Samuel, Thomson Go Undefeated at Commodore Invitational
Nashville, Tenn. – South Carolina men’s tennis juniors Toby Samuel and Connor Thomson both went undefeated at the Commodore Invitational, each individually winning four singles matches and the pair winning two doubles matches together.
The duo earned the Red Draw title after Andres Martin and Rohan Sachev of Georgia Tech withdrew from the title match.
In singles, Samuel claimed the Flight A title while Thomson claimed Flight B. Samuel dropped only one set on his run through the bracket and Thomson had a similar journey, dropping only one set in the semifinal round.
Sophomore Casey Hoole and freshman Lucas da Silva also earned singles wins on the final day of competition. Hoole took down Kenta Miyoshi of Illinois in straight sets while da Silva earned a comeback win over Vanderbilt’s Connor Robb-Wilcox.
South Carolina men’s tennis will be in action next at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 1-9. Samuel will enter the tournament in the main draw, Thomson in qualifying, and the rest of the squad will battle through prequalifying rounds. Samuel and Thomson will enter doubles in the main draw while James Story and Jake Beasley will enter as qualifying alternates.
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Red Draw Finals
(37) Toby Samuel/Connor Thomson (SC) def. Andres Martin/Rohan Sachdev (GT) default
Blue Draw Finals
Jan Galka/Alejandro Moreno (AUB) def. Jake Beasley/James Story (SC) default
Jorge Plans Gonzalez/Ryuhei Azuma (CLEM) def. Nic Meister (ILL)/Lucas da Silva (SC) 7-6(5)
Green Draw Northeast
Carter Morgan/Casey Hoole (SC) def. Marcus Ferreira/Joubert Klopper (VU) 6-3
Flight A Finals
(37) Toby Samuel (SC) def. (98) Siem Woldeab (TEX) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Ryuhei Azuma (CLEM) def. James Story (SC) 6-2, 6-2
Flight B Finals
(T-89) Connor Thomson (SC) def. (92) Mark Mandlik (OU) 6-1, 7-5
Lucas da Silva (SC) def. Connor Robb-Wilcox (VU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Casey Hoole (SC) def. Kenta Miyoshi (ILL) 6-4, 6-1
Elias Shokry (GT) def. Carter Morgan (SC) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7