March 29, 2010
Coastal Carolina University’s men’s tennis team will return to action after a week off to take on South Carolina State for its second to last home match of the season on Tuesday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 3, the Chants will travel to Big South foe-Radford for a match set at 10 a.m. The Chanticleers are 3-0 in the Big South this season after defeating Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville and Liberty.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS
Head Coach: Hardheep Judge
Bulldogs at a Glance: South Carolina State is coming off of a 6-1 loss to Auburn of Montgomery on March 24. The Bulldogs are 8-7 this season, after scoring wins over Winston-Salem State, Maryland Eastern Shore and St. Johns. Dmytro Kovalevych earned MEAC Player of the Week after he had a 5-1 record last week. Kovalevych won in straight sets in four of the five matches at the number three singles position.
Series Record: South Carolina State leads 3-1, including last season’s 5-2 win over the Chanticleers.
at RADFORD HIGHLANDERS
Overall: 6-8 (1-0 Big South)
Head Coach: Mike Anderson
Highlanders at a Glance: Radford has flip-flopped in and out of the national rankings week to week and they peaked all the way to 56 to start the season. In the regional rankings, Radford is ranked eighth along with their singles player Ivan Salec ranking ninth in the Atlantic Region. Radford has been the tennis powerhouse in the Big South, winning three consecutive Big South Tournaments. Radford is on a four-game win streak, earning its most recent and first conference win against Presbyterian, 7-0.
Series Record: Radford has dominated the all-time series with the Chanticleers as it leads 13-6. The Highlanders have won the last eight matches, including 5-2 last season.
Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis entered the Carolina regional ranking in ninth, announced recently by itatennis.com. Also ranking regionally is the doubles team of senior Ernesto Ramos and junior Alex Funkhouser, who is in sixth. The Chanticleers earned their first regional ranking under the helm of Powers as they have an 11-5 record and a perfect 3-0 record in the Big South. Radford and Coastal are the only teams ranked in the Big South. This is the second time for Ramos as he was ranked with teammate German Perez in doubles last season. Funkhouser and Ramos have accumulated an 11-3 doubles record, including 10-1 record in No. 2 doubles.
WINNING LIKE ITS 1999
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defeated East Carolina on March 21, 4-3 for the first time since 1999. The Chanticleers were swept by the Pirates in doubles.
The Chants went down 2-0 after Dmitry Vlaskin fell to Stephen Whitwell 7-5, 6-3 in No. 2 position. Junior Dorian Sovic jump-started the Chanticleers rally by defeating Bryan Oakley in No. 5 singles 6-3, 6-2, sparking the Chants to take the next three matches and clinch the team victory. Senior Plamen Tzvetkov overcame John Schmitt after losing the first set, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in No. 6 position, while Matt Gordon topped Horvath 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 spot. Alex Funkhouser lost in the first set 3-6 to Skalmerud, but rallied to win the next two 7-5, 6-3, giving the Chants the final point for the win.
COASTAL SPLITS DOUBLE DAY
The Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis team did not drop a single set in the 7-0 victory at Winston-Salem State at the WSSU Tennis Complex, but fell to UNC Greensboro 4-3 in the second match of the day at UNCG Tennis Courts. In the first match of the day against Winston-Salem, the Chants swept all three doubles, winning the point. The Chanticleers continued to dominate in singles, as Dmitry Vlaskin topped Brian Coxton, 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 position and Matt Gordon beat Ian Hunter 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. Alex Funkhouser topped Troy Moore, 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles. In No. 4 singles, Ernesto Ramos conquered Joab Odera 6-1, 6-2, while Dorian Sovic followed in No. 5 singles defeating Antentor Hinton also 6-1, 6-2. Completing the sweep, Plamen Tzvetkov beat Mason King 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 6 position.
In the second match of the day versus UNC Greensboro, Coastal took an early lead as they won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches. The Chants continued their success in singles as Gordon defeated Arsel Kumdereli, 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 spot, and After losing the first set, Tzvetkov overcame Eddins, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in No. 6 singles. The Spartans rallied as they took the next three straight-sets in the No. 1, 4, 5 positions, tying the match up at three. It all came down to Funkhouser and Litus in the No. 3 spots. Funkhouser took the first set 4-6, but fell short in the second set, 7-6 (2). Titus wore Funkhouser out in the final set as he clinched the match with a 6-4 set-win.
