Men’s Tennis opens the season at Eastern Carolina

Senior Tom Delme defeated JMU opponent during a singles flight at the ECU Shootout (College of Charleston Athletics)

After a long, three-day weekend at the ECU Fall Shootout, the men’s tennis team came home with 14 wins under their belt out of a possible 21.

Facing rain at East Carolina’s River Burch tennis center, much of the tournament was held indoors, forcing some matches to be cut short or canceled. While this wasn’t much of a welcome to the fall season for the newcomers of the CofC Tennis team, Head Coach Jay Bruner still saw a lot of good in the tournament.

“Despite the rain and playing indoors, it was a good first tournament of the year for us. We played late on the first night until 11 p.m. and weren’t able to complete some of the singles and doubles matches as scheduled.” Bruner said of the tournament “But, we still got some play in against opponents from different conferences and the newcomers did well in their first tournament.”

Among those that made their debut were sophomores Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) and Brice Allanic (Colombes, France): the former a transfer from Longwood University and the later from the Université d’Angers. Both team members did the College proud over the weekend, going 2-0, by winning a single apiece from James Madison and Eastern Carolina.

Returning player senior Chris Toussaint (Charlotte, N.C.) also did the team proud, winning his single against JMU and teaming up with junior Billy Kenny (Pawley’s Island, S.C.) to win the flight D doubles against JMU. Kenny also worked with Lesser in a Flight C doubles to defeat Richmond.

The Cougars next tournament will be on the road at Chapel Hill, N.C. from Oct 7-9 as part of the ITA Carolina Regional Championships hosted by North Carolina. Their home opener will be Oct 21-23 as the team hosts the College of Charleston Invitational at Patriots Point.

Follow the men’s tennis team, as well as the rest of College of Charleston athletics, at www.cisternyard.com/sports and get live updates from @GeorgeStSports on Twitter.

 

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