CONWAY, S.C., March 10, 2012 - The James Madison men's tennis team wrapped up its three-match tour of South Carolina on Saturday with a trip to Conway to face Coastal Carolina. The Dukes fell 4-2 to the Chanticleers to drop to 4-5 on the season. The Chanticleers improved to 9-1.
The match started off with Danny Heidecker and Garik Yedigarian taking on JMU's Ryan Pool and Florent Sentenac. The Dukes pairing fell in a tightly contested match, 8-6, in the No. 2 doubles position.
The Chanticleers took the doubles point when John Karle and Sam Barr defeated Bastien Russo and Jovan Milic, 8-1 in No. 3 doubles. The top doubles match was unable to finish, with the Chanticleers pairing of Matias Di Pasquale and Yusuke Kusuda leading JMU's Greg Vladimirsky and Bertrand Moulin 7-4.
With Coastal Carolina leading JMU 1-0 after doubles play, Kusuda dropped Sentenac in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to grab the first singles point in the No. 3 position. Yedigarian followed with another straight set win over Hugo Ramadier, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 5 singles to put the Chanticleers up 3-0 in the match.
Tommi Nissinen brought the Dukes back within striking distance when he picked up a point by defeating Karle in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles and Vladimirsky made it a one point match, topping Heidecker 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in No.1 singles.
Leo Christofides, however, won the match for CCU in the No. 2 position, taking down Pool in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
Di Pasquale and Moulin were tied in the third set, 6-1, 3-6, 6-6 (2-2) in No. 4 singles when the match was called.
The Dukes are back in action, opening home competition, on Friday, March 16 against Eastern Kentucky. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on the Hillside Tennis Courts.
Coastal Carolina 4, JMU 2
March 10, 2012
1. DI PASQUALE, Matias/KUSUDA, Yusuke (CCU) vs. Greg Vladimirsky/Bertrand Moulin 7-4, unfinished
2. HEIDECKER, Danny/YEDIGARIAN, Garik (CCU) def. Ryan Pool/Florent Sentenac 8-6
3. KARLE, John/BARR, Sam (CCU) def. Bastien Russo/Jovan Milic 8-1
1. Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) def. HEIDECKER, Danny 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. CHRISTOFIDES, Leo (CCU) def. Ryan Pool 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
3. KUSUDA, Yusuke (CCU) def. Florent Sentenac 6-0, 6-0
4. DI PASQUALE, Matias (CCU) vs. Bertrand Moulin 6-1, 3-6, 6-6 (2-2), unfinished
5. YEDIGARIAN, Garik (CCU) def. Hugo Ramadier 6-2, 6-3
6. Tommi Nissinen (JMU) def. KARLE, John 6-2, 6-1
James Madison 4-5
Coastal Carolina University 9-1
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