CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina men's tennis team and head coach Chris Powers had a successful day on the second day of the Planet Hollywood/Chanticleer Challenge on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. For the tournament Coastal ended up tying the Citadel for the best overall record at 19-17 while UNC Wilmington finished at 16-20.
In the Alpha (singles) round sophomore James Eason (Citadel) defeated Coastal's David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) 7-6, 4-6, 10-5. Mellis also fell to Caio Piacentini (UNC Wilmington) 6-3, 6-3. In other action in the Alpha flight, Piacentini defeated Coastal junior Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen's Mary College) 6-3, 6-2. Taylor was also defeated by Daniel Dossetor (Citadel) 6-2, 6-2.
In Beta singles action Henrique Meloni (UNC Wilmington) downed Coastal's Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) 6-3, 6-2. Caress also was defeated by David Lara (Citadel) 6-2, 4-6, 11-9. Junior Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam/Colorado) lost to Anada Sawmynaden (Citadel) 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 but rallied to defeat Meloni 7-6, withdrew in his second singles game of the afternoon.
In the Gamma (singles) round Coastal's junior Richard Redding (Winscombie, England/Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) defeated Brian Ford (UNC Wilmington) 6-4, 7-6 but took the loss against Nick Medica (Citadel) 2-6, 6-2, 13-11. Senior Brian Dowis (Yorktown, Va./York) fell to Medica 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 and Robbie Paul (UNC Wilmington 6-3, 7-6.
In the Delta flight junior Ryan Vrba (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs) downed Moody (Citadel) 6-0, 6-1 and Ben Kotwall (UNC Wilmington) 6-4, 6-1. Coastal sophomore Ryan Weisband (Pittsburg, Pa./Fox Chapel) also won twice as he beat Kotwall 6-2, 6-1 and King (Citadel) 6-0, 6-0.
In Alpha doubles action Quibell/Redding (CCU) defeated Dossetor/Eason (Citadel) 8-5.
In the Beta doubles Ford/Paul (UNC Wilmington) downed Weisband/Dowis (CCU) 8-3 and Jose/Sawmynaden defeated Vrba/Mellis 9-7.
"The guys fought hard for the first-place tie in wins in the tournament." Coach Powers said, " Both the Citadel and UNC Wilmington are quality programs and we'll need to play our best tennis to beat this spring. We'll take a few days off to rest the legs before we begin preparing for the South Carolina Invitational."
Coastal Carolina's men's tennis team is next in action on Oct. 14-16 as it travels to Columbia, S.C. to participate in the South Carolina Invitational.