April 14, 2018
No. 7 South Carolina 4, No. 23 Kentucky 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 7 South Carolina women's tennis (19-5, 11-2 SEC) wrapped the regular season with a sweep over No. 23 Kentucky at the Carolina Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Gamecocks captured the doubles point behind a 6-4 win from Paige Cline and Hadley Berg and a come-from-behind 7-5 win from Kennedy Wicker and Megan Davies, and three straight singles wins from Cline, Mia Horvit and Davies.
With the win, the Gamecocks improved to 11-2 in SEC play -- the best league record in program histoy. They finished the regular season at third place in the SEC, which is tied for the best finish since the 1996 season.
The Gamecocks won their 10th doubles point in 13 SEC matches with two wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles.
No. 55 Paige Cline and Hadley Berg were first off the court with a 6-4 win over No. 67 Lesedi Jacobs and Emily Fanning. The win marked their second over a ranked tandem this season and tied the highest-ranked opponent the pair has defeated in dual match play. Previously, the All-American doubles tandem took down Auburn's No. 67 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo on March 22.
Mia Horvit and Ingrid Gamarra Martins' four-match streak in doubles snapped in their loss to Mami Adachi and Justina Mikulskyte at No. 2 doubles. The tandem found itself in a 1-3 hole, before cutting Kentucky's lead to one game, 3-4. Adachi and Mikulskyte extended their lead to 3-5 and won the match in the next game. Horvit and Gamarra Martins finished the regular season at 9-3 overall and 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Kennedy Wicker and Megan Davies, who were paired for the second time in dual match play, earned their first win together at No. 3 doubles. Trailing 3-5, the freshman duo mounted a huge comeback and won four straight games to defeat Brianna Tulloch and Diana Tkachenko, 7-5.
2. Mami Adachi/Justina Mikulskyte (UK) def. Ingrid Gamarra Martins/Mia Horvit (SC) 6-4
Order of finish
1, 2, 3
Paige Cline extended South Carolina's lead to 2-0 with her win in straight sets at No. 4 singles. The win was Cline's seventh straight in SEC play, with all seven of those wins coming in straight sets. Cline's sole loss in SEC play was on March 1 in the first match of league play at Mississipi State. Cline wrapped the regular season with a 9-1 record in dual match play, going 7-1 at No. 4 singles.
Mia Horvit extended the team's lead to 3-0 with her 10th win of the season in straight sets. The sophomore All-American notched her first "perfect" 6-0 set of SEC play and second of the season. With the win, Horvit improved to 6-1 at No. 3 singles this season and is 6-2 in SEC singles play.
Freshman Megan Davies clinched the sweep for the Gamecocks at No. 5 singles. The win was a team-high 12th for Davies, who is 8-2 over her last 10 matches.
1. #58 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) vs. Emily Fanning (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 2-1, unfinished
2. #32 Hadley Berg (SC) vs. #87 Justina Mikulskyte (UK) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
3. Mia Horvit (SC) def. Mami Adachi (UK) 6-0, 6-4
4. Paige Cline (SC) def. Diana Tkachenko (UK) 6-2, 6-1
5. Megan Davies (SC) def. Lesedi Jacobs (UK) 6-1, 6-4
6. Kennedy Wicker (SC) vs. Brianna Tulloch (UK) 5-7, 4-1, unfinished
Order of finish
4, 3, 5
"Today was a great way to close out the season and set the stage for the SEC Tournament. I was really happy with how we competed and handled ourselves mentally today. After today, it's clear this team is ready for the tournament, and we are fired up for next week." -- Head Coach Kevin Epley
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for the 2018 SEC Tournament, hosted by the University of Tennessee. With its guaranteed third-place finish in the league, South Carolina has earned a first and second round bye in the SEC Tournament. The tournament bracket will be released on April 15.
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