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Women’s Tennis Starts Road Swing at Kentucky, Vanderbilt
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Women’s Tennis Starts Road Swing at Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Columbia, S.C. – ­No. 17 South Carolina women’s tennis will hit the road this weekend to face No. 64 Kentucky and No. 27 Vanderbilt. The match against the Wildcats will be Friday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. with the match against the Commodores on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Live stats for Friday’s match will be available here with live streaming here. There will be no live stream for Sunday’s match, however live stats will be available here.

Friday’s match will also be broadcast as part of the SEC’s CrossCourt cast on ESPN+.

Gamecock Notables

  • South Carolina is 14-5 on the season with a 6-4 record in SEC play. The Gamecocks are 2-3 when playing on the road and enter the weekend with a two-match win streak.
  • In this week’s ITA Singles Rankings, Ayana Akli comes in at No. 6 with Sarah Hamner at No. 12.
  • Akli is 23-8 overall this season and 10-4 in dual matches, all from the top of the lineup. She is currently on a four-match win streak with all four of her wins coming in straight sets.
  • Hamner leads the team with a 27-6 overall record. She is 14-1 in dual matches and 7-1 against SEC opponents. She enters the weekend on a seven-match win streak.
  • Also with an impressive win streak is junior Olympe Lancelot who has won each of her last six matches. She is 18-13 overall and 7-3 in SEC play.
  • In the doubles rankings, Akli and Hamner pair together at No. 23 while Akli and Lancelot are No. 40.
  • Akli and Hamner are 8-8 overall this season and 5-4 from the top of the doubles lineup. They have won four of their last seven matches together.

Scouting the Wildcats

  • Kentucky is 8-10 overall this season and 2-7 in SEC play. They are 7-3 on their home courts and are coming off of a narrow 3-4 loss to Arkansas.
  • The Wildcats are represented in the ITA Rankings by Elizabeth Stevens and Makayla Mills who are ranked No. 44 together. The duo has a 12-8 record.

Scouting the Commodores

  • Vanderbilt is 11-5 overall this season and 6-3 in conference play. They are a perfect 8-0 on their home courts this season and enter the weekend on a three-match win streak. They will host No. 13 Florida on Friday before hosting No. 17 South Carolina on Sunday.
  • There are two Commodores in the ITA Singles Rankings – No. 17 Celia-Belle Mohr and No. 75 Bridget Stammel.
  • Mohr is 25-7 this season and 10-3 in dual matches, all from the top of the lineup. She is 6-2 against SEC opponents this season.
  • Stammel is 22-12 overall and 6-7 in dual play. She is 2-5 in SEC matches.
  • In the doubles rankings, Mohr comes in at No. 25 with Anessa Lee. The duo is 25-10 overall and 9-3 in dual play. They enter the weekend on a three-match win streak.

Series History versus Kentucky

  • South Carolina is 29-16 all time against Kentucky. The two teams first faced in 1980 with the Gamecocks winning 8-1.
  • South Carolina has won 19 of the last 22 matches, dating back to 2007.
  • Kentucky won the most recent meeting in a 4-3 result during the 2023 SEC Championships in Fayetteville. Their win snapped South Carolina’s 11-match win streak over the Wildcats.
  • Under head coach Kevin Epley, South Carolina is 11-2 against Kentucky.

Series History versus Vanderbilt

  • Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 24-18 over South Carolina. The two teams first faced in 1980 with the Gamecocks winning 8-1 in Nashville.
  • South Carolina has won five of the last six meetings with Vanderbilt’s most recent win coming in a narrow 4-3 victory in 2022 in Nashville.
  • South Carolina’s last win at Vanderbilt was a 4-0 shutout in 2019.
  • Under Epley, South Carolina is 6-7 against Vanderbilt.

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