UK Women Turn Away South Carolina, Remain Unbeaten in SEC Play
No. 20 Kentucky scored the doubles point and claimed four of six singles matches to capture a 5-2 victory over No. 46 South Carolina Friday evening at UK’s Boone Tennis Center. The Cats improve to 11-5 and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference, while Carolina falls to 6-3 and 2-1 in the conference.
Kentucky’s solid overall play was evident early on, as the Cats scored wins at the one and two doubles positions to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Aibika Kalsarieva and freshman Lara Maurer wasted little time dispatching Carolina’s Laura Ganzer and Christyn Lucas, yielding nothing in an 8-0 victory. Freshmen Sarah Foster and Joelle Schwenk clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win at No. 2 over the Gamecocks’ Magda Wojdylo and Fallon Koon.
Kalsarieva and Maurer carried their superior doubles play over to singles play, registering decisive straight-set victories. Kalsarieva claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ganzer at No. 1, while Maurer earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Lucas. Foster’s three-set victory at No. 4 cemented the Kentucky win, and freshman Christine Simpson scored the final UK victory at No. 6 in a third-set super-tiebreaker.
The Cats head to Gainesville, Fla. for their weekend finale against third-ranked Florida. The match is set for a 1 p.m. EST start Sunday at Florida’s Ring Tennis Complex.
No. 20 Kentucky 5, No. 46 South Carolina 2
Doubles 1. Kalsarieva/Maurer (UK) def. Ganzer/Lucas (USC) - 8-2 2. Foster/Schwenk (UK) def. Wojdylo/Koon (USC) – 8-6 3. Gutierrez/Suzuki (USC) def. Simpson/Sober (UK) – 8-3