GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sixteenth-ranked South Carolina topped Furman, 6-1, Sunday in the season opener for both teams at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.
The Gamecocks won two of three tight doubles contests to claim the opening point. Hadley Berg and Paige Cline teamed up for a 6-4 victory over senior Ansley Speaks and junior Aryn Greene at flight one, and Brigit Folland and Rachel Rohrabacher downed freshmen Danni Vines and Hannah Ferrett, 6-4, at number three. The second-seeded match was unfinished, with Mia Horvit and Caroline Dailey holding a 6-5 advantage over sophomore Katty Weymouth and rookie Katarina Kozarov.
In singles play, Weymouth held on for a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 win over Cline at flight two to score the Paladins' lone point. Ingrid Martins beat Speaks, 6-3, 6-4, in the top-seeded contest, and Horvit notched a 6-0, 6-1 victory versus Kozarov at number three. At flight four, Berg came from behind for a 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-5 win over Wines, and Folland defeated Greene, 7-6(3), 6-2, at flight five. In the flight six match-up, Rohrabacher bested senior Karlee Bryde, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
The Paladins (0-1) begin a three-match road swing at Coastal Carolina Saturday at noon.