COLUMBIA, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell on the road to No. 11 South Carolina on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers dropped a 4-0 decision to the Gamecocks at the Carolina Tennis Center.
South Carolina (6-3) picked up the doubles point and then won the singles competitions on courts 3, 5, and 6, to hand the Bucs (2-3) their third loss of the season.
Facing their first ranked opponent of the season, the Bucs were unable to record a point in the match as the Gamecocks took the doubles point early to establish the 1-0 lead.
Mia Horvit and Hadley Berg topped Yana Morar and Kimberley Koerner on court no. 3, 6-1. Ingrid Gamarra Martins and Paige Cline clinched the point with a 6-1 win on the top court against Sophie Cloessner and Madalina Man.
The Gamecocks opened singles play with a win on court no. 5 as Cline topped Koerner, 6-0, 6-0. Ericson fell on court no. 3 against Horvit, 6-0, 6-2, to put USC within one point of stopping play.
Davies clinched the match on court no. 6 against Morar with a 6-0, 6-4 win.
CSU battled through the three unfinished matches as the Buccaneers' top two players drew nationally-ranked individuals.
Cloessner trailed No. 45 Berg on court no. 1 when play was suspended, 6-4, 4-1.
Koussenkova took the second set against No. 124 Gamarra Martins and was early in the third set when play was called. The Barcelona, Spain native fell 6-2 in the first set before rallying with a 6-1 win in set two. Koussenkova was trailing 2-0 in the third set at the conclusion.
Man was trailing Rohrabacher on court no. 4, 7-5, 3-1, to close out the competition.
News & Notes
- The Bucs fell to their first ranked opponent of the season in the No. 11-ranked Gamecocks. Current No. 27-ranked Clemson was not ranked at the time the teams met early in the season at the Duckworth Doubleheader.
- CSU's match at USC was the Bucs' first at an SEC opponent since the 2015 season when the Bucs traveled to the Athens Regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament to face Georgia.
Charleston Southern has a quick turnaround as the Bucs take on North Florida tomorrow morning at the Carolina Tennis Center. First serve is set for 10 a.m.