CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina's men's tennis team (4-3, 0-1 Big South) dropped its opening conference match of the season to Radford (5-0, 1-0 Big South) 5-2 on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
Sophomore David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) dropped the number-one singles match to #27 Martin Sayer 6-1, 6-1. Coastal junior Elliot Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) fell to #97 James Lloyd in the number-two singles match 6-3, 6-4. Junior Simon Taylor (Hampshire. England/Queen's Mary College) dropped a 6-2, 6-3 match to Arthur Vasarevic in the number-three singles match. The fourth and fifth singles matches also went to Radford as juniors Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth College) and Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) were defeated 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4. 6-4, respectively. Senior Brian Dowis (Yorktown, Va./York) rallied for Coastal and won the sixth singles match 6-3, 6-2.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Chants swept its way to the doubles point as the team of Redding/Quibell defeated Sayer/Lloyd 8-7 (7-5). CCU's team of Taylor/Caress defeated the Radford team of Arthur Vasarevic/Mehdi Benhammou in the second doubles match 8-5. The third doubles match also was for Coastal, as the team of Mellis/Dowis defeated the Highlanders team of Brandon Johnson/Tyler Early 8-4.
"Obviously, we would have liked the win, but a lot of good things can come from today," head coach Chris Powers commented. "We played excellent in doubles play, which I really hope to build on for the rest of the season. Our singles play fell short, but I'm encouraged by the guys effort today. Radford is certainly one of the better teams in the Big South this season."
Coastal will return to action next weekend. On Friday, Mar. 3, the Chants start its three-match weekend road swing by traveling to Winston Salem State for a 2:30 p.m. match. Coastal continues the trip by heading to Gardner-Webb for a 1:30 match on Saturday, Mar. 4. The Chants weekend and travel ends in Gaffney, S.C. as CCU takes on Limestone on Sunday, Mar. 5 at noon.
Radford 5, Coastal 2
1. #27 Martin Sayer (RU) def. David Mellis (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #97 James Lloyd (RU) def. Elliott Quibell (CCU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Arthur Vasarevic (RU) def. Simon Taylor (CCU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Brandon Johnson (RU) def. Richard Redding (CCU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Mehdi Benhammou (RU) def. Andy Caress (CCU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Brian Dowis (CCU) def. Tyler Early (RU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Redding/Quibell (CCU) def. Sayer/Lloyd (RU) 8-7 (7-5)
2.Taylor/Caress (CCU) def. Vasarevic/Benhammou (RU) 8-5
3. Mellis/Dowis (CCU) def. Johnson/Early (RU) 8-4