MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) made a second-set comeback winning five-straight games with two service breaks to lead the College of Charleston men's tennis team to a 5-2 victory over Elon on Saturday afternoon at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The Cougars (7-2) are now off to a 2-0 start to Southern Conference play, while the Phoenix (6-8, 3-1) dropped their first league meeting of the season. Both teams came into the match as the defending co-regular season champions compiling a 9-1 league record in 2011.
"Today was a really nice way for us to start a tennis match, whether it was a conference match or not," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "I thought our guys really had some focus and our intensity was good. We fought and competed from the first five minutes of the match until the end of the 10-point tiebreaker at court one. Three and a half hours later, I thought everyone was working hard and our teamwork was great. That was one of the first complete matches I felt like we've had all year and if we can do that over-and-over again, we will definitely continue to improve."
Parker was one of three CofC players to win his first set in singles. He rebounded from a 5-2 second-set deficit to defeat Elon's Eric Turner on serve, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 3 singles. Freshman Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) allowed only three games in a straight-set victory over Christopher Geaslen, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6, while sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) relinquished only two games in the second set to Carlos Arboleda, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 4.
The Cougars went into singles play sweeping the doubles point for only the fourth time this year behind the court work of senior Tom Delme (Hamoir, Belgium) and Faiman, 8-3, at the No. 2 line followed by a pair of 8-4 wins by Allanic and sophomore Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) at No. 3 and Parker and senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) at No. 1.
Lesser also contributed to the final team score winning a hard-fought three-setter over Jordan Kaufman, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles. He improved his dual-match record to 7-1 which is currently tied as the best mark on the team with Allanic.
CofC will face its third-ranked opponent of the season by traveling to No. 48-ranked South Carolina (11-5) tomorrow for a 10 a.m. (ET) non-conference dual match to be held at the Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C.
"This is our first match with South Carolina in six-or-seven years," Bruner said. "We are excited about the opportunity to play another ranked opponent and an SEC team. It is the highlight of our schedule and we are really looking forward to it. After today's match, I think our guys will be ready to go tomorrow and are excited to play another match this weekend."
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 5, ELON 2
March 17, 2012
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 - Cameron Silverman (Elon) def. Mickael Trintignac (CofC), 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (3).
No. 2 - Stefan Fortmann (Elon) def. Tom Delme (CofC), 7-6, 7-6.
No. 3 - Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Eric Turner (Elon), 6-3, 7-5.
No. 4 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Jordan Kaufman (Elon), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 5 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Carlos Arboleda (Elon), 6-0, 6-2.
No. 6 - Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Christopher Geaslen (Elon), 6-3, 6-0.
No. 1 - Kyle Parker-Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Cameron Silverman-Eric Turner (Elon), 8-4.
No. 2 - Tom Delme-Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Stefan Fortmann-Jordan Kaufman (Elon), 8-3.
No. 3 - Brice Allanic-Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Christopher Geaslen-Dan Sablik (Elon), 8-4.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 6, 5, 3*, 2, 4, 1