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Dec. 3, 2007

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — University of South Carolina women’s tennis coach Arlo Elkins announced his team’s 2008 spring schedule Monday. The Gamecocks have 19 matches slated for the season with 10 coming at home.

Carolina begins its season at home Jan. 30 playing College of Charleston at 5 p.m. at the USC Indoor Fieldhouse. The Gamecocks then travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard on Feb. 2 before returning home to face Furman and Winthrop on Feb. 6 and 13 at 5 p.m.

The Gamecocks have consecutive matches versus 2007 NCAA Tournament teams from Feb. 22 to March 13, and six of the squads advanced to at least the second round. South Carolina plays N.C. State at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C., and then hosts intrastate rival Clemson the following day at 1 p.m. USC opens Southeastern Conference play at home the following weekend versus Kentucky and Vanderbilt on Feb. 29 and March 2 to complete a six-match homestand.

A pair of SEC contests starts a four-match stretch for South Carolina away from Columbia, first in Athens, Ga., against Georgia on March 7. The Gamecocks then travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the Lady Vols of Tennessee two days later. Carolina will spend its spring break the following week in Utah taking on BYU on March 13 and Utah on March 15.

South Carolina ends its season with seven straight SEC matches starting with Mississippi State at home March 21 at 2 p.m. The Gamecocks then travel to Oxford, Miss., to play Ole Miss on March 23. The final two home matches of the season come March 28 and 30 against LSU and Arkansas at 2 and 1 p.m. USC wraps up the regular season on the road April 4, 6 and 12 at Alabama, Auburn and Florida.

Auburn is set to host the 2008 SEC Tournament over April 17-20. All 12 teams compete in the tournament with the top four teams from the regular-season standings earning first-round byes. First- and second-round NCAA Tournament matches are scheduled for May 9-10 at 16 campus sites to be determined when the field is announced. Tulsa University will host the round of 16 and beyond, as well as the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships from May 15-26 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.