CONWAY, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team fell to 13-4 (2-1 in Big South) after falling to High Point (12-10, 4-4) in a close 4-3 match on Saturday at Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
The Chanticleers fell just short of picking up the doubles point after the third doubles team of David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) and Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) fought injury and illness throughout the match and fell 9-8 to the High Point team of David Perren and Henri Mangin. Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) and Plamen Tzvetkov (Herts, United Kingdom/Stanborough) defeated Julien Antraygues and Benjamin Deloume 8-6 at the number two doubles spot but Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen Mary's College) and Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) couldn't pick up the win against Jack Notton and Jim Trusslor, falling 8-6.
High Point picked up wins in the first two singles matches with Notton defeating Tzvetkov 7-6, 7-4 and Antraygues getting a win after Mellis was up 2-1 in the first set but had to retire due to illness. Taylor then came out and took down Deloume in a thrilling three-set series 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 while Redding easily handled Perren 6-4, 6-2. Caress couldn't hold on to the win against Mangin, despite winning the first set 4-6. Mangin won 4-6, 6-0, 6-0. Joseph Withers (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap (Liberty)) defeated Trusslor 7-5, 7-5 but couldn't help the Chanticleers to their third conference win.
"Injuries and illness are a part of the game," Head Coach Chris Powers commented. "We're going to work through it, we win as a team and we struggle as a team and today we came up a little short."
The Chanticleers return to the courts on Thursday, March 22 as they host nationally ranked Arkansas-Little Rock at 2:30 p.m. on Billy Nichols Tennis Center.