Three Gamecocks Ranked in ITA Top 100
S.C. — Anya Morgina, Jaklin Alawi and Dijana Stojic of the South
Carolina women’s tennis team earned singles rankings in the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s first poll of 2012 on Wednesday.
topped the list at No. 20 after posting a 7-3 record during the fall.
Her signature wins came against Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State,
Brynn Boren of Tennessee, Ekaterina Morozova from Kansas and Michigan’s
Sam Critser. Morgina held a fall ranking of 30th, while Niedermayerova
was 35th, Boren was 31st, Morozova was 76th, and Critser was 48th. The
No. 20 ranking is the highest of Morgina’s career and the best by a
Gamecock since Ana Marija Zubori started the 2009 campaign ranked 14th.
checked in at No. 33 after leading the Gamecocks in victories during
the fall with an 11-2 record. Her key win during the fall came against
Boren from Tennessee and she defeated Amy Barton of Michigan State, who
was ranked No. 112 in the fall. Alawi, who was unranked during the
fall, also beat Caroline Price from North Carolina. Price did not hold
a ranking during the fall but turned in solid results and is ranked No.
55 in the latest rankings.
Stojic is ranked No. 80, the best
start to a spring for her career. Her big wins occurred during the
qualifying rounds of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in
October when she first defeated Annie Goransson from California and
Shannon Mathews of Notre Dame. Goransson was ranked No. 57 in the fall
and Mathews was 38th. Stojic also scored a win over Lauren Mira from
Vanderbilt, ranked 110th in the fall and now listed at No. 69.
first set of team rankings for the spring was also released and has the
Gamecocks ranked No. 28. South Carolina finished 2011 ranked 32nd after
reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Carolina has made 17
consecutive NCAA Tournaments and opens the season Wednesday, January
25, hosting Furman at 4 p.m.