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No. 21 Gamecocks Host Three-Match Weekend
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No. 21 Gamecocks Host Three-Match Weekend

March 16, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 21 Gamecocks return to the Carolina Tennis Center after being on the road for two weeks to host their first SEC match of the year. South Carolina will host No. 19 Tennessee Friday, March 17 at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader with No. 6 Georgia at 1 p.m. and Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.

South Carolina fell to No. 1 Florida this weekend in Gainesville, Fla. at the Ring Tennis Center in a tough 4-0 loss, dropping their overall record to 9-4 and their league record to 1-2. The doubles pairing of Paige Cline and Hadley Berg (27) defeated Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan (15) in their second ranked win this season.

Admission and parking for all home tennis matches is free of charge.

Quotable

Head Coach Kevin Epley: “We have been working all week to prepare for this SEC weekend. We feel like we can play better and I believe we will come out ready to fight for both these matches. It’s always an advantage playing at home in the SEC. We don’t have that many home contest this year, so we are looking forward to a couple of great matches this weekend.”

QUICK HITS: No. 19 TENNESSEE

  • Tennessee is 14-4 overall this season and 1-3 in SEC play.
  • The Vols are coming off of a 4-3 win over Alabama after losing their first three SEC games.
  • Tennessee boasts one singles ranking in senior Brittany Lindl (51).
  • One doubles pair is ranked for the Vols, Brittany Lindl and Even Repic (74).
  • The Vols went 8-17 overall and 1-12 in the 2015-16 season.

QUICK HITS No. 6 GEORGIA

  • The Bulldogs are 9-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play this season.
  • They are coming off of a 4-1 win over No. 5 Auburn.
  • Ranked singles: Eleni Christofi (18), Ellen Perez (55), Kennedy Shaffer (63) and Caroline Brinson (86).
  • Ranked doubles pair: Eleni Christofi and Kennedy Shaffer (58).
  • Head coach Jeff Wallace is in his 32nd season with the Bulldogs.

QUICK HITS COASTAL CAROLINA

  • The Chanticleers are 11-2 before heading into league play.
  • Before facing the Gamecocks on Sunday, March 19, Coastal Carolina will face Wofford in Spartanburg, SC on Saturday.
  • The 2016-17 team is made up of three freshmen, three juniors and two seniors.
  • Catherine Hewitt has been at Coastal Carolina since 2011.

Up Next

The Gamecocks will return to action in Columbia, Mo. to face Missouri on March 24 and Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 26. For more information on South Carolina women’s tennis team follow them on Facebook and Twitter at gamecockwtennis or check out GamecocksOnline.com.