No. 15 Gamecocks Take Down Clemson, 6-1
CLEMSON, S.C. – The South Carolina women’s tennis team notched its third-straight win with a, 6-1, victory over in-state rival Clemson on Thursday evening at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
No. 15-ranked Carolina (3-1, 0-0 SEC) has now won five-consecutive matches against the Tigers (4-3, 0-0 ACC). The Gamecocks lead the overall Palmetto Series, 4-3.
No. 23 Megan Davies and Rachel Rohrabacher cruised to a quick, 6-0, victory against Ally Miller-Krasilnikov and Sydney Riley on court two.
At the No. 3 spot, Silvia Chinellato and Paige Cline topped Alex Angyalosy and Laura Marti, 6-3, claiming the doubles point for the Gamecocks, Carolina’s fourth-straight of the season.
“We always know we are going to be in for a fight when we play our in-state rival on the road,” head coach Kevin Epley said. “Fortunately, we came out and played some pretty solid doubles and got a point on the board and used that momentum going into singles. There was a moment when the match got a little dicey and Kennedy (Wicker) stepped up to clinch the point when we needed it. Overall it was a good day but we have to regroup and get ready for a very tough Texas Tech team in a few days.”
Taking down Angyalosy in a timely fashion, 6-1, 6-1, Chinellato gave South Carolina a 2-0 edge in the match with her court-five win.
Stretching the lead to 3-0, Davies followed with a, 6-1, 6-3, victory opposite of Miller-Krasilnnikov at No. 4 singles.
On court two, Clemson’s Fernanda Navarro proved to be too much for No. 25 Cline, taking the only point for the Tigers with a, 6-3, 6-1, win.
After taking her first set, 6-3, Kennedy Wicker found herself in the overall match-winning position at 5-4, 40-40, at the No. 6 position. Ultimately, Wicker came out on top over Laura Marti, 6-3, 6-4, clinching the first match of her collegiate career for the Gamecocks.
Playing out the remaining matches, No. 12-ranked Ingrid Gamarra Martins topped Marie Leduc on court one, 6-4, 7-6 (5). At the No. 3 spot, No. 69 Mia Horvit rounded out singles play with a, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3, victory opposite of Sydney Riley.
Up next, South Carolina hosts No. 20T Texas Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m., at the Carolina Tennis Center.
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