March 1, 2018
No. 13 South Carolina at Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 13 South Carolina women's tennis (9-3) opened SEC play with a 4-2 win at Mississippi State on Thursday, extending the team's winning streak to four matches and marking its second road win of the season.
The Gamecocks captured the doubles point behind two victories from Paige Cline and Hadley Berg on Court 1 and Mia Horvit and Ingrid Gamarra Martins on Court 2. In singles, Rachel Rohrabacher improved to 5-0 on the year with a 6-1, 6-1, win over Caroline Kelly at the No. 6 spot. Similar to Rohrabacher, Berg rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mississippi State's Janina Braun at No. 1, where she improved to 3-0 on the year. The Bulldogs took two singles wins in straight sets over Megan Davies and Paige Cline, but Ingrid Gamarra Martins came up big for the Gamecocks with a comeback win over Madison Harrison on Court 2.
With Thursday's win, the Gamecocks extended their winning streak over the Bulldogs to three matches, and now hold a 29-2 all-time series lead. South Carolina also snapped the Bulldogs' six-match winning streak and handed them their first home loss of the season.
For the fourth straight match, the Gamecocks captured the doubles point. Mia Horvit and Ingrid Gamarra Martins, who were paired for just the third time this season, earned a perfect 6-0 victory over MSU's Magda Adaloglou and Janina Braun. The duo recorded its second straight win and improved to 2-1 in 2018.
After Horvit's and Gamarra Martin's win, All-Americans Hadley Berg and Paige Cline secured the doubles point over Madison Harrison and Khrystyna Vozniak on Court 1. The South Carolina tandem jumped out to a 3-1 lead and dropped just one additional game, before winning the set, 6-2. Cline and Berg are 4-2 when paired together in 2018, with their only losses coming against No. 9 Duke and No. 13 UCLA at ITA Indoors.
2. Mia Horvit / Ingrid Martins (USC) def. Magda Adaloglou/Janina Braun (MSU) 6-0
Order of finish
Rachel Rohrabacher kept her perfect singles record in tact by cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Caroline Kelly on Court 6. Taking less than an hour to finish her match, Rohrabacher improved to 5-0 in dual match play and holds a seven-match winning streak dating back to the fall, with all seven of those wins being in straight sets.
No. 45 Hadley Berg kept the momentum in South Carolina's favor with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory over Janina Braun on Court 1. After a tough weekend at ITA Indoors from Feb. 9-11, Berg has bounced back in singles with two straights win against players from Coastal Carolina and Mississippi State.
Down 3-0, the Bulldogs fought back and took two singles wins on Courts 4 and 5. Sara Lizariturry defeated Megan Davies in hard-fought straight sets, while Paige Cline dropped her match in straight sets to Anastasia Rentouli.
No. 124 Ingrid Gamarra Martins proved to be the difference-maker, forging a huge comeback win against Madison Harrison. The junior found herself in a hole after losing the first set, but came back strong in the second and third sets with 6-1, 6-2 victories, respectively. It was the first comeback win of the season for Martins, who had won her six previous dual matches in straight sets.
1. No. 45 Hadley Berg (USC) def. Janina Braun (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. No. 124 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (USC) def. Madison Harrison (MSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 112 Magda Adaloglou (MSU) vs. Mia Horvit (USC) 4-6, 7-5, 0-1 (DNF)
4. Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Paige Cline (USC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Sara Lizariturry (MSU) def. Megan Davies (USC) 7-5, 6-3
6. Rachel Rohrabacher (USC) def. Caroline Kelly (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish
6, 1, 5, 4, 2
"Road matches in the SEC are never easy and Mississippi State didn't disappoint. The Bulldogs fought until the end. We came up big when we needed to and that was the difference." -- Head Coach Kevin Epley
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks will continue SEC play at No. 7 Ole Miss on Saturday. South Carolina is 20-15 all-time against the Rebels, including its most recent 4-2 win against them at the Carolina Tennis Center on April 9, 2017. The Gamecocks hold a five-match winning streak over the Rebels dating back to April 4, 2014.
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