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Jan. 18, 2014

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The No. 33 South Carolina women’s tennis team opened the season with a 4-3 victory over an injury-riddled East Tennessee State squad on Saturday in match one of a doubleheader at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks return to the indoor courts this afternoon for a 3 p.m. match-up against College of Charleston.

The Gamecocks actually won the match before playing a single point since the Buccaneers only had three healthy players. As a result, ETSU forfeited all the doubles matches and singles positions four through six to give Carolina an automatic 4-0 lead.

The two teams agreed to still play the top three singles positions. The Bucs’ Anna Gerbasi finished first with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Alex Martin to make the score 4-1, and Giulia Andreazza finished next with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over the Gamecocks’ Natalie Looney.

South Carolina’s Katie Fosnacht played a tight first set against No. 118 Jessica Brumit. Fosnacht fell behind 5-4 in the first before winning two straight games for a 6-5 advantage. Brumit then forced a tiebreaker and pulled out the win by an 8-6 margin. In the second, Brumit earned an early break of serve to take a 2-0 advantage and Fosnacht was unable to break back for a 6-4 loss to close out the morning match.

1. Giulia Andreazza, ETSU, def. Natalie Looney, USC, 6-1, 6-2
2. Anna Gerbasi, ETSU, def. Alex Martin, USC, 6-1, 6-2
3. #118 Jessica Brumit, ETSU, def. Katie Fosnacht, USC, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
4. South Carolina wins by walkover
5. South Carolina wins by walkover
6. South Carolina wins by walkover

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

1. South Carolina wins by walkover
2. South Carolina wins by walkover
3. South Carolina wins by walkover

Order of Finish: N/A