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Flames Fall in First Round of Big South
Coastal Carolina began its road to the second round early, taking 2-of-3 doubles matches to earn the point. In the No. 3 Coastal's John Hairston and Joseph Withers defeated Chad Simpson and Juan Reyes, 8-3. Liberty's senior/freshman tandem of Jarda Trojan and Leandro Schujmann kept it close in the No. 2 doubles, before dropping the tightly contested match, 9-7.
The Chanticleers then proceeded to take three straight matches in singles action, to close out Liberty and advance to the semifinals. In No. 2 singles, Coastal Carolina's Ernesto Ramos defeated sophomore Chad Simpson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The No. 4 match produced an identical result, as Plamen Tzyetkov knocked off Liberty's Leandro Schujmann. Withers sealed the match for Coastal Carolina in the No. 5 flight, besting Rafael Riso, 6-1, 6-1.
The Flames end the season 8-10 overall. The Chanticleers will move on to the semifinals where they will battle No. 1 Radford on Friday.
No. 1 – Tzvetkov/Ramos (CCU) vs. Pena/Riso (LU) 6-6 unfinished
No. 2 – Vlaskin/Mellis (CCU) def. Trojan/Schujmann (LU) 9-7
No. 3 – Hairston/Withers (CCU) def. Simpson/Reyes (LU) 8-3
No. 1 – David Mellis (CCU) vs. Sebastian Pena (LU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-3 unfinished
No. 2 – Ernesto Ramos (CCU) def. Chad Simpson (LU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 – Dmitry Vlaskin (CCU) vs. Jarda Trojan (LU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 unfinished
No. 4 – Plamen Tzvetkov (CCU) def. Leandro Schujmann (LU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 – Joseph Withers (CCU) def. Rafael Riso (LU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Carlo Checchia (CCU) vs. Juan Reyes (LU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-4 unfinished