April 10, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The 30th-ranked Auburn women's tennis team lost a 5-2 match to No. 24 South Carolina Friday afternoon at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center. With the loss, the Tigers are now 11-9, 3-5 SEC. South Carolina moves to 12-8, 5-4 SEC.
"This was a disappointing loss and a weak effort," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "We have to raise the energy level, effort level and our overall focus or Sunday will be a long day. We are good enough to compete with anyone in the Southeastern Conference when we fully engage and compete. We didn't do that today."
The Gamecocks jumped out for the early lead by winning the doubles point with victories on courts two and three. Auburn's 34th-ranked senior duo of Whitney Chappell and Alex Haney handed South Carolina's No. 63 pair of Natasa Vuckovic and Ana Marija Zubori an 8-5 setback. The Tiger tandem improves to 9-2, 5-2 SEC.
Jil Hastenrath picked up her ninth singles win, topping South Carolina's Suzanna Mansour by a score of 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 position. With Hastenrath's win, Auburn evened the team score at 1-1.
The Tigers dropped the Nos. 3 and 4 singles matches and South Carolina clinched the victory on court three with Dijana Stojic defeating Auburn's Whitney Chappell, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Haney won her 15th singles match of the season, rallying to beat No. 52 Ana Marija Zubori, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. Hailing from Grayson, Ga., she improves to 15-2, 7-1 SEC.
The Tigers will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for a 12 p.m. contest against the No. 21 Gators on Sunday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
SOUTH CAROLINA 5, AUBURN 2
Doubles (order of finish: 3, 2, 1)
1. #34 Whitney Chappell/Alex Haney (AU) def. #63 Natasa Vuckovic/Ana Marija Zubori (USC), 8-5
2. Miljana Jocic/Gira Schofield (USC) def. Daniela Vukadinovic/Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 8-4
3. Suzanna Mansour/Dijana Stojic (USC) def. Fani Chifchieva/Jil Hastenrath (AU), 8-3
Singles (order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
1. #59 Gira Schofield (USC) def. #6 Fani Chifchieva (AU), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. #39 Alex Haney (AU) def. #52 Ana Marija Zubori (USC), 6-7, 7-6, 6-3
3. Dijana Stojic (USC) def. Whitney Chappell (AU), 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
4. Natasa Vuckovic (USC) def. Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Miljana Jocic (USC) def. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Jil Hastenrath (AU) def. Suzanna Mansour (USC), 6-2, 6-1