CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought 6-1 decision to No. 17 Wake Forest Thursday, March 12 at the BillyNicholsTennisCenter. The Chanticleers dropped their second doubles point of the season and sent four of the six singles matches to three sets, but came up short, moving their overall record to 10-2 and 1-0 in the Big South.
Coastal Carolina’s doubles pair, senior German Perez and junior Ernesto Ramos, faced the No. 1 duo in the country in WakeForest’s Cory Parr and Steve Forman. Perez and Ramos went showed poise on the court and took a 5-2 advantage but Wake Forest proved their rank battling back to narrowly defeat the Chanticleers’ top pair 8-6 on court one. At No. 3, senior Joseph Withers and sophomore John Hairston dropped an 8-3 decision to David Hopkins and Carlos Salmon as the Chants surrendered the doubles point. On court two, juniors Dmitry Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov got past WakeForest’s Iain Atkinson and Andrew Brasseaux 8-6, for Coastal Carolina’s only win in doubles play.
In singles, the Chanticleers forced four matches to three sets, but Ramos was the only Chant to come out victorious getting a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Atkinson on court three. Perez fell 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 to Parr , who holds a national ranking of No. 31 in singles play. Sophomore Dorian Sovic went ahead 6-4 in the first set but WakeForest’s Joost Vogel stole the next two sets on court five. Vlaskin was edged out 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 at the No. 2 spot, while Withers went down in three sets to Salmon at the sixth slot.
“I’m really proud of the fight we put up against a top-20 team in the country,” Head Coach Chris Powers commented. “I think the guys are really starting to believe they can play with anybody and hopefully we can carry this match into this weekend.”
Coastal Carolina will face James Madison Saturday, March 14 at the BillyNicholsTennisCenter. First serve is set for