Pirate Tennis Handles Barton College, 5-2
April 4, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina used four singles wins, three coming in convincing fashion, and the doubles point to post a 5-2 non-conference men's tennis victory over Barton College Wednesday evening at the ECU Tennis Complex.
The win improved the Pirates' record to 8-11 while Barton, ranked No. 31 nationally at the NCAA Division II level, fell to 11-4.
East Carolina opened the match by sweeping doubles play and capturing the opening point. Matt Peeler and Brian Walters defeated Nikola Andjelic and Robert Jenner 8-2 at the No. 2 flight before Aleksey Kochetov and Stephen Whitwell handed Brent Ching and Dan Mascall an 8-5 loss at No. 1 to clinch the tally.
The Pirates continued their strong play in the singles competition, winning four of the six matches. Kochetov rallied past Ching (4-6, 6-1, 6-0) at No. 1 and Whitwell handled Andjelic (6-4, 6-1) at No. 3 before Bryan Oakley and Walters added 6-1, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-4 victories over Chris Martel and Mascall at No. 4 and 5, respectively.
The Bulldogs' pair of triumphs came at the No. 2 and No. 6 positions as Jenner dismissed Peeler 6-4, 6-2 and Matthew Jackman outlasted Sam McSpadden 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
The Pirates' match against Gardner-Webb, scheduled to be completed earlier Wednesday as part of a doubleheader, was canceled because of forecasted inclement weather and potential travel difficulties.
East Carolina will close out its three-match homestand when it welcomes UNC-Wilmington to Greenville Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
EAST CAROLINA 5, BARTON 2