COASTAL’S SEASON ENDS IN SEMIFINALS: The Chanticleers’ 2008 season came to an end Friday, April 18 in the Big South Conference Tournament semifinals held at The Winthrop Memorial Courts as top-seeded Radford, who is ranked 68th nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, defeated Coastal 4-0. The Chants advanced to the semifinals after sweeping Liberty 4-0 in the opening round Thursday, April 17.
A TOURNAMENT WIN: With its 4-0 opening round victory over fifth-seeded Liberty, Coastal picked up its first Big South Tournament win since 1998 when the Chants topped UNC Asheville 4-1. Dating back to the 1994 season, Coastal has recorded just three postseason sweeps, posting 7-0 scores over both Liberty and UNC Greensboro in 1994 and this year’s 4-0 sweep of Liberty.
TZVETKOV EARNS SPOT ON ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Sophomore Plamen Tzvetkov was selected to the 2008 Big South Conference Men’s Tennis All-Academic Team, the league announced at the annual banquet held Wednesday, April 16. Tzvetkov maintains a 3.947 as a finance and management double major. In his career, Tzvetkov has a 21-19 singles record and is 25-18 in doubles action.
WITHERS AND HAIRSTON DUO WIN TWO AT BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT: The doubles tandem of junior Joseph Withers and freshman John Hairston won both of their doubles matches at the No. 3 slot at the Big South Tournament. Withers and Hairston defeated Liberty’s Chad Simpson and Juan Reyes 8-3 Thursday, April 17 and then downed Radford’s James Lloyd and Paul Boslet 8-5 Friday, April 18. Withers and Hairston ended the season with a 13-6 overall doubles record, including a 10-5 in the No. 3 slot.
CHANTS TOP EAGLES: Coastal picked up its first win over rival Winthrop since 1996 with a 4-3 thrilling victory Tuesday, April 8 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
TZVETKOV, CHECCHIA, AND WITHERS PROPEL CCU TO WIN: Junior Joseph Withers, sophomore Plamen Tzvetkov and freshman Carlo Checchia were large factors in Coastal’s 4-3 win over Winthrop April 8. Trailing 3-1, the Chants needed to win the final three singles matches in order to come away with the win. Tzvetkov, Checchia and Withers all pulled off three-set wins in the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 slots, respectively, giving CCU the three final points of the match.
WITHERS PUTS UP TWO WINS: Junior Joseph Withers had a pair of victories in the Chants’ match versus Winthrop April 8. Withers and freshman John Hairston posted an 8-5 win over Jose Pardo and Marcin Majchrzak at No. 3 doubles. The Peoria, Ill., native helped complete Coastal’s comeback with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 showing over Majchrzak at No. 6 singles.
COASTAL WINS CLOSE ONE: Coastal edged out UNC Asheville 4-3 Friday, April 4 at the Asheville Racquet Club. Although the Chants and the Bulldogs split the singles matches three apiece, Coastal won the doubles point in order to win the match.
MELLIS AND VLASKIN WIN AGAIN AT NO. 1: In the match at UNC Asheville, senior David Mellis and sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin were penciled in the No. 1 doubles slot for CCU, marking the second straight match they held that slot. Mellis and Vlaskin downed UNC Asheville’s Mauricio Correa and Joseph May for their second win in the No. 1 position. The tandem finished the season with a 9-8 mark on the year.
AN 0-2 WEEK: The Chanticleers went 0-2 for matches played the week of March 24-30. Coastal was swept 7-0 at No. 75 Davidson March 25 and then lost 4-1 at High Point Saturday, March 29. Only singles competition was played during the High Point match as the teams dealt with a five-and-a-half hour rain delay.
A SINGLES WIN AND A DOUBLES WIN: The doubles pair of senior David Mellis and sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin notched CCU’s only doubles victory last week with an 8-6 win over Davidson’s Flaviu Simihaian and Ethan Jaffee in the No. 1 slot. Meanwhile, sophomore Ernesto Ramos registered CCU’s only singles win, topping High Point’s Henri Mangin 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 slot.
