Freddie McGeehan headshot

Freddie McGeehan is a senior on ECU's men's tennis team.

The East Carolina University men’s tennis team is heading into the final stretch of the season on a high note, as the team’s 5-2 win at the University of Richmond on Sunday extended the team’s win streak to eight, and its record to 16-3.

The Pirates will look to add another win tomorrow as they host the University of North Carolina at Greensboro at 2:30 p.m. at the River Birch Tennis Complex located at 513 W. Arlington Blvd. in Greenville.

The team is coming off a 10-game road trip in which it played well, winning eight of its matches, including a comeback win over Richmond on Sunday. The team got down early after losing the doubles point, but rallied in the singles matches, winning five of six for the match victory. Junior Ronni Georgi (6-4,3-6,7-6(3)) winning the tie breaker, seniors Freddie McGeehan (6-3,6-1) and Kasey Countee (6-1,1-6,6-0), freshmen Wisse Jonker (1-6,6-4,6-4) and Javier Renones (3-6,7-6(2),6-3) all won their singles matches, helping the Pirates complete the comeback. Head coach Shawn Heinchon was impressed with the team after the win, and liked the fight it showed.

“Our competitive effort was great,” Heinchon said. “We did not play our best tennis but we hung in there and found a way to get through it. We’ll take as many of those as we can get.” 

The win should give the Pirates confidence as they prepare to host UNCG tomorrow. The match will be the first at home for the team in more than a month, and begins a four game home stretch where the team has not lost yet this season, going 8-0 so far in matches played in Greenville. The Pirates will play seven of their final eight games at home, with the lone exception being a short trip to Conway, South Carolina to play Coastal Carolina University in April. 

The Pirates have already matched their win total from last season with 16, and have the chance to set a record for wins under coach Heinchon, which he set at 19 wins in the 2009-10 season. The Pirates success so far at home makes another win a realistic goal, and with the confidence gained from their win streak, a 20-plus win season from the Pirates is obtainable. Heinchon says the success this season has given his team confidence going forward.

“The wins have brought a lot of energy for us, which we can certainly use to our advantage,” Heinchon said. “Our guys are at a midpoint, and having the success behind us will definitely help us going forward.” 

The team looks to continue up its high level of play, as it battles UNCG in an effort to extend the eight-game win streak to nine tomorrow.

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