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Nov. 1, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior Johannes Pulsfort collected a pair of wins at the South Carolina Fall Invitational this weekend to claim the Flight 2 Singles title. Pulsfort pounded out a straight-set win over No. 72 Simon Childs of Louisville to open the tournament on Friday then showed heart and emotion in a Saturday win over Auburn’s Alex Stamchev. South Carolina freshman Harry Menzies finished second in Flight 5 Singles after going 1-1 on the weekend.

In a tournament that included Auburn, Louisville and North Carolina, the Gamecocks struggled with injuries and conditions throughout the weekend. Players were slotted out of position after senior Diego Cubas pulled out of his singles matches on Saturday and Sunday. Menzies similarly was forced out of action on Sunday.

Cubas and sophomore Ivan Machado split a pair of doubles matches in the tournament as the nation’s No. 9 team opened the tournament with a 9-8 (3) victory over No. 10 Austen Childs and Simon Childs of Louisville on Friday. In Saturday’s action, the Gamecock duo struggled with its service games in an 8-4 loss to No. 21 Tim Puetz and Alex Stamchev of Auburn.

Senior Ivan Cressoni gutted out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Auburn’s Nick Maurillo in Flight 2 Singles, while Machado made his mark with a 6-2, 7-5 win over North Carolina’s Cameron Ahari. Menzies picked up his victory with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Auburn’s Michel Monteiro.

South Carolina has a few weeks off before heading to the Auburn Fall Classic, which begins on Fri., Nov. 20.


Flight 1 Singles – Winner: Noble (NC), 2nd: Puetz (AU)
(12) Austen Childs (UL) def. (28) Diego Cubas (SC) 6-3, 6-2
Johannes Pulsfort (SC) def. Alex Stamchev (AU) 7-6 (3), 6-3
Ryan Noble (NC) def. Johannes Pulsfort (SC) 6-2, 6-3
(54) Tim Puetz (AU) def. Jose Hernandez (NC) 7-6 (3), 6-2
(54) Tim Puetz (AU) def. (12) Austen Childs (UL) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Ryan Noble (NC) def. (62) Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) 6-0, 7-6 (6)

Flight 2 Singles – Winner: Pulsfort (SC), 2nd: A. Childs (UL)
Johannes Pulsfort (SC) def. (72) Simon Childs (UL) 6-4, 6-1
Ivan Cressoni (SC) def. Nick Maurillo (AU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Andrew Crone (NC) def. Ivan Cressoni (SC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Ryan Noble (NC) def. Alex Stamchev (AU) 6-3, 6-2
Alex Stamchev (AU) def. (72) Simon Childs (UL) 6-3, 6-4
(12) Austen Childs (UL) def. Jose Hernandez (NC) 6-4, 6-2

Flight 3 Singles – Winner: Calligari (UL), 2nd: Maksimuk (UL)
(62) Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Ivan Machado (SC) 6-0, 7-6 (8)
Andreas Mies (AU) def. Ivan Machado (SC) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
Ivan Machado (SC) def. Cameron Ahari (NC) 6-2, 7-5
Alejandro Calligari (UL) def. Nick Maurillo (AU) 6-4, 6-2
Nick Maurillo (AU) def. Andrew Crone (NC) 6-2, 6-4
Robert Hall (UL) def. Andrew Crone (NC) 6-4, 6-2

Flight 4 Singles – Winner: Carter (UL), 2nd: Ahari (NC)
Andrew Carter (UL) def. Ivan Cressoni (SC) 6-3, 6-2
Michael Wardell (AU) def. Chris Sheehan (SC) 7-5, 6-1
Kyle Baker (NC) def. David Wolff (SC) 6-1, 6-3
Cameron Ahari (NC) def. Michael Wardell (AU) 6-2, 6-2
Alejandro Calligari (UL) def. Cameron Ahari (NC) 6-4, 6-7, 6-3
(62) Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Andreas Mies (AU) 6-3, 7-6 (6)

