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Jan. 30, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina women’s tennis team moved its 2008 record to 2-0 Wednesday night with a 7-0 victory against College of Charleston at the USC Indoor Fieldhouse in Columbia, S.C. The Cougars fell to 2-1 with the loss.

Carolina swept all three doubles positions, first winning at the second slot by an 8-2 score thanks to Miljana Jocic and Natasa Vuckovic. Gira Schofield and Ana Marija Zubori, the nation’s No. 9-ranked duo, beat Laura Borza and Link Leskosky 8-3 to clinch the doubles point. Soon afterward, Megan McGavock and Suzanna Mansour downed Kinsey Casey and Anna Lee Evans 8-4 on court three.

The Gamecocks jumped out to 4-1 leads at one, three and four singles. Zubori closed out her first set 6-1 against Leskosky at the top position and then won 6-4 in the second. Mansour won 6-3 over Evans at No. 4 singles and then closed out the match 6-1. Jelena Rajic gave the Gamecocks their second triumph of the season after beating Holly Dowse 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

Vuckovic pushed the score to 5-0 after coming back from a set down for the second match in a row. After losing the first 6-3, Vuckovic rebounded with a 6-2 win in the second. She went ahead on Borza 3-1 in the third, but Borza managed to tie the score at 3-all. Vuckovic, though, responded by winning three games in a row to move to 12-4 on the season.

Jocic made short work of Casey 6-1, 6-0 at six singles and McGavock finished the evening with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Amanda Becker at five singles. Jocic is 16-4 in 2007-08 while McGavock owns a 16-2 mark.

Carolina heads to Cambridge, Mass., for its next match Saturday when it takes on Harvard.

#29 South Carolina (2-0) def. College of Charleston (2-1), 7-0

1. #73 Ana Marija Zubori, USC, def. Link Leskosky, CofC, 6-1, 6-4
2. Natasa Vuckovic, USC, def. Laura Borza, CofC, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Jelena Rajic, USC, def. Holly Dowse, CofC, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
4. Suzanna Mansour, USC, def. Anna Lee Evans, CofC, 6-3, 6-1
5. Megan McGavock, USC, def. Amanda Becker, CofC, 6-1, 6-3
6. Miljana Jocic, USC, def. Kinsey Casey, CofC, 6-1, 6-0

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

1. #9 Schofield/Zubori, USC, def. Borza/Leskosky, CofC, 8-3
2. Jocic/Vuckovic, USC, def. Dowse/Keely Mulligan, CofC, 8-2
3. Mansour/McGavock, USC, def. Casey/Evans, CofC, 8-4

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3