The Official South Carolina Athletics Site
Blog

Recently in Men's Tennis Category


THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


Men's Tennis hosts their final home matches of the season with a Kids Day event at Friday's match vs. Alabama and Sunday's match vs. Auburn serving as Senior Day. Admission is free at Carolina Tennis matches. It's Dads & Daughters Day at Softball on Saturday as we host a doubleheader with Longwood. Football spring practice continues this week.

MTN-12 Ivan Machado vs. Georgia.jpeg




















Ivan Machado



Friday, March 30, 2012

#40 Men's Tennis vs. Alabama - 5 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Kids Day: Free pizza for the first 50 kids, a poster-making station, prizes and more


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Softball vs. Longwood   (doubleheader)  1 p.m./ 3:15 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Dads & Daughters Day - Get your free photograph taken for Dads and Daughters


Sunday, April 1, 2012


#40 Men's Tennis vs. #19 Auburn - 1 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Final regular season home match
*Senior Day: Ivan Machado, Henry Walker


Football spring practice schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday, March 27 - 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 - 4:15 p.m.
Friday, March 30 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 - 10 a.m.

All spring practices are open to the public unless stated otherwise. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes of practice only. No autographs are allowed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Gamecocks on the road...

Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Monday, Tuesday
Baseball @ The Citadel - Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Softball @ Winthrop - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Equestrian vs. Auburn - Southern Equestrian Championships - Fri., 2 p.m.
Women's Tennis @ Alabama - Friday, 4 p.m.
Women's Golf at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic  - Friday - Sunday
Men's Golf at Insperity Augusta State Invitational - Saturday - Sunday
Women's Tennis @ Auburn - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Baseball at Vanderbilt - three game series - radio broadcast available for all games on Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.  TV: CSS   (also on Time Warner Cable channel 506)
Sunday, 2 p.m.

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After tough road series last weekend, both baseball and softball return home to Gamecock Country to face SEC foes this weekend. Baseball will welcome top-ranked Florida for a three game series, Thursday through Saturday. Softball will host LSU for the weekend, with free Gamecock bandanas at each game while supplies last. Saturday's softball game is $1 Hot Dog Day. For Sunday's game, Junior Gamecock Club members and Little Leaguers can get $1 group admission rates. Cocky's Bounce House will be on hand and all kids can run the bases after the game. South Carolina Track & Field will host their primary home outdoor meet of the season with the Weems Baskin Invitational. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#8 Baseball vs. Wofford - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Thursday, March 22, 2012

#8 Baseball vs. #1 Florida - 7:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, March 23, 2012

Track- Weems Baskin Invitational - TBA/All Day
-Official team posters

#48 Men's Tennis vs. #15 Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed official team poster
*Men's Tennis went undefeated last week against three Palmetto State opponents - Clemson, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina.

Softball vs. LSU - 6:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the Softball Facebook page at the game for a prize

Get to know sophomore Dana Hathorn in her Gamecock Spotlight:




#8 Baseball vs.#1  Florida - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Track- Weems Baskin Invitational - TBA/All Day
-Official team posters

#8 Baseball vs. #1 Florida - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Softball vs. LSU - 2:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-$1 Hot Dog Day
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Cocky's Bounce House


Sunday, March 25, 2012

#35 Women's Tennis vs. Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

Softball vs. LSU - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Twitterific Sunday- Mention @GamecockSoftbll on gameday for a prize
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Little League and Junior Gamecock Club Day (Get $1 group admission)
-Kids Run the Bases
-Cocky's Bounce House



Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Basketball - NCAA Tournament

#5 South Carolina vs. #4 Purdue - Monday, 7:20 p.m. ET
Second Round
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com
Radio: 1320 AM, GamecocksOnline.com live audio stream
Click here for more important info on TV/radio coverage for the game
Full game notes and preview


Baseball @ Furman (Fluor Field) - Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. TV: Sport South
Softball @ UNC - Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.  Listen Online
#35 Women's Tennis @ #20 Ole Miss - Friday, 3:00 p.m.
#48 Men's Tennis @ #11 Mississippi State - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Men's Golf @ Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Sunday - Tuesday

