MT falls to South Carolina, 4-3
No. 56 Blue Raiders defeated by No. 17 Gamecocks Sunday morningFebruary 2, 2014 · @MTAthletics
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An upset bid by the Middle Tennessee men's tennis team fell just short, as the No. 56 Blue Raiders fell 4-3 to No. 17 South Carolina on Sunday morning at the USC Fieldhouse. MT falls to 1-3 in dual matches in the defeat, while USC improves to 3-2.
The Blue Raiders opened up the match by taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. In a showdown of top-25 doubles pairings at No. 1, the No. 22 duo of sophomores David Fox and Victor Cornea downed the No. 24 tandem of Kyle Koch and Chip Cox, 6-5 (7-4). At No. 2, the team of freshman Aaron Jumonville and junior Yannick Born defeated the Gamecocks' Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro, 6-5 (7-5).
MT won singles points at No. 1 and No. 2. At No. 1, the 98th-ranked Fox knocked off No. 41 Mihov (6-3 (7-4), 6-5). At No. 2, Zito beat Koch, ranked No. 103 in the nation (6-2, 3-6, 6-4). Zito moved to a flawless 3-0 in singles play on the spring with the victory.
South Carolina took the other four singles points, all in straight sets. Junior Yannick Born made his first singles appearance of the spring at No. 4.
MT returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 9, with a match in Nashville against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Middle Tennessee vs South Carolina
2/2/2014 at Columbia, S.C.
#17 South Carolina 4, #56 Middle Tennessee 3
1. #98 David Fox (MT) def. #41 Tsvetan Mihov (SC) 6-3 (7-4), 6-5
2. Ettore Zito (MT) def. #103 Kyle Koch (SC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
3. Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. Victor Cornea (MT) 6-4, 6-4
4. Andrew Adams (SC) def. Yannick Born (MT) 6-2, 6-3
5. Chip Cox (SC) def. Victor Hoang (MT) 6-5 (7-5), 6-2
6. #91 Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Sam Matheson (MT) 6-4, 6-4
1. #22 Victor Cornea/David Fox (MT) def. #24 Kyle Koch/Chip Cox (SC) 6-5 (7-4)
2. Aaron Jumonville/Yannick Born (MT) def. Tsvetan Mihov/Thiago Pinheiro (SC) 6-5 (7-5)
3. Andrew Adams/Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Victor Hoang/Sam Matheson (MT) 6-4
Middle Tennessee 1-3; National ranking #56
South Carolina 3-2; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,1,3,2,5,6)
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