COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Vanderbilt women’s tennis concluded its run in the 2019 SEC Championship falling to No. 2-seed South Carolina, 4-1 on Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.
Vanderbilt took an early lead in the match, securing the doubles point over the Gamecocks with wins on courts 2 and 3.
Commodore pair Georgia Drummy and Amanda Meyer battled against Gamecock duo Kennedy Wicker and Megan Davies to take the win over South Carolina, 6-4, to collect the first doubles victory.
No. 55 Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith took on top-ranked Gamecock pair, Mia Horvit and Ingrid Gamarra Martins, falling short, 6-3, forcing all eyes on to Court 2 tpo determine the doubles point.
Clinching the doubles point for the Commodores, Summer Dvorak and Christina Rosca held off South Carolina’s Rachel Rohrabacher and Paige Cline, 6-3, to put the Dores up 1-0 heading into singles.
The Gamecocks fought back hard in singles, taking four of the six first sets.
Tying the match, 1-1 South Carolina’s Chinellato defeated Smith, 6-3, 6-2, quickly followed by Megan Davies conquering a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Dvorak on Court 4 to put the Gamecocks in the lead, 2-1.
With four courts remaining, the Dores fought to make a comeback forcing the remaining matches into third sets.
Drummy battled on Court 1 to come back from a 6-3 loss in the first set, forcing the match into a third set earning a 6-4 victory in the second set. The freshman fell to South Carolina’s No. 4 Martins in the final set, 6-2, extending the Gamecocks lead to 3-1.
Three courts remained with No. 17 Christina Rosca fighting in a close third set on Court 2 against South Carolina’s No. 23 Cline. Cline stepped up in the final set to clinch the match for the Gamecocks, 4-1, advancing South Carolina to the finals of the championship.
The Commodores will be back in action on May 3rd as they compete in the NCAA Regional.