March 4, 2014
Skillman, N.J. - The Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis team has been ranked the 68th best Division I men’s tennis program in the nation, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Tuesday. It is the first time in school history that the men’s program has been ranked by the ITA, which releases weekly rankings of the top 75 tennis programs.
This milestone for the 2014 Chanticleer men’s tennis team is just the latest record that the program has set over the past two seasons.
Last May, the Chanticleer’s made their first NCAA postseason appearance after winning the Big South regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1996 and 1994, respectively. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Chants finished 10th in the Carolina Regional rankings; it was just the second time in program history this feat had been achieved.
Earlier this season, junior Philippe Tsangaridis became the first Chanticleer singles player to be ranked in the ITA’s top 125. Tsangaridis, who is currently ranked as the 67th best singles player in Division I men’s tennis, went on to beat #13 Joran Vliegen of East Carolina, the highest ranked opponent to be defeated by a Coastal singles player.
“Last year we really shared our Big South championship with everyone who wore the Coastal uniform over the years,” said Chanticleer head coach Chris Powers. “This is another step in moving the program forward every day by working hard and building team character. We have embraced an underdog mentality over the years, and this should only validate our approach moving forward.”
The 6-4 Chanticleers host James Madison on Sunday before beginning the conference portion of their schedule against UNC Asheville on March 15 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center. #68 Coastal hosts three additional conference opponents this season including Longwood (March 16), Presbyterian (April 5) and rival Liberty (April 9).