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Feb. 27, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 42 South Carolina posted a 5-2 win against Appalachian State Saturday afternoon at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center winning five of six singles matches. South Carolina doubles partners Pedro Campos and Ivan Cressoni were the only Gamecocks to sweep past the Mountaineers in both singles and doubles as the Mountaineers claimed two of the three doubles matches to start the contest.

After Appalachian State won the No. 1 doubles match, Campos and Cressoni won a hard fought battle to secure an 8-6 win in the No. 2 match. The deciding match for the doubles point came down to the wire as the Gamecocks’ duo of Johannes Pulsfort and Chris Sheehan battled back and forth throughout the match. Tied at 7-7, Appalachian State’s Andrew McKinnon and Zeke Sansing pulled away to secure the doubles point for the Mountaineers with a 9-7 decision.

In singles play, junior Chris Sheehan got the Gamecocks on the board with impressive efficiency. He jumped out to an early lead at the No. 6 singles position, dominating Appalachian State’s Zeke Sansing 6-2, 6-1. Alexander Kostonav pulled in another point for South Carolina at the No. 3 position, governing the win against Philip Kloc 6-2, 6-4. Campos brought the Gamecocks within a point of the team victory as he cruised by Appalachian State’s Philip Jacobs with a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-2. The Mountaineers held of the Gamecocks with an Alain Humblet win in the No. 4 singles spot, leaving the match up to the Nos. 1 and 5 players.

The No. 1 match turned into a revenge match as South Carolina senior Diego Cubas faced Appalachian State’s Trent Constance after losing to him and his partner in doubles play. Cubas easily took the first set, allowing Constance to win only one game. Constance showed no mercy when he stole the second set from Cubas, powering his way to a 6-2 win. Cubas was able to bounce back ,breezing through the first four games of the third set, 4-0, and winning the set by hitting the ball in between his legs for a 6-1 victory to clinch the match for the Gamecocks

In the final match, Cressoni played evenly with his opponent, Andrew McKinnon, splitting the first two sets 7-5, 5-7. The Gamecock senior battled back to win the final set 6-2 and take the final point of the match.

South Carolina enters SEC play in their next matchup, traveling to LSU for a 3 p.m. match on Fri., Mar. 5, in Baton Rouge, La.


Doubles (Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3)
1. Trent Constance/Pete Jacobs (ASU) def. (89) Diego Cubas/Alexander Kostanov (SC) 8-5
2. Pedro Campos/Ivan Cressoni (SC) def. Alain Humblet/Phil Kloc (ASU) 8-6
3. Andrew McKinnon/Zeke Sansing (ASU) def. Johannes Pulsfort/Chris Sheehan (SC) 9-7

Singles (Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2, 4, 1, 5 )
1. (89) Diego Cubas (SC) def. Trent Constance (ASU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
2. Pedro Campos (SC) def. Peter Jacobs (ASU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alexander Kostanov (SC) def. Philip Kloc (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Alain Humblet (ASU) def. Johannes Pulsfort (SC) 6-3, 6-0
5. Ivan Cressoni (SC) def. Andrew McKinnon (ASU) 7-5, 5-7¸6-2
6. Chris Sheehan (SC) def. Zeke Sansing (ASU) 6-2, 6-1