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College Preview: University of South Carolina

November 22, 2013 12:10 PM

Division: NCAA Division I

Conference: Southeastern Conference



Men’s Tennis

Head Coach: Josh Goffi

Players:         Andrew Adams – Junior – Laurel, MD

                        Ben Barnette – Junior – Spartanburg, SC

                        Chip Cox – Senior – Myrtle Beach, SC

                        Kyle Koch – Junior – Irmo, SC

                        Tsvetan Mihov – Senior – Sofia, Bulgaria

                        Thiago Pinheiro – Junior – Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo

                        Andrew Shafer – Freshman – Hilton Head, SC

                        Sam Swank – Freshman – Bedford, NY

The South Carolina men’s tennis team will look to improve on their impressive 2012-13 campaign. The Gamecocks finished 18-11 overall with a 7-5 record in conference play.

The duo of Chip Cox and Kyle Koch continues to be a factor and the additions of Andrew Shafer and Sam Swank will improve the teams’ depth. Goffi’s team will enter the season ranked as the No. 18 team in the country, behind powerhouses Florida and California.

The men's team will begin their season on January 19 with a double-header against Furman and the Citadel at the Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia.


Women’s Tennis

Head Coach: Kevin Epley

Players:         Meghan Blevins – Junior – Charleston, SC

                        Caroline Dailey – Freshman – Sarasota, FL

                        Brigit Folland – Freshman – Bristol, United Kingdom

                        Katie Fosnacht – Sophomore – Blythewood, SC

                        Dominika Kanakova – Senior – Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic

                        Elixane Lechemia – Junior – Lyon, France

                        Natalie Looney – Freshman – Overland Park, KA

                        Alex Martin – Junior – Mt. Pleasant, SC

                        Katerina Popova – Senior – Moscow, Russia

                        Ximen Siles Luna – Sophomore – Lima, Peru

The women will look to bounce back from a season in which they finished with a 13-12 overall record and a 6-7 conference record.

This is a young team with only two seniors and three freshmen, but an experienced one nonetheless. Second-year head coach, Kevin Epley will also be going into the season with more experience.

The women's team will begin  their season on January 18 with a double-header against East Tennessee State and College of Charleston at the Carolina Tennis Center.