East Carolina Rolls Past Coastal Carolina 6-1
March 1, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men's tennis team posted five straight-set singles wins along with a doubles sweep on the way to a 6-1 non-conference victory over Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.
In singles action, top-seeded Jaroslav Horvath opened play with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) triumph over Dmitry Vlaskin to push his team-best spring record to 8-3 while Aleksey Kochetov followed with a 6-4, 6-4 decision against David Mellis at the No. 3 position.
Henrik Skalmerud snapped a five-match losing string by putting together a 6-1, 6-3 win over Plamen Tzvetkov at No. 4, Bryan Oakley handed Joseph Withers a 7-5, 6-3 setback at the No. 5 slot and Stephen Whitwell posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carlo Checchia at No. 6 to complete the Pirates' scoring efforts.
Coastal Carolina (6-7) earned its only win of the match when Ernesto Ramos defeated ECU's Henrique Viana 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a No. 2 meeting.
East Carolina (7-6) enjoyed a strong start, sweeping doubles play to garner the opening point. An 8-2 victory by Horvath and Viana at the No. 1 position over Coastal Carolina's Ramos and Tzvetkov was followed by an 8-6 win by the tandem of Oakley and Whitwell over John Hairston and Withers at No. 3 to secure the tally. In addition, Horvath and Kochetov outlasted Mellis and Vlaskin 8-7 (7) in a No. 2 matchup.
The Pirates will be back in action Wednesday, March 5 to face UNC Asheville and Winston-Salem State in a split doubleheader beginning at 12 noon at the ECU Tennis Complex.
EAST CAROLINA 6, COASTAL CAROLINA 1