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Tsangaridis Qualifies for NCAA Singles Championship

Philippe Tsangaridis will be the first Chanticleer to represent Coastal at the NCAA DI Men's Tennis Championship.

       

Philippe Tsangaridis

Philippe Tsangaridis

May 1, 2014

Indianapolis, Ind. - Philippe Tsangaridis of the Coastal Carolina men's tennis team, ranked as the 114th best Division I men's singles player by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, has qualified to participate in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. The qualification is a program-first for Coastal men's tennis, which has never had a singles player appear in the NCAA Championship. 

Tsangaridis was awarded the Big South's automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships after being the conference's only player to finish the regular season and conference tournament ranked in the ITA's Top 125. Per NCAA regulations, automatic qualification is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players holding a national ranking by the ITA. 

The singles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20. The University of Georgia will serve as host. 

All matches for the singles championship will be the best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. The singles tournament will consist of 64 players. 

"This is another historic day for the tennis program," said Chanticleer head coach Chris Powers. "Last year we went to the team championships and this year Philippe will represent Coastal Carolina for the first time as an individual. We are both thrilled at the opportunity to step onto the biggest stage of college tennis." 

Tsangaridis became the first-ever Chanticleer to be ranked in the ITA Top 125 on February 11 when he came in at #109. Tsangaridis has maintained a national ranking since that time, reaching as high as #67 on February 25. 

The junior transfer from the University of Alabama set another Coastal record this season after defeating #13 Joran Vliegen of East Carolina, the highest ranked opponent ever beaten by a Coastal player. Tsangaridis was named all-conference in both singles and doubles, and finished the regular season and Big South tournament with a 12-7 singles record after playing all but one match on the first court. 

Tsangaridis in the National Rankings
Feb. 11 - #109
Feb. 25 - #67
March 11 - #75
March 25 - #87
April 8 - #101
April 15 - #124
April 22 - #112
May 1 - #114


2014 NCAA Singles Championship

Automatic qualifications (17), listed alphabetically by conference

 American Athletic

Roberto Cid

South Florida

Atlantic Coast

Mitchell Frank

Virginia

Atlantic Sun

Jordi Vives

Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic 10

Alexis Heugas

VCU

Big South

Philippe Tsangaridis

Coastal Carolina

Big Ten

Jared Hiltzik

Illinois

Big 12

Guillermo Alcorta

Oklahoma

Colonial

Rafael Aita

North Carolina-Wilmington

Conference USA

Joran Vliegen

East Carolina

Ivy League

Winston Lin

Columbia

Missouri Valley

Alen Salibasic

Drake

Mountain West

Andrew Bettles

Boise State

Pac-12

Clay Thompson

UCLA

SEC

Nik Scholtz

Ole Miss

Southern

Cameron Silverman

Elon

Summit League

Henry Craig

Denver

West Coast

Alex Sarkissian

Pepperdine

 

At-large selections (47) listed alphabetically by last name:

Andrew Adams

South Carolina

Harrison Adams

Texas A&M

Axel Alvarez Llamas

Oklahoma

Greg Andrews

Notre Dame

Gonzales Austin

Vanderbilt

Romain Bogaerts

Wake Forest

Nick Chappell

TCU

Amerigo Contini

Virginia Tech

Florent Diep

Florida

Alex Domijan

Virginia

Diego Galeano

Baylor

Marcos Giron

UCLA

Lloyd Glasspool

Texas

Farris Gosea

Illinois

Yannick Hanfmann

Southern California

Hunter Harrington

Clemson

Andrew Harris

Oklahoma

Søren Hess-Olesen

Texas

Tom Jomby

Kentucky

Peter Kobelt

Ohio State

Julian Lenz

Baylor

Mikelis Libietis

Tennessee

Ryan Lipman

Vanderbilt

Mackenzie McDonald

UCLA

Ben McLachlan

California

Denis Nguyen

Harvard

 

Alternates:

1

Florian Lakat

Mississippi State

2

Felipe Soares

Texas Tech

3

Daniel Cochrane

Auburn

4

Tim Kopinski

Illinois

5

Carlos Lopez Villa

Old Dominion

6

Connor Glennon

Memphis

7

Dominic Cotrone

Florida State

8

Omar Aly

Miami (Florida)

9

Jeremy Efferding

Texas A&M