BACK AT THE BILLY NICHOLS TENNIS CENTER: The Chants made their return to the Billy Nichols Tennis Center Wednesday, March 19 against No. 2 Ohio State, marking just the second time this season CCU has played on its home courts, which were recently resurfaced. Coastal will play its first Big South match of the season on the recently resurfaced courts April 8 against Winthrop. The Chants’ previous two home matches - Radford on Feb. 17 and Liberty on Feb. 24 - were both played the City of Myrtle Beach Tennis Courts.
CHANTS DROP TWO: Coastal Carolina lost both of its matches for the week of March 17-23, falling to No. 2 Ohio State 7-0 Wednesday, Feb. 19 and then 6-1 at Charleston Southern Thursday, Feb. 20.
VLASKIN NETS SINGLES WIN: Sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin had CCU’s only singles victory during the week of March 17-23. The Moscow, Russia native had a 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 victory over Charleston Southern’s Guy David at No. 2 singles. Vlaskin finished the season 7-2 when playing at No. 2 singles and is 12-7 overall in singles play.
FIRST TO 10: The doubles pair of junior Joseph Withers and freshman John Hairston picked up their 10th doubles win of the season with a nail-biting 9-8 win over Charleston Southern’s Murat Atilla and Luis Maselli in the No. 3 slot.
ITS A SWEEP: The Chants earned their seventh win of the season with a 7-0 sweep of Boston University Thursday, March 13. Of Coastal’s seven wins, five have been sweeps, with the Chants also blanking Mount Olive, Queens University of Charlotte, Winston-Salem State and Richmond.
WINS ACROSS THE BOARD: In Coastal’s 7-0 sweep of the Terriers March 13, the Chants won all three doubles and all six singles matches, a feat accomplished just two other times this season.
RAMOS GOES 3-0: Sophomore Ernesto Ramos won three straight singles matches at the No. 2 slot, posting wins against Richmond, East Carolina and Boston University. He was the only Chant to go a perfect 2-0 in singles competition Feb. 29-March 1 and then pushed his streak to three with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Boston University’s Jeff Chudacoff.
ROAD TRIP!: CCU split its two road matches Feb. 29 and March 1, sweeping Richmond 7-0 and falling at East Carolina 6-1. Coastal’s win over Richmond marked CCU’s first sweep since blanking Winston-Salem State Feb. 9 as well as the team’s first road win of the 2008 season.
CHANTS GO 1-1: CCU split its matches Feb. 23 and 24, falling to Gardner-Webb 4-3 and defeating Liberty 6-1. The Chants’ win over the Flames ended a six-match losing skid.
A 2-0 WEEK FOR MELLIS AND TZVETKOV: Senior David Mellis and sophomore Plamen Tzvetkov posted 2-0 singles records Feb. 23-24. Mellis topped Gardner-Webb’s Fafael Altmayer 6-0, 6-1 Feb. 23 in the No. 3 slot and then downed Liberty’s Chad Simpson 6-1, 7-6 Feb. 24 at No. 2 singles. Meanwhile, Tzvetkov scored both of his wins in the No. 4 slot, posting a 6-1, 6-1 win over Gardner-Webb’s Carlos Quijano and then beating Liberty’s Rafael Riso 6-1, 6-2.
ANOTHER TWO FOR WITHERS AND HAIRSTON: Junior Joseph Withers and freshman John Hairston notched two more No. 3 doubles victories with wins over Gardner-Webb and Liberty. The duo topped Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Bernthal and Jamie Lawlor 9-7 Saturday, Feb. 23 and then defeated Liberty’s Jarda Trojan and Leandro Schujmann 8-6 Sunday, Feb. 24.
A FAMILIAR TEAM: Junior Joseph Withers improved to 2-0 in both singles and doubles competition against his former team, Liberty. The Peoria, Ill., native went to Liberty for one year prior to attending Coastal.
CCU HAS TOUGH WEEK: Coastal went 0-4 in its busiest week of the season as the Chants played four matches in six days Feb. 12-17, including one against No. 71 Tennessee Tech.
MELLIS AND VLAKSIN PICK UP FOUR DOUBLES WINS: Although Coastal was winless Feb. 12-17, senior David Mellis and sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin went 4-0 at No. 2 doubles on the week. The pair has a 6-6 mark in the No. 2 slot for the season.
