Singles Play Lifts Bulldogs Past Pirates, 4-3
April 4, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - South Carolina State rallied back after dropping the doubles point to win four of six singles matches and post a 4-3 non-conference victory over East Carolina Friday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.
Henrique Viana and Whitwell turned in ECU's only singles wins by defeating Dimitry Lomakin (6-0, retired) at the No. 2 slot and Gabriel Meana (6-2, 4-0, retired) at the No. 4 position but the Bulldogs (12-2) quickly took control of the match by rolling off four straight victories.
After South Carolina State's Radek Pivonka and Tomas Dobrotka scored straight-set wins in the No. 3 and 6 singles matchups, the Bulldogs' Ivan Milivojevich overcame a first-set loss to Jaroslav Horvath to hand the ECU freshman a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 setback at No. 1 to tie the match. David Grund followed by outlasting Skalmerud 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in a No. 5 matchup to clinch the victory for SCSU. Earlier, Pivonka knocked off Kochetov (7-5, 7-6) and Dobrotka cruised past Oakley (6-3, 6-1).
The Pirates will close out their brief two-match homestand Sunday by hosting Davidson in non-conference action beginning at 12 noon
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 4, EAST CAROLINA 3