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After earning series wins over the weekend, both Baseball and Softball will host games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week before hitting the road next weekend for conference play. Men's Tennis faces rival Clemson on the road Wednesday before returning home for a doubleheader on Sunday vs. two more Palmetto State foes, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina. Women's Tennis also hosts two home matches this weekend, facing Georgia State on Saturday and Old Dominion on Sunday. Sunday will be a great day to catch both teams in action as we will be putting the Carolina Tennis Center to its max capacity for the first time with both sides of the 12-court facility in use - men on one side , women on the other.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Women's Basketball NCAA Selection Show Watch Party - 6:30 p.m.
McGuire Club at Colonial Life Arena
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
First 200 fans receive a free t-shirt
More Info


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Softball vs. Mississippi State (DH)  - 4:30 p.m., (6:45 p.m. approx. )
-Garnet, Black, & Green- Free recyclable grocery bags while supplies last
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*The Gamecocks are coming off a series win in their SEC opener vs. Arkansas this past weekend taking wins in game 2 and game 3 after an extra inning 5-4 loss in game 1.

#3 Baseball vs. Charleston Southern - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*South Carolina swept Princeton in their final non-conference weekend series.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Softball vs. Charlotte - 6:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Appalachian State - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*App State is off to a strong start with a 13-2 record, including two victories and the series win over LSU.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

#38 Women's Tennis vs. Georgia State - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters


Sunday, March 18, 2012

#33 Men's Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 10:00 a.m.
-Official team posters

#38 Women's Tennis vs. Old Dominion - 11:00 a.m.
-Official team posters

#33 Men's Tennis vs. Coastal Carolina  - 4:00 p.m.
-Official team posters


Check out the latest Gamecock Spotlight on Men's Tennis sophomore Chip Cox:




Gamecocks on the road...

#33 Men's Tennis @ Clemson - Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

Swimming & Diving - Women's NCAA Championships, Auburn, AL - Thursday - Saturday

Track & Field - Shamrock Invitational, Conway, SC - Friday - Saturday

#5 Equestrian @ Delaware State - Friday, time TBA

Men's Golf @ Chris Schenkel Invitational, Statesboro, GA - Friday - Sunday


Softball @ #3 Florida
Live audio for all games available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (free)
Friday - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 1:00 p.m.  - TV: Sun Sports
Sunday - 1:00 p.m.


#3 Baseball @ Kentucky
Live radio for all games available on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium)
Friday - 7:00 p.m.  - TV: CSS
Saturday - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday  - 1:00 p.m.  - TV: FS South/FS Carolinas

Men's Tennis Gathering at Russell House Attracts Students

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The #22 ranked South Carolina men's tennis team took to Greene St. in front of the Russell House on Wednesday to hang out with students and hand out flyers for their big SEC opener match on Friday vs. #6 Georgia. The first 50 fans at the match will receive free pom poms and the all students can earn double Student Rewards points.

IMG_5894.JPG
Head Coach Josh Goffi hands out flyers to students

The Gamecocks are off to a great start this season, entering conference play with a 10-1 record including upsets of ACC foes Georgia Tech and Wake Forest at the beginning of February. 

The SEC is one of the toughest tennis leagues in the country, setting up a very challenging schedule gauntlet. On the men's side, all 12 current league teams are ranked in the Top 50 with eight of those squads in the Top 25, including the Gamecocks who rose to #22 this week. Georgia is currently the highest ranked of the all the SEC squads at #6. Carolina will follow Friday's match with Georgia going up against #19 Tennessee on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

IMG_5852.JPG New potential doubles team? The team set up a portable net and hit a few balls back and forth with new found student partners.


IMG_5823.JPG
The student-athletes and coaches handed out flyers to passing students


Match time is set for 2:30 p.m. on Friday at the new Carolina Tennis Center at the Athletics Village. Fans are encouraged to park in the new parking garage off Heyward Street. Parking in the garage is free for athletic events.


This Week's Home Events: Carolina-Clemson on the Diamond

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...










