ROCK HILL, S.C. The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team (15-7, 4-3 Big South) were downed by Winthrop (12-6, 5-1 Big South) 7-0 on Friday afternoon, April 7 at the Memorial Courts in Rock Hill, S.C.
The number one singles match saw sophomore David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) fall to sophomore Vinicius Bortolatto 6-3, 6-1. CCU junior Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) was defeated by sophomore Rodrigo Santos in the second singles match 6-4, 6-0. Junior Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen's Mary College) took three sets but was defeated by sophomore Alejandro Portugal 6-2, 6-7, 6-1. The fourth singles match was dropped by Coastal junior Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) to freshman Arthur Takahashi 6-3, 6-3. Coastal's junior Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) lost the fifth match 6-1, 6-1 to junior Jorge Padilla. The Chanticleers dropped the sixth and final singles match as junior Ryan Weisband (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) fell to freshman junior Thiago Barbosa 6-4, 6-1.
The Winthrop took the doubles point earlier in the afternoon. The first CCU doubles team of Quibell/Redding were defeated by Santos/Germano Knorr 8-6. Coastal second doubles team of Taylor/Caress fell to Padilla/Portugal 8-4. The third doubles match was taken by the Winthrop duo of Bortolatto/Takahashi over the Chanticleers' pair of Mellis/Dowis 8-4
The Chants take to the road to the Big South Conference's Men's Tennis Tournament next week from April 13-15 in Birmingham, Ala. The Chants have secured the #4 seed and will match up with #5 seed High Point University (9-9, 3-4 Big South) at a yet to be determined time.
Winthrop 7, Coastal 0
1. Vinicius Bortolatto (WU) def. David Mellis (CCU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Rodrigo Santos (WU) def. Elliott Quibell (CCU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Alejandro Portugal (WU) def. Simon Taylor (CCU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
4. Arthur Takahashi (WU) def. Andy Caress (CCU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Jorge Padilla (WU) def. Richard Redding (CCU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Thiago Barbosa (WU) def. Ryan Weisband (CCU) 6-4, 6-1
1. Santos/Germano Knorr (WU) def. Quibell/Redding (CCU) 8-6
2. Padilla/Portugal (WU) def. Taylor/Caress (CCU) 8-4
3. Bortolatto/Takahashi (WU) def. Mellis/Dowis (CCU) 8-4