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Sept. 19, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina men’s tennis closed out its first official weekend of fall tournaments Sunday. Top-six singles finishes for Ivan Machado and Alexander Kostanov highlighted the Gamecock effort at the Duke Fab Four Invite at Cary Tennis Park. At the USC Upstate Fall Classic, Chris Sheehan and Henry Walker reached the semifinals of the Doubles A bracket.

In the Duke Fab Four Invite, Machado was the lone Gamecock to enter the final day undefeated, reaching the Section B final against the Blue Devils’ Chis Mengel. The Gamecock junior took the first set 6-4, but saw Mengel rally to win the second 6-2. The two battled on serve until late in the third set, with Mengel claiming the final break at 7-5 to win the title.

Kostanov faced Wake Forest’s Denny Kreyman in the Section A fifth-place match. One service break decided each set with the Gamecock sophomore coming up short in the 6-4, 6-4 decision to take sixth place in the bracket. South Carolina freshman Jake Bowling took 15th place in Section A. In Section C action, a pair of Saturday victories had put Harry Menzies in the consolation final of the bracket. Facing third-seeded Iain Atkinson of Wake Forest, Menzies fell 6-3, 6-0 to claim 10th place in the bracket.

Closer to home at the USC Upstate Fall Classic, Sheehan and Walker followed Friday’s pair of wins in the Doubles A bracket with one more to advance to the semifinals. The duo topped Juan Bolona and Moritz Dettinger of Clemson 8-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. There they fell to Armstrong Atlantic State’s tandem of Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja 8-5.

In singles action, Sheehan fell 6-4, 6-4 to Derek Difazio of Clemson in the A draw, while Walker dropped a 6-0, 6-4 decision to Furman’s Joel Cook in the B draw, both in second-round action.

The Gamecocks will reunite for their next tournament, the Southern Intercollegiates in Athens, Ga., beginning Fri., Sept. 24.


Duke Fab Four Invite
Section A Singles
Denny Kreman (WF) def. Alexander Kostanov (SC) 6-4, 6-4

Section B Singles
Chris Mengel (DU) def. Ivan Machado (SC) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Section C Singles
Iain Atkinson (WF) def. Harry Menzies (SC) 6-3, 6-0

USC Upstate Fall Classic
Singles A
Derek Difazio (CU) def. Chris Sheehan (SC) 6-4, 6-4

Singles B
Joel Cook (FUR) def. Henry Walker (SC) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles A
Chris Sheehan/Henry Walker (SC) def. Juan Bolona/Moritz Dettinger (CU) 8-5
Rafael Array/Mikk Irdoja (AA) def. Chris Sheehan/Henry Walker (SC) 8-5