Hoole Comes Up Just Short of Qualifying Draw
Tulsa, Okla. – South Carolina men’s tennis sophomore Casey Hoole came up just shy of the qualifying draw during the second day of pre-qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships.
The Brisbane, Australia, native fought for one of just 16 available positions in the qualifying draw but dropped his fourth pre-qualifying match to fall out of contention.
In the third round, Hoole took down Adrien Burdet of Arkansas in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. He then took on Sebastian Domiko of Notre Dame in the fourth and final round of pre-qualifying. Dominko took the first set in a tiebreaker and was able to close out the match with a 6-4 second set. Prior to his fourth-round match, Hoole had taken down three opponents and had not dropped a set at the tournament.
Junior James Story also started the day in contention for a spot in the qualifying draw but fell to Florida’s William Grant in the third round.
Play will continue at the All-American Championships tomorrow with the qualifying draw. Junior Connor Thomson will be the lone Gamecock in the draw. The No. T-89 player will take on No. 104 Noah Berry of Cal Poly at 10:30 a.m. ET.
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Pre-Qualifying Third Round
Casey Hoole (SC) def. Adrien Burdet (ARK) 6-3, 6-4
William Grant (FLA) def. James Story (SC) 6-3, 6-2
Pre-Qualifying Fourth Round
Sebastian Dominko (ND) def. Casey Hoole (SC) 7-6(5), 6-4
Solano Caffarena (UTA) def. Carter Morgan (SC) 7-6(4), 7-6(5)