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Gamecocks Look Strong on Second Day of ITA Regional
Jaklin Alawi

Oct. 19, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The South Carolina women's tennis team posted a strong second-day showing at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional on Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Jaklin Alawi, Dominika Kanakova, Katerina Popova and Adriana Pereira all advanced to the singles round of 32 with first-round victories in the main draw. Alawi, Kanakova, Popova and Pereira all recorded their victories in straight sets. Josefin Andersson lost in the first round after advancing to the main draw through qualifying Thursday. Tessa Lyons from North Carolina defeated Andersson 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Alawi and Kanakova also advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles with a pair of victories. They first defeated Zhang and Forman from Wake Forest 8-3 and then snagged another 8-3 win versus Cridland and Gunaysu of Winthrop. Ximena Siles Luna and Alex Martin won their first-round match before losing in the round of 16, as did Andersson and Popova.

In singles consolation matches, Martin and Siles Luna both picked up two wins on the day. Martin defeated Jayla Scott of North Carolina A&T 6-0, 6-0 and Brigita Bercyte from Wake Forest 6-3, 6-1. Siles Luna was a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Tamara Stanic of Campbell and she defeated North Carolina State's Christy Sipes 6-4, 6-2.

Play continues in the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional on Saturday.

Dominika Kanakova, USC, def. Alexandra Zinn, CHAR, 6-1, 6-2 (Round of 64)
Katerina Popova, USC, def. Olga Blank, UNCW, 6-0, 6-1 (Round of 64)
#63 Jaklin Alawi, USC, def. Lauren Kline, FU, 6-1, 6-3 (Round of 64)
Adriana Pereira, USC, def. Melis Tanik, ECU, 6-4, 6-4 (Round of 64)
Tessa Lyons, UNC, def. Josefin Andersson, USC, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 (Round of 64)

Alawi/Kanakova, USC, def. Zhang/Forman, WFU, 8-3 (Round of 32)
Alawi/Kanakova, USC, def. Cridland/Gunaysu, WU, 8-3 (Round of 16)
Siles Luna/Martin, USC, def. Blank/Sekely, UNCW, 8-6 (Round of 32)
Jansacker/Johnston, EU, def. Siles Luna/Martin, USC, 8-5 (Round of 16)
Andersson/Popova, USC, def. Baker/Kissell, NCSU, 8-4 (Round of 32)
Dai/Kay, UNC, def. Andersson/Popova, USC, 8-6 (Round of 16)

Alex Martin, USC, def. Jayla Scott, NCAT, 6-0, 6-0
Alex Martin, USC, def. Brigita Bercyte, WFU, 6-3, 6-1
Ximena Siles Luna, USC, def. Tamara Stanic, CAMP, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ximena Siles Luna, USC, def. Christy Sipes, NCSU, 6-4, 6-2

FU = Furman
CAMP = Campbell
CHAR = Charlotte
ECU = East Carolina
EU = Elon
NCAT = North Carolina A&T
NCSU = North Carolina State
USC = South Carolina
UNC = North Carolina
UNCW = UNC Wilmington
WFU = Wake Forest
WU = Winthrop



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