South Carolina freshman Sarah Hamner won the ITA All-American National Championships title on Oct. 10 at LTP Mount Pleasant, becoming the first Gamecock tennis player to win the event.
Hamner defeated No. 12-ranked Alexa Noel of Iowa 6-0, 3-6, 5-2 (ret. inj.), when Noel had to retire in the third set.
"Sarah accomplished something extraordinary this week," said USC coach Kevin Epley. "To win three matches in the qualifying rounds and then march through five matches against the best players in the nation as a freshman is an extraordinarily difficult feat."
"She kept her head about her the whole week and matured as a player throughout the tournament. She is a true competitor with a laser-like focus on winning, and no moment is too big for her. We are all very proud of her and are looking forward to what's ahead for her and the team this year."
Hamner powered through the first set before Noel rebounded to force a deciding third. She won three straight games for a 4-1 lead in the third and was up 5-2 when Noel was forced to retire with injury.
Hamner is the fourth SEC player to win the tournament, following Fernanda Conteras of Vanderbilt in 2017.
The Wake Forest duo of Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth won the doubles final 2-6, 7-6 (6) [10-3] over Old Dominion's Yuliia Starodubtseva and Tatsiana Sasnouskaya.
The ITA All-Americans, held at LTP facilities on Daniel Island and in Mount Pleasant, is one of the most prestigious college tournaments.