CCU NETS TWO SWEEPS: Both of Coastal Carolina’s wins from Feb. 5-9 were 7-0 sweeps. The Chants beat Queens University Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Prestwick Country Club and then cruised past Winston-Salem State Saturday, Feb. 9. CCU has swept its opponents in three of its five wins so far this season.
VLASKIN WINS FIVE: Sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin racked up five victories Feb. 5-9. The Moscow, Russia native won all three singles matches he played and had two doubles wins.
CHANTS OFF TO A WINNING START: Coastal Carolina won both of its matches against Mount Olive at Community Day on the Clay Saturday, Feb. 2. The Chants swept the Trojans 7-0 in the first match and then won the second 6-1.
GIMME TWO: After the two matches against Mount Olive, four Chants started 2-0 in singles play this season. Junior Joseph Withers, sophomores Ernesto Ramos and Dmitry Vlaskin and freshman Carlo Checchia won both of their singles matches against Mount Olive. Additionally, Withers and freshman John Hairston were 2-0 in doubles play. The pair notched wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles on Saturday.
SUPER SWEEP: With a 7-0 win in its season-opener, Coastal Carolina has now opened the season with a sweep for the second consecutive season. Dating back to 1999, the Chants have won five season-openers, three of which were sweeps.
CHANTS SELECTED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Coastal Carolina’s men’s tennis team was picked fourth and earned 57 points in the Big South preseason poll that was announced on Jan. 17. Defending tournament champion Radford was picked to finish first, receiving 96 points and 12 first-place votes.
QUICK LOOK AT THE FALL: Head Coach Chris Powers got a quick preview of the 2008 Chanticleers during the fall season as CCU participated in three invitationals and had one double dual.
CCL-UNCW Collegiate Tennis Invitational (Sept. 7-8): Sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin advanced to the Teal Flight finals, where he was scheduled to play UNC Wilmington’s Michael Pereira. However, the finals were rained out due to Tropical Storm Gabrielle off the North Carolina coast.
UNC Invitational (Sept. 21-23): Doubles partners junior Joseph Withers and freshman John Hairston finished second in C doubles. Withers and Hairston advanced through the first two rounds before ultimately losing. Meanwhile, five Chants placed in the top eight in singles competition
Hidden Double Dual (Sept. 28): Coastal Carolina and Francis Marion split the day, each team winning one match. Francis Marion won the morning’s match 6-4, while CCU took the afternoon’s match 6-3, marking the Chants’ first win over the Patriots since 1992. Sophomore Dmitry Vlaskin and freshman Carlo Checchia were all undefeated.
University of South Carolina Invitational (Oct. 12-14): Freshman Carlo Checchia advanced to the B-4 finals and came just short of the individual title after taking eventual champion Alan Donald to three sets. Meanwhile, junior Joseph Withers and freshman Omar El Bouzkouri marched their way through B-2 doubles with 8-2 wins over their first two opponents in order to advance to the finals. The pair lost 8-5 in the finals.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: With only two upperclassmen, most of CCU’s 2008 tennis roster is made up of underclassmen. The team has one senior (David Mellis), one junior (Joseph Withers), three sophomores (Ernesto Ramos, Plamen Tzvetkov and Dmitry Vlaskin) and three freshmen (Carlo Checchia, Omar El Bouzkouri and John Hairston).
THEY’RE BAAA-AAAACK: With four seniors on last year’s team, senior David Mellis, junior Joseph Withers and sophomore Plamen Tzvetkov are the only returners to the 2008 squad.
COASTAL BOUND: Coastal’s roster features two transfer students, sophomores Ernesto Ramos (Jacksonville) and Dmitry Vlaskin (Arkansas).
IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: CCU received its eighth straight ITA All-Academic Team selection in 2007. In order to be considered for the award, teams must have a 3.2 GPA or higher. Last year, the Chants posted a 3.6 team GPA. Individually, Coastal had six players named ITA Scholar-Athletes, which requires student-athletes to have at least a 3.5 GPA.