March 3, 2018
No. 13 South Carolina at No. 7 Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. -- No. 13 South Carolina women's tennis (10-3, 2-0 SEC) took down its highest ranked opponent of the season Saturday, defeating No. 7 Ole Miss in a 4-0 sweep at Palmer / Salloum Tennis Center.
With the win, the Gamecocks extended their winning streak to five matches and wrapped their Mississippi road trip at 2-0. They are 21-15 all-time against the Rebels and now hold a six-match winning streak over them with Saturday's sweep.
For the fifth straight match, the Gamecocks captured the doubles point. Mia Horvit and Ingrid Gamarra Martins were the first off the court for the second straight match, defeating Natalie Suk and Anna Vrbenska, 6-1. The South Carolina duo has won three straight doubles matches when paired together and is 3-1 in 2018. After losing the first two games, Rachel Rohrabacher and Megan Davies mounted a huge comeback against Sabina Machalova and Allie Sanford on Court 3. The pair evened the match at 2-2, before taking a 3-2 lead and surging to a 6-4 victory from there. With the win, Rohrabacher and Davies remain perfect when paired together in 2018 at 6-0.
Order of finish
No. 45 Hadley Berg was the first to finish her singles match, earning a huge win over No. 16 Arianne Hartono, 6-0, 6-2, on Court 1. The match marked the first loss of the season for Hartono, who was 8-0 entering Saturday. The win was the first of Berg's career over a Top 25 opponent.
Next off the court was Paige Cline, who defeated Alexa Bortles, 6-1, 6-0. Cline, who had lost in Thursday's match against Mississippi State, improved to 3-1 in 2018 with the win. Similar to Cline, after falling in her singles match against Mississippi State, Megan Davies clinched the sweep for the Gamecocks with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Anna Vrbenska on Court 5. The win improved Davies to 7-3 in dual match play with a team-high 22 wins in 2017-18. It also marked the first loss of the season for Vrbenska, who was 7-0 in 2018 prior to play.
1. #45 Hadley Berg (SC) def. #16 Arianne Hartono (OM) 6-0, 6-2
2. #115 Sabina Machalova (OM) vs. #124 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
3. Natalie Suk (OM) vs. Mia Horvit (SC) 2-6, 4-2, unfinished
4. Paige Cline (SC) def. Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-1, 6-0
5. Megan Davies (SC) def. Anna Vrbenska (OM) 6-1, 6-1
6. Tereza Janatova (OM) vs. Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) 6-7 (4-7), 0-1, unfinished
Order of finish
6, 1, 4, 5
"Ole Miss is a great team and it was coming off a tough contest against Florida two days ago. We knew we had to hit the ground running and establish early that we were ready to play a long match. I think that the strategy worked well. We have some home matches next week and we still have a few pieces of the puzzle to put together this week in practice, but I am proud of the girls for stepping up today. " -- Head Coach Kevin Epley
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks will play their first SEC home matches of the season against Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m. Friday and No. 43 LSU at 1 p.m. Sunday. South Carolina is 8-5 all-time against Texas A&M, including its most recent 4-2 win at home on March 3, 2017. Against LSU, the Gamecocks hold a 22-6 all-time series lead. LSU won the last matchup between the teams in Baton Rouge, 4-2, on March 5, 2017, while South Carolina won the last matchup between the teams at the Carolina Tennis Center, 4-3, on April 2, 2016.
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