Pirate Tennis Takes Two Of Three At VCU Invitational
Jan. 20, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. - The East Carolina men's tennis squad opened its spring season by capturing a pair of wins in three matches at the Virginia Commonwealth 4-1 Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
The Pirates won six of eight singles matches and split the doubles point in victories against James Madison (3-1) and Georgetown (4-1) before suffering a 5-0 sweep against a nationally-ranked East Tennessee State team.
In the opener against the Dukes, freshmen Bryan Oakley and Samuel McSpadden triumphed in their debut with 6-4, 6-1 and 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 wins over Mike Smith and Carlin Campbell at the No. 3 and No. 4 slots, respectively. Fellow rookie Matt Peeler and sophomore Aleksey Kochetov earned the doubles point by cruising past JMU's Brian Clay and Brian Rubenstein (6-2, 6-1).
The Pirates took all four singles matches against the Hoyas as Kochetov rolled past Will Lowell (7-5, 6-3) at No. 1, Henrique Viana outlasted Anthony Tan (6-0, 7-6) at No. 2, Oakley defeated Ted Tywang (6-4, 6-2) at No. 3 and Peeler edged Etienne Paris (6-3, 7-6) at No. 4. Georgetown picked up the doubles point by handing Brian Walters and Stephen Whitwell a 6-1, 6-2 setback.
McSpadden turned in East Carolina's top effort against East Tennessee State Saturday morning, pushing the Bucs' Daniel Isaza to a third set before falling 6-1, 5-7, 10-8.
East Carolina will return to action next Sunday when it travels to William & Mary for a 6:00 p.m. match against the Tribe in Williamsburg, Va.
EAST CAROLINA 3, JAMES MADISON 1
EAST CAROLINA 4, GEORGETOWN 1
EAST TENNESSEE STATE 5, EAST CAROLINA 0