Pair of Gamecocks Headed for Singles Finals Sunday
GREENVILLE, S.C. – South Carolina women’s tennis went 6-6 across singles and doubles action on the second day of the Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic, including a pair of comeback singles wins.
Sophomore Sarah Hamner is headed to the Flight 1 final Sunday after her comeback win over Vanderbilt’s Celia Belle Mohr. The No. 2 player in the country dropped the opening set 2-6 before rallying back to take the second 6-4. The two launched a back-and-forth battle in the decisive third with Hamner delivering a late service break to take the 7-5 victory. In Sunday’s title match, she will face No. 12 Elizabeth Scotty of North Carolina at 9 a.m.
In Flight 7 action, senior Ana Cruz turned in a solid 6-3, 6-4 win over Vanderbilt’s Amy Stevens to earn a spot in that final match. She will take on Furman’s Sara Snyder at 11 a.m.
The Gamecocks’ other three singles wins came in consolation action with Elise Mills posting a huge comeback against Alexandra Mikhailuk of Mississippi State 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 in Flight 3. Misa Malkin and Chloe Narboni added straight-set wins in Flights 7 and 8, respectively.
In doubles, the Gamecocks’ top team of Hamner and Ayana Akli, ranked No. 60 in the nation, turned in the lone win with an efficient 8-3 win over Ohio State’s Shelly Bereznyak and Kathleen Jones in Flight 1 consolation action. Mills and Cruz dropped the Flight 2 final to North Carolina’s Abbey Forbes and Fiona Crawley.
The Gamecocks will wrap up tournament play on Sunday with one round of singles action beginning at 9 a.m.
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Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic – Day 2
Singles Flight 1 – 2nd Rd.
(2) Sarah Hamner (SC) def. Celia Belle Mohr (VU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Singles Flight 2 – 2nd Rd.
(15) Abbey Forbes (NC) def. (42) Ayana Akli (SC) 6-1, 6-1
Singles Flight 3 – Consolation
Elise Mills (SC) def. Alexandra Mikhailuk (Miss St) 0-6, 6-1, 6-4
Singles Flight 5 – 2nd Rd
(31) Reilly Tran (NC) def. McKenna Schaefbauer (SC) 6-1, 6-4
Singles Flight 6 – Consolation
Misa Malkin (SC) def. Kathleen Jones (OSU) 6-4, 6-1
Singles Flight 7 – 2nd Rd.
Ana Cruz (SC) def. Amy Stevens (VU) 6-3, 6-4
Singles Flight 8 – 2nd Rd.
Sophia Patel (NC) def. Annie Jennings (SC) 6-3, 6-4
Singles Flight 8 – Consolation
Chloe Narboni (SC) def. Danielle Schoenly (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Flight 1 – Consolation
(60) Sarah Hamner/Ayana Akli (SC) def. Shelly Bereznyak/Kathleen Jones (OSU) 8-3
Doubles Flight 2 – Final
Abbey Forbes/Fiona Crawley (NC) def. Elise Mills/Ana Cruz (SC) 8-0
Doubles Flight 3 – Consolation
Nevena Carton/Stella Li (WF) def. McKenna Schaefbauer/Misa Malkin (SC) 8-6
Doubles Flight 4 – Consolation
Lindsay Zink/Sophia Patel (NC) def. Chloe Narboni/Annie Jennings (SC) 8-2