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April 15, 2004


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time in seven years the Gamecocks dropped their opening round SEC Tournament match against Mississippi on Thursday at the Brownlee O. Curry, Jr. Tennis Center, 4-3. The loss dropped South Carolina to 13-9 overall while the Rebels improved to 12-10 on the season.

The Rebels took a 1-0 lead in the match after taking wins at the number two and three double positions. Audra Adams and Sabrina Peppl defeated Carolina’s Fallon Koon and Christyn Lucas 8-2 at number two doubles. Florencia Basile and Karem Harboe defeated Ayako Suzuki and Magda Wojdylo 8-3 at number three doubles to clinch the doubles point. Danielle Wiggins and Laura Ganzer were up 6-3 on the 27th ranked doubles team of Chloe Carlotti and Virginia Tomatis at the number three doubles flight before it was suspended due to Mississippi clinching the doubles point.

Mississippi extended their lead to 2-0 after Tomatis defeated Koon in straight sets 6-0,6-0 at number five singles and then went up 3-0 when Basile defeated Wojdylo in straight sets 7-5,6-0 at position four. The Gamecocks got their first singles victory when #30 Danielle Wiggins defeated #63 Chloe Carlotti 6-4,6-1 at the top singles position. Justine Walsh cut the Rebels lead to 3-2 with a 6-1,6-0 win against Audra Adams at number six singles. Christyn Lucas evened the match at three all with a 7-6(5),6-3 win over Karem Harboe at number two singles. Sabrina Peppl clinched the match for the Rebels with a 6-4,7-5 win over Laura Ganzer.

The Gamecocks will now await to see if they will make their 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament. The tournament brackets will be announced on May 5th on ESPN News.