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#6 Vols fall to #24 South Carolina in SEC Tournament semifinals, 4-2

BATON ROUGE, La. – The sixth-ranked and No. 2-seeded Tennessee men’s tennis team fell to 24th-ranked and No. 11-seeded South Carolina, 4-2, in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at the LSU Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon.

UT (22-6) dropped the doubles point to the Gamecocks (17-13) with losses on courts three and one. The 83rd ranked pair Shunsuke Mitsui And Filip Pieczonka was up 6-5 on court two before it was off.

On the second place Johannus Monday tied the score at 1-all with a strong 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 15 Toby Samuel on court one. Filip Apltauerplaying at No. 6, gave the Vols a one-point lead, beating Carter Morgan 6-1, 6-4.

South Carolina then posted three straight wins on courts two, three and five, securing its spot in the SEC Tournament finals.

THE SUCCESS OF JOMO
With his victory over 15th-seeded Toby Samuel, Johannus Monday earned his 17th win over a ranked opponent this season, and he is now 4-1 against those in the top 25. The senior, who has a perfect 10-0 record in conference play, boasts an impressive record this season record of 23-2 in dual matches. .

NEXT ONE
Tennessee will learn the seeding and matchup for the NCAA Tournament during the selection show, airing April 29 at 6:30 PM ET on NCAA.com.

RESULTS

Double
1. Toby Samuel/James Story (SC) def. #4 Johannus Monday/Angel Diaz (UT), 7-5
2. #83 Shunsuke Mitsui/Filip Pieczonka (UT) vs. Jelani Sarr/Lucas da Silva (SC), 6-5, incomplete
3. Sean Daryabeigi/Casey Hoole (SC) def. James Newton/Filip Apltauer (UT), 7-5

Order of finish: 3.1

Singles
1. #2 Johannus Monday (UT) final #15 Toby Samuel (SC), 6-1, 6-3
2. James Story (SC) def. #33 Shunsuke Mitsui (UT), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
3. Sean Daryabeigi (SC) def. Chris Li (UT), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
4. Filip Pieczonka (UT) vs. Lucas da Silva (SC), 6-2, 2-6, 3-5, unfinished
5. Jelani Sarr (SC) def. Angel Diaz (UT), 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
6. Filip Apltauer (UT) final Carter Morgan (SC), 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 1,6,2,3,5