March 21, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
The men's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision on Friday to South Carolina at the Carolina Tennis Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 9-10 overall and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference, while the win lifts the Gamecocks to 8-9 on the season and 1-4 in league play.
"This season is becoming a game of inches," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We're close, real close, and these nail-biters are happening for a reason. We must continue to trust ourselves and be courageous with our efforts."
Alabama came from behind in doubles to win the point after South Carolina won the match on court two, 8-3. Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura, ranked 62nd, cruised to an 8-2 victory on court one over No. 56 Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov, however the next win would come down to the end as the match on court three was decided in a tiebreaker. The Tide's Hayes Brewer and Andrew Goodwin would come away with the victory, winning 8-7(2) over Thiago Pinheiro and Sam Swank.
In singles, No. 83 O'Shaughnessey posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over 80th-ranked Mihov to give Alabama a 2-0 lead, but the Gamecocks went on to take the next three matches on courts five, six and three, to lead 3-2. No. 21 Proskura came back to beat Andrew Adams, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 on court one to even the overall score at 3-3, leaving the deciding point to the matchup on court four. Cox would end up winning the three-setter over Sean Donohue, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, to give South Carolina the victory.
Alabama continues its road swing on Sunday as it travels to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. The match is slated to begin at Noon CT.
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