Tide Men's Tennis Begins SEC Play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 10th-seeded Alabama men's tennis team will play its first match of the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday when it faces seventh-seeded South Carolina at Noon CT. All matches will be played at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Alabama won three of the five matches it played in to finish up the regular season last weekend with a 14-14 overall record and a 4-8 mark in SEC action. Alabama won Friday's match against Tulane, 4-1, and a pair of matches on Sunday against Nicholls State, both by 4-0 decisions, but fell to No. 9 Georgia, 4-0, and No. 21 Tennessee, 4-2.

The highlight of the weekend was a win in doubles for Daniil Proskura and Becker O'Shaughnessey over top-ranked Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee. The Tide duo has now knocked off No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in consecutive weeks and ended the Vols' 20-match winning streak in SEC play that dated back to 2012.

In the latest installment of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, Alabama remained at No. 33 as a team. In singles, Proskura moved to No. 26, while O'Shaughnessey jumped 22 places to No. 76. In doubles, Proskura and O'Shaughnessey climbed to No. 15.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season with a 14-12 overall record, including a 5-7 mark against conference opponents. Last weekend, they went 2-1 picking up wins against Murray State and No. 27 Vanderbilt, while dropping a 4-2 decision at No. 14 Kentucky.

South Carolina has two players ranked in singles in No. 55 Andrew Adams and No. 107 Tsvetan Mihov. The Gamecocks also boasts two nationally-ranked duos in doubles with No. 23 Chip Cox and Mihov, as well as No. 77 Kyle Koch and Cox.

In the regular-season meeting between Alabama and South Carolina the Gamecocks came away with a 4-3 victory in Columbia, S.C. Despite the loss, the Tide still leads the series, 20-16.

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