April 1, 2003
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USC travels to Georgia Tech for a mid-week non-conference match in Atlanta. The 18th-ranked Gamecocks enter the contest with a 13-4 overall record after dropping a pair of conference matches last weekend in the state of Alabama, a 6-1 loss at No. 29 Auburn and a 4-3 decision at No. 16 Alabama.
After facing the Yellow Jackets in Wednesday’s Region II match., USC returns home to wrap up the dual match season with a homestand of five matches in nine days, beginning Friday, April 4 vs. Georgia.
South Carolina holds a decisive 24-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Yellow Jackets and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the schools. USC won both meetings in 2002, a 5-2win in Columbia and a 4-2 victory in NCAA Regional action in Knoxville, Tenn. The Gamecocks have won five of the last six matches played at Georgia Tech.
Three Gamecocks are listed among the ITA singles rankings: Seth Rose (No. 67), Angelo Niculescu (No. 72), and Carl Wermee (No. 116). Rose plays at No. 1 singles and has 12 dual match victories this season, Niculescu began 2003 with a 12-match winning streak and Wermee is 9-1 in singles matches.
Rose has won three consecutive matches at No. 1 singles and six of his last seven contests. The senior defeated two ranked players last weekend, No. 17 Rameez Junaid of Auburn and No. 75 Maxim Belski of Alabama. He has compiled an impressive 10-3 record at the No. 1 position in dual matches this season and is tied for the team lead with 12 dual victories and four SEC wins.