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    SEC Men's Tennis Fall Review

    Alabama: The Crimson Tide men’s tennis team took part in six tournaments throughout the fall season and gained valuable match play along the way. Alabama, under the direction of first-year head coach George Husack and assistant coach Ryler DeHeart, earned 54 victories in singles and another 27 in doubles. Freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey led the way with a 12-4 singles record, including three wins over nationally ranked opponents. In doubles, junior Daniil Proskura and sophomore David Vieyra collected a team-high seven wins together and advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Regional Championships. Alabama resumes match play on Jan. 11, when it hosts the Crimson Tide Indoor Invite.

    Arkansas: The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team competed in nine tournaments this fall recording 50 singles victories and 18 doubles. Junior Pete Thomason and sophomore Victor Hoang each won a singles title, Thomason at the Louisville Fall Invitational and Hoang the Northwestern Invitational. Thomason along with freshman Santiago Munoz also collected a doubles title at the Louisville Fall Invite. Upper classmen Gregoire Lehmann, Manfred Jeske, Mike Nott and Hall Fess also played some solid tennis this fall and will be big contributors for the spring season.  

    Auburn: The Auburn men’s tennis team had a successful fall season, highlighted by the 24th-ranked doubles team of senior Andreas Mies and junior Dan Cochrane. Mies and Cochrane won the doubles title at the ITA All-American Championships, defeating Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, 7-6 (6), 6-2, to win the title in Tulsa, Okla. The duo also made it to the semifinals of the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, finishing with a 7-1 doubles record for the fall. Senior Lucas Lopasso led the Tigers in singles, finishing 9-1. Overall, Auburn was 36-13 in singles and 18-4 in doubles during the fall. Dual match play opens Jan. 19 as Auburn hosts Mercer and Jacksonville State.

    Florida: Florida claimed four tournament titles during the fall season. Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson claimed their first doubles title as partners at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic in November. Florent Diep won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional singles title in October, while Watson took home the singles crown at the Bedford Cup in September. Mike Alford teamed with Diep at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships to win the doubles title in the season-opening event in September in Athens. Alford led the team with 14 singles wins during the fall season, while Diep totaled 13 wins in singles. Alford and Diep teamed up for a 10-3 record in doubles, winning the Southern Intercollegiate and reaching the finals of the Bedford Cup and semifinals of the ITA Southeast Regional.

    Georgia: The Georgia men's tennis team's fall season was highlighted by the run of junior Hernus Pieters and freshman Ben Wagland to the doubles final of the ITA National Indoor Championships in New York in November. Earlier in the fall, the duo won the consolation draw of the All-American Championships in Tulsa to punch their ticket to Indoors, while sophomore Nathan Pasha won three qualifying matches to reach the singles main draw in Tulsa. Meanwhile, the four Bulldog freshmen played well at the Southern Intercollegiates, Bulldog Scramble, and ITA Southeast Regional as they gear up for their first collegiate dual match season.

    Kentucky: The Kentucky men’s tennis team completed a successful 2012 fall season under the direction of first-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann. The Wildcats competed in eight fall tournaments as a team, collecting numerous wins over ranked opponents. Kentucky doubles duo of Kevin Lai and Tom Jomby advanced to the finals in two major events in the USTA Clay Court Invitational, as well as the ITA Regional Indoor Championships. In fall singles play, Jomby led the way collecting 10 wins, followed by Juan Pablo Murra and Beck Pennington who won six matches, with senior captain Anthony Rossi who won five matches.

    LSU: The LSU men’s tennis team completed fall play after competing in three tournaments – the ITA All-American Championships, Southern Regional and Conference Challenge hosted by Texas A&M. While the Tigers experienced success in singles, it was doubles play that shined during the fall. The duo of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski finished 4-1, including a 3-0 mark at the Conference Challenge to win the doubles title. In singles, Simpson led the way with a 7-5 record, including a 2-2 mark against nationally ranked opponents.