The baseball series the Palmetto State has been buzzing about is upon us as No. 3 Carolina and No. 19 Clemson will face off in a three-game series this weekend. The Gamecocks will also host a mid-week game vs. Presbyterian on Tuesday. Friday's game in Charleston and Saturday's home game at Carolina Stadium are sold out. As with all non-televised home baseball games at Carolina Stadium, the game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. will be streamed live on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium). Students coming to the game should be sure to come out early for a pre-game tailgate hosted by the Department of Student Life starting at 12:30 outside of Gate 2. Students can earn double Student Rewards points and practice their cheers on Friday at 2:30 p.m. out at the Carolina Tennis Center for Men's Tennis hosting #4 Georgia in their first SEC match of the season. Men's Tennis will round out the weekend facing #20 Tennessee on Sunday. Softball will host a doubleheader against Charleston Southern on Tuesday before they take flight to California for a weekend tournament. Men's Basketball will play their final home game of the season on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Get there early to help recognize Malik Cooke on Senior Day and give a loud round of applause at halftime when Gamecock student-athletes who earned the Athletics Director Honor Roll distinction for their work in the classroom are recognized.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Softball vs. Charleston Southern (DH) - 2:30 p.m./ 4:45 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*The Gamecocks are coming off a 3-0, undefeated weekend in the Gamecock Invitational. They'll host Charleston Southern before heading out to California for the Highlander Classic.

#3 Baseball vs. Presbyterian - 4:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Men's Basketball vs. Mississippi State  - 8:00 p.m.
-Senior Night - come give Malik Cooke a good celebration in his final home game
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Gamecock student-athletes who earned the Athletics Director Honor Roll distinction will be recognized at halftime.
*This game will also be carbon neutral through the hard work of two Gamecock student-athletes. More info.

*Check out Malik Cooke's Gamecock Spotlight:




Friday, March 2, 2012

#46 Men's Tennis vs. # 4 Georgia - 2:30 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters
-Free Pom Poms for first 50 fans
-Double Student Rewards points!
*The Gamecocks are off to a great start to the season with a 10-1 record heading into conference play.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

#3 Baseball vs. #19 Clemson - 2:00 p.m.
-SOLD OUT
-Auction package with tickets, pre-game tour and opportunity to watch batting practice available! Bidding closes on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:00 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.
-Watch or listen live online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium)
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Student Life tailgate - 12:30 p.m.
The Department of Student Life is hosting a pregame tailgate party for students outside of Gate 2 at Carolina Stadium, the student entrance. The tailgate will feature complimentary food from Doc's Barbecue and the first 300 students will get free South Carolina Baseball "Win Anyway" t-shirts. Mr. PC will have a gaming lounge set up for entertainment. Students will need a valid Carolina Card for entry.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

#46 Men's Tennis vs. #20 Tennessee - 1:00 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters


Gamecocks on the road...

Softball at Charlotte - Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.  Listen Online
#26 Women's Tennis at #6 Georgia - Friday, 3:00 p.m.
#3 Baseball at #19 Clemson (Charleston, SC) - Friday, 6:00 p.m. (SC will be the visiting team)
#3 Baseball at #19 Clemson (Clemson, SC) - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.  TV: ESPN3
Women's Golf at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Hilton Head) - Friday-Sunday
#26 Women's Tennis at #10 Tennessee - Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball at Georgia - Sunday, 1:30 p.m. TV: SEC Network, ESPN3

Women's Basketball at SEC Tournament (Nashville, Tennessee)
First Round - vs. Alabama - Thursday, 10:00 p.m. ET - TV: FSN

Softball at Highlander Classic (Riverside, California)
Live audio available free on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access
Vs. Portland State - Friday, 12:00 p.m. ET
vs. Maine - Friday, 2:30 p.m.
vs. UC Riverside - Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
vs. UC Davis - Sunday, 2:30 p.m.



