CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's tennis team improved to 2-1 on the young spring season with a weekend sweep over Mercer, 7-0, and Kennesaw State, 6-1, in the Peach State.
The Cougars swept the doubles point convincingly on Saturday and Sunday allowing only 17 games combined against the Bears (1-3) and Owls (1-2). They were led by senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) and junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.), who gave up only four games over the course of two days at the top of the lineup.
"It was a very good weekend for us," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "We did a great job of getting on top of both teams early in the match and went 6-0 in doubles. I was proud of our guys and that we were able to carry out our game plan through all of our practices into our matches this weekend."
CofC swept the singles against Mercer, but not without a fight, having four of the six matches go into three sets. Sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) clinched the deciding fourth point of the match coming back from a first-set tiebreak over Joao Pagan to win out, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-0, at the No. 4 line.
Meanwhile, senior Tom Delme (Hamoir, Belgium) clinched the Kennesaw State match with a straight-set victory, including a love second set, over Alex Toliver, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Kyle Parker was the only Cougar to drop a singles match in a tough, third-set super tiebreaker against Louis Theodor, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8), at No. 3.
Freshman newcomer Alon Faiman made his CofC singles debut versus the Owls with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Gokalp Ozdemir at the No. 6 line. He is a top juniors lefty out of Israel with ITF Circuit experience.
Up next, the Cougars will welcome back former players to the annual CofC Alumni Match to be held on Feb. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 6, KENNESAW STATE 1
Feb. 5, 2012
Fair Oaks Tennis Center
at Marietta, Ga.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Simon Janik (KSU), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 - Tom Delme (CofC) def. Alex Toliver (KSU), 6-4, 6-0.
No. 3 - Louis Theodor (KSU) def. Kyle Parker (CofC), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).
No. 4 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Gianni Kubin (KSU), 6-1, 6-1.
No. 5 - Stephen Hardy (CofC) def. Alexander Pena (KSU), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 6 - Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Gokalp Ozdemir (KSU), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac-Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Michael Browder-Simon Janik (KSU), 8-3.
No. 2 - Tom Delme-Stephen Hardy (CofC) def. Alex Toliver-Louis Theodor (KSU), 8-3.
No. 3 - Brice Allanic-Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Gianni Kubin-Gokalp Ozdemir (KSU), 8-2.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 4, 5, 2*, 3, 6, 1
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 7, MERCER 0
Feb. 4, 2012
Leroy Peddy Tennis Center
at Macon, Ga.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Pierre Tafelski (Mercer), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 - Tom Delme (CofC) def. David Barton (Mercer), 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 - Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Peter Tauchner (Mercer), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
No. 4 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Joao Pagan (Mercer), 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 5 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Vincent DeLise (Mercer), 6-2, 7-6 (2).
No. 6 - Stephen Hardy (CofC) def. Victor Dias (Mercer), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac-Kyle Parker (CofC) def. David Barton-Pierre Tafelski (Mercer), 8-1.
No. 2 - Tom Delme-Stephen Hardy (CofC) def. Victor Dias-Peter Tauchner (Mercer), 8-5.
No. 3 - Brice Allanic-Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Vincent DeLise-Joao Pagan (Mercer), 8-3.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 2, 5, 4*, 3, 1, 6