Gamecocks Improve to 5-0 with Road Win |
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men’s tennis (5-0) defeated Georgia State (5-3) at the GSU Clarkson Sunday, Feb. 5 with a score of 7-0.
The Gamecocks battled for the doubles point, claiming tiebreak victories on courts one and two to take the 1-0 lead. Yancy Dennis and Harrison O’Keefe battled from a 3-5 deficit to take a 7-6 (7-5) victory. Thomas Mayronne and Andrew Schafer also rallied from deficit to force a tiebreak, eventually winning 12-10 in the tiebreaker and clinching the doubles point.
In singles play, the Gamecocks looked to their veterans to lead them to their fourth win. Junior, Gabriel Friedrich took care of business at the No. 1 spot, defeating Georgia State’s Zachary Kennedy 6-0, 6-3. Junior, O’Keefe followed Friedrich’s performance with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Koeke on court number two to give the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead. Dennis gave Carolina the victory by taking out Quentin Coulaud 7-6, 7-5.
With the match in hand, Schafer dominated his opponent on court five in the final set to win his match 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to increase the Gamecock lead to 5-0. Alex Fennell. forced a third set on court six after dropping the first 1-6. His grit carried him through to a 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Jack MacFarlane. Mayronne closed out the competition on court three, decided in the third set by a tiebreak to make a final 7-0 sweep.
Quoting Coach Josh Goffi
“We played a good team today who is playing with a lot of confidence. They put us on our heels right off the bat in doubles but we were able to hang around and settle into the matches. We fought well and when things got tight, we trusted our fundamentals. I’m especially happy with that today. We’ll continue to build this next week heading into another great opportunity against Old Dominion and SC State on Friday.”
The Gamecocks will return home after Sunday’s match to host a doubleheader Friday, Feb. 10 against Old Dominion at 11 a.m. and SC State at a tentative 4 p.m.