Di Pasquale

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- In its first championship appearance since 1996, Coastal Carolina outmatched Presbyterian 4-1 on Saturday to be named the Big South Conference champion. It is the Chanticleers' first title since 1994 and the first under the direction of head coach Chris Powers.

Coastal tabbed the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. The Chanticleer duo of John Karle and Leo Christofides defeated Presbyterian's Rafael Berghaus and Garyson Mills 8-6 at No. 2, while Coastal's Ted Nilsson and Yusuke Kusuda downed Danny Bruce and Edward Snead IV 8-3 at No. 3. When play concluded, Coastal's Garik Yedigarian and Matias Di Pasquale and PC's Andrew Brigham and William O'Connell were tied at five at No. 1.

Presbyterian tied the match at one at the start of singles play, receiving a win at No. 1 from Mills against Christofides.

However, the Chants scored the next three points to secure the match.

Di Pasquale gave Coastal a 2-1 cushion after handing a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Brigham at No. 4. Nilsson followed up at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-4 win versus Bruce. Yedigarian closed out the match for the Chants at No. 3 with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Berghaus.

"I'm speechless. I can't believe we had the run that we did this year," head coach Chris Powers said. "After a slow start to the season, we had this meeting where we came together and set some goals. We did not lose a match since that point. The guys just started believing. It's not the most talented team I've ever had, but definitely the most heart of any team I've ever been a part of as a coach."

The Chanticleers, who secured the Big South's automatic bid, carry a 15-5 record and nine-match winning streak into the NCAA championships.