This Week's Home Events: Seven Sports in Action

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

We have a jam-packed week of home events this week with lots of opportunities to cheer on your Gamecocks! Almost every team currently in season is playing at home this week, including the final home game of the season for Women's Basketball. The Gamecocks earned their 20th win of the season Sunday with a road win over Alabama and will look to close out the season strong this week with Senior Day on Sunday vs. Arkansas. Equestrian hosts two competitions this weekend, vs. Auburn on Saturday with their annual Equifest, and Senior Day on Sunday vs. Baylor. Baseball and Softball are both in action as Baseball hosts a three-game weekend series against Elon and Softball hosts the Gamecock Invitational tournament including four contests for Carolina. Both tennis squads are also playing at home, with Women's Tennis facing rival Clemson on Wednesday followed by two more matches on Friday and Sunday and Men's Tennis hosting a doubleheader on Saturday. All of this week's tennis matches are currently scheduled to be played outdoors in the new Carolina Tennis Center.

Parking Reminder: for softball and tennis events we encourage fans to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward St. Parking in the garage is free for athletic events. See map

Baseball season parking is still available. Click here for more information.

We look forward to seeing a lot of fans out at all the events - make it a very Gamecock weekend!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

#26 Women's Tennis vs. #17 Clemson - 2:00 p.m.
-Free pizza for the first 100 students
-Official team posters
*The team picked up two wins in California this past weekend and will face three Palmetto State opponents this week.
*Get to know Jaklin Alawi in the Gamecock Spotlight:




Softball vs. Winthrop - 5:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters
*The Gamecocks recorded an 8-1 victory over the Eagles during the Palmetto Classic on opening weekend.


Friday, February 24, 2012

#26 Women's Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 3:00 p.m.
-Official team posters
*Jaklin Alawi and Dijana Stojic are currently 4-0 this spring at No. 1 doubles.

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 3:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
*South Carolina is ranked second in the nation in college baseball attendance after opening weekend averaged 7,751 fans per game.

Softball vs. Elon - 5:00 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters


Saturday, February 25, 2012

#48 Men's Tennis vs. Furman - 10:00 a.m.
-First match for the men's team at the Carolina Tennis Center
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters
*Men's Tennis is currently 8-1 and undefeated at home.

#5 Equestrian vs. #1 Auburn - 10:00 a.m.
-Equifest: Activities will include decorating cowboy hats, horse shoes, stick horses, and a coloring station
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Appalachian State - 12:30 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize

Softball vs. Presbyterian - 3:00 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters


#48 Men's Tennis vs. Charlotte - 4:00 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster!
-Official team posters available

Men's Basketball vs. Tennessee  - 8:00 p.m.
-Flying Hounds halftime act
-Cocky's Bounce House
-One of just two remaining home games
*Senior forward Malik Cooke reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career this past Saturday vs. LSU.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Softball vs. George Washington - 10:00 a.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#5 Equestrian vs. #4 Baylor - 11:00 a.m.
-Senior Day
-Official team posters

#26 Women's Tennis vs. Winthrop - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize

Women's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 2:00 p.m.
-Senior Day - final home game for seniors Markeshia Grant, Courtney Newton, Charenee Stephens, La'Keisha Sutton and Ebony Wilson
-Flying Hounds halftime act
-"Active Gamecocks" game - program winners recognized on the court during the game
-Cocky's Bounce House


Gamecocks on the road:

M. Basketball @ Vandy - Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. TV: SEC Network, ESPN3
W. Basketball @ #13/10 Kentucky - Thursday, 7:00 p.m.  Listen Online
Track & Field - SEC Indoor Championships, Lexington, KY - Fri.-Sun.
Swimming & Diving - Bulldog Invitational, Athens, GA - Sat-Sun
Men's Golf - Seahawk Invitational, Wilmington, NC - Sunday

Athletics Holds Carolina Tennis Center Dedication

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Watch the full video of the Carolina Tennis Center dedication here

South Carolina Athletics hosted a dedication ceremony Monday afternoon for the new Carolina Tennis Center at the Athletics Village. Athletics Director Eric Hyman hosted the festivities, leading off the introductions by thanking everyone involved with bring the project to life, including the university Board of Trustees, Executive Associate AD Kevin O'Connell, who oversees facility projects, the engineers, architects, construction team and more. The words used most throughout the day by everyone speaking were "magnificent" and "breathtaking".

