May 25, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina seniors Pedro Campos and Diego Cubas learned today who their opponents will be in the NCAA Singles and Double Championships, which begin on Wed., May 26, at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Campos will square off with Texas’ Dimitar Kutrovsky at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, while Cubas will take on another Big 12 Conference foe in Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. The Campos/Cubas tandem will open doubles play on Thursday against Jonathan Dahan and Pedro Zerbini of Cal-Berkeley. Times for doubles matches have not been announced.
Ranked No. 29 in the nation, Campos will put his 17-2 singles record, including a 7-1 mark against ranked foes, on the line against Big 12 co-Player of the Year Kutrovsky. The nation’s No. 10 player enters the match with a 33-11 overall record, including a 22-11 mark against ranked opponents. He played in the No. 1 singles position for the Longhorns and boasts a 17-8 record in that spot in dual matches. Campos and Kutrovsky have played three common opponents this season – Sebastian Carlsson of LSU, Javier Garrapiz of Georgia and Boris Conkic of Tennessee – and have both defeated all three. Each won in three sets over Carlsson and in straight sets over Garrapiz and Conkic.
Cubas, ranked No. 52 in the nation, brings a 19-14 singles mark into the match against four-time All-Big 12 selection Nedovyesov. Ranked No. 5 in the nation behind a 29-6 record, the Cowboys’ top player went 17-3 in dual-match play and is 17-6 this season against ranked opponents. Cubas and Nedovyesov have played three of the same opponents this season – Austen Childs of Louisville, Chris Nott of Arkansas and Eric Quigley of Kentucky. Each lost to Childs and Quigley, while only Nedovyesov scored a win over Nott.
In doubles action, the Gamecocks’ top tandem of Campos and Cubas enters the event with a No. 25 ranking and an 8-5 record after joining forces at the start of the SEC regular season. They face No. 30 Dahan and Zerbini, who are 13-7 on the season, including an 8-5 record as the Bears’ top doubles team in dual matches. While the Gamecock pair is 6-3 against ranked opponents this season, the Bears’ tandem is just 4-6 against ranked foes. The two teams have not faced any common opponents this season.
In the singles field, South Carolina is one of three SEC schools with multiple players qualifying for the event, joining Tennessee (3) and Kentucky (2). Of the leagues 12 teams, 10 have at least one player in the tournament. The Gamecocks are one of 15 teams nationally with more than one entrant in the singles competition. Of those, 14 have at least one entry in the doubles competition as well.