COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 19 Tennessee's late comeback attempt fell short, as the Vols lose on the road to 21st-ranked South Carolina, 4-3, at Carolina Tennis Center.
The Vols (14-5, 1-4 SEC) took an early lead by clinching the doubles point. After going down 3-1, UT fought back to tie things up. However, a late comeback on Court 5 gave the Gamecocks the victory.
"The match tonight was an absolute war," assistant coach Ty Schaub said. "We came out and played what I thought was our best doubles of the season. Brittany Lindl was relentless and competed at an extremely high level tonight. Unfortunately, we couldn't quite get it done, but I know we will use this match as motivation when we get back to practice."
In doubles, the duo of Sadie Hammond and Gabby Schuck got a 6-3 win on Court 2 over Mia Horvit and Caroline Dailey. UT clinched the doubles point when Ariadna Riley and Johanna Silva defeated Rachel Rohrabacher and Brigit Folland, 6-3.
"Today's match showed our growth as a team throughout the season," Riley said. "We were competitive, maintained a high level of intensity and focus, and fought till the very end. I couldn't be more proud of the strides our team has made, and tonight showed how close we are to achieving our goals. We're ready to bounce right back from this and continue representing Tennessee to our fullest in our upcoming matches."
The Gamecocks won the first three courts to finish in singles to pull ahead, 3-1. Tennessee didn't give up, though, as Riley came from behind to edge Silvia Chinellato, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, on Court 4. Brittany Lindl tied things up with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over 58th-ranked Mia Horvit on Court 1.
"Tonight's match was an unreal fight by everyone on all 6 courts," Lindl said. "It just goes to show how much we've improved and how close we are on every single court. The energy out there was phenomenal and something amazing to be a part of. We are definitely on the right track and on the cusp of very big things as a team."
Coming down to the five spot, Hadley Berg used a late run to beat Silva, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and seal the victory for South Carolina.
Tennessee heads to Florida on Sunday to face the top-ranked Gators in a 1 p.m. matchup at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.
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No. 21 South Carolina 4, No. 19 Tennessee 3
1. No. 51 Brittany Lindl (UT) def. No. 58 Mia Horvit (USC), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. No. 35 Ingrid Gamarra Martins (USC) def. Sadie Hammond (UT), 6-3, 6-1
3. Paige Cline (USC) def. Eve Repic (UT), 6-2, 6-3
4. Ariadna Riley (UT) def. Silvia Chinellato (USC), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Hadley Berg (USC) def. Johanna Silva (UT), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
6. Brigit Folland (USC) def. Gabby Schuck (UT), 6-2, 6-2
1. No. 74 Lindl/Repic (UT) vs. No. 27 Cline/Berg (USC), 4-5 unf.
2. Hammond/Schuck (UT) def. Dailey/Horvit (USC), 6-3
3. Riley/Silva (UT) def. Folland/Rohrabacher (USC), 6-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (2, 3, 6, 4, 1, 5)
"I'm so proud of everybody today. It was so exciting to watch everyone battle. It was a great fight and shows all the hard work everyone has been putting in every single day on and off the court. I can see the improvement our team is making every time we step out on court, and I'm so pumped for big things to come in the future this season. GO VOLS!" - Ashley Bongart
"I'm so proud of everyone and the fight we had tonight. I know we will come back stronger from this. The fire inside us has been fueled even more, and we're just going to come back even more prepared for the matches ahead of us." - Sadie Hammond
"Watching my teammates fight as hard as they did just shows how close we are. Everybody competed like crazy on every single court, in singles and doubles. We are putting in all the work that we need to in practice, and it is definitely showing up in matches. We will continue to fight and compete with this amount of energy in the matches to come." - Kim Kermet
"I'm so proud of my teammates today. We set the tone starting in doubles and fought so hard until the end. We will learn from today and come back even stronger. I'm so proud of everyone. Go Vols!" - Eve Repic
"Today was a battle, and we were so close to pulling it off. I'm so proud of our entire team for their effort and fight today and know that we are going to use today as motivation to keep getting better and figuring out a way to capitalize on some of these matches. We are all on the right track, and there's no doubt we are going to continue to work our tails off and continue fighting and developing." - Gabby Schuck
"Today was a super hard fight. Everybody gave 100 percent on the court. I am super proud of the girls, and we are on the right track to get better and better." - Johanna Silva