MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's tennis team overcame two rain delays to put away Chattanooga, 5-2, on Sunday night under the lights at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The Cougars (9-3, 4-0 SoCon) remained undefeated in Southern Conference play and have now won two in a row and seven of their last eight.
CofC swept the doubles point for the fifth time this season to take the early 1-0 lead over the Mocs (11-5, 2-3 SoCon). Chattanooga's Pavels Grigorjevs would equalize the match with a straight-set victory over sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France), 7-6 (2), 6-1, at No. 5 singles.
Rain hampered singles play thereafter for the next two hours and for another 15-minute period after the courts had been dried. The Cougars quickly built a 3-1 advantage as senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) defeated UTC's top player Chris Smith in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 followed by junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) in a three-setter over Ankit Chopra, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 3.
Needed one more point to decide the match, all three remaining singles courts would go into three sets with freshman Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) clinching the nearly eight-hour match with a 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-5 decision over Stephen Crofford at the No. 6 line. Faiman is currently 7-1 on the season in dual-match play including a perfect 4-0 league mark.
The Cougars will close out a three-match homestand with a non-conference meeting with UNC Asheville on Friday, March 30 at noon (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 5, CHATTANOOGA 2
March 25, 2012
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Chris Smith (UTC), 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 - M. Barroetavena (UTC) def. Tom Delme (CofC), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 3 - Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Ankit Chopra (UTC), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 4 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Jackson Tresnan (UTC), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 5 - Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Brice Allanic (CofC), 7-6 (2), 6-1.
No. 6 - Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Stephen Crofford (UTC), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-5.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac-Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Ankit Chopra-Chris Smith (UTC), 8-4.
No. 2 - Tom Delme-Alon Faiman (CofC) def. M. Barroetavena-Jackson Tresnan (UTC), 8-3.
No. 3 - Stephen Hardy-Billy Kenny (CofC) def. Stephen Crofford-Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC), 8-4.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 5, 1, 3, 6*, 4, 2
Match Note: Two rain delays (one two hours and one 15 minutes)