ECU Men's Tennis Drops Regular Season Finale 6-1
April 15, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men's tennis team closed out regular season play by dropping the doubles point and all but one singles match in a 6-1 non-conference loss to South Carolina State Saturday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.
The loss to the Bulldogs dropped the Pirates' spring record to 8-13, while South Carolina State improved to 16-5.
Sophomore Henrique Viana notched the only victory for ECU at the No. 2 spot, posting a 6-2, 6-0 win over Dimitry Lomakin.
In other singles action, freshman Aleksey Kochetov was knocked off by Andrew Mawire (7-6, 2-6, 1-0) at No. 1, sophomore Ricardo Barone took a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 loss to Dragan Bisercic at No. 3 and senior Nick Rose fell to Ionut Hurduc (6-4, 6-2) in a No. 4 matchup. In addition, freshman Brian Walters was defeated by Parantap Chaturvedi in the fifth spot (6-4, 6-2) and sophomore Mike Catalano came up short against Sergey Plotnikov (6-1, 6-2) at the No. 6 slot.
The Bulldogs swept the doubles point as Lomakin/Plotnikov outlasted Barone/Kochetov 8-7 (1) in the top matchup, Mawire/Hurduc handed Barone/Viana an 8-6 loss in the second slot and Bisercic/Chaturvedi took care of the Pirates' No. 3 duo, Catalano/Walters, 8-1.
The Pirates will now turn their attention to the four-day Conference USA Championships which will begin Thursday, April 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 6, EAST CAROLINA 1