Joran Vliegan is the 23rd-ranked singles player in the country
Belgian senior faces Oklahoma's Dane Webb in the first round Thursday at noon
Joran Vliegen advances to the round of 16
He is the first ECU player to win the event and advance to the Indoor National Championships
ECU senior looks to become first Pirate to win the regional event
Coach Heinchon on Joran Vliegen: Joran will head into his final spring season following the best fall an ECU tennis player has ever had. As the Carolina Regional Champion, Joran has positioned himself as one of the best players in the country, and he will look to lead his team towards the same success.
Fall 2013: Posted a 15-3 singles record with six wins over ranked opponents, including a pair of wins over Top 5 foes ... First player in school history to win the ITA Carolina Region Singles title and became the first to compete in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships ... First ECU men's tennis player to advance to the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships ... Following an opening round loss, he reached the quarterfinals of the consolation round with two wins over ranked opponents ... Named Conference USA Athlete of the Month for October ... Teamed with Colin Roller to compile a 6-2 record ... The duo reached the round of 16 at the ITA All-American Championships and the quarterfinals of the ITA Carolina Region Championships.
As A Junior (2012-13): One of the first two players in school history to receive an invitation to the NCAA Championships, competing with freshman Colin Roller in the doubles tournament ... Received a final ITA ranking of No. 125 becoming the first player in school history to be included in the final ITA singles rankings ... Team All-Conference USA in singles and doubles ... Earned C-USA Men's Tennis All-Academic Team honors ... Selected Conference USA Athlete-of-the-Week for April 16 ... Teamed with Roller for a 17-0 doubles dual match record ... Tandem peaked finished at No. 64 in the ITA rankings ... Suffered their only loss of the spring in the first round of the NCAA Championships to 10th-ranked Georgia Tech duo ... Posted a 19-2 singles record at the No. 1 position ... Opened the spring season by winning his first 17 matches, including the first 12 in straight sets ... Compiled a 2-1 mark against ranked opponents ... Peaked at No. 124 in the ITA singles rankings ... Posted a 9-3 singles record and an 8-3 doubles mark during fall tournament play ... "Big Jim" Russell Invitational Blue Flight Champion ...Conference USA Athlete-of-the-Month in November ...Finished runner-up in the A1 Flight at the Elon Invitational ... Teamed with Roller to finish runner-up at A1 Doubles Flight at Elon Invitational ... Reached the third round of the ITA Carolinas Regional.
As A Sophomore (2011-12): Became the first player in school history to enter the ITA National Rankings ... Compiled a 14-6 singles record during the dual match season and 13-8 in doubles play ... Played 19 of 20 matches at the No. 1 position ... Won nine consecutive matches from Feb. 1 - March 9 ... Advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Carolinas Regional with a 2-1 record ... Teamed with Nicolas Soriano to reach the round of 16 at the ITA Regional.
As A Freshman (2010-11): Led the Pirates with 18 victories against only seven losses during singles competition ... Recorded straight set victories in 17 matches ... Posted a 14-5 individual record in dual match play ... Registered a perfect 7-0 mark at No. 4 singles ... Opened dual match play by winning 12 of his first 13 matches ... Longest winning streak of the year was eight ... Defeated Memphis' Johnny Grimal in three sets to record a win over his lone ranked opponent of the year ... Paired with Jaroslav Horvath for a 12-8 record at No. 1 doubles ... Compiled a 4-2 record in singles play during the fall ... Teamed with Horvath to go 3-3 in doubles play ... Was 2-1 during the ECU Shootout.
High School/Junior Tennis: Graduated St. Augustine Institute in 2010 ... Ranked among the top eight players in his age category in Belgium.
Personal: Full name is Joran Vliegen ... Born July 7, 1993 in Maaseik, Belgium ... Son of Ivo Vliegen and Annick Desender ... Academic major is business ... Three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.