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Men’s Tennis Goes on the Road for Pair of Ranked SEC Matches – University of South Carolina Athletics

Men’s Tennis Goes on the Road for Pair of Ranked SEC Matches – University of South Carolina Athletics

Columbia, S.C. – No. 20 South Carolina men’s tennis will hit the road this weekend, making stops at No. 34 Georgia on Friday and No. 8 Tennessee on Sunday.

The Gamecocks and Bulldogs will meet on Friday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. in Athens with live stats and streaming available here.

South Carolina will then head to Knoxville where they will take on the Volunteers on Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will be available here with live streaming here.

Both matches will also be aired on the SEC CrossCourt Cast on ESPN+

Gamecock Notables

  • South Carolina is currently ranked No. 20 in the ITA Team Rankings and has a 10-9 record on the year. They are 3-4 in conference play this season and have a 3-2 record when playing on the road.
  • In the ITA Singles Rankings, senior Toby Samuel comes in at No. 21 while junior Casey Hoole sits at No. 105.
  • Samuel’s spot in the rankings is a season-high for the Bournemouth, England, native who has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation during his career. He has a record of 11-4 this season and a perfect 7-0 mark against SEC opponents.
  • Hoole has a 19-19 overall record with a 7-10 mark in dual play. He holds four ranked wins this season with victories over then-Nos. 11, 48, 49, and 87.
  • The Gamecock underclassmen have been rising to the occasion recently with sophomore Lucas Andrade da Silva winning seven of his last ten matches and freshman Sean Daryabeigi winning three of his last five.
  • In the doubles rankings, Samuel and Hoole pair up as the nation’s No. 19 pair. The duo is 9-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Scouting the Bulldogs

  • Georgia is 10-9 on the season and currently ranked No. 30 in the ITA Team Rankings. They are 3-4 in conference play and 9-4 on their home courts this season.
  • There are three Bulldogs in the ITA Singles Rankings – No. 58 Ryan Colby, No. 61 Thomas Paulsell, and No. 81 Miguel Perez Pena.
  • Paulsell has been Georgia’s primary No. 1 this season. He is 13-14 overall and 6-8 in dual matches.
  • Colby has been a consistent No. 2 for the team. He is 18-12 overall and 9-6 in dual play with a 4-3 mark against SEC opponents.
  • There are no Bulldogs currently in the doubles rankings, however Freddy Blaydes and Niels Ratiu have been holding down the top of the lineup. The duo is 7-3 overall and 6-2 from the No. 1 position. They are a perfect 3-0 in SEC play.

Scouting the Volunteers

  • Tennessee is 17-4 overall this season and a perfect 13-0 at home. They have a 6-1 record in conference…

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