Four Gamecocks Earn NCAA Individual Championship Spots
May 5, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” South Carolina women’s tennis sophomore Mia Horvit (47) and Ingrid Gamarra Martins (49) earned at-large bids to the NCAA Singles Championship, while the No. 25 Gamecocks’ tandem of junior Hadley Berg and sophomore Paige Cline received an at-large bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship. The NCAA’s individual championships begin on Wednesday, May 24 at the Dan McGill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championships at the same location. Ranked No. 47 in the latest Oracle/ITA Rankings, a career high, Horvit finished the season with a 22-11 record in singles play, including an 11-10 record in dual-play and five wins in the No. 1 spot. She was named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team this season. Horvit is the first Gamecock rookie to be named to the All-SEC Second Team since Ana Marija Zubori received the honor in 2007. In the fall, Horvit went 11-1, winning the ITA Carolina Regional consolation singles title and later taking the overall singles title at the Jack Kramer Invitational in Los Angeles, Calif. She has notched four ranked wins this season, including victories over No. 63 Kassidy Jump of Arizona St., No. 79 Rosie Johanson of Virginia, No. 45 Rachel Pierson of Texas A&M and No. 115 Ana Oparenovic of Arkansas. Coming in at No. 49, Martins battled injuries early in the season but finished with an 18-13 record on the year, going 6-9 in dual-play and 4-8 in the SEC. She was ranked as high as No. 12 this season, the highest ever in Gamecock women’s tennis history, maintaining a top-50 ranking for the duration of the spring. In the fall, she posted an 11-5 record and made it to the semi-final match of the ITA Carolina Regional Championship. In doubles play, Martins is 11-6 overall and 5-5 in dual-play. South Carolina’s top doubles tandem of Berg and Cline, finishing the season with their highest ranking of No. 25 in the nation. The pair is one of 14 SEC duos in the 32-team field. The two, who attended the same high school a year apart in northern California, are 10-9 on the year with a 6-7 record in dual-play and 3-4 in the SEC at the No. 1 spot. The pair has taken down three ranked pairs this season including the nation’s No. 3 pair in the first round of the SEC Tournament. They went 4-2 in the fall, making it to the final of the UVA Invitational. With this season’s selections, South Carolina has had at least one entry in 29 of the 36 NCAA Individual Championships. Click here for a complete list of entries in both championships.
The brackets for both championshps will be released at a later date. No. 14 South Carolina begins play in the NCAA Championships on Friday, May 12 at 1 p.m. when the Gamecocks host North Florida in a first-round matchup at the Carolina Tennis Center. For more information on South Carolina women’s tennis, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram at gamecockwtennis, or visit GamecocksOnline.com for updates.