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Oct. 8, 2009

Coach Petrovic

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Seven members of the South Carolina women’s tennis team’s eight-person roster are set to compete at the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill., beginning Friday.

In addition to the Gamecocks and host Northwestern, other schools included in the field are Akron, DePaul, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Senior Ana Marija Zubori, ranked 29th in the nation, is among the seven Gamecocks playing in Evanston. She reached the finals of the top flight at the Wildcat Invitational a year ago and lost to teammate Gira Schofield, who graduated in 2009. Zubori is 5-2 this spring after playing in the SEC Fall Coaches Classic and Wolverine Invitational.

Sophomore Dijana Stojic is hoping to turn around a rough fall campaign for herself this weekend. Stojic has posted a 1-9 record in three tournaments and looks to regain the form she displayed last spring when she finished the season winning 12 of 13 matches.

Anya Morgina, a sophomore transfer, will be looking to use the momentum she gained from her last outing at the Furman Fall Classic in Evanston. After a couple of losses, Morgina defeated No. 46-ranked Catherine Newman from Vanderbilt in three sets in her last match and posted a pair of wins in doubles in the top flight.

Freshman Josefin Andersson had her best tournament of the fall last weekend at the Wolverine Invitational by reaching the finals of her flight. Andersson narrowly lost the championship match in three sets and has an even 5-5 record this fall.

Fellow freshman Adriana Pereira is set to compete in her fourth tournament of the fall. She took out an experienced senior from Tennessee, Zsofia Zubor, in her last match at the Furman Fall Classic in straight sets to finish 2-1 at the event. Overall, Pereira has put together a 6-4 record.

Freshmen Madeleine Saari-Byström and Rita Maisak are looking to gain more experience, as this weekend marks the third fall event for both. Maisak is 4-3 after playing in the SEC Fall Coaches Classic and UVa Invitational, while Saari-Byström is 1-5 following play in the top flight at the Wolverine Invitational and the No. 3 flight at Furman.

South Carolina will experiment with a couple of new doubles teams in Evanston, pairing Zubori with Stojic and Andersson with Pereira. Morgina will play alongside Saari-Byström for the second time this fall after the two went 2-1 in Furman.