Dec. 3, 2014
|Georgia (SEC)||18-8||9||Third Round|
|Texas A&M (SEC||25-7||10||Second Round|
|Kentucky (SEC)||23-10||12||Third Round|
|Florida (SEC)||17-10||15||Third Round|
|Tennessee (SEC)||19-11||18||Third Round|
|Miss. State (SEC)||19-11||19||Second Round|
|Vanderbilt (SEC)||17-11||20||Second Round|
|NC State||18-10||26||Second Round|
|Wake Forest||15-14||30||Second Round|
|San Diego||18-9||31||Second Round|
|Ole Miss (SEC)||16-14||34||Second Round|
|Auburn (SEC)||14-14||44||First Round|
|San Diego State||12-12||68||—|
|South Carolina State||9-7||—||—|
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina men’s tennis announced its 28-match 2015 spring schedule, which includes 20 teams that finished the 2014 season ranked nationally, 16 of which participated in the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks will host 15 matches this season with six of last year’s top-30 teams visiting Columbia. Head coach Josh Goffi has fortified the traditionally challenging SEC schedule with non-conference opponents that have the Gamecocks traveling from Tennessee to California.
Of the 16 teams that participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, four advanced to the third round. Only seven of the Gamecocks’ 2014 opponents finished last season without a national ranking. Of the 21 that were ranked, none were lower than No. 68 and 11 were among the top 30, including four in the top 15.
South Carolina opens the season on Sat., Jan. 17, with a doubleheader against Elon and Furman before heading to Gainesville to participate in the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the University of Florida. There, the Gamecocks open against Stanford before taking on one of two SEC rivals – host Florida or Ole Miss.
Back in Columbia, Goffi’s launches a four-match homestand that includes three against ACC foes, beginning with in-state rival Clemson, which closed last season ranked 22nd in the nation behind a 21-9 record that included advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, on Sat., Jan. 31. Another top-30 finisher in Wake Forest continues the stretch on Fri., Feb. 6, and NC State closes out the trio as the first half of a doubleheader on Sun., Feb. 8.
The Gamecocks embark on the longest travel stretch of the season with a doubleheader against Belmont and Middle Tennessee State on Fri., Feb. 13. After closing out the weekend of matches in Murfreesboro, Tenn., against Memphis on Sunday, South Carolina continues west to San Diego. The Gamecocks take on San Diego State on Fri., Feb. 20, and face the Toreros of San Diego, who closed last season ranked 31st in the country, on Sunday.
SEC action kicks off with a pair of road matches at Auburn (Feb. 26) and Florida (Feb. 28), another NCAA Tournament third-round team from last season that ended the year ranked 15th in the nation.
After nearly a full month of road matches, the Gamecocks return to the friendly confines of Carolina Tennis Center to take on LSU in the first night match of the season on Fri., Mar. 6, at 5 p.m. Last season’s 10th-ranked team, Texas A&M, visits for a Sunday morning match, and the Gamecocks will host Coastal Carolina in the afternoon session of that day’s doubleheader. Kentucky, ranked 12th at the end of last season, closes out the four-match home stretch on Thu., Mar. 12.
The Gamecocks head straight out to Tennessee, another NCAA third-round participant, on Sat., Mar. 14, before a short break to prepare for their March 22nd road match with the Georgia Bulldogs, who earn the top spot on the Gamecocks’ schedule after closing last season ranked ninth in the nation.
The following week, South Carolina again hosts a Sunday doubleheader with Vanderbilt opening the slate on Mar. 29 ahead of an afternoon tilt with The Citadel. April opens with road matches at Alabama (Apr. 3) and Mississippi State (Apr. 5) before the final week of the season sees South Carolina back in Columbia to host Ole Miss on Thu., April 9, and a Saturday doubleheader against Arkansas and South Carolina State.
Texas A&M will host this season’s SEC Tournament in College Station, Texas, April 15-19, and the Gamecocks will look to participate in their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament when that even begins at campus sites on May 8.
Admission and parking for all South Carolina men’s tennis home matches are free. The Gamecocks will play their early season matches at the USC Fieldhouse, moving to Carolina Tennis Center in February, weather permitting.