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Oct. 16, 2004

The second day of the USC Fall Invitational saw Jamie Cuellar continue his excellent play. The freshman scored singles wins over Jonathan Janda of UNC 6-4, 6-0 and Rodrigo Gabriel of Rice in a three set thriller. In a match that saw both players suffer from cramps, Cuellar was able to pull out the win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. The wins put the Brazilian into the semi-finals of the tournament’s main draw, where he will face yet another Tar Heel in top-seeded Raian Luchichi. That match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Sam Daniels Tennis Facility. Cuellar also got a victory in doubles play as he teamed with Tom Eklund for an 8-2 victory of the Georgia Southern duo of Vincent Patry and Daniel Van den Heever. The win propelled Carolina to the finals of the A-1 Doubles draw.

Teammate Rob Cassidy followed the lead of Cuellar and Eklund and advanced to a final of his own. Cassidy won two matches en route to claiming a spot in the consolation finals of the A-2 draw, the tournament’s second toughest bracket. The senior notched victories over Andre Cavaco (6-3, 6-0) as well as Grant Holland (6-4, 6-3). Cassidy’s final is set for 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Day 2 also saw the tournament’s first champion crowned as Marc Sifre of Campbell won the B-3 Singles title with straight set victory over South Carolina State’s Fandhi Irawan (6-3, 6-0). Other championships claimed on Saturday included Lasha Janashia/Charles-Henri Trottet of Georgia Southern in the A-B Doubles, Adam Branks/Nicholas Thuell of UNC-Asheville in B-2 Doubles, and the team of Perry Allen (College of Charleston) and Dominic Soeur (Radford) winning in B-3 Doubles.

The final day of the 2004 USC Fall Invitational is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. For a complete listing of Day 2 results click on the attachment below.

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