Carolina Tennis Center dedication.jpeg
From left to right, Hyman, Machado, Goffi, Elkins and Stojic lead the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Photo by Allen Sharpe.


"When we started doing our long-range master plan for facilities, we knew that improvement on the tennis courts was part of the equation," said Hyman. "This is a piece of the puzzle and we're really excited to do something for our tennis programs. Our job is to give the facilities, the support and the commitment to our student-athletes...our responsibility is to give the proper resources to our coaches so they can achieve on a high level in the field of competition." 

After Hyman's introduction both teams' head coaches and two student-athletes spoke to the crowd.

"We're so grateful to Eric [Hyman] and Marcy [Girton] and everyone else who was involved," said women's tennis head coach Arlo Elkins. "When you look at just this facility, on its own it stands as one of the best facilities in the country. When you look around at the Dodie, the [Rice Athletics Center]...this area will be second to none."

Senior Dijana Stojic, playing her final season with the Gamecocks, spoke on behalf of the women's team, saying, "After three and a half years of hard work, this came as a reward. There is no better feeling than to tell everyone how proud we are to have a new home. There is no better feeling when you host tournaments and every team is impressed with what they see, and there is no better feeling than to finish my college tennis career and to open up the doors to new Gamecocks. I want to thank everyone for doing an amazing job and making us proud."

Josh Goffi, head coach of the men's tennis team, took the mic next to speak.

"I can't tell you how much it means to us - we are in the center of the Athletic Village and a show piece at that. It's absolutely gorgeous. Our guys love the courts...everything about it. It's absolutely perfect. We hope that we can only do it justice in the future and we're trying to build a program that will do just that."

Goffi handed the mic over to senior Ivan Machado to speak on behalf of his student-athletes.

"It's a gorgeous facility; the courts are perfect. We knew it was going to be good, but not this good," said Machado, smiling. "When they started the project Coach DeMars [retired former coach and Hall of Fame member Kent DeMars, who was in attendance at the dedication] was talking to me about it before Josh even got here. I've been looking forward to it since my freshman year, it's great. We want to say thank you to Mr. Hyman, all the members of the board, everybody that made this possible for us and made this investment in the tennis team. We cannot say thank you enough."

Machado and Stojic then led their teams in presenting Hyman with a framed photo of the facility as a thank you gift and the teams gathered around the five speakers for the ceremonial ribbon cutting to much applause from the crowd.

After the dedication Goffi shared how big an impact the new facility will have on recruiting.

"We didn't even have the facility built yet and we were able to recruit the number three class in the country [in 2011]," said Goffi. "It's looking very promising for the future and this is a facility that these teams deserve to be totally honest. Both programs work as hard, if not harder, than any program in the country. They deserve to play in such a high class facility."

Click here to see video of the dedication and a photo gallery



2011 Hall of Fame Class Q&A: Jeff Kefalos, Men's Tennis

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Seven new Gamecocks were inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday at the annual banquet held by the Association of Lettermen in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, only 131 members have been selected to the elite group by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen. We'll catch up with each of the new inductees here on Spurs Up Blog. Be sure to give a loud round of applause when they are recognized on the football field between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game vs. Navy.

Jeff Kefalos (1973-76)
Stood out in both men's tennis singles and doubles from 1973-76, earning Team MVP honors all four years and was a finalist for the Rafael Osuna Award for outstanding sportsmanship in 1976... holds the school record for career singles winning percentage, coming out on top in 88.1 percent of his matches (104-14) and owns three of the top five season singles winning percentages in school history, including the record .929 (26-2), which he set in 1972-73... his 81 career doubles victories is the second-highest mark in school history, as is his career doubles winning percentage (.844; 81-15)... the combination of singles and doubles prowess makes him the program record-holder in combined career winning percentage as he lost just 29 of the 214 matches he played in his four-year career for a .864 winning percentage.

Jeff Kefalos.jpg

Jeff currently works at the Columbia Tennis Center, where he has been for 34 years. He came to school here in 1972 and has been in Columbia ever since and comes to Gamecock Athletics events all the time.

