No. 41 Women's Tennis Falls to No. 31 South Carolina, 5-2
The No. 41 NC State women’s tennis team fell to No. 31 South Carolina 7-0 Friday afternoon in Columbia, S.C. With the loss the Pack falls to 4-3 on the season as South Carolina remains unbeaten at 6-0.
The match didn’t start well for the Pack as they dropped the doubles point for the first time this season. At No. 1 doubles the duo of Daria Petrovic and Berkley Brock fell 8-2 to Gira Schofield and Ana Marija Zubori who are ranked No. 17 in the nation in doubles competition. In the second doubles match Lenka Hojckova and Julia Roach lost for the first time all season in doubles 8-4. The final doubles match saw Kristen Bleakley and Catherine Grotz force a tiebreaker against Suzanna Mansour and Megan McGavock. After the match was tied 8-8 Bleakley and Grotz were able to win the tiebreaker 8-6 to win the match.
South Carolina carried that momentum into the singles matches. The first match to finish was at No. 3 singles where Natasa Vuckovic beat Julia Roach 6-2, 6-2. In the second match at No. 4 singles Lenka Hojckova brought the Pack within one point at 2-1 by beating Suzanna Mansour in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
That was as close as the Wolfpack could make it as South Carolina won the final four matches. Daria Petrovic fell to No. 35 Gira Schofield 6-1, 6-2 and the match was clinched at No. 2 singles where No. 56 Ana Marija Zubori beat Berkley Brock 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 5 singles Jelena Rajic defeated Neils Barringer 6-1, 6-1. In the final match of the day Kristen Bleakley was able to defeat Miljana Jocic in a tight three set match. After Bleakley won the first set easily 6-2, she dropped the second set 5-7. In the third set she was able to win the 10-point tiebreaker 10-4.
The Wolfpack will return home to host No. 72 Princeton in the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on Sunday at 1 pm. Live video will be available by going to ACCSelect.com. Live stats will also be available for the match by clicking here.
No. 31 South Carolina Gamecocks def. No. 41 NC State Wolfpack, 5-2