COLUMBIA, S.C. – 39th-ranked South Carolina pushed past Furman, 6-1, Saturday in men's tennis action at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C. Paladin junior Alex Christ posted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Chip Cox at number two singles in Furman's lone win of the day.
The Gamecocks clinched the doubles point to open the match. The duo of Thiago Pinheiro and Ben Barnette grabbed an early 8-0 victory over Paladin sophomores Luke Synn and Jacbo Behal at number three, then Cox and Tsvetan Mihov combined for an 8-4 victory over senior Andrew Mellow and junior Joel Cook in the top-seeded match. The second doubles match between Furman freshman Matt Browne and Christ and Gamecocks Kyle Koch and Harry Menzies was suspended with the score knotted at six following the completion of the decisive doubles match.
In other singles action, South Carolina won five out of six matches, as Mihov defeated Mellow 6-2, 6-0 at flight one, and Koch beat Cook, 6-2, 6-4, at flight three. In the number four singles match, Pinheiro recorded a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Behal, while Menzies came away with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Browne. Barnette defeated Paladin freshman Ben Horst, 6-1, 6-3, at flight six to conclude the match.
Furman (1-3) will play at Florida on February 3 at noon.
Furman vs. South Carolina
1/19/13 at Columbia, S.C.
(USC Field House)
#39 South Carolina 6, Furman 1
1. Tsvetan Mihov (SC) def. Andrew Mellow (FUR) 6-2, 6-0
2. Alex Christ (FUR) def. Chip Cox (SC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
3. Kyle Koch (SC) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 6-2, 6-4
4. Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-2, 6-1
5. Harry Menzies (SC) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 6-2, 6-0
6. Ben Barnette (SC) def. Ben Horst (FUR) 6-1, 6-3
1. Chip Cox/Tsvetan Mihov (SC) def. Andrew Mellow/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-4
2. Alex Christ/Matt Browne (FUR) vs. Kyle Koch/Harry Menzies (SC) no result
3. Thiago Pinheiro/Ben Barnette (SC) def. Luke Synn/Jacob Behal (FUR) 8-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,1,2,3,5,6)