April 12, 2014
ELON, N.C. - The East Carolina men's tennis team picked up its first win of the season over a ranked opponent, defeating 44th-ranked Elon, 4-1, Saturday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center to earn the program's first-ever win over a top 50 opponent. The Pirates snapped the Phoenix's 12-match unbeaten streak to improve to 17-6 overall, dropping the Southern Conference champion to 16-4.
The Pirates started off strong by winning the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. Elon took the first doubles match on court two before Nicolas Soriano and Patriek Wolterbeek defeated Ismael S. Delfin and Dan Sablik, 8-6, to even things up. Joran Vliegen and Colin Roller followed with an 8-6 win over Elon's 35th-ranked tandem of Cameron Silverman and Jordan Kaufman to give ECU the doubles point.
Soriano put East Carolina up 2-0 from the No. 4 position as Brian Kowalski was forced to retire after a 6-4 setback in the first set. Elon's lone point on the day came courtesy of Stefan Fortmann, who won 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 2 singles position over Mario Martinez to make the score 2-1.
Damien Brenard followed with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Robert Lindgren at No. 3 before Vliegen clinched the match with a win over Silverman, who was ranked 35th in the latest ITA Singles Rankings.
After dropping the first set, 6-4, Vliegen bounced back in set number two and posted a 6-2 win. He took that momentum into a 6-2 third set victory which sealed the 4-1 win for the Pirates. Vliegen improved to 8-4 against ranked opponents this season with the three set triumph for his 30th singles win of the year.
East Carolina 4, #44 Elon 1
No. 1 - #30 Joran Vliegen (ECU) def. #35 Cameron Silverman (ELON) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
No. 2 - Stefan Fortmann (ELON) def. Mario Martinez (ECU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Damien Brenard (ECU) def. Robert Lindgren (ELON) 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 - Nicolas Soriano (ECU) def. Brian Kowalski (ELON) 6-4
No. 5 - Jordan Kaufman (ELON) vs. Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) 6-2, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
No. 6 - Ismael S. Delfin (ELON) vs. Colin Roller (ECU) 4-6, 6-2, 2-1, unfinished
1. Joran Vliegen/Colin Roller (ECU) def. Cameron Silverman/Jordan Kaufman (ELON) 8-6
2. Brian Kowalski/Robert Lindgren (ELON) def. Fredric Lehfeldt/Mario Martinez (ECU) 8-5
3. Nicolas Soriano/Patriek Wolterbeek (ECU) def. Ismael S. Delfin/Dan Sablik (ELON) 8-6