Men's Tennis

Shawn Heinchon is the men’s head coach of the ECU Tennis team.

The East Carolina University tennis teams will return home this weekend, when the men host Georgia Southern University on Saturday and the women host the University of Richmond on Friday at before traveling to play the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Saturday.

The home matches are welcomed by the teams, as the men’s team is 9-0 at home after defeating UNC Greensboro on Wednesday, and the women’s team is 3-0 at home on the season.

The men’s team won’t travel too much for the remainder of the season, since five of its final six games at home. The first three teams coming to Greenville won’t pose much of a threat, with GSU (2-5), the College of William and Mary (1-6) and the College of Charleston (3-4) all boasting losing records. However, all three teams defeated the Pirates last year. Men’s head coach Shawn Heinchon isn’t worried about the competition and thinks those losses will be a motivation factor for the players.

“We’re looking forward to being home so much down the road,” Heinchon said. “But home or away, the fact that we are trying to avenge the losses from last year will motivate the guys to be at our best.”

Unlike the men, the women’s team will not be looking for vengeance this weekend, but instead try to continue its dominance over two teams it defeated last year. The team defeated Richmond, 4-1, and UNC Charlotte, 4-0, last season. The team does look to bounce back after dropping two close conference matches last weekend, however, dropping games to the University of Memphis (2-4) and Tulane University (3-4) on March 16 and 17.

The two home matches this weekend will be played at the River Birch Tennis Complex located at 513 Arlington Blvd. in Greenville. The matches will be a good opportunity for both teams to head into the final stretch of the season with some confidence, and to solidify their status before the American Athletic Conference championship.

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