Men's Tennis Takes Two Titles at Gamecock Fall Invite
COLUMBIA, S.C.— The South Carolina men’s tennis team collected two championships in the Gamecock Fall Invitational on Sunday, with Phillip Jordan and Connor Thomson winning the Black Doubles title while No. 35 Daniel Rodrigues scored a win over No. 21 Adria Soriano Barrera of Miami (FL) to clinch the White Singles title. It was the first career tournament win for the Jordan/Thomson duo, and Rodrigues picked up his second tournament title, winning the A1 Singles at the 2018 Wake Forest Invitational.
“It was a great first event for us,” South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi said. “The field was unbelievably strong, and it allowed our guys to see the level that we’re striving to get to and maintain on a daily basis. The first day was ok, the second day was better and the third day we absolutely crushed it, which is how we always want it to go.”
Phillip Jordan and Connor Thomson took home the Black doubles title over the Miami (FL) duo of Dane Dunlap and Bojan Jankulvoski. After splitting the first six games, South Carolina broke Miami’s serve in the seventh game and never looked back. With a combination of strong backhands and three huge aces by Thomson, the Gamecock freshmen capitalized on a few Hurricane errors to pick up the win.
In the back draw, Raphael Lambling and Daniel Rodrigues, the 27th-ranked duo in the nation, picked up an 8-4 win over SMU’s Huntley Allen and Jordi Redelijk.
South Carolina Results:
Phillip Jordan/Connor Thomson (SC) def. Dane Dunlap/Bojan Jankulvoski (MIA) 8-4
(27) Raphael Lambling/Daniel Rodrigues (SC) def. Huntley Allen/Jordi Redelijk (SMU) 8-4
Thomas Brown/Beau Pelletier (SC) def. Brian Cernoch/Josh Peck (UNC) W/O.
No. 35 Daniel Rodrigues picked up his second tournament win for the Gamecocks with a commanding 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 21 Adria Soriano Barrera of Miami. The win marks highest ranked singles win in Rodrigues’ career.
“Danny went about it the right way and just stayed in the process every single point, and he got the payoff in the end,” Goffi said. “He’s talented enough to beat anyone at the college level, so today was great showing of that.”
The other five Gamecocks in the tournament wrapped up their play in the consolation brackets with victories Sunday.
South Carolina Results:
(35) Daniel Rodrigues (SC) def. (21) Adria Soriano Barrera (MIA) 6-1, 6-3
Thomas Brown (SC) def. Huntley Allen (SMU) 7-6(5), 6-1
Connor Thomson (SC) def. Tyler Stice (AUB) 6-0, 6-1
Phillip Jordan (SC) def. Caleb Charkravarthi (SMU) W/O.
(110) Raphael Lambling (SC) def. (37) Carles Sarrio Tamarit (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
Beau Pelletier (SC) def. (65) Nicaise Muamba (LIB)
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks will travel to Tulsa for the ITA All-American Championships starting Oct. 5 with prequalifying rounds.
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