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Feb. 3, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman Ingrid Gamarra Martins of the 28th-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team was honored as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. The SEC weekly honor is the first this season for the team, which is off to its first 5-0 start since 2008.

Martins, currently ranked No. 54 in the nation, posted an unblemished record in singles and doubles last week against No. 7 Virginia and No. 56 Marshall. She clinched the Gamecocks’ victory against No. 7 Virginia with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 win over Erica Susi, giving South Carolina its first victory over a top-10 team since 2009. Two days later, Martins and teammate Caroline Dailey clinched the doubles point against Marshall with a 6-4 win and later won her singles match in straight sets to help Carolina get the sweep. She leads the team with 14 singles wins on the season and is a team-best 5-0 this spring. She also boasts an 11-2 individual doubles record this season.

The weekly honor is the first for the team since junior Brigit Folland won SEC Player of the Week honors in March of last season. It’s the first Freshman of the Week nod since Folland won the accolade nearly two years ago.

South Carolina looks to continue its hot start to the season with a road contest at No. 42 William & Mary on Saturday.