Women’s Tennis Continues Homestand Against No. 21 Florida
Columbia, S.C. – No. 32 South Carolina women’s tennis will play the third match of their five-match long SEC homestand on Saturday, hosting No. 21 Florida. The match will take place at the Carolina Tennis Center at noon.
- South Carolina is 6-5 on the season with a 1-1 mark in conference play. Three of their losses have come at the hands of top-10 opponents, two of them ranked in the top-3.
- In SEC play, the Gamecocks are 1-1 with a win over LSU and a loss to No. 2 Texas A&M.
- Two Gamecocks are in the ITA Singles Rankings – No. 7 Ayana Akli and No. 14 Sarah Hamner.
- Akli’s No. 7 ranking is a career high for the senior. She is a perfect 7-0 in dual play, all from the top spot in the lineup.
- No. 14 Hamner missed the beginning of the dual season due to injury but has since accumulated a 2-2 record in dual play. She is 14-7 overall in singles.
- Akli and Hamner have also recently paired up in doubles for the first time since the fall, playing at the No. 1 position where they are 3-1. Akli and Hamner recently defeated the nation’s No. 17 pair and made their way up to No. 53 in the ITA Doubles Rankings.
- The doubles pair of Ana Cruz and Allie Gretkowski have been a staple of the lineup this season. The duo is 6-3 in dual play with a 4-2 mark from the No. 2 position and a perfect 2-0 mark from the No. 3 position
Scouting the Gators
- Florida is 6-3 overall this season and 1-1 in SEC action. The Gators have suffered two losses to Texas A&M and a loss to then-No. 25 Pepperdine.
- This match will be Florida’s first road trip since early February. They are coming off of a five-match homestand where they went 3-2.
- The Gators have a perfect 2-0 record on the road this season with wins at South Florida and Baylor.
- Florida has been lead by senior Carly Briggs this season. Briggs, ranked No. 47 by the ITA, is 12-8 overall this season and has a 4-4 record in dual play, all from the No. 1 position.
- Also in the ranking for Florida are No. 119 Sara Dahlstrom and No. 121 Anastasia Sysoeva. Dahlstrom is 8-3 overall while Sysoeva is 5-6 overall.
- The Gators also have a pair in the ITA Doubles Rankings – No. 60 Briggs and Rachel Gailis. The duo is 4-1 overall but have only played two dual matches together, winning both of them from the No. 2 position.
- Briggs and Alicia Dudeney have held down the top of the doubles lineup, going 3-3 from that position
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