Jan. 31, 2018
Clemson at No. 19 South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After defeating Clemson in the ITA Kick-Off championship match Saturday, No. 19 South Carolina women's tennis (3-1) will welcome the Tigers back to Carolina Tennis Center for its annual in-state rivalry dual match.
South Carolina, which hosted ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time in program history, is coming off a 4-0 dual match victory over Oklahoma on Friday and a 4-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday that secured the program's third trip to ITA Team Indoors and its first in the event's current format, which began in 2009.
The Gamecocks own a three-match winning streak over the Tigers, including a 4-3 win in Columbia in 2016 and a 7-0 win at Clemson last season. Thursday marks the 54th meeting between the schools, and Clemson owns a slight 27-26 edge in the all-time series. South Carolina's three consecutive wins over the Tigers is its longest winning streak since rattling off six straight from 1997 to 2002. The two teams have not played each other twice in the same season since 2004 when they met in February in Columbia and in May in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Clemson.
In the most recent matchup between the teams, the Gamecocks lost the doubles point, but won four straight singles matches in straight sets to defeat the Tigers, 4-1. Rachel Rohrabacher and Megan Davies were the first to finish, defeating Daniela Ruiz and Constanza Gorches, respectively. Mia Horvit took down Sydney Riley, 6-4, 6-4, while Ingrid Gamarra Martins kept her 2018 perfect singles record alive with a 7-5, 7-6(7-2) win over Tate Schroeder.
"The reality is that Clemson is a really, really good team and it's going to be very, very hungry coming back [Thursday]. We won, 4-1, but that match was a lot closer than the score. We're going to have to be ready coming after them again." -- Head Coach Kevin Epley
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
Following the dual match against Clemson, the Gamecocks will head to the University of Wisconsin to compete in the 2018 ITA Team Indoor National Championships from Feb. 9-12. The appearance marks the first career appearance in the event for Epley. Fifteen other teams advanced to ITA Team Indoors, including UCLA, Duke, Pepperdine, Auburn, Texas, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Texas Tech, Georgia, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Florida.
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