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No. 13 Gamecocks Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 12 Auburn
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No. 13 Gamecocks Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 12 Auburn

March 31, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 13 South Carolina women’s tennis dropped a tough match to No. 12 Auburn, 4-3, on Friday at the Carolina Tennis Center. The Gamecocks took the doubles point and the first two singles points, but a late rally and an overrule penalty gave the Tigers the victory.

The Gamecocks fall to 4-4 in the SEC and 13-6 overall, while Auburn improve to 3-5 in league play and 19-6 in the spring.

In doubles play, Brigit Folland and Ingrid Gamarra Martins took care of business with a 6-3 win at No. 2, scoring their second consecutive SEC victory as a doubles pair. The Gamecocks clinched the doubles point as Caroline Dailey and Hadley Berg held on for a 6-4 win at No. 1 against #14 Taylor Russo and Alizee Michaud, the pair’s first victory over a ranked pair this season.

After helping clinch the doubles point, Folland carried the energy into singles where she captured a quick 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6, increasing her win streak to four and giving the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead. Berg followed with a decisive 7-5, 6-0 triumph on court five. The victory stretched her streak to 15-0, the best start for a Gamecock since 1995 and one better than her 14-0 start in the 2015-16 season.

Momentum swung Auburn’s way when Russo (85) put the Tigers on the board with her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Dailey on court three. Michaud (34) brought the score within one with a three-set victory (7-6, 3-6, 6-2) over Mia Horvit (75) on court two. Andie Dikosavljevic (78) evened the score at three apiece with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 battle against Martins (36) on court one.

Freshman Silvia Chinellato battled her opponent to a tiebreak in the third set but a rare overrule penalty cost her the game and the Gamecocks the match. Chinellato was overruled by the referee three times prior to the tiebreak, when she was overruled a fourth time she was penalized a game. The penalty immediately ended the tiebreak and resulted in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 score on court four and a 4-3 final score.


SINGLES (6, 5, 3, 2, 1, 4):

1. #78 Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) def. #36 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
2. #34 Alizee Michaud (AU) def. #75 Mia Horvit (SC) 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
3. #85 Taylor Russo (AU) def. Caroline Dailey (SC) 6-4, 6-3
4. Georgie Axon (AU) def. Silvia Chinellato (SC) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
5. Hadley Berg (SC) def. Alannah Griffin (AU) 7-5, 6-0
6. Brigit Folland (SC) def. Caroline Turner (AU) 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES (2,1*):

1. Dailey/Berg (SC) def. #14 Russo/Michaud(AU) 6-4
2. Folland/Martins (SC) def. Dikosavljevic/Griffin(AU) 6-3
3. Horvit/Chinellato (SC) vs. Muller/Axon (AU) UNF

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