Brittany Lane: What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Carolina?

JK:  As far as playing, probably my freshman year, beating Clemson. Clemson at that time was 2nd in the ACC, and we hadn't beaten them in 4 years and we upset them. That was a really important match and the football coach/athletic director Paul Dietzel was there. It was important to beat Clemson; that was probably one of my better memories.

BL: How did you react when you heard you being inducted into the Hall of Fame?

JK: Obviously I was really excited. One of the first things I did was look up who was in the Hall of Fame and there are only a couple of tennis players, and really there aren't that many athletes. And that's what surprised me, since I've been here so long. I've seen so many good athletes come through that aren't in the Hall of Fame yet, and that made it even more special. It's a pretty small group, and there's a real deserving group of people that aren't in it yet, it really is an elite group.

BL: With still being here in Columbia, what do you think of the current program and the new facility?

JK: I think the new facility will help with recruiting and the conference is clearly the best conference in men's tennis. I think that it's going to take a few more years of recruiting and then they should be fine.

BL: What are some of the biggest changes you've seen at Carolina between then and now?

JK:  I think that the one thing that is to the university's advantage now is that we're in a conference, the best conference to be in in the country. When I was in school we weren't in a conference. We were already out of the ACC and I think that makes a really big difference, because you have the opportunity to go for a conference championship.

_2AS7601.jpg























*Photos courtesy of Allen Sharpe.*

2011 Hall of Fame Class Q&A: Kent DeMars, Men's Tennis

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Seven new Gamecocks were inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday at the annual banquet held by the Association of Lettermen in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, only 131 members have been selected to the elite group by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen. We'll catch up with each of the new inductees here on Spurs Up Blog. Be sure to give a loud round of applause when they are recognized on the football field between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game vs. Navy.

Kent DeMars.jpg

Kent DeMars: spent 26 of his 37 years at Carolina as the men's tennis head coach, ending his tenure in Spring 2010... led the Gamecocks to 18 NCAA Tournaments, including a stretch of 13-straight appearances (1994-2006)... his Gamecock teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 six times, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 1989... is the program's all-time winningest coach with 390 career victories... guided the team to six conference championships in his first seven seasons... coached seven Gamecocks who accumulated nine All-America selections and saw at least one Gamecock on an all-conference team in 18 of his 26 seasons at the helm... was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010 and was a 1996 inductee into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

Brittany Lane: How is retired life?

DeMars: I've been doing a fair amount of travelling, actually just got back from Reno [Tuesday], spent a few days out there; mainly visiting family. I joined a club and so my wife, Dawn, and I are doing some golf and tennis in some different leagues that we've enjoyed. The house that we moved into was just finished a little over a year ago, so there are a lot of things to go shopping for. We went to a furniture place in North Carolina a few times, trying to get the house in order. It's actually been more of a whirlwind. I made a little bucket list of things I'd like to do. I've got a grandchild who's a little over two years old so I enjoy taking her to the zoo and different places and spending time with her. It's easier to spend family time than it was before, now that I've got time. I feel like sometimes you don't spend as much time with your family as you should have with your job, now you can make up for it a little bit and do some things for the kids. I've enjoyed the retirement time. I also feel like being in my late sixties I don't know how long these legs will be good for [laughs], and I'm going to try and do some things in my life that I want to do while I'm still capable. I think it worked out perfectly, staying as long as I did, 26 years at South Carolina, and now trying to do something a little different.


BL: Where are some of the places you've been traveling? Any dream places?

DeMars: I've never taken a cruise, Alaska or a couple places, a little bit more abroad traveling. I have several that I'd like to go to that I haven't yet I'd like to go to Prague I think that would be really interesting, and places that I've already been and want to get back to like Hawaii, I'd like to go to the Australian Open tennis and New Zealand. I've been to Paris and it wouldn't take very much to convince me to go back.


BL: Are you still involved with tennis?

