Hamner Advances to Consolation Championship Match
North Carolina – South Carolina women’s tennis sophomore Sarah Hamner will play for the consolation title at the College Ranked Spotlight in Cary, N.C. The sophomore dropped her first match of the tournament in the Round of 32 but has since not lost a set, taking down three straight ranked opponents.
Hamner started her day against No. 22 Carmen Corley of Oklahoma, taking down the senior with two dominant sets, 6-2, 6-1. The Gamecock then went on to earn her first top-10 win of the season over No. 10 Cantos Siemers of Oklahoma State. Hamner made a statement, blanking Siemers in the first set and only allowing her opponent one game win in the second set.
Senior Ayana Akli earned her third ranked win of the season over No. 66 Isabella Pfennig of Miami. Akli earned the first set win, but Pfenning took the second, forcing a tiebreak set for the third. The tiebreaker was close with Akli ultimately coming out on top 11-9.
Seniors Elise Mills and Ana Cruz each earned a win on the day at the Ranked Spotlight. Mills defeated Maia Sung of Princeton in straights sets while Cruz came out on the win side of third set tiebreaker.
At the Charlotte Invite, the Gamecocks were again unable to get going, dropping three singles matches and two doubles matches on the day.
Play will conclude at both the College Ranked Spotlight and the Charlotte Invite tomorrow with competition getting started at both tournaments at 9 a.m. The Spotlight will consist of one doubles session and the championship round of singles while the Charlotte Invite will have one more rounds of doubles and one round of singles.
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College Ranked Spotlight
A-1 Draw Quarterfinals
(2) Sarah Hamner (SC) def. (22) Carmen Corley (OU) 6-2, 6-1
A-1 Draw Semifinals
(2) Sarah Hamner (SC) def. (10) Cantos Siemers (OSU) 6-0, 6-1
A-1 Draw Singles Compass Draw – North
(19) Alexa Noel (MIA) def. (42) Ayana Akli (SC) 6-4, 6-3
A-1 Draw Singles Compass Draw – Northwest
(42) Ayana Akli (SC) def. (66) Isabella Pfennig (MIA) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9
A-2 Draw Quarterfinals
Kaitlyn Carnicella (AUB) def. Elise Mills (SC) 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
A-2 Draw Singles Compass Draw – South-Southwest
Elise Mills (SC) def. Maia Sung (PRIN) 6-1, 6-3
A-2 Draw Singles Compass Draw – South
Ana Cruz (SC) def. Leena Bennetto (PRIN) 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
Cat Aulia (TENN) def. Ana Cruz (SC) 6-2, 6-1
Petruzelova,Lucie/Wilkins,Emma (Charlotte) def. Chloe Narboni/Annie Jennings (South Carolina) 6-1
Petruzelova,Lucie/van Poppel,Emma (Charlotte) def. Chloe Narboni/Annie Jennings (South Carolina) 6-1
Petruzelova,Lucie (Charlotte) def. Misa Malkin (South Carolina) 6-2, 6-4
Wilkins,Emma (Charlotte) def. Chloe Narboni (South Carolina) 6-2, 6-1
Aranda,Lucia (Charlotte) def. Annie Jennings (South Carolina) 6-3, 6-2