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Nov. 3, 2007

AUBURN, Ala.Gira Schofield and Megan McGavock of the South Carolina women’s tennis team reached the singles finals of flights 1 and 4 at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic on Saturday in Auburn, Ala.

In flight 1, Schofield knocked off Tiffany Welcher of Alabama in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-3 and then beat No. 20-ranked Amanda Taylor from Vanderbilt 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Schofield will face Catherine Newman, also of Vanderbilt, for the championship Sunday.

McGavock defeated Dunja Djuranovic from Auburn in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the final against Carolina Escamilla of Kentucky on Sunday.

Suzanna Mansour and Miljana Jocic each won their quarterfinal contests in flight 3 before falling in the semis. Mansour was a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 winner versus Soledad Podlipnik of Ole Miss and lost 6-1, 6-1 to Cameron Ellis from Georgia. Jocic upended Georgia’s Adrienne Elsberry 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and then fell in three sets to Tennessee’s Samantha Orlin 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Earlier in the day in doubles action, Mansour and McGavock fell in the championship of flight B 8-6 to Ellis/Elsberry from Georgia. In a consolation match in flight A, Schofield and Ana Marija Zubori knocked off No. 6-rated Haney/Koning of Auburn 9-8. Jocic and Natasa Vuckovic also won their consolation match 8-2 against Makarycheva/Saddler of Mississippi State.

Zubori and Vuckovic also won their consolation singles matches. Zubori defeated Megan Broderick from Kentucky 6-3, 6-1, while Vuckovic won 6-1, 6-3 over LSU’s Nicole Kantor.

Saturday’s Doubles Results
#23 Schofield/Zubori, USC, def. #6 Haney/Koning, Auburn, 9-8 (Flight A)
Jocic/Vuckovic, USC, def. Makarycheva/Saddler, Mississippi State, 8-2 (Flight B)
Ellis/Elsberry, Georgia, def. Mansour/McGavock, USC, 8-6 (Flight B)

Saturday’s Singles Results
#36 Gira Schofield, USC, def. Tiffany Welcher, Alabama, 6-1, 6-3 (Flight 1)
#36 Gira Schofield, USC, def. #20 Amanda Taylor, Vanderbilt, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 (Flight 1)
#77 Ana Marija Zubori, USC, def. Megan Broderick, Kentucky, 6-3, 6-1 (Flight 1)
Natasa Vuckovic, USC, def. Nicole Kantor, LSU, 6-1, 6-3 (Flight 2)
Miljana Jocic, USC, def. Adrienne Elsberry, Georgia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 (Flight 3)
Samantha Orlin, Tennessee, def. Miljana Jocic, USC, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 (Flight 3)
Suzanna Mansour, USC, def. Soledad Podlipnik, Ole Miss, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 (Flight 3)
Cameron Ellis, Georgia, def. Suzanna Mansour, USC, 6-1, 6-1 (Flight 3)
Megan McGavock, USC, def. Dunja Djuranovic, Auburn, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 (Flight 4)