Javier Renones

ECU senior tennis player Javier Renones.

The East Carolina University men’s tennis team continued to have a good start to its fall schedule after playing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Fall Invitational.

"First, I would just like to compliment UNCG on putting together such a great fall tournament," head coach Shawn Heinchon said in a press release. "Perfect weekend for us, this is just what we needed. I wish all of our fall events could be this well done.”

The top three players for ECU were dominant at the UNCG. Sophomore tennis player Diogo Marques won against opponents from University of South Carolina Upstate, UNCG, Radford University and James Madison University. These match wins scored him 4-0 for the second week in a row.

Senior tennis player Javier Renones made his fall debut this weekend, finishing the tournament 3-1. Junior tennis player Augustin Tamagnone also had a match score of 3-1, making it the second week he has won the majority of his matches. Fellow junior tennis player Wisse Jonker and freshman tennis player Daniel Bird made their fall debuts as well. Each player went 2-2 respectively. Freshman tennis player Nelson Stafford also had a good weekend, winning all three of his matched.

“We got a ton of matches against teams that we typically play year in and year out, which really helps us see where we are compared to them at this point in the year and more importantly, helps us see what we need to work on,” Heinchon said in a press release.

Jonker and Tamagnone paired together for the first time in doubles, finishing with 2-1. Bird and Stafford also finished its doubles matches 2-1. Sophomore tennis player Simon Labbe and freshman tennis player Frederico Masetti teamed up again, after going 2-1 in the last tournament, the duo won another match and now lead ECU doubles 3-1 for the season so far.

“Overall, I thought our singles were very solid, especially at the top spots, but we do need to get our double up to our usual standards if we are going to be any good come this spring," Heinchon said in a press release.

The Pirates finished the weekend 7-4 in doubles and a record 22-9 in singles. They will have a couple weeks off from competition before heading back on the road to Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond Fall Tournament will begin on Oct. 11.

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