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Feb. 15, 2004

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Head Coach Kent DeMars achieved yet another milestone in his storied 31 years as a collegiate head coach – this time notching his 300th win at Carolina – as the No. 24 Gamecocks won 7-0. South Carolina (5-0) remains perfect in regional play while Charlotte falls to 2-5 on the year.

“Well, I guess winning 300 matches here just means they’ve kept me around long enough to get a few wins,” joked Carolina Head Coach Kent DeMars. “Milestones are nice to have but in a team sport it matters how we do as a team. It is always nice to achieve a milestone though and being in such a good place and good situation will accomplish that.”

Carolina won the doubles point very quickly as Geraldo Knorr and Pedro Rodrigues tallied an 8-1 victory over Arturo Aguirre and Dorian Host

“It’s always nice to reach a milestone, but in a team sport it matters what we do as a team. We have a good team this year and it will be interesting to see how we turn out, especially considering the extremely difficult conference we compete in.”
– South Carolina Head Coach Kent DeMars

while Tom Eklund and Marcus Westman easily swept past the 49er team of Marlo Santoso and Jonathan Clark in an 8-3 victory.

In singles action, Eklund remained perfect in singles play this season with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Clark at No. 2 singles. Marcus Westman also rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 No. 1 singles victory over Arturo Aguirre. This was the second time that Aguirre has dropped a singles match to Westman. The two faced each other at the ITA Regional Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. last October with Westman tallying the 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 victory.

The Gamecocks now face Davidson in the second match of the Sunday’s doubleheader.