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CONWAY, S.C. (February  6, 2024) – The South Carolina State men’s tennis posted their first win of the season in a 4-2 win over host Coastal Carolina Monday (Feb.5) at the Stevens Tennis Complex.

The Chants started off strong in doubles play, taking two of the opening three matches.

In singles play, SC State won the final four singles matches in straight sets with Novak Novakovic (SCSU) def. Ryuya Ata (CCU) 7-6, 6-1; Mikalai Bankou (SCSU) def. Maj Tomac (CCU) 7-6, 6-3 ;Aissa Benchakoun (SCSU) def. Guilherme Toresan 7-6, 7-5 and Gabriel Johnson (SCSU) def. Lucas Wayenburg (CCU) 6-3, 6-2  to capture a 4-2 victory.

“We hadn’t beaten them in about six or seven years. It was a great win for us especially having two of our guys out of the lineup due to injuries the other guys really stepped up and performed today on the road,” said head coach Hardeep Judge.

Judge continued, “We knew we had very little margin for error today and to win the first 4 singles matches in straight sets really was impressive today. It was a dominating performance in singles today against a good Coastal Carolina program.”
SCSU is back in action on Sunday (Feb.11) at home versus Campbell in an 1 p.m. start at the Hardeep Judge Tennis Center.

Doubles:
Carlos Berna Ruiz/Lucas Wayenburg (CCU) def. Novak Novakovic/Mikalai Bankou (SCSU) 6-1
Aissa Benchakoun/Gabriel Johnson (SCSU) def. Ryuya Ata/Maj Tomac (CCU) 6-1
Jesus Garcia/Guilherme Toresan (CCU) def. Luka Stefanovic/Vanja Petrov (SCSU) 6-0

Singles:
Novak Novakovic (SCSU) def. Ryuya Ata (CCU) 7-6, 6-1
Mikalai Bankou (SCSU) def. Maj Tomac (CCU) 7-6, 6-3
Aissa Benchakoun (SCSU) def. Guilherme Toresan 7-6, 7-5
Gabriel Johnson (SCSU) def. Lucas Wayenburg (CCU) 6-3, 6-2
Jesus Garcia (CCU) def. Vanja Petrov (SCSU) 6-0, 6-3
Rivers Cahill (CCU) vs. Luka Stefanovic (SCSU) (match was unfinished) 6-2, 4-6

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