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Feb. 23, 2003

Columbia, S.C. – The No.16 ranked South Carolina men’s tennis team improved to 7-0 on the season with victories over No. 63 Furman and USC-Aiken on Sunday. South Carolina’s 5-2 victory over Furman improved the Gamecocks to 6-0 in Region II competition. With a 7-0 victory over USC-Aiken the Gamecocks recorded their fourth shutout win on the season.

The Gamecocks won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point in the day’s opening match against Furman. At number two doubles, South Carolina’s Seth Rose and Carl Wermee defeated Furman’s Andrew Rogers and Dasef Weems 8-6. At number three doubles, South Carolina’s Geraldo Knorr and Angelo Niculescu were victorious, 9-8, over Furman’s Chris Henderson and Allen Simmons. Seth Rose, Angelo Niculescu, Carl Wermee, and Ben Atkinson earned singles victories to clinch the Gamecock victory.

In the afternoon contest, the Gamecocks swept doubles matches to pace the 7-0 win. After taking the early 1-0 lead, South Carolina used singles victories from Angelo Niculescu, Tom Eklund, Carl Wermee, Ben Atkinson, Geraldo Knorr, and Nasir Sherazi to close out the contest.

South Carolina’s men’s tennis team will be back in action next Friday when they travel to Starkville, Mississippi to open the SEC season against Mississippi State. South Carolina’s next home match will be on March 7th when the Gamecocks host LSU.

Match Results

South Carolina 5, Furman 2

Singles #1 Seth Rose (SC) d. James Cameron 6-4, 7-5

#2 Angelo Niculescu (SC) d. Patrick Fillnow 6-4, 6-2

#3 Chris Henderson d. Marcus Westman (SC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

#4 Carl Wermee (SC) d. Andrew Rogers 6-2, 6-2

#5 Ben Atkinson (SC) d. Ryan McCarthy 6-1, 6-2

#6 Allen Simmons d. Geraldo Knorr (SC) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0


#1 Cameron/Fillnow d. Eklund/Westman (SC) 9-8

#2 Rose/Wermee (SC) d. Rogers/Weems 8-6

#3 Knorr/Niculescu (SC) d. Henderson/Simmons 9-8

South Carolina 7, USC-Aiken 0


#1 Angelo Niculescu (SC) d. Kiril Popov 7-6, 6-3

#2 Tom Eklund (SC) d. Harshit Sharma 6-4, 7-5

#3 Carl Wermee (SC) d. Fernando Guevara 6-1, 6-0

#4 Ben Atkinson (SC) d. Nicolas Lombardo 6-2, 6-4

#5 Geraldo Knorr (SC) d. Carlos Huerta 6-3, 6-2

#6 Nasir Sherazi (SC) d. Bogdan Diaconesu 6-1, 6-0


#1 Rose/Wermee (SC) d. Popov/Sharma 8-4

#2 Knorr/Niculescu (SC) d. Lombardo/Guevera 8-2

#3 Atkinson/Eklund (SC) d. Huerta/Diaconesu 8-2