Tsangaridis nets Coastal’s first NCAA singles bid

ccutennis-tsangaridisPhilippe Tsangaridis of the Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team, ranked as the 114th best Division I men’s singles player by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, has qualified to participate in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships.

The qualification is a program-first for Coastal men’s tennis, which has never had a singles player appear in the NCAA Championship.

Tsangaridis was awarded the Big South’s automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships after being the conference’s only player to finish the regular season and conference tournament ranked in the ITA’s Top 125. Per NCAA regulations, automatic qualification is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players holding a national ranking by the ITA.

The singles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20. The University of Georgia will serve as host.

All matches for the singles championship will be the best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. The singles tournament will consist of 64 players.

Tsangaridis became the first-ever Chanticleer to be ranked in the ITA Top 125 on February 11 when he came in at #109. Tsangaridis has maintained a national ranking since that time, reaching as high as #67 on February 25.

The junior transfer from the University of Alabama set another Coastal record this season after defeating #13 Joran Vliegen of East Carolina, the highest ranked opponent ever beaten by a Coastal player. Tsangaridis was named all-conference in both singles and doubles, and finished the regular season and Big South tournament with a 12-7 singles record after playing all but one match on the first court.

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