South Carolina 4, Nebraska 0

May 13, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. The University of South Carolina womens tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Nebraska Friday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Gamecocks Laura Ganzer clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Milena Shulz-Gartner at No. 3 singles.

I thought we played better as the match went along, said South Carolina head coach Arlo Elkins. We played nervous at the beginning of doubles; I dont know why, because this is not our first time at the NCAAs. This is our 12th straight win in the first round (at NCAAs), and our players were aware of that. That added a little pressure. We were lucky to win the doubles, but we played better and better in singles. We wanted to extend the season past the first round. Winning the first round is pretty important.

South Carolina got out to an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The third doubles team of Fallon Koon and Ganzer was first off the court as they defeated Shulz-Gartner and Pamela Castillejos, 8-1. Danielle Wiggins and Miranda Gutierrez closed out the point with an 8-6 victory at the No. 1 spot.

In singles play, Gutierrez gave South Carolina a 2-0 edge with a win at No. 4 singles, a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Ewalina Skaza. Megan McGavock then increased the lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Katie Garcia at No. 6, setting Ganzer up for the clinch.

We all pulled through today, said Gutierrez. Beginning in doubles we were down but the support of our team kept us in it. We kept it together all the way through today. In singles the three players that won all started strong and finished it off. Nebraska was a good opponent, a different style of play, but now we have to focus on Georgia.

Today was a little different brand of tennis than in the SEC, said Elkins. Every team in the SEC hits hard and with power. The team we played today was a little more crafty. Im not taking anything away from Nebraska; It was just a different style and it threw us.

South Carolina will face eighth-seeded Georgia Saturday afternoon at approximately 4 PM in the second round, with the winner advancing to the round of 16 in Athens, Ga., beginning on May 19.

South Carolina 4, Nebraska 0

Singles competition:
1. #43 Gitte Ostermann (NEB) def. Danielle Wiggins (USC) 6-4, 1-1, unfinished
2. #101 Christyn Lucas (USC) vs. Imke Reimers (NEB) 3-6, 6-1, unfinished
3. Laura Ganzer (USC) def. Milena Shulz-Gartner (NEB) 6-4, 6-3
4. Miranda Gutierrez (USC) def. Ewalina Skaza (NEB) 6-2, 6-1
5. Magda Wojdylo (USC) vs. Pamela Castillejos (NEB) 4-6, 4-2, unfinished
6. Megan McGavock (USC) def. Katie Garcia (NEB) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. Danielle Wiggins/Miranda Gutierrez (USC) def. Gitte Ostermann/Katie Garcia (NEB) 8-6
2. Imke Reimers/Ewalina Skaza (NEB) def. Christyn Lucas/Magda Wojdylo (USC) 6-3, unfinished
3. Fallon Koon/Laura Ganzer (USC) def. Milena Shulz-Gartner/Pamela Castillejos (NEB) 8-1

Match Notes:
Nebraska 18-3
South Carolina 14-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,6,3)

Round 1 NCAA Tournament
South Carolina - #17-32 seed; Nebraska - #33-48 seed.
Official: Walt Williams

-- Courtesy Georgia