East Carolina Drops C-USA Tennis Opener To Memphis 6-1
Feb. 24, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. - The East Carolina men's tennis team dropped the doubles point and all but one singles match in a 6-1 Conference USA loss to Memphis Friday morning at the UCF Tennis Center.
The setback to the Tigers served as the first of three C-USA matches scheduled to be played in a neutral site satellite tournament format.
With the victory, Memphis improved to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference play while the Pirates fell to 4-4 and 0-1.
Freshman Brian Walters snared the lone victory for the Pirates at the No. 5 spot, posting a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Brian Bankester.
In other singles action, Henrique Viana fell to Matt Brewer (6-3, 6-2) at No. 1, Aleksey Kochetov took a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Michael Jetter at No. 2, Ricardo Barone was knocked off by James Spence (6-4, 6-2) at No. 3, Nick Rose came up short against Sam Withell (6-3, 6-2) and Mike Catalano was defeated by Garrison Pilant (6-2, 6-2) at No. 6.
The Tigers used 8-4 and 8-2 doubles triumphs by the tandems of Spence/Withrell and Jetter/Pilant against Barone/Viana and Britton Steele/Walters, respectively, to open the match with a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates will return to action Saturday beginning at 1:30 when they will face off against league foe Southern Miss.
MEMPHIS 6, EAST CAROLINA 1