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Feb. 14, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 4-2 to No. 27 Wake Forest on Wednesday at the USC Indoor Fieldhouse. The Gamecocks, who are ranked No. 36 in the latest Fila Collegiate Tennis Poll, slipped to 6-1 on the season while Wake improved its record to 8-1.

Wake Forest claimed the early lead by winning all three doubles contests. At No. 3 doubles Andrew Hamar and Andrew Brasseaux of Wake Forest posted an 8-1 victory over the Carolina freshman duo of Spencer Feldman and David Wolff. The Demon Deacons clinched the doubles point with a win at No. 2 doubles. Cory Parr and Charles Sartor defeated South Carolina’s Ivan Cressoni and Thomas Stoddard, 8-4. Wake made a doubles sweep as Todd Paul and Mariusz Adamski topped Yevgeny Supeko and Pedro Campos. The loss ended a seven-match win streak for Supeko and Campos.

Wake Forest opened a 2-0 lead after Paul, who is ranked No. 4 nationally in singles, pulled off a 6-1, 6-3, win over Gamecock senior Pedro Rodrigues at the No. 1 spot. Rodrigues was seeing his first singles action of the season.

The next match to finish was the No. 2 singles contest between South Carolina freshman Pedro Campos and Wake sophomore Cory Parr. Parr won the opening set, 6-2, but Campos rallied to take the second, 6-2. Parr closed out the match with a 6-2 victory in the third set, giving the Demon Deacons a 3-0 advantage in the match.

South Carolina got on the board when Supeko wrapped up a straight-set win over Hamar, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3 singles. The victory kept Supeko unbeaten in seven singles matches this spring.

The Gamecocks closed to within 3-2, by virtue of Cressoni’s come-from-behind, three set victory at No. 4 singles. Adamski claimed the first set, 6-2, but Cressoni bounced back to even things up with a 6-4 win in the second. The two continued to fight tooth and nail until Cressoni polished off the final set in a tiebreaker, 7-3.

With two singles matches remaining, South Carolina would need to win both to seal a team victory. At No. 5 singles, Wake’s Steven Forman came out on top, beating Wolff, 6-2, 6-4, and clinching the win for the Demon Deacons.

South Carolina will play its second consecutive ACC opponent this weekend when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face No. 21 North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 17.

No. 27 Wake Forest 4, No. 36 South Carolina 3
Doubles Results

No. 1 Paul/Adamski (WF) def. Pedro Campos/Yevgeny Supeko (USC), 8-4
No. 2 Parr/Sartor (WF) def. Cressoni/Stoddard (USC), 8-4
No. 3 Hamar/Brasseaux (WF) def. Wolff/Feldman (USC), 8-1

Doubles Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles Results

No. 1 Todd Paul (WF) def. Pedro Rodrigues (USC), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Cory Parr (WF) def. Pedro Campos (USC), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
No. 3 Yevgeny Supeko (USC) def. Andrew Hamar (WF), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Ivan Cressoni (USC) def. Mariusz Adamski (WF), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 5 Steven Forman (WF) def. David Wolff (USC), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Spencer Feldman (USC) vs. Jason Morgenstern (WF), 3-3