CCU transfer becomes first Chant to earn ITA ranking

ccuten-tsangaridisPhilippe Tsangaridis of the Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team has been ranked as the 109th best Division I singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, marking the first time a Coastal men’s singles player has broken the top 125 in the ITA’s national rankings.

Tsangaridis is also the only Big South men’s tennis player to currently hold a national ranking.

“I’ve been playing well since I joined the team here and the hard work is paying off,” said Tsangaridis about his play this season. “I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for the support from Coastal and the team. Coach Powers and my teammates are definitely the main reason that I perform the way I do.”

The junior transfer from Alabama has played his first six singles matches as a Chanticleer at the No. 1 singles position and currently holds a 3-3 singles record with wins against opponents from UNC Greensboro, the Citadel and defending MEAC champion South Carolina State.

With the top singles position comes the best competition, and Tsangaridis has had to face two other nationally-ranked opponents this season in Wake Forest’s Romain Bogaerts (#20) and Virginia Tech’s Amerigo Contini (#26). Despite losses to both opponents, Tsangaridis showed his mettle against stiff competition, battling Contini to a close 6-3, 6-4, decision.

Tsangaridis also makes up one half of Coastal’s top pairing in doubles, and currently holds a 3-3 record alongside partner Leo Christofides. The Chanticleer duo won matches against the Citadel, South Carolina State and Wofford, and lost by only two points to the nationally-ranked pairs of Adam Lee and Pedro Dumont (#30) of Wake Forest and Andreas Bjerrehus and Hunter Koontz (#49) from Virginia Tech.

Tsangaridis and the Chants will look to continue their success against an 8-1 East Carolina team on Saturday when they host the Pirates for a 1 p.m. match at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.

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