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Sept. 24, 2011

ATHENS, Ga. – South Carolina men’s tennis freshman Carl Eguez posted a three-set win in the Division I singles bracket to lead the Gamecocks in the second day of the Southern Intercollegiates at Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Sophomore Chip Cox and freshman Andrew Adams also picked up victories in the Division I consolation bracket against their opponents from Georgia Southern.

In Division I singles action, Eguez took on Virginia Tech junior Lucas Oliveira in the Round of 32. After dropping the first set 6-4, Eguez claimed the second by the same score. The two battled throughout the third set, matching each other game for game to go into a tiebreaker, which Eguez gutted out 7-3 to advance to the Round of 16 against No. 37 Nassim Slilam of Florida. Eguez’s future SEC rival posted a 6-0, 6-1 win to end the Gamecock sophomore’s run in the event. Sophomore Nick Jones also bowed out of the bracket with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to No. 24 Sadio Doumbia of Georgia in the Round of 32.

Adams and Cox advanced in the consolation side of the Division I bracket. Adams got a late break in the first set and cruised in the second to record a 7-5, 6-1 win over Matthijs Verdarn of Georgia Southern. Cox’s effort was more efficient as he topped GSU’s Alain Garrido 6-1, 6-2.

In Division II singles, Ben Barnette and Kyle Koch suffered losses in the Round of 32. Barnette claimed a first-set tiebreaker over Julian Dehn, but the Minnesota Golden Gopher pushed back to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-3. Koch also found himself in a three-set effort after dropping his first-set tiebreaker to NC State’s Sean Weber. The Gamecock freshman was tough in the second set and scored a late service break to take it 7-5. Weber got a couple of breaks in the third, winning the match with a 6-2 result.

Both of the Gamecocks’ doubles teams in action Saturday lost their matches. Play in the Southern Intercollegiates concludes on Sunday.

South Carolina Results

Singles Division I
Round of 32

(24) Sadio Doumbia (GA) def. Nick Jones (SC) 6-1, 6-3
Carl Eguez (SC) def. Lucas Oliveira (VT) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Round of 16
Nassim Slilam (FL) def. Carl Eguez (SC) 6-0, 6-1

Consolation First Round
Andrew Adams (SC) def. Matthijs Verdarn (GSU) 7-5, 6-1
Chip Cox (SC) def. Alain Garrido (GSU) 6-1, 6-2

Singles Division II
Round of 32

Julian Dehn (MN) def. Ben Barnette (SC) 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3
Sean Weber (NCS) def. Kyle Koch (SC) 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-2

Consolation First Round
Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Henry Walker (SC) 6-2, 6-1

Division I Doubles
Round of 16

Louis Cant/Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Chip Cox/Kyle Koch (SC) 8-6

Division II Doubles
Second Round

Dejon Bivens/Dylan Cornerford (WIN) def. Ben Barnette/Carl Eguez (SC) 8-5