CONWAY, S.C.-The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team improved to 11-2 on the season after winning a hard fought battle against Colgate on Sunday afternoon on Hilton Head Island, S.C., 6-1. Senior Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) picked up his first doubles win after missing almost a month of the season due to injury. Quibell and doubles teammate David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) defeated Colgate's number three doubles team of John Noqueras and Michael Yassky, 8-3.
Coastal won the doubles point after seniors Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) and Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen Mary's College) defeated the number one team of Chris Innes and Marshall Wheeler, 8-3 while Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) and Plamen Tzvetkov (Herts, United Kingdom/Stanborough) won at number two doubles after beating Martin MacIntyre and Tyler Deck, 8-3.
Tzvetkov picked up his first win at the number one singles position after defeating Innes in three sets 6-7, 6-2, 6-0. Mellis won at the number two spot after taking down MacIntyre in three sets 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 and Taylor defeated Wheeler 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 at the third spot. Redding and Caress both picked up their fourth straight singles wins with Redding defeating Deck 6-3, 6-3 and Caress beating Noqueras 6-3, 6-2. Joseph Withers (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap (Liberty)) got the only CCU loss in the day after being defeated by Yassky in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.
"This was a good old fashion battle during the singles matches," Head Coach Chris Powers commented. "We answered Colgate's rally and we played excellent doubles against a really scrappy team today."
The Chanticleers return to action in Hilton Head, S.C. tomorrow morning when they play future Big South Conference member Presbyterian at 9 am and then end out the day against Bucknell at 7 p.m.