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Sept. 19, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – South Carolina women’s tennis came out strong on Day Two of the Tribe Invitational, going 2-0 in doubles matches against William & Mary and 4-0 in singles play versus Maryland. After two days, the Gamecocks are 3-1 in doubles and 8-0 in singles.

Despite the strong record on Friday, head coach Kevin Epley felt like his squad had room for improvement heading into day two. He found himself pleased with the energy level and mindset on Saturday.

“It was a much better day than yesterday,” head coach Kevin Epley said. “We had energy problems Friday and were a little out of sync, but we came out more grounded today and everyone picked up their games.”

Carolina switched up its doubles teams after going 1-1 on the first day of the event. Day Two featured sophomore Hadley Berg combining with freshman Rachel Rohrabacher to defeat Olivia Thaler and Maria Groener 6-1, while junior Brigit Folland and freshman Ingrid Gamarra Martins posted a 6-3 triumph over Melanie Roy and Cecily Wuenscher.

Carolina followed doubles with a dominant performance in singles play led by Berg and Rohrabacher. Berg cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Olga Bredikhina of Maryland. Rohrabacher was impressive again in just her second collegiate match posting a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cassandre Thebault. Folland was able to withstand a late rally from Nataliya Bredikhina to earn a 6-4, 6-4 victory, while Martins earned her second career victory taking her match 6-2, 6-2 against Caroline Williams.

The Gamecocks finish out play at the Tribe Invitational tomorrow with singles action against Dartmouth at 9:00 a.m.

Brigit Folland (SC) def. Nataliya Bredikhina (Maryland) 6-4, 6-4
Hadley Berg (SC) def. Olga Bredikhina (Maryland) 6-3, 6-2
Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) def. Cassandre Thebault (Maryland) 6-2, 6-1
Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) def. Caroline Williams (Maryland) 6-2, 6-2

Berg/Rohrabacher (SC) def. Thaler/Groener(WM) 6-1
Folland/Martins (SC) def. Roy/Wuenscher (WM) 6-3