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Oct. 19, 2015

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CARY, N.C. – A pair of South Carolina men’s doubles teams reached the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Regionals for the third straight year, but fell short of advancing on Monday at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. Fourth-seeded Gabriel Friedrich and Harrison O’Keefe lost a hearbreaker to the No. 8-seed team of Romain Bogaerts and Maksim Kan, from Wake Forest, while teammates Yancy Dennis and Sam Swank came up short against the No. 3-seed team of Vikram Hundal and Jordi Massalle Ferrer from Charlotte.

“That was a great tournament for us,” head coach Josh Goffi said. “We got better with every match. Having that many guys go deep in the tournament shows that we are moving in the right direction. The best quality of our team is they aren’t satisfied with these results. They can’t wait to get back to practice and jump levels to compete with the very best.”

Friedrich and O’Keefe, playing in their first competition as a duo, put together a strong run to the quarterfinals including wins over duos from NC State, North Carolina and College of Charleston. They battled Bogaerts and Kan to three sets before losing the third set tiebreaker and falling 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (7).

Dennis and Swank, who were 2-1 as a team entering the event, earned wins over opponents Duke and Wofford on their way to the Round of 16, where they advanced unopposed. They matched up with Hundal and Ferrer in a back-and-forth affair Monday before falling 6-4, 6-3. They are now 4-2 as a team this season, tied for the team lead in doubles wins.

The results conclude a successful event for the Gamecocks. Along with the two teams reaching the quarterfinals, a third team reached the Round of 16. In singles, Carolina picked up wins over the No. 2, 7, 11 and 13 seeds, as five individuals were among the final 16 with three advancing to the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, freshman Wood Benton got on a roll in the Consolation Draw with three-consecutive wins to reach the finals, which was not played.

South Carolina resumes play at a pair of tournaments next weekend as split squads travel to the NC State Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., and the SEC Invitational in Auburn, Ala. For team information visit or follow the team on Twitter (@GamecocksMTennis).

QF (8) Bogaerts/Kan (WF) d. (4) Friedrich/O’Keefe (SC), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
QF (3) Hundal/Ferrer (Charlotte) d. Dennis/Swank (SC), 6-4, 6-3