June 9, 2014
CONWAY - Philippe Tsangarides of the Coastal Carolina University men’s tennis team broke one more school record last week to cap off a historic 2013-14 season, becoming the highest-ranked singles player in program history in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s end-of-year regional rankings.
The ITA, which is the governing body of collegiate tennis, releases final national and regional rankings at the end of each tennis season. The regional rankings include the top 10 teams, top 20 singles players and top 10 doubles teams from each of the country’s 12 regions.
Tsangarides finished the 2014 spring season as the 17th best singles player in the Carolina Region, earning a spot alongside singles players from the traditional tennis powerhouses of Duke, Wake Forest, South Carolina, North Carolina and UNC Wilmington.
“Philippe really put our program in the national spotlight this season,” said Chris Powers, head coach of the Chanticleer men's tennis program. “I think it is great that he has one more year to build on the success from this season. I know he believes that the best is yet to come.”
Tsangarides’ latest record is just one of several that the Cyprus native has set this season after transferring to Coastal from the University of Alabama.
Last month, Tsangarides became the first Chanticleer to represent Coastal as an individual at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship in Athens, Ga., where he fell to No. 45 Jordi Vives of Florida Gulf Coast in the first round.
In February, he became the first men’s singles player in Coastal history to achieve a national ranking in the ITA’s Top 125, breaking into the rankings at No. 109. Tsangarides' national ranking peaked at No. 67 after he defeated then-No. 13 Joran Vliegen of East Carolina, the highest ranked opponent ever beaten by a Coastal player.
Tsangarides, who led Coastal to its first-ever national ranking as a team earlier this season, ends the season ranked No. 116 nationally by the ITA.
Carolina Region Singles Rankings
1. Brayden Schnure - North Carolina
2. Joran Vliegen - East Carolina
3. Romain Bogaerts - Wake Forest
4. Ronnia Scheider - North Carolina
5. Andrew Adams - South Carolina
6. Jason Tahir - Duke
7. Hunter Harrington - Clemson
8. Cameron Silverman - Elon
9. Fred Saba - Duke
10. Rafael Aita - UNC Wilmington
11. Austin Powell - North Carolina State
12. Dominique Maden - Clemson
13. Brett Clark - North Carolina
14. Bruno Semenzato - Duke
15. Adam Lee - Wake Forest
16. Maksim Kan - Maksim Kan
17. Philippe Tsangarides - Coastal Carolina
18. Adam Steryous - Furman
19. Tsvetan Mihov - South Carolina
20. Robbie Mudge - North Carolina State