Men's Tennis to Play UNC Asheville in First Round of Big South Championship
Coastal Carolina enters the 2009 Big South Men’s Tennis Championship with a two-match win streak after defeating Binghamton 4-3 (April 8) and Liberty 6-1 (April 11). The Chants are led by senior Joseph Withers and junior Ernesto Ramos, who both finished the regular season with a 15-5 singles record. Ramos has paired up with senior German Perez to compile a 14-4 record at No. 1 doubles, while juniors Plamen Tzvetkov and Dmitry Vlaskin have the same record on court two.
UNC Asheville Bulldogs
Record: 5-15, 0-6 Big South
Head Coach: Lise Gregory
Bulldogs at a Glance:Asheville struggled to find a win in the Big South this season, playing to an 0-6 record in the league. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with playing to a 2-1 record in their final three matches defeating North Carolina Central 7-0 and Brevard 4-3 before falling6-1 to Winthrop. This season, the Bulldogs have had 8 of their 20 matches decided by a 4-3 score, which includes three conference matches (Liberty, Presbyterian and Coastal Carolina). Mauricio Correa and Nicola Nonnenbroich have been at the top of the lineup for most of the season and will likely occupy the top two slots again in hopes of helping the Bulldogs advance through the tournament. The Bulldogs are 10-10 at the No. 5 slot led by Joe May’s 5-1 record. In doubles, Asheville has shuffled through 11 tandems this season with Jonas Brobeck and Correa being a consistent No. 1 duo for the Bulldogs.
Series vs. Asheville: The Chanticleers hold a 13-5 advantage in the series over the Bulldogs, with Coastal Carolina winning the last four meetings. During the regular season, the Chanticleers took a 4-3 decision from the Bulldogs when they traveled to Asheville (March 30).
Chanticleers vs. UNC Asheville in the Big South Championship: Coastal Carolina has met UNC Asheville three times at the Big South Championship and Asheville has won two of the three matches. The last time these two squads met was in 2002, where the Bulldogs won the match 4-1.
CHANTICLEER BREAK POINTS
Chants Double up on Doubles
Coastal Carolina’s top two doubles teams played to 28-8 record this season. Senior German Perez and junior Ernesto Ramos played to a 14-4 record at No. 1, while juniors Plamen Tzvetkov and Dmitry Vlaskin went 14-4 on court two.
Chanticleers Finish Strong
The Chanticleers finished the regular season winning 75 percent of their matches going 15-5 on three courts. Senior Joseph Withers led the Chants on court six playing to a 12-4 record in the spot. On court two, Coastal Carolina had two players who put up the wins with senior German Perez’s 5-0 record and junior Ernesto Ramos held a 6-3 record at No. 2. At the No. 3 spot, junior Dmitry Vlaskin played to an 8-3 record, while Ramos was 5-0 on court three.
Chanticleers Coast Past Liberty, 6-1
In the final regular season match of the year, Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty 6-1 Saturday, April 11 at the Sport Racket to clinch third place in the Big South standings. With the win, the Chanticleers finish the season with a 15-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Big South. It is the best finish for the Chants during Head Coach Chris Powers’ five years at the helm.
Withers and Perez Win on Senior Day, Chants Beat Binghamton
oastal Carolina came from behind to get a 4-3 victory over Binghamton Wednesday, April 8 at the BillyNicholsTennisCenter. Seniors Joseph Withers and German Perez each came away with a singles victory on Senior Day to help the Chanticleers to the win.
Chants Fall to Winthrop
Coastal Carolina surrendered a 4-3 decision to Winthrop Saturday, April 4 at the BillyNicholsTennisCenter. The Chanticleers went ahead 3-1 to open the match, but the Eagles battled back to win the final three singles matches for the win.
Coastal Carolina Edges Asheville, 4-3
In a tightly contested Big South match up, the CoastalCarolinaUniversity men’s tennis team came away with a 4-3 victory over UNC Asheville Monday, March 30 at the AshevilleSchool. Coastal Carolina dropped the doubles point as they adjusted to the fast courts at the AshevilleSchool losing matches at the No 2 and No. 3 positions. In singles play, two matches went into the books early after players from both squads were forced to retire due to injury. The match was tied at 3-3 with the deciding match in progress on court No. 2, where senior German Perez won the first set 6-4 but Asheville’s Mauricio Correa came back to take the second set 6-2. With the match on the line, Perez dug deep and pulled out the 6-4 victory in the third set to clinch the match for the Chanticleers.