May 8, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics will hold a short sendoff event for the men's tennis team at the Beaty Memorial Victory Bell on Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m. The Chanticleers will then board their bus and begin their journey to the NCAA Regional in Durham, N.C. hosted by Duke University.
The sendoff event is open to all Coastal Carolina faculty, staff and students, as well as all Chanticleer fans wanting to give the team their well wishes.
In their first NCAA Regional appearance in program history, the Chanticleers will face Duke, the host university, at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Under the direction of Chris Powers, the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year, Coastal (15-5) earned the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional by winning the conference tournament for the first time since 1994. The Chanticleers also won the Big South regular season title after going undefeated in conference play with an 8-0 mark, and will enter Friday's contest riding a 10-match winning streak.
Against Duke, the Chants will feature the doubles teams of Yusuke Kusuda/Ted Nilsson, Matias Di Pasquale/Garik Yedigarian and Leo Christofides/John Karle. Christofides are Karle have compiled the best record among the Coastal duos, posting a 15-4 overall mark while playing primarily at No. 2. The Chants have won the doubles point in 13 of their 20 matches this season, and are 11-2 when taking the first point of the match.
In singles play, the Chants will be led by Big South all-conference honorees Yedigarian and Kusuda. Yedigarian boasts Coastal's best singles record at 15-4 overall, playing the majority of the season at No. 3 singles. In addition, Yedigarian went 8-0 against conference opponents before winning three straight matches in the Big South tournament. Kusuda compiled a 10-7 regular season record after splitting time between Nos. 1 and 2 singles.
Duke enters the postseason ranked ninth in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with a 22-5 overall record. The Blue Devils earned the second seed in the ACC tournament with a 10-1 conference record, but were ousted in the semifinals by Wake Forest. Two of the Blue Devils' pairs are ranked in the top 25, and three of their singles players are ranked in the top 75 by the ITA.
Also participating in the Durham Regional are UNC Wilmington and South Carolina. The two teams will square off at 10 a.m. on Friday, and the winner of that match will face the winner of the Coastal Carolina and Duke match at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of Saturday's match will then travel to Urbana, Ill. to compete in the round of 16.
Tickets for the Durham Regional will be available for the general public at $5 dollars for adults, $3 dollars for students and seniors, and children under the age of two will be admitted free. Each ticket will be good for all matches that day. Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium on the day of the match.