CHANTS TAKE TWO, LOSE ONE
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers continued its home play as they topped Liberty 6-1, improving to 3-0 in the Big South and beating North Carolina Central, 6-1. The Chants fell to No. 42 Penn State in the week, 7-0. In the Chants’ wins, they were led by junior Dorian Sovic, who went 2-0 in No. 6 singles and Dmitry Vlaskin who also went 2-0 in No. 3 action. Against Penn State, the No. 1 junior doubles team of Matt Gordon and Peter Billingham were successful, defeating Eddie Bourchier and Jason Lee, 8-6.
VLASKIN NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis senior Dmitry Vlaskin was named the Big South Choice Hotels Men’s Tennis Players of the Week, announced on March 9 by the League office. The Moscow, Russia native had a strong week in No. 3 singles action last week against Boston College and Big South-foe Liberty. He won his first singles match of the week by defeating Erik Kruetzer from Boston College in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Vlaskin also had an impressive performance against Liberty as he downed Giancarlo Lemmi, 6-3, 6-3. Vlaskin helped the Chanticleers take a 6-1 victory over the Flames, improving to 3-0 in the league.
COASTAL SUFFERS SETBACK FROM BOSTON COLLEGE
The Chanticleers seven-match win streak was snapped by Boston College in a tight 4-3 match on March 6 at home. The Chanticleers began with the No. 1 spot of juniors Matt Gordon and Peter Billingham falling to No. 21-nationally ranked Thomas Nolan and Erik Kreutzer, 8-3. In the No. 2 position, senior Ernesto Ramos and junior Alex Funkhouser tied up doubles by defeating Billy Grokenberger and Jonathan Schroeder, 8-5. The doubles pair improved 7-0 in the doubles play this season. The Chants No. 3 team of senior duo of Dmitry Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov battled toe-to-toe but could not pull out a win to get the doubles point, losing to Akash Muppidi and Adam Davison, 8-6. Things started to look up for the Chants as they took a 2-1 lead in singles with the No. 4 spot of Tzvetkov defeating Alex Skinner 6-3, 6-3 and the No. 3 position of Vlaskin overcoming Kreutzer, 6-2, 6-3. The Eagles took back the lead with No. 1 player Nolan routing Gordon, 6-3, 6-3 and Brian Locklear defeating Billingham 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 6 spot. Junior Dorian Sovic battled after losing the first set the to beat Schroeder, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 5 position, tying the match up at three all. It all came down to Ramos and No. 76 singles player in the nation Muppidi in the No. 2 position in the final match. Ramos took the first set, but fell in the final two, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1.
CHANTS TOP UNC ASHEVILLE
The Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis team won its seventh straight match on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.The Chanticleers opened the day with victories in No. 2 and 3 doubles, earning the doubles points. The No. 2 team of senior Ernesto Ramos and junior Alex Funkhouser improved their record to 6-0 as they defeated Nathan White and Jonas Brobeck, 8-5. In singles, the Chanticleers took five of the six matches, with the only setback in the No. 4 spot. Ramos defeated Nonnenbroich at No. 2, 6-3, 6-4. Funkhouser overpowered Brobeck 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, improving to 8-0 on the season. In No. 5 singles, Tzvetkov continued his winning ways as he earned a 6-2, 6-0 win over Rees.
POWERS GETS 70TH WIN AGAINST UNC ASHEVILLE
Head Coach Chris Powers earned his 70th win with the Chanticleers against UNC Asheville, 6-1. Powers also surpassed Don Mack, who had 63 wins for the most successful coach in Coastal Carolina recorded history earlier this season.
TZVETKOV PICKED AS BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Men’s tennis senior Plamen Tzvetkov has been named the Big South Choice Hotels Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, announced Tuesday, Feb. 23 by the league office. Tzvetkov turned things around after starting the season 0-4 by picking up victories in singles and doubles action last week against Charlotte and Conference foe Gardner-Webb. In the match against the 49ers, Tzvetkov defeated Krystof Kwasniewicz, 7-5, 6-4 in No. 5 singles, helping solidify the 5-2 Coastal win on Feb. 20. The Herts, United Kingdom native defeated Gardner-Webb’s Roman Piftor (7-6 (7-5), 6-3) last Sunday providing the game-winning point for the Chants. In No. 3 doubles play, Tzvetkov and Dmitry Vlaskin defeated their GWU opponents, helping the Chanticleers sweep the doubles point.
