Coastal opens tennis season with 6-1 win over Mercer

The Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team opened its 2013 season with a 6-1 win over Mercer in a match played at The Citadel.

“I thought today was a good start to our season,” said head coach Chris Powers. “Mercer had already played a couple matches and were match ready so we knew we had to come ready to play. ”

Coastal (1-0) opened the match by sweeping the doubles point off Mercer (0-3).

The Chanticleers continued their dominance in singles action, winning five of the six matches. Yusuke Kusuda cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win at #1 single and Ted Nilsson held off Arnav Mohanty, 3 and 4, at #2 singles. Garik Yedigarian and Matias Di Pasquale clinched the match with wins at #3 and #4 singles, respectively. Yedigarian claimed a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Joao Pagan while Di Pasquale won 6-0, 6-4.

Mercer’s lone point came at #5 singles as Arsav Mohanty clipped Leo Christofiles, 2 and 3. CCU junior Sam Barr won at #6 singles over Victor Dias, 6-7, 4-2 retired.

The Chants will stay on the road, playing at UNC Greensboro next Friday (Feb. 1) and then at Virginia Tech the following day. Coastal Carolina will play it home opener on Feb. 8 when it hosts USC Upstate at 1 pm.

“We definitely have work to do before heading indoors next weekend,” Powers said. “UNCG is very talented and well coached and it is going to be a great test for the team.”

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