Flight 5 Singles – Winner: Parker (NC), 2nd: Menzies (SC)
Alejandro Calligari (UL) def. David Wolff (SC) 6-0, 6-2
Harry Menzies (SC) def. Michel Monteiro (AU) 6-4, 6-2
William Parker (NC) def. Chris Sheehan (SC) 6-0, 6-1
William Parker (NC) def. Andreas Mies (AU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Andrew Carter (UL) def. William Parker (NC) 7-5, 6-3
Andrew Carter (UL) def. Michael Wardell (AU) 6-3, 6-2

Flight 6 Singles – Winner: Baker (NC), 2nd: Hall (UL)
Robert Hall (UL) def. Chris Sheehan (SC) 6-2, 6-1
David Wolff (SC) def. Davis Taylor (AU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Robert Hall (UL) def. Michel Monteiro (AU) 6-2, 6-3
Kyle Baker (NC) def. Michel Monteiro (AU) 6-1, 6-4
Kyle Baker (NC) def. Sumit-Prakash Gupta (UL) 7-5, 5-7, 6-0

Flight 7 Singles
Sumit-Prakash Gupta (UL) def. Harry Menzies (SC) 10-7
Davis Taylor (AU) def. Sumit-Prakash Gupta (UL) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8)
Zach Hunter (NC) def. Alex Jorne (AU) 6-4, 6-2
Kyle Baker (NC) def. Tim Barnoud (UL) 6-2, 6-1

Flight 8 Singles
Alex Rafiee (NC) def. Davis Taylor (AU) 6-4, 6-4
Alex Jorne (AU) def. Tim Barnoud (UL) 10-5

Flight 1 Doubles – Winner: Puetz/Stamchev (AU), 2nd: Cubas/Machado (SC)
(9) Diego Cubas/Ivan Machado def. (10) Austen Childs/Simon Childs (UL) 9-8 (3)
(21) Tim Puetz/Alex Stamchev (AU) def. (9) Diego Cubas/Ivan Machado (SC) 8-4
(21) Tim Puetz/Alex Stamchev (AU) def. Andrew Crone/Alex Rafiee (NC) 8-3
(21) Tim Puetz/Alex Stamchev (AU) def. (10) Austen Childs/Simon Childs (UL) 9-8 (5)
Simon Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. Andrew Crone/Ryan Noble (NC) 8-2

Flight 2 Doubles – Winner: Maksimcuk/Carter (UL), 2nd: Hernandez/Ahari (NC)
Viktor Maksimcuk/Andrew Carter (UL) def. Ivan Cressoni/Johannes Pulsfort (SC) 9-7
Michel Monteiro/Andreas Meis (AU) def. Ivan Cressoni/Johannes Pulsfort (SC) 9-7
Jose Hernandez/Ryan Noble (NC) def. Michel Monteiro/Andreas Mies (AU) 8-5
Robert Hall/Alejandro Calligari (UL) def. Michel Monteiro/Andreas Meis (AU) 8-2
Jose Hernandez/Cameron Ahari (NC) def. Austen Childs/Sumit-Prakash Gupta (UL) 8-5

Flight 3 Doubles – Winner: Calligari/Hall (UL), 2nd: Wardell/Maurell (AU)
Alejandro Calligari/Robert Hall (UL) def. David Wolff/Chris Sheehan (SC) 8-3
Michael Wardell/Nick Maurillo (AU) def. Harry Menzies/Chris Sheehan (SC) 8-6
Viktor Maksumcuk/Andrew Carter (UL) def. Nick Maurillo/Michael Wardell (AU) 8-2
Zach Hunter/Cameron Ahari (NC) def. Alex Jorne/David Taylor (AU) 8-5
Alex Rafiee/William Parker (NC) def. Adam Donaldson/Andrew Carter (UL) 8-5

Flight 4 Doubles
Michael Wardell/Nick Maurillo (AU) def. William Parker/Kyle Baker (NC) 8-5
Sumit-Prakash Gupta/Adam Donalson (UL) def. Alex Jorne/Davis Taylor (AU) 8-3