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No. 23 South Carolina Prepped for No. 16 Florida
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No. 23 South Carolina Prepped for No. 16 Florida

Columbia, S.C. – No. 23 South Carolina travels to No. 16 Florida for its final dual match of the season on Saturday. The Gamecocks will face the Gators at 12:30 p.m.
Gamecock Notables

  • The Gamecocks are ranked No. 23 in the most recent ITA National Team Rankings sponsored by Tennis Point. Three Gamecocks are ranked in singles with No. 5 Sarah Hamner, No. 57 Ayana Akli and No. 118 Elise Mills. In doubles, South Carolina has ranked pairs in No. 25 Hamner/Misa Malkin and No. 35 Megan Davies/Hamner.
  • South Carolina is fresh off a 2-0 weekend in which it upset No. 13 Auburn 4-3 and took down then-No. 42 Alabama 4-1.
  • Hamner now boasts 32 singles wins this season, 14 of which have come from dual matches.
  • Mills is on a three-match winning streak and is 10-6 in the No. 4 singles position.
  • Hamner and Akli each have an 8-2 SEC singles record this season. They are tied fifth in the record book for singles wins in regular-season SEC play and can tie for first this weekend.
  • Graduate student Davies is on a three-match winning streak in singles after she upset the No. 87 player against Auburn and clinched the win against Alabama in her final home appearance.
  • South Carolina has won six of its last seven singles points in straight sets.
  • Hamner and Davies are 6-3 in the No. 1 doubles position against SEC opponents.
  • Akli and Ana Cruz continue to dominate in doubles with a six-match winning streak and a 9-3 record in SEC play.

Scouting the Gators

  • No. 16 Florida is 17-5 this season including a 9-3 record in SEC play. At home, it is 8-2.
  • The Gators most recently fell at home to No. 13 Auburn 6-1 for their second home loss this season. They also suffered a home loss to then-No. 23 Georgia in a 4-1 decision.
  • Florida had its nine-match winning streak snapped when it lost to Auburn.
  • The Gators are fourth in the SEC with one match remaining in the season.
  • Florida is 11-5 against ranked teams this spring with a 5-5 record against top-25 teams.
  • The Gators boast ranked players in No. 12 McCartney Kessler, No. 67 Marlee Zein, No. 9 Carly Briggs/Zein, No. 48 Alicia Dudeney/Bente Spee and No. 66 Dudeney/Kessler.
  • No. 12 Kessler is 11-1 in the No. 1 spot in SEC singles play. She was on an 11-match winning streak when she was defeated by then-No. 69 Selin Ovunc of Auburn.
  • The Gators have won the doubles point six times in SEC play and 16 times in dual matches.
  • The nine women on the Florida roster are led by head coach Roland Thornqvist, assistant coach Lauren Embree and volunteer assistant coach McClain Kessler.

The Florida Series

  • South Carolina is 5-46 all-time against Florida, including a 1-20 record on the road.
  • Most recently, the Gamecocks topped the Gators 4-1 in the 2021 SEC Tournament.
  • The Gamecocks last traveled to Florida in the 2019 season and came out on top in a 4-2 decision.
  • South Carolina has taken the doubles point in three of the last four meetings.
  • The Gamecocks will look to extend their winning streak in the series to two.

Match Day Coverage

  • Florida: the match can be watched here and live scoring can be found here.

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