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Gamecock Tennis: Gamecocks Blast Arkansas Away


On Saturday, the #36 Gamecocks improved to 11-10 with a dominant performance over #67 (now #71) Arkansas. The Gamecocks jumped out to early leads at the top and bottom of the doubles point, but the Razorbacks duo of No. 37 Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske battled back to get on serve with Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov. The No. 3 match saw Thago Pinheiro and Sam Swank hold onto their advantage in a 8-5 win, while the Gamecock's most consistent tandem of Andrew Adams and Kyle Koch pushed ahead of No. 71 Hall Fess and Pete Thompson at 5-3 and held the Razorbacks off late in an 8-6 victory that delivered the early 1-0 lead in the match.

The Gamecocks took advantage of an evenly matched singles with late service breaks in the Nos. 3-6 matches to win all four sets. Andrew Schafer rallied from 1-3 down to top Thomason 6-4 in the No. 6 contest. Kyle Koch topped Johan den Toom 6-4, and Cox won two of the last three games to post a 6-4 set over Fess in the No. 3 match. As No. 88 Mihov dropped his first set with Jeske as a tiebreak, and Pinheiro battled to a 6-4 win over Parlic.

Freshman Andrew Schafer would not back down and let Thomason back in the match, turning a 2-0 lead into a 6-3 victory that made it 2-0 South Carolina. Adams was rallying back against Mike Nott at the top of the lineup, using an early break to win his set 6-4, but the two would not get their third set as Chip Cox again won two of the last three to wrap up his win over Fess and Koch quickly followed with his 6-4 victory over den Toom to clinch the team victory for the Gamecocks, who have won three of their last four SEC outings.

South Carolina returns to Columbia for its final home weekend. The Gamecocks will face the #45 Ole Miss Rebels on Friday at 5 pm, and #22 Mississippi State on Sunday at noon. South Carolina will honor its two senior - Chris Cox and Tsvetan Mihov - prior to Sunday's matchup with the Bulldogs.

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