Men's Tennis Welcomes No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 61 East Carolina and James Madison to the Grand Strand
Coastal Carolina welcomes a talented field to the Grand Strand this week in No. 17 Wake Forest and No. 61 East Carolina along with James Madison. The Chanticleers open the week Thursday, March 12 with the Demon Deacons, who feature the top-ranked doubles team in the NCAA, at James Madison takes to the court Saturday, March 14 at and East Carolina follows the next day with a start time of These three contests will end a five-match homestand for the Chants.
Match 12: No. 17 WakeForest Demon DeaconsThursday, March 12 – BillyNicholsTennisCenter (Conway, S.C.)Overall: 7-4
Head Coach: Jeff Zinn
Demon Deacons at a Glance: Wake Forest features the top-ranked doubles team in the NCAA in Cory Parr and Seven Foreman, who are 7-1 in dual matches and 14-6 overall this season. Parr is also ranked in singles competition at No. 31. The Demon Deacons are 7-4 overall, with losses coming to nationally-ranked foes No. 3 Mississippi, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 27 Minnesota and No. 28 Wisconsin. Parr and Foreman will likely take the top two singles positions, while the rest of the lineup has been tinkered with all season. Andrew Brasseaux is 2-5 at the three spot and David Hopkins and Jonathan Wolf, who is 8-0 this season in singles dual matches, might occupy the four and five positions. Jason Morgenstern has been seen much of the court time at No. 6 holding a record of 5-2. In doubles action, Parr and Foreman are 7-1 on court one, while Iain Atkinson and Brasseaux played at No. 2 last time out and Hopkins and Wolff round out the lineup at No. 3.Series vs. WakeForest: In the only meeting between these two squads, WakeForest took a 7-0 decision home in 1999 and lead the series 1-0.
Match 13: James Madison DukesSaturday, March 14 – BillyNicholsTennisCenter (Conway, S.C.)Overall: 2-8
Head Coach: Steve Secord
Dukes at a Glance: James Madison lost its first seven matches of the season but have won two of its past three outings. Heading into the week, the Dukes were 2-8 overall. Jared Robinson should be on court one for the Dukes, while teammates Mike Smith and Tommi Nissinen have been on court two and three the past two matches. Brian Rubenstein, Ville Maaranen and Yaroslav Voznenko will likely fill the final three slots in singles play. Smith and Nissinen play well together at the No. 1 doubles position. Rubenstein and Robinson combine for the No. 2 doubles spot and Matt King has been paired with Voznenko and Maaranen at court three.
Series vs. James Madison: This will be the fifth meeting between these teams after splitting their first four meetings. James Madison claimed the first two victories in 1997 and 2001. Coastal Carolina has won the most recent contests with a 5-2 victory in 2005 and a 6-1 win in 2006.
Match 13: No. 61 East Carolina Pirates Sunday, March 15 – BillyNicholsTennisCenter (Conway, S.C.)Overall: 10-1
Head Coach: Shawn Heinchon
Pirates at a Glance:East Carolina earned its first-ever national ranking March 3 at No. 61. The Pirates are 10-1 on the season, with No. 67 Appalachian State slipping past East Carolina 4-3. In singles, Jaroslav Horvath is 5-4 and Stephen Whitwell is 2-0 at the No. 1 slot. Whitwell is 5-0 at No. 2, splitting time with Denis Ermilov and Horvath. The bottom three slots is where the Pirates strength lies, playing to a 30-3 overall record. Henrick Skalmerud is 7-2 on court four and Aleksey Kochetov 7-1 at No. 5. East Carolina is undefeated on court six with Bryan Oakley’s 6-0 record along with teammate David Masciorini, who is 5-0. In doubles, Ermilov and Horvath are 5-4 at No. 1, while Kochetov and Skalmerud are 8-1 at No. 2 with Oakley and Whitwell compiling a 5-2 record at No. 3.Series vs. East Carolina: The Pirates lead the series 4-1 and have won the past four contests. In last season’s meeting, East Carolina won 6-1 March 1, 2008 with junior Ernesto Ramos getting the only victory for the Chanticleers.
CHANTICLEER BREAK POINTS
The Chanticleers are a combined 20-2 at two singles position. Coastal Carolina is 10-1 at No. 3 and No. 6. In doubles, the Chants are20-2 at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots and have only dropped one doubles point in 11 matches.
Coastal Carolina’s No. 1 doubles team, senior German Perez and junior Ernesto Ramos, who were ranked as high as No. 68 this season will face the nation’s top-ranked duo in WakeForest’s Cory Parr and Steven Foreman Thursday, March 12. This will be the first nationally-ranked pair the Chanticleers’ tandem has faced this season.
Seahawks Play Spoilers
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity men’s tennis team had its nine-match win streak come to end Thursday, March 5 as UNC Wilmington edged out the Chanticleers 4-3 at the BillyNicholsTennisCenter. The Chanticleers started strong, winning their ninth doubles point of the season, sweeping through UNC Wilmington’s pairs. Coastal Carolina dropped four of the six singles flights with senior Joseph Withers and junior Ernesto Ramos earning the only two victories.