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East Carolina's Joran Vliegen, left, and Colin Roller compete during a match earlier this season. (ECU Media Relations)

East Carolina's Joran Vliegen, left, and Colin Roller compete during a match earlier this season. (ECU Media Relations)

Pirate pair makes history

By Tony Castleberry

The Daily Reflector

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Making it to an NCAA championship tournament has to be a thrill for any collegiate student-athlete. Being the first from your school to qualify for the NCAAs probably creates an added level of excitement.

Keeping those emotions in check will be crucial for East Carolina’s Colin Roller and Joran Vliegen, the first-ever Pirate doubles team to reach the NCAA tournament. Roller and Vliegen received an automatic bid into the field of 32 pairs and will begin play today against Georgia Tech’s Vikram Hundal and Juan Spir.


ECU coach Shawn Heinchon said his players deserve to be happy about playing in the national tournament, but should not become overwhelmed with the spectacle of it all.

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