|Gamecocks Edge Sehawks In Men's Tennis|
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - No. 48 South Carolina won the doubles point and split the six singles matches to edge No. 37 UNCW, 4-3, in a non-conference men's tennis match Wednesday at the Carolina Tennis Center.
The Gamecocks improved to 8-3 this spring with a victory against their sixth nationally-ranked opponent, while the Seahawks had a three-match winning streak snapped and now stand 6-2 overall.
USC secured the early doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles slots. Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov upset No. 8 Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank of UNCW, 8-5, at the top position to set the tone and Ben Barnette and Thiago Pinheiro trimmed Kaue Pereira and Michael Reilly, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point.
The Gamecocks then won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles to push the margin to 3-0 before Cooprider outlasted Cox, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles to get the Seahawks on the board.
Junior Rafael Aita, ranked 17th nationally, then closed the deficit to 3-2 with a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) decision over the 94th-ranked Mihov.
USC then wrapped up the match at No. 6 singles when senior Harry Menzies held off UNCW sophomore Zach Hublitz, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
UNCW picked up its third singles victory at No. 5 singles when Pereira earned a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 triumph against Gamecock sophomore Kyle Koch.
The Seahawks return to the court on Saturday with a trip to Raleigh, N.C., to battle state rival N.C. State at Noon.