Gamecocks Battle Past Spartans in Season-Opener

Gamecocks Battle Past Spartans in Season-Opener

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team opened the 2013 season Monday afternoon against one of the top teams in the country, falling 5-0 to No. 31 South Carolina at the USC Field House in non-conference action.

The Spartans (0-1) drop the first of two consecutive road matches to open the year, while the Gamecocks (2-0) stay unbeaten on the young season.

South Carolina quickly picked up the doubles point when Taylor Cohen and Julie Bell fell 8-0 to Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova at No. 1 doubles and the duo of Isabel von Stryk and Talia Rojas retired due to injury after trailing 3-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Allison Beeler and Constanze Kuerten were holding their own at No. 3 doubles when the point was won, defeating Adriana Pereira and Alex Martin 5-2 in the unfinished match.

The match was called when Rojas, Beeler and Bell all fell in straight sets to the nationally ranked Gamecocks, giving South Carolina the 5-0 victory.

Cohen was locked in a battle at No. 3 singles when the match went final, dropping the opening set 7-6 (7-3) to Kanakova.

The Spartans will hit the road again this weekend, traveling to Clinton, S.C., to take on Presbyterian Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Courts. First serve against the Blue Hose is slated for 1 p.m.

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#31 South Carolina 4, USC Upstate 0
Jan. 21, 2013 at Columbia, S.C. (USC Field House)

Singles competition
1. Isabel von Stryk (UPSTW) vs. #34 Jaklin Alawi (SC) no result
2. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) vs. #96 Katerina Popova (SC) no result
3. Dominika Kanakova (SC) vs. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) 7-6 (7-3), unfinished
4. Adriana Pereira (SC) def. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 6-0, 6-2
5. Ximena Siles Luna (SC) def. Allison Beeler (UPSTW) 6-0, 6-0
6. Alex Martin (SC) def. Julie Bell (UPSTW) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Jaklin Alawi/Dominika Kanakova (SC) def. Taylor Cohen/Julie Bell (UPSTW) 8-0
2. Katerina Popova/Josefin Andersson (SC) def. Isabel von Stryk/Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 3-1, retired
3. Adriana Pereira/Alex Martin (SC) vs. Allison Beeler/Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) 2-5, unfinished
Match Notes
USC Upstate 0-1
South Carolina 2-0; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,5,6)