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South Carolina Grabs Two Wins to Begin 2021
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South Carolina Grabs Two Wins to Begin 2021

Gamecocks Defeat ETSU 6-1, Coastal Carolina 5-2

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The 14th-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team got its season underway Saturday with a pair of wins at Carolina Tennis Center. The Gamecocks defeated ETSU by a 6-1 score in their first match of the day and then defeated Coastal Carolina by a 5-2 margin. It was the first match of the season for ETSU, while Coastal Carolina dropped to 0-2 on the year.

ETSU Recap

South Carolina made short work of the Buccaneers in doubles, winning first at the No. 2 position where Emma Shelton and Allie Gretkowski upended Laylo Bakhodirova and Emilia Alfaro 6-0. Court three finished just seconds before court 1, as Ana Cruz and Elise Mills downed Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga and Maria Carvajal 6-1. Mia Horvit and Silvia Chinellato then closed out Mayya Gorbunova and Alejandra Morales at No. 1 singles 6-4.

Gretkowski, a newcomer for the Gamecocks this spring, made short work of her first collegiate singles opponent, disposing of Carvajal 6-2, 6-2 on court five to push Carolina’s lead to 2-0. Shelton won next, bouncing back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to Morales at the No. 2 spot to win 6-2, 6-1 in the subsequent sets. The All-American Horvit then sealed the win at No. 1 singles by downing Bakhodirova 7-6, 6-2.

Cruz extended the lead to 5-0 after grabbing a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Yunuen Elizarraras at the six spot. ETSU countered with its lone win on the day courtesy of Alfaro over Mills 6-4, 7-6 at four. Chinellato finished off the contest with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory where she overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third set.

Coastal Carolina Recap

Emma Shelton and Allie Gretkowski continued their dominant doubles play from earlier in the day with another 6-0 win against Victoire De Samucewicz and Kristyna Jurkova at the two spot. Ana Cruz partnered with Gabriela Martinez for the Coastal Carolina match and the duo registered a 6-4 victory against Jesse Hollins and Mathidle Tranberg to clinch the point. Silvia Chinellato and Mia Horvit held on to beat Somer Dalla-Bona and Jessie Mount 7-6 at one, winning 7-0 in the tiebreak.

It did not take long for the Gamecocks to get their first two singles points, as 34th-ranked Horvit wasted no time picking up a 6-0, 6-2 win from Iryna Vardanian at the top slot. Gretkowski then added to the point total by downing Jurkova 6-2, 6-3 on court four.

As the battles continued on the other four courts, Martinez eventually came through with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mount at No. 6 singles to secure the Gamecocks’ second victory of the season. Soon afterward, though, the Chanticleers snatched their first point from court three with Tranberg coming back to defeat Chinellato 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Dalla-Bona cut the deficit to 4-2 with another win for the Chants, overcoming Shelton on court two with a 7-6, 0-6, 6-4 win. Cruz ended the evening on a positive note for South Carolina by tallying a 7-6, 6-3 win over Hollins at the fifth spot.


  • Head coach Kevin Epley now has 289 wins in his career and 138 in his ninth year with the Gamecocks. He is now in his 16th season overall as a head coach.
  • The Gamecocks are now 3-0 in the all-time series with ETSU and 6-0 against Coastal Carolina.
  • Newcomer Allie Gretkowski picked up her first collegiate wins on the day and posted a perfect 4-0 record between both matches.
  • Gretkowski and Emma Shelton did not surrender a game in both of their doubles contests at the No. 2 position.
  • Mia Horvit reached 90 career singles wins with her victory against Coastal Carolina. She is just the ninth Gamecock to eclipse the 90-win plateau and is two wins away from tying Brigit Folland for eighth place on the all-time list.
  • South Carolina has now won seven matches in a row dating back to last season.
  • Mia Horvit, Allie Gretkowski and Ana Cruz all posted 4-0 records on the day.

Up Next

South Carolina takes on No. 8 N.C. State on Wednesday at Carolina Tennis Center at 1 p.m.

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