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South Carolina Hosts Auburn and Alabama for Final Home Matches
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South Carolina Hosts Auburn and Alabama for Final Home Matches

Columbia, S.C. – No. 34 South Carolina will host its final SEC matches at the Carolina Tennis Center this weekend. The Gamecocks will face No. 13 Auburn on Friday at 5 p.m. before taking on No. 42 Alabama for Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. 
Gamecock Notables

  • The Gamecocks most recently defeated No. 63 Kentucky on the road in a 5-2 decision.
  • No. 2 Sarah Hamner has 31 singles wins this season and is the first Gamecock to reach at least 30 wins in a season since Ana Marija Zubori in 2009.
  • The Gamecocks received new ITA rankings this week with No. 2 Hamner, No. 57 Ayana Akli, No. 104 Elise Mills, No. 25 Hamner/Misa Malkin, No. 30 Megan Davies/Hamner and No. 77 Akli/Malkin all making the list.
  • No. 57 Akli is on a six-match winning streak which is currently the longest on the South Carolina squad. She claimed each of those wins in straight sets.
  • South Carolina has a combined 14 SEC singles wins in the top two spots of the lineup.
  • Both No. 104 Mills and freshman Malkin have 20 singles wins this season with Malkin earning her first road win at Kentucky in straight sets.
  • Doubles pairs No. 30 Davies/Hamner and Akli/Ana Cruz each have a 6-2 conference record.
  • Of South Carolina’s 11 wins, it has earned the doubles point 10 times.

Scouting the Tigers

  • No. 13 Auburn is 17-3 this season including a 5-1 record on the road and an 8-1 record in conference play. Of its eight SEC wins, four of them were earned on the road. 
  • Auburn’s only SEC loss came in a 7-0 decision against then-No. 7 Texas A&M. The loss was the first match in which Auburn did not notch at least one point. 
  • The Tigers only other losses were two suffered at the ITA National Team Indoor to then-No. 6 NC State and then-No. 11 Ohio State.
  • Auburn was on an eight-match winning streak before the loss to Texas A&M.
  • The Tigers have remained in the ITA top-25 every week this season.
  • Auburn has won the doubles point in 15 of its wins. It has also won two matches despite losing the doubles point. 
  • In singles, the Tigers have 15 wins in both the Nos. 3 and 6 spots. They also have 14 wins in the Nos. 2 and 5 spots.
  • The Tigers have ranked players in No. 69 Selin Ovunc, No. 70 Ariana Arseneault, No. 87 Carolyn Ansari and No. 12 Arseneault/Ovunc.
  • The eight returners on the Auburn roster are led by head coach Caroline Lilley, associate head coach Megan Falcon and volunteer assistant coach Anastasia Antal.

The Auburn Series

  • South Carolina is 31-20 all-time against Auburn including a 17-1 performance at home.
  • The Tigers and the Gamecocks have split the last 10 matches with each winning five.
  • Auburn came out on top 4-2 in the most recent meeting which took place at Auburn.
  • South Carolina last hosted Auburn in 2019 and earned a 4-0 win over the Tigers.
  • The doubles point was won by the Gamecocks in four of the last five matches. 
  • The Gamecocks last defeated Auburn 4-2 in 2020 in a road contest.

Scouting the Crimson Tide

  • No. 42 Alabama is 14-7 with a 2-3 record on the road and a 4-5 SEC record.
  • The Crimson Tide have suffered conference losses to Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
  • Alabama dropped its most recent match to then-No. 7 Texas A&M in a 6-1 outcome, earning its lone point in the No. 5 singles position.
  • The Crimson Tide had a winning streak of nine matches before Furman handed them its first loss.
  • Alabama has not won more than two consecutive SEC matches since it defeated Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the opening weekend of conference play.
  • Most Alabama’s singles wins have come from the No. 5 spot with 16 on the season.
  • Ahead of Sunday’s match, Alabama will face No. 15 Florida.
  • The eight women on the Crimson Tide are led by head coach Jenny Mainz, assistant coach Jonatan Berhane and volunteer assistant coach Keith Swindoll.

The Alabama Series

  • The Gamecocks are 20-12 against Alabama, including a 10-6 record at home.
  • In the last home meeting, South Carolina topped the Crimson Tide in a 4-0 decision.
  • South Carolina is on a six-match winning streak which is the longest streak in the series.
  • The Gamecocks have only dropped the doubles point once in the last six wins.
  • Alabama last won a match against South Carolina in 2015 in a 4-2 outcome in Columbia.

Match Day Coverage

  • Auburn: the match can be watched here and live scoring can be found here. In addition, Cracked Racquets SEC CrossCourt Coverage for Friday’s match can be found here.
  • Alabama: live video can be found here and live scoring can be found here.

Fan Information

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  • Fans who attend Friday’s match can pick up rally towels and a “Setting the Standard” poster.
  • Sunday’s match will feature a Senior Day celebration for Kendall Couch. The ceremony will take place prior to the match.
  • Those attending Sunday’s match have the opportunity to receive a free soft pretzel. 

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