Feb. 7, 2018
ITA National Indoors
MADISON, Wis. -- For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, No. 19 South Carolina women's tennis (4-1) will compete in the ITA Indoor National Championships, taking on seven-seeded and No. 9-ranked Duke in the first match at the University of Wisconsin on Friday.
South Carolina, which hosted ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time in program history, is riding a four-match winning streak, including a 4-0 victory over Clemson on Thursday at the Carolina Tennis Center. The Gamecocks secured the program's third trip to ITA Team Indoors with a 4-0 win over Oklahoma and a 4-1 win over Clemson on Jan. 26-27. The Gamecocks' appearance in ITA Indoors also marks the first in the event's current format, which began in 2009, and the first career appearance in the event for head coach Kevin Epley.
"Every single person on our team is super excited for it and it's an opportunity to see what we can do indoors against the top 16 teams," senior Hadley Berg said of ITA Indoors. "It's really like an NCAA Tournament at the beginning of the season, instead of at the end, so it's like seeing where we stack up before the SEC season gets started."
The Gamecocks will play at least three matches from Friday to Sunday. If the Gamecocks win their first three matches, they will play in the event's championship match on Monday.
Ranked at No. 9 in the nation by the ITA, Duke is the first ranked opponent the Gamecocks will face this season and currently owns a seven-match winning streak over South Carolina dating back to the 1995-96 season.
"We earned our opportunity to be at the Indoors. It's going to be a lot nicer going in there coming off a win and two pretty good wins. We're happy to be amongst the top 16 teams in the country and we're happy to have the opportunity to go out there and show what we got." -- Head Coach Kevin Epley
SCOUTING NO. 9 DUKE
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
Following the conclusion of ITA Indoors, the Gamecocks will host North Florida and Charleston Southern in a dual match doubleheader on Feb. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
For updates, continue to check back with GamecocksOnline.com or follow the team on social media (@GamecockWTennis).
ITA Indoors First Round Matches
No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest -- 6:30 p.m. (Courts 7-12)
No. 8 Florida vs. Wisconsin -- 6:30 p.m. (Courts 1-6)
No. 5 Georgia Tech vs. Michigan -- 3:30 p.m. (Courts 1-6)
No. 4 Pepperdine vs. Auburn -- 3:30 p.m. (Courts 7-12)
No. 3 North Carolina vs. Ole Miss -- 12 p.m. (Courts 7-12)
No. 6 Texas Tech vs. UCLA -- 12 p.m. (Courts 1-6)
No. 7 Duke vs. South Carolina -- 9 a.m. (Courts 1-6)
No. 2 Georgia vs. Texas -- 9 a.m. (Courts 7-12)
ITA Indoors Women's Qualifiers by conference
SEC (6) -- Auburn; Florida; Georgia; Ole Miss; South Carolina; Vanderbilt
ACC (4) -- Duke; Georgia Tech; North Carolina; Wake Forest
Big 12 (2) -- Texas; Texas Tech
Big Ten (1) -- Michigan
Pac-12 (1) -- UCLA
West Coast Conference (1) -- Pepperdine
ITA Indoors Women's Qualifiers By ITA Kick-Off Seeds
No. 1 (11) -- Auburn; Duke; Florida; Georgia; Georgia Tech; Michigan; North Carolina; Pepperdine; South Carolina; Texas Tech; Vanderbilt
No. 2 (1) -- UCLA
No. 3 (3) -- Ole Miss; Texas; Wake Forest
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