Samuel Tops Carolina Region Singles Rankings – University of South Carolina Athletics

Columbia, S.C. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its annual regional rankings Friday featuring South Carolina’s senior men’s tennis Toby Samuel top of the singles rankings. He was joined in the singles rankings by junior Casey Hoole at number 11 and fellow senior James story at No. 12. The Gamecocks trio also had two entries in the regional doubles, with Samuel and Hoole coming in at No. 3 and Samuel and Story at No. 9.

The team finished the season ranked No. 15 in the country and No. 3 in the region, behind only Wake Forest and Duke. Overall, the South Carolina men’s tennis team went 19-15 this season with a 14-13 record during regular season play. The team made a deep run in the postseason, becoming the lowest seed ever to make the finals of the SEC Tournament as a No. 11 seed and upset host NC State to advance to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament.

In singles, Samuel, a recently named All-American, led the team with a 21-6 overall record from the top of the lineup. Of his 21 wins, 14 came against ranked opponents, with six coming in the top-50. He also became the first player in program history to perform perfectly in SEC play with a 10-0 record against conference opponents.

Hoole, who missed most of the second half of the season due to injury, retained his place in the rankings with his 19–21 singles record. Prior to his injury, Hoole had four wins over nationally ranked opponents and won six games from second in the lineup.

Story made his way into the ITA national singles rankings late in the season, leading to his No. 12 ranking in the region. The senior posted a 12-12 singles record with eight wins from No. 2 in the lineup and four from No. 3. He claimed three ranked wins with his most over then-No. 33 Shunsuke Mitsui of Tennessee in straight sets .

In doubles, Samuel and Hoole finished third in the region and were ranked ninth in the country during the regular season. The pair went 9-6 overall and were selected to represent the program at the NCAA Doubles Tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Samuel and Story reunited late in the season and went 4-3 during their time together. The duo won all four of their matches from the top of the doubles table and recorded a pair of ranking victories, one of which was over a top 5 opponent.

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ITA Carolina Rankings

3 – Team

1 – Toby Samuel (singles)

11 – Casey Hoole (singles)

12 – James Story (single)

3 – Toby Samuel and Casey Hoole (doubles)

9 – Toby Samuel and James Story (doubles)

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