Pirates Claim Three Individual Flights At ECU Fall Shootout

John Schmitt

Sept. 17, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's tennis team completed a very successful weekend Sunday by claiming a trio of individual flight titles at the 2012 ECU Fall Shootout. Senior John Schmitt won Group B, freshman Colin Roller claimed Group C and freshman Blake Gregory captured Group D. The Pirates won 17 of 22 singles matches during the three-day event and also claimed victory in six of 12 doubles matches.

Schmitt opened up group play on Friday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richmond's Sabastien Fauchet before disposing of Hugo Ramadier of James Madison in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) on Saturday. Schmitt then outlasted the Dukes' Rob Sterling in three sets (7-6, 0-6, 10-1) to post a 3-0 tournament record.

Roller swept through Group C with a trio of straight set wins. He began the weekend with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Richmond's Will Welte and then registered a hard fought 7-6, 7-5 win over Florent Sentenac of James Madison. Roller completed the sweep by winning seven straight sets over Richmond's Aaron Wicker before Wicker retired.

Gregory was also without a blemish on his record over the weekend, winning both of his matches in straight sets. Gregory defeated James Madison's Bastien Risso (6-4, 6-2) in his opening match and then defeated Richmond's Justin Baker (7-6, 6-2) to win his group.

Juniors Mario Martinez and Joran Vliegen as well as sophomore Nicolas Soriano also recorded two wins apiece.

In doubles action, Vliegen and Roller teamed up for a pair of victories as did the duos of Sorinao and Damien Brenard along with the combo of Martinez and Ross Nigro. The Pirates will continue their fall season Friday, Sept. 21 at the Elon Invitational.