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Gamecocks Set for Sunday Showdown at No. 3 Florida
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Gamecocks Set for Sunday Showdown at No. 3 Florida

Carolina will play third-ranked Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

COLUMBIA, S.C.— The 18th-ranked South Carolina men’s tennis (15-7, 5-6 SEC) team will close out the SEC season with a trip to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the third-ranked Florida Gators (19-2, 11-0).
South Carolina split a pair of road matches last weekend, beating Auburn 5-2 before falling 4-2 at 26th-ranked Alabama.  Ninth-ranked Paul Jubb went 2-0 last weekend, improving to 16-1 in dual matches at the No. 1 position with a 10-1 SEC record.
The Gamecocks snapped a five-match losing skid to the Gators last season, beating Florida 4-3 at the Carolina Tennis Center.
South Carolina enters the weekend at the top of a group of four five-win SEC teams in the conference standings heading into the final match day of the season on Sunday.
Following Sunday’s road match, the Gamecocks will remain in Gainesville, Fla., as they get set for the 2019 SEC Tournament which is scheduled to begin Wednesday at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
Gamecock Notables:
– Ninth-ranked Paul Jubb (28-3) junior has a 28-3 overall record with a 16-1 record in dual matches.
Jubb is tied for the school record for most single-season SEC wins at 10-1 on the year after another 2-0 weekend last week.  He has moved into first in career dual-match win percentage (.833), career SEC win percentage (.839) and career win percentage against ranked opponents.
– True freshman Daniel Rodrigues (29-8) is just two wins shy of cracking the top-20 for single season wins in program history.  Rodrigues leads the Gamecocks with 29 singles wins so far this season.
– Freshman Raphael Lambling (25-10) is just two wins shy of cracking the top-10 for most wins by a freshman in Carolina history.
Joseph Brailovksy (24-14) is just three wins shy of breaking into the top-10 for most wins by a freshman in program history.
– South Carolina is a perfect 13-0 when winning the doubles point so far this season.
Scouting the Gators:
– Third-ranked Florida (19-2, 11-0 SEC) clinched at least a share of the regular season SEC Championship last weekend with a 7-0 win at 26th-ranked Alabama followed by a 6-1 win over Auburn.
– 11th-ranked Oliver Crawford has gone 13-7 this season at the No. 1 singles spot, going 9-2 in SEC play.  The sophomore from Spartanburg, S.C., has won six-straight heading into the weekend.
– Both Sam Riffice and Duarte Vale own 9-0 records in SEC play this season for the Gators while McClain Kessler and Alfredo Perez each sit at 3-0 in the SEC.
– Andres Andrade sits at 20-11 overall with an 8-3 SEC record.
Rankings Roundup:
South Carolina (18)

  • No. 9 Paul Jubb
  • No. 92 Daniel Rodrigues


  • No. 77 Paul Jubb/Raphael Lambling

Florida (3)

  • No. 11 Oliver Crawford
  • No. 38 Andy Andrade
  • No. 47 Sam Riffice
  • No. 96 Duarte Vale
  • No. 108 Johannes Ingildsen


  • No. 35 Duarte Vale/McClain Kessler
  • No. 37 Johannes Ingildsen/Brian Berdusco
  • No. 43 Oliver Crawford/Andy Andrade
  • No. 50 Sam Riffice/Andy Andrade

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