Aug 15, 2013
Conway - Coastal Carolina men's tennis head coach Chris Powers announced the team's 2013-14 schedule and roster earlier this week. Four new Chanticleers will be welcomed to the team, and Coastal will open its 2014 spring season against Wake Forest, which finished the 2013 season ranked No. 19.
Joining the Chants for the 2013-14 campaign are freshman Jabor Al-Mutawa (Doha, Qatar/Saddlebrooke Prep), freshman Renan Samed (São Paulo, Brazil/Saddlebroor Prep School), transfer sophomore Rick Timmerman (Rostock, Germany/Stony Brook) and transfer junior Philippe Tsangaridis (Montreal, Canada/Alabama).
Al-Mutawa represented Qatar in the Davis Cup as the No. 1 ranked junior player in the nation. He has been ranked as high as No. 526 by the International Tennis Federation, and has compiled an 8-4 record against four and five-star opponents according to tennisrecruiting.net.
Coach Powers on Al-Mutawa: "Jabor is a very talented player who plays with a lot of heart on the tennis court. He is very solid on both sides of the ball, and I think he will be an excellent college tennis player. He loves the idea of being part of a team fighting side by side. We are really excited to welcome him aboard in January."
Samed is listed as a four-star player and was ranked as high as No. 36 in the nation in 2010 by tennisrecruiting.net. He has been ranked as high as No. 647 by the ITF after recording victories at several ITF tournaments.
Coach Powers on Samed: "The thing that really impresses me about Renan is his maturity level as a young man. He truly respects the game and I think he understands what it will take for him to be successful at this level walking into the program. Renan defines scrapper on the court with excellent speed and determination. He also has good hands and I see him as an immediate impact in our doubles scheme."
Timmerman transferred from Stony Brook after his freshman season. Playing at No. 1 singles, Timmerman picked up wins against Boston University and Fairfield. On the doubles court, he recorded wins against Marist University of Hartford and Quinnipiac playing at No. 3.
Coach Powers on Timmerman: "Last year, Rick was kind of thrown to the wolves in playing No. 1 as a freshman. I look forward to using his experience at the highest level to our benefit at CCU. I really see Rick building his confidence this fall and hitting his stride by next spring. We were really fortunate to add Rick to this year's program."
Tsangaridis transferred to Coastal after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Alabama. Splitting time between No. 4 and 5 singles as a sophomore, Tsangaridis recorded wins against Clemson, Wake Forest and Arkansas. He also picked up doubles wins against LSU, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Auburn. In his freshman season, Tsangaridis won four singles and eight doubles matches. He has trained under Spanish Davis Cup captain and former top-10 ATP player Albert Costa. He is also a three-time member of the Cyprus Davis Cup team, and was the winner of the U18 Cyprus National Tournament.
Coach Powers on Tsangaridis: "I am pumped to see Philippe in the CCU uniform. He has some excellent wins against some of the top programs in the country. He came highly recommended from one of my current players, and the biggest selling point was Philippe's will to win and his tenacity on the court. He is a great pick up for the program."
The Chants will kick off the fall portion of their season on Sept. 6 when they host Campbell for the Big Teal vs. Big Orange exhibition. The team will also be participating in three fall tournaments, including the East Carolina Invitational, the University of Virginia Fall Invitational and the ITA Regional in Cary, N.C.
The spring portion of Coastal's schedule will feature 13 non-conference matches, and eight meetings with Big South Conference opponents, including UNC Asheville, Longwood, Radford, Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, Campbell, Presbyterian College and Liberty.
"The program is really excited for this upcoming season," said coach Powers. "I have several new players who should make an immediate impact in our lineup, and we still have a solid core from last year's team. The fall schedule is very challenging, and I look forward to seeing development against strong competition. I am also pleased that we will open the 2014 spring season against Wake Forest, a top 25 opponent. Without a doubt, this is the strongest schedule in the history of the program, but we can't take another step forward as a program without challenging ourselves against nationally ranked opponents."
The regular season schedule will be capped by the Big South tournament, which is set to take place April 15-18, hosted by Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs N.C.