Men's tennis defeats Presbyterian on Senior Day, 5-2

Conway, SC - From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, SC - The Coastal Carolina University men's tennis team celebrated Senior Day and the end of the regular season with a 5-2 win over Presbyterian on Tuesday, April 13 at the Billy Nichols Tennis Courts.

The Chanticleers finish the regular season with a 13-7 overall record and a 4-2 Big South Conference mark. The Chants end the year with their first back-to-back winning seasons since the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. The Blue Hose completed the year at 6-17 and a 0-5 league record.

"I'm really proud of the guts we pulled out on the court today," Head Coach Chris Powers said. "We are really banged up and Presbyterian jumped on us in doubles. Hopefully, we can recover in time for the Big South Conference Tournament and make a run that I know we are capable of doing."

The Blue Hose challenged the Chanticleers in doubles, taking the No. 1 and 2 positions both 8-5. The only successful doubles team of the day was senior Plamen Tzvetkov and junior Peter Billingham, who defeated James Zaher and Ryan Walters, 8-4.

The Chanticleers did not allow the Blue Hose to score again until the final singles match of the day in the No. 6 position. In No. 1 singles, junior Matt Gordon topped Matthew Martin 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, in the No. 2 spot, senior Dmitry Vlaskin defeated Andrew Brigham 6-2, 6-2.

Tzvetkov took the No. 3 point by overpowering Zach Sprouse 6-2, 6-2, while Alex Funkhouser defeated Zaher 6-4, 6-2. Dorian Sovic took the No. 5 spot over Edward Snead in three straight matches 7-5, 3-6, 10-7.

The Chanticleers will try and make run at the Big South Tournament, taking place in Radford, Va., on April 22-24.