Feb. 10, 2018
ITA National Indoors: No. 19 South Carolina vs. No. 11 Texas
MADISON, Wis. -- After a sweeping loss in the opening match of ITA Indoors on Friday, No. 19 South Carolina women's tennis (5-2) bounced back with a 4-2 win over No. 11 Texas on Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The Gamecocks captured the doubles point with two straight match victories, and Silvia Chinellato, Megan Davies and Ingrid Gamarra Martins won their singles matches at the No. 4, 5 and 3 spots, respectively.
The win marked the first at ITA Indoors in program history for the Gamecocks, who were 0-7 at the tournament entering Saturday's match. It was also South Carolina's first win against a ranked opponent this season.
After losing the doubles point against No. 9 Duke, the Gamecocks bounced back against the Longhorns. Coming off a loss in doubles on Friday, the All-American doubles duo of Paige Cline and Hadley Berg cruised to a 6-2 win against Bojana Markovic and Petra Granic. The win improved Berg and Cline to 5-5 overall in fall and spring play this year. Shortly after Cline and Berg won their doubles match, Rachel Rohrabacher and Megan Davies captured the doubles point with a 6-4 win over Bianca Turati and Dani Wagland. With the win, the duo improved to 3-0 in 2018.
1. Silvia Chinellato/Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) vs. Fernanda Labrana/Anna Turati (TX) 5-3 unfinished
2. Hadley Berg/Paige Cline (SC) def. Bojana Markovic/Petra Granic (TX) 6-4
3. Megan Davies/Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) def. Dani Wagland/Bianca Turati (TX) 6-4
Order of finish
After losing their singles matches against Duke on Friday, Silvia Chinellato, Megan Davies and Ingrid Gamarra Martins all captured singles victories in straight sets for the Gamecocks on Saturday. Chinellato finished first on court four, defeating her first ranked opponent of the season in No. 115 Bojana Markovic, 6-2, 6-3. Davies, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 7, also won her match in straight sets, defeating Fernanda Labrana, 6-3, 6-2. Ingrid Gamarra Martins took down No. 64-ranked singles player Petra Granic, 6-4, 6-4. Gamarra Martins held a steady advantage over Granic in the first set, but trailed by one game in the second set. The junior rallied back to take a 5-3 advantage and ultimately went on to clinch the match for the Gamecocks.
1. #1 Bianca Turati (TX) def. #118 Mia Horvit (SC) 6-2, 6-4
2. #41 Anna Turati (TX) def. #38 Hadley Berg (SC) 6-4, 6-1
3. Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) def. #64 Petra Granic (TX) 6-4, 6-4
4. Silvia Chinellato (SC) def. #115 Bojana Markovic (TX) 6-2, 6-3
5. Megan Davies (SC) def. Fernanda Labrana (TX) 6-3, 6-2
6. Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) vs. Marta Perez-Mur (TX) 4-6, 6-1 unfinished
Order of finish
4, 5, 1, 2, 3
"We saw a lot of improvement in some spots today. We are trying to improve each match and some of our players stepped up to the plate today. We may have started a little slow in doubles, but we got our competitive spirit going in singles. Sunday we are looking to play a complete match from beginning to end as a team. We know we are capable of more and we are excited about the opportunity to get on the court again against another quality team." -- Head Coach Kevin Epley
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
With a loss in the first round and a win in the second round of ITA Indoors, the Gamecocks will face No. 13 UCLA in the final match of the event on Sunday. Texas Tech defeated the Bruins, 4-2, on Friday, and Ole Miss defeated them, 4-3, on Saturday.
Following the conclusion of ITA Indoors, the Gamecocks will host North Florida and Charleston Southern in a dual match doubleheader on Feb. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
SCOUTING NO. 13 UCLA
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