This Week on the Courts
The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team (4-3) has another busy weekend of action. The Chanticleers begin their weekend by traveling to Winston Salem, N.C., to take on Winston-Salem State at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March. 3. CCU continues its road swing as it heads to Gardner-Webb for 1:30 match on March 4. The Chants conclude the traveling weekend in Gaffney, S.C., with a match against Limestone at 12 p.m. on Mar. 5.
It's in the Series
This is the first ever meeting between Coastal and Winston-Salem State. CCU is a 2-0 all-time against the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs. Last season, Coastal defeated the Bulldogs 6-1. This is also the first time the Chanticleers will play against Limestone.
Last Time Out
On Feb. 26, Coastal was defeated in its first conference match of the season by Radford 5-2. Senior Brian Dowis won the singles match for CCU. All three Chanticleers doubles teams came up with wins. Richard Redding/Elliott Quibell won the first doubles match 8-7 (7-5). Simon Taylor/Andy Caress won the second doubles match while the team of Dowis/David Mellis won the third and final doubles match.
Taylor Moving up into the Career Singles List
Junior Simon Taylor has now won 32 matches in his playing career, only two wins behind former Chant Stephen Ginn for 10th place on Coastal's all-time singles victories list.
Coastal Is Picked Seventh in the Big South Preseason Poll
Coastal Carolina's tennis team was picked seventh in the 2006 Big South's preseason poll. Winthrop is the preseason picked to win the conference. Coastal returns seven letter winners including senior Brian Dowis and junior Simon Taylor to led the team this season.
Dowis Named First Team Academic All District
CCU's Brian Dowis was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All District III Men's at Large First Team in the summer of 2005. Dowis, a mathematics major, had a grade point average of 3.922 and was also named the Big South's Conferences Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was the sixth Coastal men's tennis player to be named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the third in the last four years.
The Fall Season
Coastal Carolina tennis team had a successful fall season. Junior Ryan Weisband and sophomore Ryan Vrba each had 4-1 record to lead the team in singles play. In doubles junior Andy Caress had a team-best 7-2 record. The doubles pair of juniors Elliott Quibell and Simon Taylor were crowned as champions of the UNCW/Landfall Invitational.
Serve and Volley
The Coastal Carolina men's tennis travels to Hilton Head, S.C., to take on Connecticut at 2 p.m. on March 7 before returning home for three matches in a row. CCU takes on conference rival UNC Asheville on Mar. 9 at 3 p.m. The Chanticleers have a pair of weekend matches against Liberty at 12 p.m. on Mar. 11 and James Madison at 12 p.m. on Mar. 12.