Men’s Tennis Falls at No. 14 Mississippi State
Columbia, S.C. – No. 2 South Carolina men’s tennis fell 2-5 to No. 14 Mississippi State on Sunday in Starkville. The Gamecocks dropped the doubles point and were only able to pick up two singles wins on the day.
In doubles, the nation’s No. 1 pair of Connor Thomson and Toby Samuel were first to get a win, defeating their opponents 6-1 from the No. 1 position. Mississippi State evened the decision with a 6-4 win from the No. 3 position and were able to clinch the point in a tiebreaker at No. 2.
In singles, Samuel was quick to even things at 1-1, winning his match 6-2, 6-2 over No. 125 Nemanja Malesevic.
The Bulldogs picked up singles wins on Courts 4, 6, and 3 to clinch the win and added to their lead with a win on Court 3.
The final singles match on was No. 5 Thomson vs. No. 89 Carles Hernandez. The Bulldog took the first set 6-2, but Thomson took the second 6-4. With the match already clinched, the final set was played as a 10-point tiebreaker. Thomson went up 4-0 to start and was able to hold his lead throughout, winning the tiebreaker set 10-7.
The Gamecocks are now 15-2 on the season and have a 4-1 mark in conference play.
South Carolina men’s tennis will return home to continue SEC play, hosting Auburn and Arkansas on March 24 and 26 at the Carolina Tennis Center.
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(14) Mississippi State 5, (2) South Carolina 2
Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3, 2)
- #1 Toby Samuel/Connor Thomson (SC) def. #26 Carles Hernandez/Nemanja Malesevic (MS) 6-1
- Petar Jovanovic/Ewen Lumsden (MS) def. #22 Jake Beasley/James Story (SC) 7-6 (7-1)
- Michal Novansky/B. Sanchez Martinez (MS) def. Casey Hoole/Raphael Lambling (SC) 6-4
Singles (order of finish: 1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 2)
- #6 Toby Samuel (SC) def. #125 Nemanja Malesevic (MS) 6-2, 6-2
- #5 Connor Thomson (SC) def. #89 Carles Hernandez (MS) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
- Petar Jovanovic (MS) def. #84 Raphael Lambling (SC) 6-2, 6-4
- Ewen Lumsden (MS) def. James Story (SC) 6-4, 6-2
- B. Sanchez Martinez (MS) def. #83 Casey Hoole (SC) 6-3, 6-4
- Michal Novansky (MS) def. Jake Beasley (SC) 6-4, 6-4