CHANTICLEERS DEFEAT CHARLOTTE AND OPEN BIG SOUTH PLAY WITH WIN OVER GARDNER-WEBB
Coastal Carolina men’s tennis had another 2-0 week by winning at Charlotte, 5-2, then opening Big South play at Gardner-Webb with a 5-2 win. At Charlotte, the Chanticleers took the doubles point and picked up wins in No. 1, 3, 4, 5 singles. Plamen Tzvetkov picked up the match-clinching point with a win of Krystof Kwasniewicz 7-5, 6-4. At Gardner-Webb the Chants swept the double point and earned singles victories in the No. 3, 4, 5, 6 positions, with No .2 Ernesto Ramos grabbing the game-clinching win over Andrew Veeder 7-6, (7-4), 6-4.
DOUBLES PLAY THRIVING
The Chanticleers doubles play thrived in the early part of the season as they lost doubles point three times this season, the only team losses this season. The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Gordon and Peter Billingham posted a 7-3 record. Since being paired up against Campbell, Alex Funkhouser and Ernesto Ramos had an 8-1 record.
NEWCOMERS LEAD THE WAY
Coastal has looked to their newcomers to step into leadership roles as well as their play to start the season. Transfer junior Matt Gordon was voted as co-captain to help lead the team along side Dmitry Vlaskin. Gordon was the first, first-year player to be selected in that role. Gordon also stepped up his play by taking over the No. 1 singles, posting a 6-3 record and a 8-4 record overall. Gordon has also been a force with other newcomer Peter Billingham in the No. 1 doubles. Along with Gordon, Billingham transfered from Cowley Junior College and enrolled in Coastal for the spring semester. Billingham and Gordon have accumulated a 8-4 record in No. 1 doubles play. Alex Funkhouser is perhaps had the most successful in the start of the season, by registering a 10-1 record in singles play and 8-1 with partner Ernesto Ramos in No. 2 doubles. Funkhouser was selected as Big South Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after his game-clinching point at Mercer and his play in No. 3 singles at Wofford
FUNKHOUSER NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Men’s tennis junior Alex Funkhouser was been selected as the Big South Choice Hotels Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Funkhouser led the way for the Chanticleers as he picked up four victories in singles and doubles play against Mercer and Wofford. At Mercer, Funkhouser supplied the game-winning point in No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-4 over Victor Dias. He also paired up with Ernesto Ramos in No. 2 doubles to win 8-5. In the win over Wofford, Funkhouser defeated Alan Donald, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 3 position of singles, and at the No. 2 doubles spot, Funkhouser and Ramos won the match 8-3. Coastal handed Mercer its first loss of the season and snapped Wofford’s 14-match home win streak this past week. The Winchester, Va. native has started the season with 5-0 record in singles and is on a four-match win streak in doubles.
CHANTICLEERS PLAY SPOILER
Coastal was the spoiler with both wins at Mercer on Wed., Feb. 10 and Wofford on Thurs., Feb. 11. In their first match of the week, the Chanticleers defeated the Bears 4-3, and handed them their first loss of the season. Alex Funkhouser grabbed the game winning point in the No. 4 seed 6-4, 6-4, over Victor Dias. For the second match of the week, Coastal snapped a 14-match home win streak for Wofford, 4-3. Dmitry Vlaskin picked up the game-winning point by defeating Drew Superstein, 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles. In both matches, the Chanticleers continued to dominate in doubles by winning all but one match.
COASTAL HAS A SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY DAY ON THE CLAY
Coastal not only raised money for the Red Cross, but also got a 5-2 win over Campbell on it annual “Community Day on the Clay” at the Prestwick Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 6. The Chanticleer started the day by sweeping the doubles point. The Chanticleers took the No. 2, 3, 4 and 6 spots to clinch the win. Matt Gordon defeated Beto Mondini 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot, and Ernesto Ramos won over Loukas Wallaart 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 3 spot. Alex Funkhouser continued his three match unbeaten streak by defeating David Clavera 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 4 spot, and Peter Billingham defeated Josep Baro 6-4, 6-1 to end the day. In singles the No. 1 spot of Plamen Tzvetkov lost to Larbi Lamzouri in a tough match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and in the No. 5 spot Dmitry Vlaskin fell to Ondrej Kralik 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.
