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Adams Earns ITA All-America Status
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Adams Earns ITA All-America Status

June 5, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The ITA announced South Carolina’s Andrew Adams as part of its 2014 Division Men’s Tennis All-America Team today. The Gamecocks’ junior finished the season ranked 39th in the nation after a 15-10 season that featured eight wins over nationally ranked opponents, including two to reach the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16. He is head coach Josh Goffi’s second All-American in as many seasons, following 2013 honoree Tsvetan Mihov.

Adams spent the fall recovering from offseason surgery then steadily worked his way up the lineup into the No. 1 singles position in late March. Honing his form with a 7-5 record to that point, the move into the top spot boosted the junior’s profile and confidence. He went on to go 6-4 at the top of the order, including a 3-3 mark against SEC opponents. He handed SEC Player of the Year Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss) his lone league loss of the season in what was then the highest-ranked victory of Adams’ career. He closed the regular season with a match-clinching victory over another top-20 opponent as the Gamecocks upset Vanderbilt on the Commodores’ home courts.

In postseason action, Adams thrived. His decisive win over George Washington set the stage for the Gamecocks’ first NCAA Tournament win in nine years, and he carried that momentum into the NCAA Singles Championship, yielding just four games in a commanding win over the nation’s third-ranked player in the opening round. In the second round, he avenged a regular-season loss to Alabama’s top player, ranked No. 26 in the nation, to add All-America honors to his Second-Team All-SEC selection this season.

While 50 student-athletes earned All-America status this season, 29 of those captured the honor in singles. To do so, he must be a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, reach the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA National Singles Rankings. Adams is one of seven SEC members to earn the honor in singles with eight others picking up doubles recognition.

2014 ITA All-America Team

Becker O’Shaugnessey, Alabama (D)
Daniil Proskura, Alabama (D)
Julian Lenz, Baylor (S)
Patrick Pradella, Baylor (S)
Gregory Bayane, California (D)
Chase Melton, California (D)
Ben McLachlan, California (D)
Hunter Harrington, Clemson (D)
Dominique Madden, Clemson (D)
Winston Lin, Columbia (S)
Florent Diep, Florida (S)
Ben Wagland, Georgia (D)
Hernus Pieters, Georgia (D)
Nathan Pasha, Georgia (S)
Denis Nguyen, Harvard (S)
Tim Kopinski, Illinois (D)
Ross Guignon, Illinois (D)
Jared Hiltzik, Illinois (S)
Farris Gosea, Illinois (S)
Tom Jomby, Kentucky (S)
Leandro Toldeo, Minnesota (S)
Brayden Schnur, North Carolina (S)
Kevin Metka, Ohio State (D)
Peter Kobelt, Ohio State (S/D)
Guillermo Alcorta, Oklahoma (S)
Axel Alvarez Llamas, Oklahoma (S)
Dan Webb, Oklahoma (S)
Arjun Kadhe, Oklahoma State (D)
Jakob Sude, Oklahoma State (D)
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss (S)
Francis Alcantara, Pepperdine (D)
Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine (S/D)
Andrew Adams, South Carolina (S)
Roberto Cid, South Florida (S)
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee (D)
Hunter Reese, Tennessee (D)
Lloyd Glasspool, Texas (D)
Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas (S/D)
Junior Ore, Texas A&M (D)
Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M (D)
Shane Vinsant, Texas (S)
Clay Thompson, UCLA (S)
Marcos Giron, UCLA (S)
Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (S)
Yannick Hanfmann, Southern Cal (S/D)
Ray Sarmiento, Southern Cal (S/D)
Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt (S/D)
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt (S/D)
Mitchell Frank, Virginia (S)
Alex Domijan, Virginia (S)

(S) indicates singles; (D) indicates doubles