No. 10 South Carolina women's tennis (20-6, 11-2 SEC) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 sweep of Quinnipiac on Friday at the Carolina Tennis Center.
The team secured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3, followed by singles wins in straight sets from Silvia Chinellato, No. 34 Hadley Berg and Paige Cline.
The win marked Berg's 12th of the dual match season and improved the senior to 7-4 at No. 2 singles.
"It was really important for us to stay focused and not really get distracted by anything, so we could keep ourselves going and get ready for tomorrow," Berg said.
Cline clinched the match for the Gamecocks with her 6-0, 6-0 victory on Court 4.
"It feels really good," Berg said. "I think playing on our home courts and having our fans out there has helped out a lot. We're all looking forward to (Saturday) really, so we're just taking it day by day."
With the win, the Gamecocks have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season. They will face No. 23 Virginia in the second round at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carolina Tennis Center.
"They've got to start thinking about (Saturday) right now," USC coach Kevin Epley said. "They're going to have a team dinner tonight. A team breakfast tomorrow. Stay together and really stay focused on the task. This is what we've been working toward all year, so it's time to move on."
Epley said the Gamecocks were prepared for this weekend's hot weather.
"We knew the end of the week was going to be hot, so we focused on hydrating, being prepared for the heat and eating the right way," Epley said. "That was one of the things we were focused on today. Trying to play as hard as we could to get the least amount of time on the court that we could. I think we did a pretty good job of that. I think we played pretty well in doubles. The girls looked pretty committed to their games and didn't get too distracted, so mission accomplished."