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Feb. 7, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s women’s tennis team remained unbeaten in 2007 with a 7-0 victory over Winthrop on Wednesday night at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks improved to 3-0 and Winthrop stands at 0-5 this season.

The Gamecocks lost just five games between the three doubles matches. Winning first was Laura Ganzer and Miranda Gutierrez by an 8-0 count against Yelina Fadina and Alexandra Georgakopoulos on court three. Gira Schofield and Ana Marija Zubori clinched the doubles point with an 8-2 triumph over Antoniya Bagaric and Ana Paula Novaes. Natasa Vuckovic and Christyn Lucas were last to finish, downing Patricia Coimbra and Paula Pereira at No. 2 doubles 8-3.

Ganzer put South Carolina ahead 2-0 when she took care of Fadina 6-1, 6-1 at three singles to improve to 3-0 in dual matches this year. Less than 10 minutes later, Vuckovic registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over Coimbra at the fourth slot. Schofield secured South Carolina’s victory with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Novaes at No. 1 singles.

In the remaining matches, Zubori fought her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win at the second position versus Bagaric, improving her overall record to 16-3. Gutierrez needed around 45 minutes to post a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in her match with Georgakopoulos at six singles.

The last contest at five singles saw Lucas drop the first set to Pereira 7-5 then win the second 6-3. The two played a super tiebreaker for the third set, and Lucas raced out to 7-0 lead before winning 10-3.

The Gamecock women’s tennis team will be back in action Sunday hosting Davidson at 1:30 p.m.

#34 South Carolina (3-0) def. Winthrop (0-5), 7-0

1. Gira Schofield, USC, def. Ana Paula Novaes, WU, 6-2, 6-4
2. Ana Marija Zubori, USC, def. Antoniya Bagaric, WU, 7-5, 6-4
3. Laura Ganzer, USC, def. Yelina Fadina, WU, 6-1, 6-1
4. Natasa Vuckovic, USC, def. Patricia Coimbra, WU, 6-2, 6-2
5. Christyn Lucas, USC, def. Paula Pereira, WU, 5-7, 6-3, (10-3)
6. Miranda Gutierrez, USC, def. Alexandra Georgakopoulos, WU, 6-0, 6-0

Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 6, 5

1. Schofield/Zubori, USC, def. Bagaric/Novaes, WU, 8-2
2. Lucas/Vuckovic, USC, def. Coimbra/Pereira, WU, 8-3
3. Ganzer/Gutierrez, USC, def. Fadina/Georgakopoulos, WU, 8-0

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2