I wanted to do some things locally to give back a bit, I've joined a couple boards that have taken some time and require me to do some things with tennis, one is the South Carolina Tennis Association board, the other is the ITA, which is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association board of directors. So each of those I've picked up some duties and responsibilities. It's almost like a mentoring program, we get hold of several young coaches and talk to them about our experiences and things we did, try to answer questions for coaches just getting into the business. We're working here locally with kids 10 and under. The whole long tennis court isn't made for kids so we've taken the court in half and we've done a few things to make it a lot more fun for young kids because it's harder for them to pick up the sport at a young age. It's much easier for them to kick a ball around like soccer or do a little softball, its much harder for them to hit a tennis ball 78 feet over the net. We're trying to develop a system, some of the things which I think are good for the game, giving back a little bit I think is fun.


BL: You had a long career at Carolina, any favorite memories?


DeMars: Well, the furthest we went was the semi-finals of the NCAA tournament back in 1989, and our team then finished tied for third in the country so we got one of the national championship trophies for third place, and that's a real nice trophy and in that same year, I got National Coach of the Year, so 1989 other than Hugo coming in here and setting us back a bit, those were probably the highlights for the team. There are certainly many others, we had a player make it to the semi-finals of the NCAA in singles as well, a French player.... And we're excited about the new facilities coming together, the new tennis complex is beautiful. Pretty anxious to get over and watch a match in there, it's going to be really outstanding, so that will be fun.


BL: What's it feel like to learn you're going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? How did you react to the phone call?

DeMars: Well, it's really, really nice needless to say. I know Tommy Moody and he's the one who called. I guess the reaction is surprise initially and then when it's your peers deciding it makes it extra special. Columbia, USC...this  is home and being put in the same group as football, basketball, baseball, etc. it's nice that they include us in this group as well. I think overall it's really gratifying to be chosen.

_2AS7682.jpg
*Photos courtesy of Allen Sharpe.*

Men's Tennis hosting Kid's Day at Sunday match

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Men's Tennis will host Kids Day this Sunday at their match vs. Georgia Tech. Great opportunity for kids and families to meet the players and watch some good tennis!

Go Gamecocks!

Kid's Day Flyer.jpg 


New Gamecock Arrival in Tennis

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
New men's tennis coach Josh Goffi and his wife, Nancy, are proud to announce the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Eliana Augustyniak Goffi.  Eliana arrived at 2:46 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, weighing 8 lbs 7 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long.  Reports are that everyone is doing great.  Congratulations to the Josh and Nancy!!!!.

DeMars Calls Time on Career

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The South Carolina men's tennis team completed their regular season schedule on Saturday on the road at Florida. After the conclusion of the SEC Tournament, head coach Kent DeMars will see his final season at the helm of the program come to an end. Throughout his 37-year career at the collegiate level, DeMars has coached more than 57 All-Americans, an Olympic Gold Medalist Doubles team, as well as former Wimbledon, French Open, U.S. Open and Davis Cup Champions. He was selected the National Coach of the Year in 1989. In May, DeMars will be inducted into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.

Ron Morris of The State recently wrote a story about Coach DeMars' career - click here to read "Charmed life for USC's DeMars."

We spent some time recently with Coach DeMars and asked him about his legacy as a head coach and what he plans to do with his newfound free time.

Spurs Up: What kind of emotions did you feel during your last home weekend? Does it feel bittersweet?

You're so taken up with the matches and you're so busy with everything, it almost wasn't enough time to reflect on the moment. In the back of my mind, I knew it was the last match there, but I haven't really dwelled on it much. We were concerned with the rankings and we've got signing period upcoming, so it's probably good. I think after SECs is when I'll be able to take a breath. I've had a lot of people call and chat about things and so it makes you reflect on stuff. I still have to figure out what I'm going to do with all my stuff. Things will be pretty busy until June.

I'm looking forward to it. I set this in motion three years ago. I spoke with Eric [Hyman] and told him I wanted to give him time to do what he needed to do. I'm 66 years old and I've told people before I don't want to do what JoePa is doing at Penn State. I don't want to go from the gridiron to the nursing home. I'd like there to be a little bit of time in between and use these legs to travel and ski and do things I'd like to do that I haven't been able to do. My golf clubs have quite a few cobwebs on them. I have a new grandchild who will be 1 year old in May and I haven't had the time I'd like to spend with her. It will be nice to be able to set my own agenda. I will miss it but in a way I won't because I've really geared up for this. I haven't really done anything different now than I've done thirty years ago.

