ALABAMA TENNIS KNOCKS OFF RANKED GAMECOCKS

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No. 26 Alabama won 4-2 over No. 18 South Carolina at the Alabama Tennis Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The impressive play in doubles by the Crimson Tide was a big factor to its success.

The win on Sunday marks the third win over a top-25 opponent after knocking off the Gamecocks.

“Today was a full team effort,” head coach George Husack said in a press release. “In doubles, Sam Fischer stepped up big. In singles we clearly had some guys come up big for us. I even told Edson (Ortiz) that for him to force a close second set was big because it kept the pressure off the remaining matches. And then Jeremy (Gschwendtner) and Riccardo (Roberto) both were recovering from being sick earlier this week so for them to bounce back after Friday was super for us today.”

To start the day the No. 28 doubles duo in the country Mazen Osama and sophomore Patrick Kaukovalta set the ton, against No. 72 Jubb/Lambling, winning 6-3. The doubles point was secured on court three with sophomore Sam Fischer matched with junior Zhe Zhou for the first time this season. The pair beat Pelletier/Rodrigues, 6-3, to give the Crimson Tide the 1-0 advantage.

The Gamecocks rallied back in singles by winning on courts one and three to take the 2-1 lead. Alabama responded by getting a straight-set win from Zhou on court five, 6-1, 6-4, over Joseph Brailovsky to make it even at 2-2. Sophomore Riccardo Roberto helped Alabama regain the lead with a 6-2, 7-5, victory over Beau Pelletier on court four.

Matches on courts two and six were the deciding factor, with sophomore Jeremy Gschwendtner taking on Thomas Brown on court six. Gschwendtner won his first set before getting into a battle that was decided by a tiebreaker. The London, England native captured the 7-5 victory to clinch his match 6-2, 7-6(5) and seal the 4-2 win for Alabama.

Alabama is back in action closing out its regular season against No. 44 Arkansas on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. The match will be Senior Night for Mazen Osama who will be honored before the match.

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