April 18, 2014
TULSA, Okla. --- East Carolina advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Conference USA Championship with a 4-2 quarterfinal victory over Charlotte Friday afternoon.
The Pirates grabbed a win at No. 1 doubles from Joran Vliegen and Colin Roller, as they topped Kamil Khalil and J. Massalle Ferrer 8-5. Nicolas Soriano and Patriek Wolterbeek clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 decision over Alex Calott and Paul Cisti at No. 3.
Vliegen scored Pirates' first singles win of the day, defeating Forest Edwards in straight sets (6-0, 6-1). Charlotte won the next two matches on courts two and three to tie the match at 2-2. Soriano gave ECU a 3-2 lead as he defeated Calott in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) at No. 4.
Lehfeldt closed things out for ECU, taking the No. 5 match in three sets (6-1, 3-6, 7-6) from Jack Williams and pushing the Pirates into the semifinals for the first time.
ECU will play No. 2 seed Tulane Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT.
#72 East Carolina 4, Charlotte 2
No. 1 - #25 Joran Vliegen (ECU) def. Forrest Edwards (CHA) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 - Kamil Khalil (CHA) def. Mario Martinez (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - J. Massalle Ferrer (CHA) def. Damien Brenard (ECU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 - Nicolas Soriano (ECU) def. Alex Calott (CHA) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 - Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) def. Jack Williams (CHA) 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1)
No. 6 - Colin Roller (ECU) vs. Paul Cisti (CHA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-5, unfinished