Caress defeated Robert Stasch 6-1, 6-2, at number-six singles, but the Pirates took the other five matches in straight sets. Junior Florentin Meynie (Nanterre, France) took Henrique Viana to the limit in both sets, but fell 7-5, 7-5.
In doubles action, sophomore Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England) and freshman David Mellis (London, England) lost 8-5 to Paulo Baumer and Nick Rose at number-one doubles.
"East Carolina played very well and we need a complete team effort to defeat a program at this level," Coastal head coach Chris Powers said. "It didn't happen today. As a coach, this is one you want to put behind you quickly."
Coastal returns to the Billy Nichols Tennis Center Saturday, Feb. 26, to face Gardner-Webb University. The match begins at 2 p.m.
East Carolina 6, Coastal Carolina 1
1. Paulo Baumer (ECU) def. David Mellis, 6-4, 6-3
2. Felipe Fonseca (ECU) def. Simon Taylor, 6-3, 7-5
3. Henrique Viana (ECU) def. Florentin Meynie, 7-5, 7-5
4. Darren Mansell (ECU) def. Richard Redding, 6-1,6-0
5. Nick Rose (ECU) def. Brian Dowis, 6-2, 6-2
6. Andy Caress (Coastal) def. Robert Stasch, 6-1, 6-2
1. Baumer/Rose (ECU) def. Taylor/Mellis, 8-5
2. Mansell/Viana (ECU) def. Redding/Meynie, 8-3
3. Stasch/Fonseca (ECU) def. Caress/Ryan Vrba, 8-4