“I’m proud of the way Chip
started this tournament,” South Carolina
head coach Josh Goffi said. “There were a lot of nerves coming in as a college junior, but he handled himself perfectly. He played great tennis and executed his game plan well. The work he’s put in this summer really showed. He will face a test tomorrow, but I’m excited to see him match up with Nolan Paige.”
jumped out to a quick lead in his morning singles match, going up 5-0 on Jake Albo of Plantation, Fla. Albo found his footing in the sixth game of the match, forcing Cox
to earn his final hold to win the set 6-0. The next four games of the match were equally hard-fought on both sides of the net as Albo began to push back. He was up 2-1 in the set and ahead 30-15 on Cox’s serve before the Gamecock junior rallied to win the game and shut down any further advances from Albo. Cox
did not cede another game in the set for a 6-2 victory. He will face 20th-seed Nolan Paige, an incoming freshman at Stanford
, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
In doubles action, Cox
teamed with Watson
of the University of Florida
. The duo had not played together prior to arriving in Kalamazoo but were still seeded sixth in the event and earned a first-round bye. In the second-round match, their opponents Miguel Aldo and Grant Riechmann took advantage of the lack of experience to win the first set 6-4. Cox
settled in to win the second 6-3 before storming through a third-set tiebreak 1-0 (4) to move onto the third round, where they will take on Deiton Baughman and James Boyd.