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Oct. 17, 2014


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The South Carolina women’s tennis team posted an impressive 10-2 combined singles and doubles record Friday at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Gamecocks began the day by posting a perfect 5-0 record in doubles that saw four duos advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal rounds. Natalie Looney and Ximena Siles Luna had to win two matches on the day, first against a duo from Clemson and then they took a tiebreaker from a Charlotte team. Megen Cochran and Caroline Dailey had little trouble in their contest with UNC Greensboro, winning 8-3. Meghan Blevins and Brigit Folland needed a 7-4 tiebreak win to advance past Wake Forest, and Hadley Berg and Elixane Lechemia defeated a Duke tandem 8-6 in a breaker as well.

South Carolina opened singles play with four straight wins with the first coming from Blevins who was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Laina Cummer of Davidson. Cochran followed with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory against Alyssa Ritchie from UNC Wilmington and No. 56 Lechemia beat Gardner-Webb’s Roka Sacko 6-1, 6-1 in her first match of the fall. No. 114 Folland downed Monica Aguado of Winthrop 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the round of 32.

Ann Catherine Feaster of Davidson handed the Gamecocks their first loss of the day with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Siles Luna. Rachel Kahan from Duke also needed three sets in defeating Berg 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Dailey concluded play for South Carolina with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Keisha Clousing from Clemson.

Play continues at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with quarterfinal doubles matches followed by round of 32 singles play.

Meghan Blevins (South Carolina) def. Laina Cummer (Davidson) 6-1, 6-1
Megen Cochran (South Carolina) def. Alyssa Ritchie (UNC Wilmington) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
#56 Elixane Lechemia (South Carolina) def. Roka Sacko (Gardner-Webb) 6-1, 6-1
#114 Brigit Folland (South Carolina) def. Monica Aguado (Winthrop) 6-2, 6-2
Ann Catherine Feaster (Davidson) def. Ximena Siles Luna (South Carolina) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Rachel Kahan (Duke) def. Hadley Berg (South Carolina) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
Caroline Dailey (South Carolina) def. Keisha Clousing (Clemson) 6-2, 6-2

Looney/Siles Luna (South Carolina) def. Dewar/Eidukonyte (Clemson) 8-5
Looney/Siles Luna (South Carolina) def. Holtkamp/Pahlett (Charlotte) 8-7
Cochran/Dailey (South Carolina) def. Anane/Falcon (UNC Greensboro) 8-3
Blevins/Folland (South Carolina) def. Fernandez/Gardiner (Wake Forest) 8-7(4)
Berg/Lechemia (South Carolina) def. Kahan/Smaller (Duke) 8-7(6)