March 14, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The 54th-ranked Wake Forest men’s tennis team got past Southeastern Conference foe and 31st-ranked South Carolina 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Leighton Tennis Stadium in Winston-Salem.
The Demon Deacons took two of three doubles matches to earn the all-important doubles’ point. Andrew Hamar and Brett Ross lost to Marcus Westman and Tom Eklund, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles, but the teams of Derek Spice/Todd Paul and David Lowenthal/Andrew Simpson captured No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectvely.
Spice and Paul were victorious, 8-2, while Lowenthal and Simpson won 8-5.
The Gamecocks captured matches at No. 1 (Marcus Westman) and No. 2 (Tom Eklund) singles, but the Deacs won at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5. Paul defeated Carl Wermee in a three-set thriller, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1. Hamar swept Pedro Rodrigues, 6-4, 6-2, while Ross handled Knorr, 6-4, 6-0.
The Gamecocks return to SEC action Friday as they host Alabama at 2 p.m. at the Sam Daniel Tennis Facility.