Gamecocks Earn Eight Wins on Second Day of Regionals
Winston-Salem, N.C. – South Carolina women’s tennis earned eight wins on the second day of competition at the ITA Carolina Regionals held in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Gamecocks tallied six singles wins and two doubles wins on the day.
Senior Ana Cruz and sophomore Misa Malkin both picked up where they left off in singles from the previous day of competition. Both Gamecocks earned straight sets wins in the Singles A1 Draw Round of 32, giving them both three singles wins so far at the tournament.
Also in the A1 Singles Draw was senior Ayana Akli who earned a win from behind over Coastal Carolina’s Victoire de Samucewicz. The Chanticleer took the first set 6-1 but Akli evened the match with a 6-2 second set. The Gamecock secured the match with a 6-1 win in the third set.
In the A2 Singles Draw, Sarah Hamner and Elise Mills both tallied straight sets wins to advance to the quarterfinals of their draw.
The lone Gamecock in the B1 Draw was freshman Annie Jennings who advanced on a walkover due to injury.
The Gamecocks were not quite as successful in doubles on the day, winning only two of their six matches. Both wins came in the A2 Doubles Draw Round of 16. The first win was a dominant 8-1 showing from Cruz and Akli. The pair then fell in the quarterfinals to the nation’s No. 3 pair Anya Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth of Wake Forest.
South Carolina’s second doubles win came from Mills and Malkin who took down Arina Babkova and Reagan Mitchell of UNC Greensboro in the Round of 16, but fell to Cameron Morra and Chloe Beck of Duke in the quarterfinals.
Play will continue at the Regional Championships on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Full draws and match times can be found on the tournament webpage. Selected matches will be live streamed here and court assignments can be found here.
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A1 Draw Singles Round of 32
Misa Malkin (SC) def. Josie Schaffer (Davidson) 6-3, 7-6(7)
Ana Cruz (SC) def. Isabella Romanichen (NC A&T) 6-1, 6-3
(42) Ayana Akli (SC) def. Victoire de Samucewicz (Coastal Carolina) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
A2 Draw Singles Round of 32
(2) Sarah Hamner (SC) def. Maria Jardim (Gardner-Webb) 6-3, 6-3
Halli Trinkle (CofC) def. McKenna Schaefbauer (SC) 7-6(3), 6-4
Elise Mills (SC) def. Kaavya Sawhney (Charlotte) 7-5, 6-2
B1 Draw Singles Round of 32
Annie Jennings (SC) def. Meredith Taylor (UNC Wilmington) wo (inj)
A1 Doubles Round of 16
Andrea Redondo/Chloe Schwarz (WCU) def. Sarah Hamner/McKenna Schaefbauer (SC) 8-6
Alisha Hussain/Ines Bachir el Bouhali (ECU) def. Allie Gretkowski/Gracie Mulville (SC) 8-6
A2 Doubles Round of 16
Ana Cruz/Ayana Akli (SC) def. Angela Perez Baroo/Leilany Ipunesso (WCU) 8-1
Elise Mills/Misa Malkin (SC) def. Arina Babkova/Reagan Mitchell (UNC Greensboro) 8-3
A2 Doubles Quarterfinals
(3) Anya Brylin/Brooke Killingsworth (Wake) def. Ana Cruz/Ayana Akli (SC) 8-3
Cameron Morra/Chloe Beck (Duke) def. Elise Mills/Misa Malkin (SC) 8-2