Pirates Sweep Mount Olive In Home Tennis Opener
Feb. 2, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men's tennis squad swept six singles matches and earned the doubles point to post a convincing 7-0 non-conference victory in its home opener over Mount Olive College Thursday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.
The win snapped a two-match losing streak for the Pirates (4-2) while serving as a season-opening setback for the Trojans (0-1).
Sophomore Henrique Viana, who has opened the season playing at the No. 1 singles slot, set the tone by cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Mount Olive's Gabriel Garcia. After freshman Aleksey Kochetov rallied back for a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 triumph over Bruno Capato at the No. 2 position, the Pirates closed out the match by recording four straight-set victories to seal their first home win of the season.
"Naturally, I'm happy with a win but more pleased with the progress we are making as a team," Pirates' head coach Shawn Heinchon said. "I thought we handled our first outdoor and home match of the season well. It's all about making adjustments and it appeared our guys did a nice job of handling that."
In additon to sophomore Ricardo Barone's 7-5, 7-5 decision over Guilherme Serra at No. 3, freshmen Brian Walters and Britton Steele posted victories over Mount Olive's Efrain Cayama and Lars Faber by 6-4, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-2 scores, respectively.
East Carolina used three consecutive doubles wins by tandems Barone/Viana (8-3), Rose/Walters (9-7) and Kochetov/Steele (8-4) to give the Pirates the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead prior to singles play.
After taking a week off, ECU will return to action Saturday, Feb. 11 when it travels to Charleston Southern for a 1:00 p.m. match.
EAST CAROLINA 7, MOUNT OLIVE 0