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Oct. 9, 2014


Cory Burkarth and Coach Epley

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Four members of the South Carolina women’s tennis team will compete in the UVa Fall Invite at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va., beginning Friday and ending Sunday. Natalie Looney, Caroline Dailey, Meghan Blevins and Brigit Folland will represent the Gamecocks as they compete against players from Virginia, Arkansas, Marshall, Northwestern and Old Dominion.

The event consists of two eight-team doubles draws and two 16-person singles flights. Dailey and Looney will team up for the Blue Flight in doubles, while Blevins and Folland participate in the Orange Flight. Looney and Blevins are in the Blue Flight for singles and Folland and Dailey will play in the Orange Flight. One doubles match is scheduled for each day, two rounds of singles are set for Friday and one round of singles will be played Saturday and Sunday.

All four Gamecocks are back in action for the first time since the Furman Fall Classic two weeks ago in Greenville, S.C. Blevins is 5-1 this season in singles and 5-1 in doubles as well. She and Folland have combined to go 4-0 in doubles. Dailey has a 3-2 singles mark and a perfect 6-0 record for doubles playing alongside Hadley Berg and Megen Cochran. Looney is also 3-2 in singles and 2-3 in doubles. Folland is 4-2 for singles play and 6-0 in doubles matches.

“I want to see us playing with intention,” head coach Kevin Epley said. “I want us really going out there with a plan and executing that plan at the beginning of the match, throughout the match, and at certain stages in the match, and not so much being subservient to what’s going on emotionally from moment to moment. If we can do that and continue to do that moving forward through competition, we should improve pretty quickly.”

Following the UVa Fall Invite, South Carolina will head to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships over Oct. 16-20 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.