Adams Earns Spot in NCAA Singles Championship
April 30, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior Andrew Adams earned one of 47 at-large selections to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, which will be played May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Seniors Tsvetan Mihov and Chip Cox are the second alternates in 32-team field of the Doubles Championship. It is Adams’ first selection to an NCAA individual championship, while Mihov and Cox are in position to make their second-straight appearance.
A Second-Team All-SEC selection, Adams is ranked 58th in the nation behind his 12-8 overall record. After playing mostly in the No. 2 spot in the Gamecocks’ lineup, he moved to the top of the order in mid-March and thrived. Adams won five of his eight decisions at the position, including three SEC contests. His team-high six wins over ranked opponents include two over top-20 foes. He was the only player in the league to post a regular-season win over SEC Player of the Year Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss, who was ranked 16th in the nation at the time of the match. It is the highest ranked win of Adams’ career to date.
Mihov and Cox are ranked No. 31 in the nation with a 5-6 record this season. After a 2012-13 campaign that ended with a 12-12 record that had them ranked 19th in the nation, each started this season with a different doubles partner. The duo was reunited in March and won its first two decisions, including a victory over the then-ninth ranked tandem in the nation. In all this season, Mihov and Cox have three wins over top-20 opponents, highlighted by the regular-season finale’s win over the then-No. 3 pair from Vanderbilt.
No. 29 South Carolina opens play in the team NCAA Tournament on Sat., May 10, against No. 52 George Washington in Chapel Hill, N.C.