April 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
The 10th-seeded men's tennis team fell to seventh-seeded South Carolina, 4-1, on Thursday in its first match in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide stands at 14-15 overall, while the win lifts the Gamecocks to 15-12.
"It was a tough match today as the Gamecocks were more solid on a few courts, and the doubles point proved to be very big," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "I'm very proud of this team, and the effort they put in all season. Their growth doesn't necessarily get reflected in the win column, but we accomplished a lot. We competed our tails off, and I am excited for the direction this program is headed."
Alabama's 15th-ranked duo of Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura collected an 8-3 victory on court one over South Carolina's 23rd-ranked duo of Tsvetan Mihov and Chip Cox, however the Gamecocks would go on to win 8-4 on court two and 8-3 on court three to secure the doubles point.
South Carolina took a 2-0 lead after Kyle Koch beat Andrew Goodwin, 6-4, 6-1, on court five before No. 76 O'Shaughnessey got the Tide on the board with the same score on court two over 107th-ranked Mihov. Cox would make it a 3-1 lead for the Gamecocks as he topped Nikko Madregallejo, 6-2, 6-3, from the No. 4 spot. Andrew Shafer then clinched the win for South Carolina on court six with a 7-6(6), 6-1 win over Hayes Brewer. The remaining two matches, which the Tide won first sets in, went unfinished.
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