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March 29, 2004

Birmingham, Ala. – Danielle Wiggins, a sophomore from Jacksonville, Florida was named SEC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on Monday for the week ending March 29th. Wiggins, ranked 73rd in the country, went 2-0 at number one singles while going 1-1 at number one doubles with teammate Laura Ganzer last week. The two wins in singles for Wiggins were against No. 5 Agata Cioroch of Georgia (6-1,6-2) and No. 27 Tammy Encina of Tennessee (6-0,6-1). She now has five wins over ranked opponents in her career. The win over Cioroch on Sunday is the first victory of her career against a top-10 opponent and it also extended her winning streak to three matches. In the three match winning streak, she has lost only five games.

In doubles, Wiggins and teammate Laura Ganzer defeated the 39th ranked Tammy Encina and Melissa Schaub of Tennessee 9-7 to clinch USC the doubles point. Wiggins is 17-9 in singles on the year and 15-9 in doubles while she has posted a 6-1 record against SEC opponents this spring at the number one singles position.

Wiggins honor for SEC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week is the teams first since Magda Wojdylo received the award last year. The Gamecocks travel to Mississippi this weekend to face Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Notes on Danielle Wiggins:
– Has five wins in the spring against players that are nationally ranked.
– 2003-04 Dual Match Record is 11-5 in singles and 12-4 in doubles.
– 6-1 against SEC opponents this season at the number one position. Her only loss this season was against Robin Stephenson in a three set match.
– 4-2 in her last six matches against nationally ranked opponents.
– The Gamecocks are 8-3 on the season when she wins at number one singles. (#4 Georgia, #5 Vanderbilt, #28 Tennessee)
– Six of her nine losses this season in singles have been in three set matches with eight of the nine coming against ranked opponents.
– Career record of 38-22 in singles and 38-21 in doubles.