Oct. 3, 2015
BELTON, S.C. – South Carolina men’s tennis completed Day Two of the South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Championships in Belton, S.C., on Saturday. Juniors Andrew Schafer and Sam Swank and sophomore Thomas Mayronne and all advanced to the semifinals of the 32-player Championship Singles Draw after picking up wins.
“Today was a great day for our team,” assistant coach Ryan Young said. “We have competed well this weekend and really came together as a unit. We have won 22 out of 24 matches so far this and put ourselves in position for a big finish tomorrow in the finals. It’s going to be an exciting day.”
After two wins Friday, Schafer defeated fellow Gamecock Wood Benton in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-2. Benton reached the quarterfinals after picking up wins over Alan Poric of Wofford and Jake Munns of Furman in the first two rounds.
Swank posted a pair of impressive wins to reach the semifinals. He defeated Presbyterian College’s Danny Bruce, 6-3, 6-3, before notching a big win over Clemson’s Arturo Pinazo, 6-4, 6-2. Swank and Schafer will go head-to-head looking to reach the title match. Mayronne can make it an all-Gamecock finals with a win in his semifinal matchup.
Freshman Yancy Dennis took Furman’s Cameron Green to three sets in the Round of 16 before falling 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (8).
Gamecock double tandems also won Saturday. Mayronne and Schafer will face Dennis and Swank in the finals of the Doubles Draw.
The Gamecocks return to action Sunday. Semifinal matches begin at 10:15 a.m., while the championship begins at 12:45 p.m. For updates, stay tuned to www.GamecocksOnline.com and follow the team on Twitter (@GamecockMTennis).
R16 Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. Ben Kelley (PC), 7-6, 7-2
R16 Wood Benton (SC) def. Jake Munns (Furman), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
R16 Sam Swank (SC) def. Danny Bruce (PC), 6-3, 6-3
R16 Cameron Green (Furman) def. Yancy Dennis (SC), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (8)
QF Thomas Mayronne (SC) def. Haris Poric (Woff.), 6-3, 6-2
QF Andrew Schafer (SC) def. Wood Benton (SC), 6-4, 6-2
QF Sam Swank (SC) def. Arturo Pinazo (Clemson), 6-3, 6-1