COLUMBIA, S.C. — Coming off a pair of tough losses at ITA Kickoff Weekend, No. 59 South Carolina men’s tennis looks to get back in the win column as it welcomes No. 39 Georgia Tech and The Citadel for a doubleheader on Saturday. The Gamecocks square off with the Yellow Jackets at noon. before taking on the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Admission and parking for all home tennis matches is free. Live scoring is available at www.GamecocksOnline.com. Follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (GamecockMTennis) for team updates.
Home Sweet Home
The Gamecocks return home, where they are 2-0 this season with wins against Presbyterian (7-0) and Winthrop (6-1). Following Saturday’s match against The Citadel, the Gamecocks play on the road for six straight matches before their next home contest on Mar. 4 against Alabama.
In the Rankings
A pair of Gamecocks received rankings entering the spring season. Sophomore Harrison O’Keefe earned a No. 65 ranking, while junior Alex Fennell, a transfer from Penn State, is ranked No. 116. The team entered the spring with its fourth-straight top-50 ranking.
Scouting No. 39 Georgia Tech
- The Yellowjackets are 3-1 on the season with wins against New Mexico, East Tennessee State and Presbyterian. Their loss came against No. 12 UCLA at ITA Kickoff Weekend in Los Angeles.
- Sixth-ranked Christopher Ebuanks is the teams’ lone ranked singles player.
- Brothers Michael and Casey Kay are ranked No. 36 in doubles.
- Tech went 14-13 last season with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Scouting The Citadel
- The Citadel is 0-4 entering Saturday’s action with a pair of losses each to No. 55 Auburn and No. 36 NC State. They take on Spartanburg Methodist at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carolina Tennis Center.
- Sophomore Artemie Amari returns after leading the team in wins last season with 10.
- The Bulldogs went 2-30 last season, including a first-round exit in the SoCon Tournament.
A road date at No. 11 Wake Forest on Fri, Feb. 5, launches a six-match road trip for the Gamecocks that encompasses the entire month of February. Contests at No. 36 NC State, No. 13 South Florida, No. 16 San Diego and rival Clemson highlight the road trip.