Feb. 5, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s women’s tennis team will look for its fourth win in a row to start the 2008 season Wednesday when it hosts Furman at 5 p.m. at the USC Indoor Fieldhouse in Columbia, S.C.
The Gamecocks opened the year with back-to-back sweeps of Troy and College of Charleston before hitting the road for the first time this past weekend. Carolina took on Harvard on Saturday in Cambridge, Mass., and registered a 5-2 win over the Crimson. The Gamecocks lost the doubles point but went on to win five of six singles matches to earn the victory.
Furman comes into Wednesday’s contest with a 3-2 record following a 6-1 victory over Alabama. Previously, the Paladins were 7-0 winners against Charlotte after suffering 4-3 and 6-1 losses to Virginia Tech and Clemson. Furman’s other victory this year came against Georgia State in the season opener.
Gamecock freshman Miljana Jocic and senior Megan McGavock continue to lead the team in singles victories with 17, while juniors Gira Schofield and Natasa Vuckovic are next in line with 13. Jocic, Vuckovic and sophomore Ana Marija Zubori are all 3-0 in dual matches this season, while junior Suzanna Mansour, McGavock and Schofield are 2-0. Freshman Jelena Rajic, who arrived in Columbia on Jan. 11, is 2-1 this spring.
South Carolina’s No. 1 doubles team has remained constant with Schofield and Zubori owning a 3-0 dual-match record and a No. 9 national ranking. Jocic and Vuckovic have played twice together at the second slot and are 1-1 this year, while Mansour and McGavock are 2-0 at three doubles. Carolina has also used the teams of Rajic/Vuckovic and McGavock/Rajic.
The Gamecocks will take a week off following the Furman match and then host Winthrop on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. at the USC Indoor Fieldhouse.