March 8, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
No. 28 South Carolina at Auburn and No. 27 Mississippi State
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 28 South Carolina men's tennis (11-3, 1-1 SEC) will make its first SEC road trip of the season as it faces Auburn on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET, followed by a trip to take on No. 27 Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.
The Gamecocks have won four of their last five matches and look to build on their 1-1 start to SEC play at home last weekend, which included a 4-3 win over 17th-ranked Georgia.
The Last Meeting
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The Last Meeting
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" Sunday's win (vs Georgia) is in the past. We had a tough week of practice, which was our goal coming off of a win like that. We're getting back to work. We've got a tough Auburn team ahead of us, and that's the only thing on our minds right now moving forward.
An SEC road win is a hard thing to come by; it doesn't matter who you're playing. Auburn is picking up some serious momentum here. They're very well coached, and we're going to have our hands full on Friday night. We're preparing as usual, and we're trying to get our guys focused on taking care of business." - Head Coach Josh Goffi
- South Carolina came in at No. 28 in this week's ITA team rankings, moving up one spot from last week. The Gamecocks, one of 10 SEC schools in the latest ITA rankings, are 2-1 vs. ranked opponents this season.
- Gabriel Friedrich, named the SEC Player of the Week following a pair of ranked wins last weekend, came in at No. 29 in this week's ITA singles rankings.
- Friedrich posted a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over 25th-ranked Timo Stodder of Tennessee and followed up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over 11th-ranked Wayne Montgomery over Georgia last weekend.
- Friedrich (19-5, 3-1 SEC) now has three consecutive wins over ranked opponents and four total on the season.
- Friedrich and Yancy Dennis moved up to No. 34 in the latest ITA doubles rankings and are coming off a 6-3 win over No. 12 Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski of Georgia.
- Friedrich and Dennis have posted two ranked wins on the season and are 6-2 overall (1-1 SEC) as the Gamecocks' No. 1 doubles pair.
- Paul Jubb and Thomas Mayronne are 8-2 as the Gamecocks' No. 2 doubles pair, winning four straight matches going into the weekend.
- The Gamecocks are 24-9 in doubles overall as a team and have secured the doubles team point in six of their last seven dual matches.
- South Carolina is combined 34-6 (.850) from the Nos. 1, 2, and 3 singles positions in all dual matches.
- Paul Jubb (13-6, 2-1 SEC) has won three straight singles matchups and seven of his last eight. Jubb defeated No. 89 Nathan Ponwith of Georgia last week for his second ranked win of the season.
- Wood Benton (15-10, 3-1 SEC) had the match-clinching singles win against Georgia and has won four of his last five matches overall.
QUICK HITS: AUBURN
- Auburn (9-6, 0-1 SEC) went 5-3 during the month of February and enters the weekend having lost its last two dual matches.
- No. 104 Matteo De Vincentis moved into the ITA singles rankings this week after defeating No. 17 Giovanni Oradini of Mississippi State with an 11-9 tiebreak win. De Vincentis was the lone Tigers player to win his singles match in Auburn's loss to Mississippi State.
- The Gamecocks are 15-21 all-time against Auburn but have won five of the last six matches, including a 6-1 home win last season. South Carolina has won three straight over the Tigers dating back to the 2015 season.
QUICK HITS: No. 27 MISSISSIPPI STATE
- The Bulldogs (7-1, 1-0 SEC) stayed at No. 27 in this week's ITA team rankings following a 6-1 win to open SEC play against Auburn last week.
- The Bulldogs are 1-1 in ranked matches this season and had three players, Nuno Borges (4) Giovanni Oradini (23), and Strahinja Rakic (82) crack the ITA top-125 singles rankings. Mississippi State also has two doubles pairs in the latest ITA doubles rankings.
- No. 4 Nuno Borges (7-0, 1-0 SEC) has been ranked as high as No. 2 this spring and is 71-14 overall in his career.
- The Gamecocks, 11-19 all-time against Mississippi State, defeated the Bulldogs 4-3 at home last season. South Carolina then fell 4-1 to the Bulldogs in the first match of last season's SEC Tournament.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks will continue a four-match road stretch next weekend as they travel to face Vanderbilt on Fri., Mar. 16, at 5:30 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend at Kentucky on Sun., Mar. 18, at 1 p.m.
For updates, continue to check back with GamecocksOnline.com or follow the team on social media (@GamecockMTennis).