COLUMBIA, S.C. - Senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) won a hard-fought 12-point third-set super tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, but it wasn't enough as the College of Charleston men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision on the road at No. 48-ranked South Carolina on Sunday afternoon at the Carolina Tennis Center.
The Cougars (7-3) saw their five-match win streak come to end. However, all three of their losses of the season have come against nationally-ranked opponents in No. 66 Clemson (4-3) on Jan. 15 and No. 70 Georgia State (5-2) on Feb. 26.
Meanwhile, the Gamecocks (12-5) improved to 22-1 in the all-time series with CofC. It marked the first meeting between the two in-state schools since 2004.
Trintignac, who defeated South Carolina's top player Nick Jones, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10), also combined with junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) for the other Cougar victory of the match as they upended the No. 64-ranked duo of Jones and Chip Cox, 8-3, at the No. 1 line. They currently own a team-best 9-1 mark at No. 1 doubles.
Parker and sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) also had close three-setters against No. 117-ranked Thiago Pinheiro and Kyle Koch at No. 3 and No. 5 singles respectively.
"We had some chances today," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "We came out and played well in the doubles. Guga (Trintignac) and Kyle have been playing well this season and had a great win against a ranked doubles team. Our intensity was great, but South Carolina is a good team and had more fire power than us.
"The doubles point was big. We had three really strong matches in singles, but they were better than us in other spots. The team played well and fought hard. Guga stayed out there and put in his work and was rewarded for his fight (at No. 1 singles)."
CofC will return to Southern Conference action with a Friday, March 23, dual match scheduled against Samford at 2 p.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
(48) SOUTH CAROLINA 6, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 1
March 18, 2012
Carolina Tennis Center
at Columbia, S.C.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Nick Jones (SC), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10).
No. 2 - Andrew Adams (SC) def. Tom Delme (CofC), 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 - (117) Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. Kyle Parker (CofC), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.
No. 4 - Chip Cox (SC) def. Crescente Lesser (CofC), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 5 - Kyle Koch (SC) def. Brice Allanic (CofC), 6-2, 6-7 (9), 6-4.
No. 6 - Carl Eguez (SC) def. Alon Faiman (CofC), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1 - Kyle Parker-Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. (64) Nick Jones-Chip Cox (SC), 8-3.
No. 2 - Ivan Machado-Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. Tom Delme-Alon Faiman (CofC), 8-5.
No. 3 - Kyle Koch-Carl Eguez (SC) def. Crescente Lesser-Brice Allanic (CofC), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 4, 2, 6*, 3, 1, 5