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March 17, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina recorded a 6-1 victory against Troy in women’s tennis action Saturday at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks earned their third consecutive win and improved to 11-3 while the Trojans dropped to 7-3.

Carolina won all three doubles contests by 8-2 scores to earn the doubles point. Laura Ganzer and Miranda Gutierrez won first against Caroline Jounia and Nicole Shaw at the No. 3 position, followed by Christyn Lucas and Natasa Vuckovic over Annabelle Bares and Stephanie Vieria on court 2. Gira Schofield and Ana Marija Zubori, who are currently ranked 28th nationally, improved to 17-3 and 11-2 in dual matches thanks to their victory against Rawia El Sisi and Claudia Strauss at the top slot.

Gutierrez needed less than an hour to put the Gamecocks up 2-0 when posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Shaw playing at No. 6 singles. Zubori scored South Carolina’s third point by ousting Bares at the second spot 6-4, 6-0, and Vuckovic provided the clincher at three singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win versus Strauss.

In the remaining matches, Schofield rolled over El Sisi at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2 to make the score 5-0. Lucas added to Carolina’s total with her 6-3, 6-1 victory at the fourth slot in her match with Jounia. Vieria scored the Trojans’ lone point by upending Ganzer 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

The Gamecocks return to Southeastern Conference play Friday when they play at LSU at 4 p.m. ET. South Carolina then heads to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the Lady Razorbacks at noon ET Sunday.

#34 South Carolina (11-3, 3-1 SEC) def. Troy (7-3), 6-1

1. #119 Gira Schofield, USC, def. Rawia El Sisi, Troy, 6-1, 6-2
2. Ana Marija Zubori, USC, def. Annabelle Bares, Troy, 6-4, 6-0
3. Natasa Vuckovic, USC, def. Claudia Strauss, Troy, 6-3, 6-2
4. Christyn Lucas, USC, def. Caroline Jounia, Troy, 6-3, 6-1
5. Stephanie Vieria, Troy, def. Laura Ganzer, USC, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Miranda Gutierrez, USC, def. Nicole Shaw, Troy, 6-2, 6-1

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

1. #28 Schofield/Zubori, USC, def. El Sisi/Strauss, Troy, 8-2
2. Lucas/Vuckovic, USC, def. Bares/Vieria, Troy, 8-2
3. Ganzer/Gutierrez, USC, def. Jounia/Shaw, Troy, 8-2

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1