Pirates Open Fall Season At UNCW
Sept. 13, 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's tennis team opened the 2010 fall season over the weekend at the UNCW Collegiate Tennis Invitational held at the Country Club of Landfall. The Pirates posted seven singles victories highlighted by a trip to the semifinals by freshman Mario Martinez and the quarterfinals by sophomore Massimo Mannino.
In his first collegiate match, Martinez defeated Charlotte's Hector Linares 6-2, 6-3 to advance into the semifinals before being beaten in straight sets. Mannino also opened the fall season with a straight sets victory, defeating David Calavera of Campbell 6-1, 6-2. He too was knocked out of the tournament in straight sets the next round.
After being defeated in the opening round of competition, freshman Joran Vliegen advanced to the consolation finals of Flight A with a pair of straight set wins. The consolation final was not contested as Vliegen compiled a 2-1 record over the weekend.
Fellow freshman Simon Escourrou also reached the consolation final of Flight B, where he defeated Jake Bowling of South Carolina 6-4, 4-6, 12-10. Escourrou posted a 2-1 mark during the three-day event.
ECU posted victories in the consolation doubles final of Flight A and B. The doubles tandem of Escourrou-Mannino defeated the ECU duo of Vliegen-Jaroslav Horvath in Flight A, while the tea of Martinez-David Masciorini the South Carolina combo of Bowling-Henry Walker in Flight B.
The Pirates will host the ECU Fall Shootout beginning Sept. 24.