What have been some of the most rewarding parts of your career as a coach?

There's a lot of different things. When we went to the semifinals of the NCAAs as a team was an unbelievable highlight and we got the 3rd place national championship trophy. That same year, I was named the National Coach of the Year. I was flown to the U.S. Open and honored at Center Court right before Becker played Lendl. That was a special week and a half where we had the team thing and then the individual accomplishment. I had a player, Guillame Legat, reach the semis of the national tournament so there were a lot of neat matches there. Individual matches like the one year that UCLA was No. 1 in the country and we beat them in the quarterfinals of the national indoors in a very close match. That was a team that it was the only match they lost all year.

Over the course of your career, what are some things you've always tried to instill in your players? What are some things you'd want your players to remember about you?

I really try to take pressure off people. I think pressure is the thing that destroys you whether you're shooting a free throw or anything in sports. If you can be happy with doing the best you can, I think that's the secret. People put so much pressure on themselves to do well and do better. You just have to look in the mirror and be able to say "I tried my best." If I have to go play Roger Federer, can I really evaluate how I played based on winning and losing? No, because I'm going to lose, but I can still try my best. So many people are only happy with winning. The real good ones are able to internalize the pressure and not be so upset whether they win or lose this point.

More than anything else, I don't have a high energy, shouting style. I just try to get people to buy in to what we need to do. I also want to see my players have balance. I want my players to do well in academics and I want them to have somewhat of a social life. I think they realize they can make a mistake and realize that I'm on their side. I think maybe they'd see me as a second father to them where they develop a certain pride for their university, their team, their friends and family. Hopefully, I instilled that pride in them. I would just like to see us do the best they can down to the last day.

What does induction into the Hall of Fame mean to you as a coach and individual?

That's something your peers have a chance to evaluate what you do and it's really a special moment. I don't go too much into that. I let my actions speak and I don't need a award for that, but it will be a special time. A lot of coaches will be there and my family will come and it will be a neat moment. If you're a tennis coach, it's the top award you can get so it's certainly special. I did what I did and made a lot of good friends and that's good enough for me.

What are your plans for the first thing you'll do when you're officially done?

I've left the slate clean on purpose. I have a page in this notebook of my bucket list. I just wanted to get out and decompress for a bit. There's a lot of things I'd like to do. I've never taken a cruise and I have little hobbies like golf, fishing and skiing and I want to do some visiting. I want to spend some time with my grandchild. I didn't set up a cruise at such and such time. I have a home in the Ozarks and my family will come and spend some time with me this summer. I haven't really set up a whole bunch of things, but it will be fun.

Do you plan to stay in the Columbia area?

Both my daughters live here and I think it will be fun. I'm a huge Gamecock fan and I'll be here for every home football game. I'll attend some basketball games and baseball. I'll go to swimming and other sports as well. I'll go to the tennis matches and I think it will be fun just to sit as a spectator and not have a lot of pressure and worry about things. It will be nice to relax.

 
After the conclusion of Sunday's men's tennis match against No. 4 Tennessee, head coach Kent DeMars will have coached his final home match at the helm of the South Carolina program. After 37 years of collegiate coaching and 26 in charge of the Gamecocks, DeMars will retire at the end of the 2010 season.

DeMars is the all-time winningest coach at South Carolina and an inductee in the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. In May, DeMars will be one of 10 inductees to the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.

Make it out to Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. to celebrate the careers of DeMars and the team's three seniors - Pedro Campos, Ivan Cressoni and Diego Cubas.

Demars_031910_035.jpg

Make it a Gamecock Afternoon Today

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Picture 2.png
Looking for a reason to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather forecast today? I've got three for you:

1) Men's Tennis vs. Nebraska
at 2 p.m. at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center




2) Spring Football Practice No. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Gamecock Proving Grounds


SpringPractice3_0035

3) Gamecock Baseball vs. Tennessee at 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium