Coach Shawn Heinchon and the East Carolina men’s tennis team saw its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday in their match loss to Coastal Carolina.
Vlad Anghel and Fredric Lehfeldt exchanged set wins with their opponents to the point where their match entered into to a tiebreaker. Their opponents picked up the seventh-set win to give Coastal Carolina the 1-0 lead in the match. Kasey Countee and Ronny Georgi got the Pirates into the doubles match by winning with a convincing 6-3 victory.
Freddie McGeehan and James Ling fought hard to pick up set wins to give ECU the momentum, but the Chanticleers had that extra bit of energy again and edged out a win 6-4. All of the singles matches were very tight and the Pirates needed to win four of six in order to win the overall match on the day.
Will Bissett took care of business at No. 6 in singles play to even up the match at 1-1 when he won his match in two sets, 6-0, 6-4. Countee gave ECU the 2-1 lead after winning his match in two sets as well. He picked up a 6-2 victory before cutting it close with a 7-5 win during the second set.
After losing his first set 7-5, Lehfeldt fought in the second set to win 6-4 in order to force the third set. His experience and motivation helped him blank his opponent to pick up the win 6-0, good enough to give the Pirates their first lead on the day 3-2.
“We came showing that we were going to fight today,” Lehfeldt said. “When I won my match, it looked pretty good, and then the whole momentum shifted in the end.”
Georgi had the opportunity to give ECU the victory at No. 2 in singles play but he fell short in the third set. After winning the first set 6-3, his opponent came back to force the third set where he would end up defeating Georgi 6-4 in both the second and third sets.
In McGeehan’s match, even though it was a tight match throughout, there was a lot of frustration and tension in the air. McGeehan had to battle with controversial calls by the official, allowing his emotions to get the best of him in the first set as he lost in a tiebreaker 7-6(3), as well as dropping the second set 6-4 to cap off a disappointing day for the Pirates.