CHANTS OPEN SEASON 1-1
Coastal opened the season 1-1 the past week, with a loss at #59 UNC Wilmington, 6-1, and a win over The Citadel 4-3. Alex Funkhouser had a successful start as he earned wins against UNCW, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 and The Citadel, 7-6, 6-1 in the number four spot. Matt Gordon and Peter Billingham also got their first wins as Chanticleers. Gordon clinched the final point against The Citadel, winning against David Orces 6-2, 6-2.
CHANTS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
The Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis team was picked to finish second in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll by the league’s head coaches, annouced by the conference Tuesday, Jan. 12. The preseason pick is the highest under the helm of Head Coach Chris Powers. The defending Big South Conference champion Radford received three first-place votes and 42 out of a possible 49 points to repeat in 2010. Coastal was a close second, finishing with one first-place vote and 41 points. Winthrop was picked to finish third with 39 points, ahead of Liberty, which received 26 points. Gardner-Webb was picked fifth with 21 points, followed by UNC Asheville (17) and Presbyterian (10).
LEADING THE WAY
Senior Dmitry Vlaskin and junior Matt Gordon have been selected as the 2010 team captains. Vlaskin has been part of the Chanticleers for three years, while Gordon is the first transfer selected as captain.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Joining the 2009 Chanticleers are juniors Alex Funkhouser, Matt Gordon and Peter Billingham. Funkhouser was part of the Old Dominion team that finished the season 19-16 and 18-13 team in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Gordon was selected as All-Northeast First Team at Fairleigh Dickinson. Billingham was two-time All-American at Cowley.
That’s right! The 2009 Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team has no freshmen listed on its roster. Three transfers, juniors Alex Funkhouser, Matt Gordon, and Peter Billingham, are all newcomers to the squad.
Coastal Carolina received its 10th straight ITA All-Academic Team selection in 2009. In order to be considered for the award, teams must have a 3.2 GPA or higher. Senior German Perez, juniors Ernesto Ramos, Dmitry Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov, and sophomore Dorian Sovic were named ITA Scholar-Athletes, which requires student-athletes to have at least a 3.5 GPA.
THE FALL IN THE NUTSHELL
The Chanticleers completed fall play with a 52-32 record.
COASTAL CAROLINA DOUBLE DAY:
The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team topped Francis Marion with a 5-2 win followed by a convincing 7-0 win at the Coastal Carolina Doubleheader Day. To begin the day, the Chanticleers secured the doubles point by sweeping the Patriots in all three slots. In singles, Chants Matt Gordon, Alex Funkhouser, Dmitry Vlaskin and Dorian Sovic all picked up wins.
The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis doubles team of Dorian Sovic and Alex Funkhouser won the Flight B doubles title in the UNC Wilmington RBC Invitational today (Sept. 13). Sovic and Funkhouser defeated Virginia Tech’s Jonathan Pine and Zachary Pine, 8-6 in the championship match. Matt Gordon also had a successful tournament by finishing third in Flight D singles.
Southern Intercollegiate Championships:
The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team competed at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships on September 18-20, hosted by Georgia. Due to the frequent rain, the tournament was cancelled for the last day of the matches.
Ramos plowed through four rounds to win the flight A-2. In the final round, Ramos defeated Gokay Celik of Delaware, 6-3, 6-2.In the singles flight A-1, Matt Gordon and Alex Funkhouser made it to the finals. In the Men’s doubles A-flight, Tzvetkov/Vlaskin made it to the quarterfinals.
ITA REGIONAL: For the first time in school history, the men’s tennis team put two singles players and one doubles team through three rounds of the ITA Carolinas Regional on Oct. 15-17, taking place in Chapel Hill, N.C. In singles, Gordon and Funkhouser made it to the 16th round of the 128-player main draw. The doubles team of Gordon and Ramos made a run, losing right before the quarterfinals. Three other Chanticleers: Dorian Sovic, Dmitry Vlaskin and Plamen Tzvetkov, were all accepted into the main draw, but lost in the first round.