Gamecocks Compete in Three-Day Event Starting Friday
Gamecock Newcomer Scores Victory Against Nation's No. 42-Ranked Player
South Carolina Boasts 7-0 Record in Singles
South Carolina Still Looks to Make 19th Consecutive NCAA Appearance
Gamecocks and Rebels Face Off at 9 a.m. ET From Starkville, Miss.
South Carolina vs. Ole Miss (4/7/2013)
South Carolina vs. Alabama (3/24/2013)
South Carolina vs. College of Charleston (2/23/2013)
South Carolina vs. LSU (4/6/2012)
South Carolina vs. Clemson (2/22/2012)
2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Had a very successful sophomore campaign for the Gamecocks playing both singles and doubles ... Finished the year as the team leader in dual match singles victories with a 16-7 record ... Was second on the team in overall singles wins with a 22-12 mark ... Held a national ranking to begin the fall season at No. 96 ... Played most of her doubles matches with Josefin Andersson and the two became regulars for the Gamecocks at the No. 3 position for dual matches ... The duo won more matches together than any other tandem with a 17-9 record ... They ended the season winning 10 of 13 matches ... Won all three of her singles matches at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic to start the fall season ... After taking a couple losses early in the spring, Popova caught fire and won 11 of her next 12 matches and ran her record in SEC play to 5-1 in the process ... During that span, she helped the Gamecocks win a 4-3 decision over instate rival Clemson with a three-set triumph over Klara Vyskocilova, who was ranked No. 82 at the time ... Popova beat Vyskocilova 6-0 in the third set ... It was South Carolina's first win against the Tigers since 2006 ... Was told that same week she was accepted into USC's international business program that is consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation ... Dropped just one game in helping Carolina earn a 4-3 win against Georgia State with her win over Maryna Kozachenko ... An injury suffered toward the end of her doubles match against Alabama on March 30 slowed her down for the remainder of the season, but she still managed some critical wins for the Gamecocks ... Her best was the clinching point against TCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, defeating Federica Denti in three sets to include a dominant 6-1 performance in the third ... Recognized as an ITA Scholar Athlete for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the academic year ... Also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
FRESHMAN (2010-11): A key member of the Gamecocks' lineup for both singles and doubles ... Finished with an 18-11 record in singles and was 11-9 in duals to include a 6-4 mark in conference matches ... Held down Nos. 3 and 4 singles for the Gamecocks during the spring ... Had several doubles partners to include Miljana Jocic, Dominika Kanakova, Anya Morgina, Madeleine Saari-Byström and Dijana Stojic ... Was 19-14 overall in doubles, the second most victories in doubles on the team ... Played mostly at three doubles in duals and was 13-10 as a whole ... Won the first four singles matches of her career starting with the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in September ... Dropped just 10 games in her first three matches at Milwaukee and was named the singles runner-up for the entire event behind teammate Dijana Stojic ... Entered the spring season with a national ranking of 117th in singles, the first ranking of her career ... Helped South Carolina win key road matches at Illinois and Purdue with wins at No. 4 singles ... Also won a key match at No. 3 singles against Auburn to help the Gamecocks defeat Auburn by a 4-3 margin ... Beat the first ranked player of her career versus Alabama on March 13 when she defeated then-No. 116 Courtney McLane in three sets ... Scored a win over freshman and then-No. 37 Brynn Boren of Tennessee in straight sets in a 4-3 team loss to the Lady Vols ... Popova followed up the win over Boren with a straight set decision against another top SEC freshman in Alex Angelescu of Georgia ... Also upended Angelescu in doubles playing with Jocic to stun the Bulldogs and take the doubles point ... The wins over Boren and Angelescu catapulted Popova back into the national rankings at No. 108 in the April 12 edition ... Her last appearance in the rankings was April 19 at 120th ... A member of the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as high as No. 82 in the world on the International Tennis Federation junior circuit ... Had a career singles record of 47-38 and was 40-29 in doubles playing ITF juniors events ... Competed in the qualifying draw for the US Open junior division in 2010 ... Consistently ranked in the top 10 for her age group in Russia throughout her junior career ... Ranked among the top 20 for players in Europe in the under 14s ... Reached the finals of an ITF tournament in South Africa in March 2010 ... Won three matches in qualifying at the 2009 Dunlop Orange Bowl to reach the main draw ... Also won three matches in qualifying at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships and then reached the second round of the main draw ... A finalist at the TSZ Cup in May 2008 ... Made the finals of the Wilson ITF Junior Classic in Austria in January 2008 ... Doubles finalist at multiple ITF junior tournaments ... Ranked No. 1 in the under 12 division in Russia ... Received the First President of Russia-Elcin Scholarship when she was 14.