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#16 South Carolina Defeats Clemson 6-1

#16 South Carolina Defeats Clemson 6-1

March 25, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC–South Carolina defeated Clemson 6-1 in a men’s intercollegiate tennis match at Columbia, SC Wednesday afternoon in the 100th all-time meeting between the two schools on the tennis courts.

South Carolina, ranked 16th nationally by the ITA, now has a 14-3 record overall. Clemson falls to 8-9 overall this season.

After today’s historic match, South Carolina now leads the overall series 59-39-2. The first match played between the two schools was in 1925. The two teams split the two matches played in 1925 as South Carolina won at Clemson 4-2 on April 13, and Clemson won in Columbia by the same 4-2 score on April 18.

The Tigers have played South Carolina in men’s tennis more than any other opponent. Furman is Clemson’s second most played opponent as the Tigers have played the Paladins 92 times in a series that began in 1923.

South Carolina won the doubles point. At number one doubles, the Gamecocks’ doubles team of Diego Cubas and Ivan Machado, ranked 29th nationally, defeated Clemson’s Carlos Alvarez and Rok Bizjak 8-5.

In singles, Bizjak of Clemson defeated #115 Pedro Campos of South Carolina 6-2, 6-3 at the number two position to tie the match score 1-1. At number one singles, #50 Cubas defeated Alvarez of Clemson 6-2, 6-3 to give the Gamecocks a 2-1 advantage.

The Gamecocks’ Jaime Cuellar defeated Kevin Fleck at number three singles 6-4, 6-3. At number four singles Machando of South Carolina defeated Kevin Galloway 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 as South Carolina clinched the match 4-1.

In the two remaining singles matches Johannes Pulsfort of South Carolina defeated Ike Belk 6-2, 2-6, 11-9 at number five singles. The Gamecocks Ivan Cressoni defeated Wesley Moran 6-2, 6-7, 11-9.

The 2009 season marks the 100th year of men’s tennis at Tigertown. Clemson first sponsored men’s tennis in 1910 when two Tiger tennis players entered the annual state tournament. The first dual match Clemson played was in the 1921 season as the Tigers defeated Wofford 2-0 on April 28, in Spartanburg, SC.

Clemson will play host to ACC-foe N.C. State on Friday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the Tigers’ next action. The Tigers will also entertain Wake Forest in another league match on Sunday, March 29.

Doubles 1. (#29) Diego Cubas/Ivan Machado (SC) d. Carlos Alvarez/Rok Bizjak (CU) 8-5 2. Kevin Fleck/Ike Belk (CU) d. Pedro Campos/Ivan Cressoni (SC) 8-5 3. Jaime Cuellar/Johannes Pulsfort (SC) d. Wesley Moran/Taylor Cohen (CU) 8-4 Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles 1. (#50) Diego Cubas (SC) d. Carlos Alvarez (CU) 6-2, 6-3 2. Rok Bizjak (CU) d. (#115) Pedro Campos (SC) 6-2, 6-3 3. Jaime Cuellar (SC) d. Kevin Fleck (CU) 6-4, 6-3 4. Ivan Machando (SC) d. Kevin Galloway (CU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 5. Johannes Pulsfort (SC) Ike Belk (CU) 6-2, 2-6, 11-9 6. Ivan Cressoni (SC) Wesley Moran (CU) 6-2, 6-7, 11-9Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6