May 15, 2004
In the first match of the day, the University of South Carolina picked up its 14th win of the season, defeating Wake Forest University by a score of 4-1. The Demon Deacons end the season with an 11-12 overall record, while the Gamecocks improve to 14-9 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. South Carolina will face the winner of the Clemson-Troy State match on Sunday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The Gamecocks advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive year.
South Carolina captured the crucial doubles point with wins at flight two and three doubles. Wake Forest began the match with an 8-3 win at flight three doubles, as the Demon Deacons’ Karin Coetzee and Liz Proctor downed Miranda Gutierrez and Ayako Suzuki of South Carolina by a score of 8-3. The Gamecocks scored a victory at flight one doubles (8-3), as Danielle Wiggins and Laura Ganzer of South Carolina defeated Katie Martzolf and Ashlee Davis. South Carolina’s Magda Wojdylo and Christyn Lucas clinched the doubles point for the Gamecocks with an 8-5 win over Danielle Schwartz and Aimee Smith of Wake Forest.
In singles action, Justine Walsh defeated Wake Forest’s Schwartz by a score of 6-4, 6-2 at flight six to pick up the Gamecocks’ second point. USC’s Fallon Koon was the flight five winner, defeating the Demon Deacons’ Aimee Smith by a score of 6-2, 6-1 to give the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead. Wake Forest’s Karin Coetzee picked up the lone point for the Demon Deacons, as she defeated Danielle Wiggins by a score of 6-4, 6-0 at flight one singles. Miranda Gutierrez of South Carolina, playing at flight four singles, won the decisive point for the Gamecocks, edging Liz Proctor by a score of 6-4, 6-3.
South Carolina Head Coach Arlo Elkins
“We are happy to keep our consecutive opening round streak alive today. Wake Forest is a very good team and you have to give them a lot of credit. Today our players played very well and we look to keep it up tomorrow as we will play either Troy State or Clemson. Both of those teams are very good so we will need another solid performance tomorrow.”
Wake Forest Head Coach Brian Fleishman
“Obviously, we are disappointed that the season is over. We wanted a chance to go to Athens. It is great to be back in the tournament after not making it in last year. What we really wanted was a chance to do some damage and have the opportunity to meet Clemson again. We came across a great team from the SEC (in South Carolina), one of, if not the best, tennis conference in the nation. All that said, we have no regrets as we prepare for the future.”
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