March 1, 2018
No. 29 South Carolina vs. No. 25 Tennessee and No. 17 Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 29 South Carolina men's tennis opens the door on its 2018 SEC slate with a pair of home matches this weekend against No. 25 Tennessee (10-2) and No. 17 Georgia (6-2). The Gamecocks host their conference opener against Tennessee on Fri., Mar. 2, at 5:30 p.m., before taking on Georgia on Sun., Mar. 4, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Carolina Tennis Center with free parking and admission for all home matches.
South Carolina (10-2) enters the weekend riding a three-match winning streak after road victories earlier this month at Old Dominion and Georgia Tech in addition to a win over Howard in a doubleheader split in Williamsburg, Va. The Gamecocks' roster currently boasts a pair of ITA Top-125 singles players in No. 66 Gabriel Friedrich (17-5) and No. 98 Yancy Dennis (19-5). Together, Friedrich and Dennis are the 48th ranked doubles pair with a 5-1 overall record so far this season.
The Last Meeting
April 9, 2017
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Head Coach Josh Goffi: "It's been a great week. To be honest, it's been a lot about the mentality. Heading into the SEC season, that's a different beast than non-conference. We've got two tough teams coming in- Tennessee, they're hot, they've got a great record and had some good wins already this season. They're proving to be a tough team and the same with Georgia."
- Ranked at No. 20 in the first poll of the spring season, South Carolina came in at No. 29 in this week's ITA team rankings and are one of 10 ranked Southeastern Conference programs.
- The Gamecocks are a combined 51-14 (.785) in singles and 22-7 (.759) in dual matches so far this season
- Senior Gabriel Friedrich (66) and junior Yancy Dennis (98) each cracked the ITA top-125 singles players in the most recent singles rankings.
- Friedrich and Dennis came in as the 48th ranked doubles pair in the latest ITA top-60 doubles rankings with a 5-1 overall record this season.
- The Gamecocks enter conference play looking to improve on a 9-3 record and a third-place finish in the SEC last season, both top marks under head coach Josh Goffi.
- Last time out, Friedrich defeated No. 39 Carolos Divar of Georgia Tech for his second win over an ITA top-125 opponent.
- Dennis has won six straight singles matches and is 9-1 in his last 10 singles outings.
QUICK HITS: No. 25 Tennessee
- The Volunteers travel to South Carolina on the heels of a three-match win streak with a win over Duke on Feb. 9 and a doubleheader sweep over USC Upstate last weekend.
- Tennessee won its first seven non-conference matches before dropping a pair of matches to Minnesota and Texas.
- No. 25 Timo Stodder is the Volunteers' lone ranked singles player in the latest ITA top 125.
- The Gamecocks have won two straight dual matches against Tennessee including a tight 4-3 win on the road in Knoxville, Tenn., last season.
QUICK HITS: No. 17 Georgia
- The Bulldogs dropped six spots to No. 17 in the latest ITA team rankings after dropping two of their last three dual matches.
- Georgia won its first five matches of the season with one ranked win over No. 14 Columbia before falling to No. 5 Stanford and No. 8 Southern California, both in Seattle, Wash.
- The Bulldogs defeated Mercer, 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon in their final tune-up before conference play and will open their SEC schedule on the road at Florida on Friday at 6 p.m.
- Georgia has five total student-athletes ranked in the ITA top-125 singles players including two, Wayne Montgomery (11) and Walker Duncan (19), cracking the nation's top-20.
- South Carolina last defeated Georgia, 5-2, on Mar. 17, 2013, on the road in Athens, Ga.
The Gamecocks will hit the road next weekend as they begin a stretch of four consecutive away matches beginning with Auburn on Fri., Mar. 9, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a match at Mississippi State on Sun., Mar. 11, at 2 p.m.