RADFORD, VA. The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team fell to 14-8, 3-3 on the season after being swept by the Highlanders of Radford 6-0. Radford improves to 13-5, 5-1 on the season. The Highlanders won all six singles matches and the doubles matches were not completed due to rain.
In singles action, David Mellis (London ,England/Goffs) fell to No. 66 Martin Sayer 6-2, 6-1 at the number one position with James Lloyd picking up a win at number two against Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen Mary's College) 6-3, 6-3. Radford's Patrick Metham defeated Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) at number three singles 7-6 (3), 6-2 while Coastal's Plamen Tzvetkov (Herts, United Kingdom/Stanborough) lost to Mehdi Benhammou 7-5, 6-1. Also picking up wins for Radford were Luka Rister, who defeated Joseph Withers (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap (Liberty)) 6-3, 6-0 and Zach Watson against Andy Caress (6-0, 6-3) in the sixth spot.
Before the weather forced the doubles matches to stop, Taylor and Caress were ahead of Watson and Sayer 1-0 however, Behammou and Methan were ahead of Redding and Tzvetkov 1-0. Lloyd and Rister also had the edge on Withers and Mellis 1-0.
The Chanticleers next host Wofford on Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m. on Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
Radford 6, CCU 0
1. No. 66 Martin Sayer (RU) def. David Mellis 6-2, 6-1
2. James Lloyd (RU) def. Simon Taylor 6-3, 6-3
3. Patrick Metham (RU) def. Richard Redding 7-6 (3), 6-2
4. Mehdi Benhammou (RU) def. Plamen Tzvetkov 7-5, 6-1
5. Luka Rister (RU) def. Joseph Withers 6-3, 6-0
6. Zach Watson (RU) def. Andy Caress 6-0, 6-3
1. Taylor/Caress (CCU) vs. Watson/Sayer 1-0
2. Benhammou/Metham (RU) vs. Tzyetkov/Redding 1-0
3. Lloyd/Rister (RU) vs. Withers/David Mellis 1-0