Coastal Carolina men’s tennis earns first ever national ranking

From staff reportsMarch 4, 2014 

CCU men’s tennis has been ranked the 68th best Division I men’s tennis program in the nation, announced Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. It is the first time in school history that the men’s program has been ranked by the ITA, which releases weekly rankings of the top 75 tennis programs, according to a university release.

CCU made its first NCAA appearance last May after winning the Big South regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1996 and 1994, respectively, according to the release.

Junior Philippe Tsangaridis also became the first Chanticleer singles player to be ranked in the ITA’s top 125. Tsangaridis is currently ranked as the 67th best singles player in Division I men’s tennis

“Last year we really shared our Big South championship with everyone who wore the Coastal uniform over the years,” said head coach Chris Powers in the release. “This is another step in moving the program forward every day by working hard and building team character. We have embraced an underdog mentality over the years, and this should only validate our approach moving forward.”

CCU men’s golf

CCU men’s golf finished 13th with a 54-hole total of 926 at the SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate, played at the par 71, 6,919-yard Los Cabos Querencia.

The SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate featured eight of the nation’s top 32 programs, according to a university release. Houston, ranked 11th, won the three-day event with a score of 863, edging top-ranked Alabama by one stroke.

Junior Andrew Dorn led the Chants with a 54-hole total of 10-over par 223 (77-71-75) to tie for 29th.

CCU women’s golf

CCU women's golf opened its 2014 portion of the schedule with 36 holes at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State at the par 72, 6,162-yard Almaden Golf and Country Club.

The Chanticleers carded rounds of 300-303 and their two-round total of 603 puts Coastal in a tie for sixth place, according to a university release. Oregon, ranked 20th nationally, leads with a 36-hole score of 588, while No. 35 UC Davis and San Francisco are tied for second with scores of 590.

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