CHARLESTON, S.C. – On the first day of the home-hosted Last Chance Fall Invite, the College of Charleston Men’s Tennis team played very well against stiff competition at the CofC Tennis Complex on Patriots Point.
The event, which also features two ranked teams in Virginia Tech and Georgia State, kicked-off with doubles play just after 9 a.m. After junior Charlie Ghriskey (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) and sophomore Matt Daly (Raleigh, N.C.) were ousted in the opener, the College won three straight doubles matches beginning with Stephen Hardy (Fairfax, Va.) and Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel), who dispatched of the Georgia State duo of Thomas Cooke and Jannis Koeke, 8-5. Then it was Josh Record (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Rodrigo Encinas (Santiago, Chile) who handily defeated the Ribas/Wilson pairing from Virginia Tech, 8-3. Rounding out the successful doubles action for the Cougars was Zach Lewis (Richmond, Ky.) and Gordon Garrett, who barely saw off Georgia State’s Robert Shulze and Valentin Horvat, in thrilling fashion, 8-2 (2).
Carrying the momentum in to the singles competition, the Cougars put on an impressive display, winning 11 of 16 matches. Highlighting the Cougars day was the play of Ghriskey, Faiman, Encinas and Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile), all of whom won both of their matches to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals.
“It was great to see us compete so well today,” said head coach Jay Bruner. “The guy’s had to play against tough competition all day and looked strong in both doubles and singles. Backing today up with the same intensity tomorrow will be big for us.”