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Mulville Achieves New Career High Singles Win in Loss to Georgia
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Mulville Achieves New Career High Singles Win in Loss to Georgia

Athens, Ga. – ­No. 27 South Carolina women’s tennis fell 1-4 at No. 5 Georgia on Thursday. The Gamecocks put up a valiant effort in doubles but ultimately dropped the point and were only able to get one singles win recorded before Georgia clinched the match.

Doubles were a close battle with the Bulldogs striking first. The nation’s No. 50 pair of Mell Reasco and Meg Kowalski earned the first win of the day with a 6-2 victory at the No. 2 position. The Gamecocks were quick to even the decision with No. 48 Ayana Akli and Sarah Hamner earning a win of their own in a 7-6(4) tiebreak from the top spot in the lineup.

The decision came down to the No. 3 doubles matchup where Ana Cruz and Allie Gretkowski were taking on No. 40 Guillermina Grant and Mai Nirundorn. The Georgia pair got off to a hot start with a 2-0 lead, but the Gamecocks responded with authority, taking the next five games to lead 5-2. The Gamecocks just couldn’t seem to close the match out and the Bulldogs came back to win the next four games to retake the lead 6-5. Cruz and Gretkowski finally managed to take another game to tie it at six all and send the match to a tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, Georgia again jumped out to a 2-0 start, but the Gamecocks tied things up at two all. Georgia claimed the next four points and only allowed South Carolina’s pair one more point before taking the win 7-6(3) to clinch the doubles point.

Play moved to singles where the Bulldogs quickly increased their lead. No. 9 Dasha Vidmanova defeated No. 19 Hamner 6-1, 6-2 to claim the first singles point of the day.

The next point came from neighboring Court 3 where Gracie Mulville was able to put the Gamecocks on the board. The sophomore defeated No. 56 Reasco in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 for the highest ranked win of her career. Her previous high was a win over No. 60 Bridget Stammel of Vanderbilt that came in three sets.

Court 6 was the next to clear with Grant defeating freshman Alice Otis 6-2, 7-5 and Georgia clinched the match shortly afterwards with No. 125 Kowalski defeating senior Elise Mills 7-6(4), 6-2.

Sophomore Misa Malkin was leading No. 72 Anastasiia Lopata 6-3, 5-6 and No. 8 Ayana Akli has split sets with No. 3 Lea Ma 6-3, 4-6 when play was suspended.

The women’s tennis team will continue SEC play on the road with a trip to Knoxville to take on No. 15 Tennessee on Sunday. The match will begin at noon.

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#5 Georgia 4, #27 South Carolina 1

Doubles (order of finish: 2, 1, 3)

  1. #48 Ayana Akli/Sarah Hamner (SC) def. Ania Hertel/Dasha Vidmanova (UGA) 7-6 (7-4)
  2. #50 Meg Kowalski/Mell Reasco (UGA) def. Gracie Mulville/Elise Mills (SC) 6-2
  3. #40 Guillermina Grant/Mai Nirundorn (UGA) def. Allie Gretkowski/Ana Cruz (SC) 7-6 (7-3)

Singles (order of finish: 2, 3, 6, 5)

  1. #3 Lea Ma (UGA) vs. #8 Ayana Akli (SC) 3-6, 6-4, unfinished
  2. #9 Dasha Vidmanova (UGA) def. #19 Sarah Hamner (SC) 6-1, 6-2
  3. Gracie Mulville (SC) def. #56 Mell Reasco (UGA) 6-3, 6-4
  4. #72 Anastasiia Lopata (UGA) vs. Misa Malkin (SC) 3-6, 6-5, unfinished
  5. #125 Meg Kowalski (UGA) def. Elise Mills (SC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
  6. Guillermina Grant (UGA) def. Alice Otis (SC) 6-2, 7-5