Men's Tennis Splits A Pair Of Weekend Matches
Feb. 15, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's tennis team split a pair of road matches this weekend, blanking The Citadel on Friday, 7-0, before falling to Coastal Carolina on Saturday, 4-1, ending its nine match winning streak. The Pirates are now 9-2 in dual matches this spring.
Against The Citadel on Friday, ECU swept the doubles matches and won all six singles matches in straight sets for their eighth straight win over the Bulldogs since 2007. Joran Vliegen and Colin Roller posted an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles as did Patriek Wolterbeek and Miles Holovet at the No. 3 position. Damien Brenard and Fredric Lehfeldt needed an extra set to complete the sweep with a 9-7 win.
Vliegen posted his 21st win of the year with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Elliot Speer on court one. Mario Martinez extended his individual winning streak to seven with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Peter Bleach at the No. 2 position before Brenard defeated Dillon Berkabile 7-6 (5), 6-2 on court three. Lehfeldt and Blake Gregory each posted 6-1, 6-0 wins on courts four and six while Roller was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Oliver Dedding at No. 5.
Lehfeldt had the most success against Coastal Carolina, rallying from a set down to defeat Jabor Al-Mutawa in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0. Vliegen, ranked No. 13 in the latest ITA singles rankings, dropped a close match to 109th-ranked Philipp Tsangaridis 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, ending the match. The Chanticleers scored the first two points with straight set wins on courts two and six before Lehfeldt got ECU on the board. Brenard fell in three sets at the No. 3 position 2-6, 6-4, 6- giving CCU a 3-1 lead before Tsangaris's decisive victory. Due to weather and the match being delayed, the doubles point was bypassed and play began with singles.
ECU returns to the court on Tuesday, Feb. 18, when it travels to Raleigh to face No. 32 NC State.