    Ole Miss: Sophomore Nik Scholtz began the year as the highest ranked player in the SEC at No. 5 nationally and won the ITA Southern Region Championship.  He finished with an 8-2 record and recently won his first ITF title (F2 Futures), in his home country of South Africa.  Senior Jonas Lutjen began the year ranked No. 21 in the nation and finished with a team-leading 14-3 record, including winning the Southern Intercollegiate and the ITA All-American Consolation title.  Sophomore William Kallberg started out the year ranked No. 56 in the nation and concluded the fall with a 9-3 record.  He reached the semifinals of the ITA Southern Regional, where he lost to Scholtz.  Junior Johan Backstrom posted a 13-6 record. The Rebels inked one of the world’s top juniors in Karim Hossam (Cairo, Egypt), who will join the team in January.   The Rebels continued their excellence in the classroom with seven members making one of the University’s three honor rolls.  Backstrom and senior Adrian Forberg Skogeng posted a 4.0.  

    Mississippiā€ˆState: The Mississippi State Bulldogs wrapped up an impressive fall slate, headlined by the spectacular play of coach Per Nilsson’s incoming freshmen. Romain Bogaerts, a freshman from Belgium, put up a team singles best record of 13-4, including victories against three ranked opponents, with his biggest coming against No. 5 Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss. In doubles, the duo of junior Malte Stropp and freshman Jordan Angus closed with a team best 10-3 record. The duo defeated two ranked teams to reach the quarterfinals of the ITA All-Americans and won five-straight to claim the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championship in Auburn, Ala.  

    South Carolina: Coming off last season's NCAA Tournament showing, South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi enters his third season with a team poised to challenge its SEC rivals. Four of last season's top six singles entries return, and the Gamecocks added junior transfer Tsvetan Mihov to bolster the lineup. Sophomore Andrew Adams earned a No. 62 ranking in the fall and participated in ITA All-American qualifying. Mihov did not compete in the fall, but his credentials had him ranked No. 121 entering the season. The Gamecocks got solid finishes throughout the fall from sophomores Thiago Pinheiro, who won the back draw at the ITA Regional, and Kyle Koch, who reached the finals at Chattanooga. South Carolina will prepare for SEC action with a steady build-up the first six weeks of the spring. The Gamecocks' non-conference schedule includes eight teams that finished last season nationally ranked.

    Tennessee: One year older with all six starters returning, Tennessee enjoyed a solid fall season with five Vols posting at least 10 wins. Sophomore MIkelis Libietis, the Vols' No. 1 last year, paced the team with a 14-3 record in singles and was a quarterfinalist at the USTA/ITA National Indoors. Sophomore Hunter Reese earned four ranked wins and reached his first career singles title match at the Baylor Intercollegiate. Senior transfer John Collins won the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional with Libietis. Newcomers Bartosz Sawicki and Sebastian Yllera will join the Vols in January.

    Texas A&M: The Texas A&M freshmen duo of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant knocked off fellow teammates Alberto Bautista and Jackson Withrow, 8-5, in the double championship at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships to claim a spot in New York at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships. The duo drew tough assignments in New York. The Aggies faced the No. 2-seed Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke in the opening round and dropped an 8-2 decision on Thursday. Cunha is a senior and Hemmeler is a sophomore and the Duke duo was ranked No. 16 in the country in the pre-season (Sept.) doubles rankings and the Duke tandem has advanced to the Saturday semifinals.  With the loss, Adams and Vinsant moved into the consolation bracket on Friday and drew the top seeded tandem of Vikram Hundai and Juan Spir from Georgia Tech. The Aggie youngsters battled and dropped a hard-fought 9-8 decision.   In its only home appearance of the fall, Texas A&M sophomore Jeremy Efferding capped off an impressive weekend of play by the Aggie men’s tennis team at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center as the Aggie righthander won the singles championship at the Conference Challenge. In January, A&M will compete at the Rice Invitational and the SEC Indoor Championships before playing its first of 21 scheduled dual matches at No. 9 Stanford in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 26 in Palo Alto, Calif. All 21 dual matches are against opponents listed in the 2012 ITA final rankings, including 15 matches against teams that finished in the top 25.

    Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt participated in three fall tournaments and also sent redshirt junior Ryan Lipman to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in November. Lipman won the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Singles Championship to earn an automatic bid to New York. Along with Lipman, sophomore Gonzales Austin finished the fall with a 9-3 record in singles play, while advancing to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Regionals. Freshmen Rhys Johnson and Kris Yee saw their first collegiate competition and continued to improve as the season progressed.