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UNCW tennis shuts out South Carolina for first NCAA Tournament win

DURHAM, NC (WECT) - The UNCW men's tennis team earned the programs' first-ever NCAA Tournament win Friday afternoon upsetting No. 17 South Carolina 4-0.

The 53rd-ranked Seahawks will face ninth-ranked Duke at one o'clock on Saturday.

Doubles was a battle from the opening serve with nearly all of the first five games on every court going to deuce. The Seahawks captured the critical points to post 8-2 wins in both the Nos. 1 and 2 contests to establish the early 2-0 lead in the match.

UNCW then jumped out to early service breaks in three of the six singles matches. The top of the lineup featured the sole ranked matchup as No. 31 Tsvetan Mihov took on No. 54 Rafael Aita. The Seahawks' junior jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, cruising to a 6-2 first-set victory. Mihov forced a tiebreak in the set and fought back from a 4-1 deficit to get even at 4-4. Aita responded with the next three points for the 7-6 (4) win to put the Seahawks up 2-0.

Chris Cooprider held off Andrew Williams who had gotten two service breaks back before the senior finished off the match with a 6-4 win, clinching the team victory.

Doubles (Order of Finish: 1, 2)
1. Chris Cooprider/Kosta Blank (UNCW) def. (17) Chip Cox/Tsvetan Mihov (SC) 8-2
2. Rafael Aita/Sam Williams (UNCW) def. (39) Kyle Koch/Harry Menzies (SC) 8-2
3. Santtu Leskinen/Kaue Pereira (UNCW) led Thiago Pinheiro/Andrew Adams (SC) 6-5 suspended

Singles (Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2)
1. (54) Rafael Aita (UNCW) def. (31) Tsvetan Mihov (SC) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
2. Chris Cooprider (UNCW) def. (81) Andrew Adams (SC) 7-5, 6-4
3. Sam Williams (UNCW) led Thiago Pinheiro (SC) 6-4, 4-3 suspended
4. Kyle Koch (SC) led Kaue Pereira (UNCW) 7-6 (4), 4-5 suspended
5. Kosta Blank (UNCW) led Chip Cox (SC) 2-6, 6-2, 2-1 suspended
6. Zach Hublitz (UNC) def. Harry Menzies (SC) 6-3, 6-4




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