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    SEC Women's Tennis Fall Review

    Alabama: The Crimson Tide women’s tennis team took part in seven tournaments throughout the country this fall and posted several wins over quality opponents. Under the direction of Jenny Mainz, who is in her 16th season as head coach, and Max Norris, who enters his first season as assistant coach, the team collected 52 wins in singles and added another 20 in doubles. Senior Alexa Guarachi earned a team-best 11 wins in singles, including seven against ranked opponents. In doubles, Guarachi and junior Mary Anne Macfarlane went 9-2 and won the Southern Regional Championship doubles crown to advance to the National Indoors where they would finish in the semifinals. The Tide will return to match play in January when it heads to Kona, Hawai’i for the Hawai’i Invitational.

    Arkansas: The Razorbacks had a strong fall season in 2012, with the youthful squad competing in four tournaments. Among the highlights was hosting the Razorback Classic in Fayetteville. Freshman Yang Pang had a breakthrough season, competing well against ranked opponents, earning three victories over those opponents and also advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Regionals. Freshman Kimberley – Ann Surin qualified for the US Open Juniors, becoming the first current Razorback to compete under head coach Michael Hegarty. Senior Claudine Paulson provided strong leadership in the fall, and earned a 4-2 singles record. The team finished 29-19 in singles during fall tournament play.

    Auburn: The Auburn women’s tennis team had a very successful 2012 fall campaign. The Tigers were led by freshman Ashley Kitchen who finished 12-3 in singles and Jackie Kasler who finished 9-1 in singles. In doubles, Jen Pfeifler and Kasler finished the fall season 10-2, including three wins at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Kasler and Pfeifler defeated South Carolina’s Dominika Kanakova and Jaklin Alawi before falling to Tennessee’s Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely, 9-8. In all, the Tigers accumulated a 66-27 record in singles and a 42-12 record in doubles.
     
    Florida: The Gators completed their 2012 Fall Season and enjoyed a great deal of individual success. Senior Lauren Embree highlighted the individual action during the Fall when she captured her first collegiate Grand Slam title, winning the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in October. Embree sports a career singles record of 97-14 and a doubles log of 98-18. Embree was selected for the second consecutive year to represent the United States at the 2012 Master’U BNP Paribas, a five-day team competition featuring international collegiate athletes that was held from Dec. 6 through 9 in Aix-en-Provence, France. She helped team USA capture the gold.

    Georgia: Georgia sophomore Lauren Herring won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional singles title and paired with junior Kate Fuller to claim the doubles title in Tampa to highlight fall action for the Bulldogs. Herring posted an impressive 15-1 singles mark, the lone defeat coming in the quarterfinals of the National Indoors. Fuller went 11-2 and junior Maho Kowase was 16-3. Kowase earned a career-best victory at the All-American Championships when she upset fifth-ranked Szofi Susanyi (Cal). In doubles, the Herring/Fuller tandem went 12-3 to lead the team. Also, freshman Makenzie Craft went 9-6 in her first action including 3-1 in doubles with Kowase.

    Kentucky: The Kentucky women’s tennis team made tremendous strides in the fall season in preparation for the upcoming spring competition. The Wildcats wrapped up the fall with a strong showing at the Tennessee Fall Invite, with two individuals going 3-0 at the event. Senior Jessica Stiles placed second in singles competition after finishing the weekend 3-0 and one point behind the singles champion. Junior Khristina Blajkevitch posted a 3-0 record at the Invite, taking two of the three matches in two sets.  Freshman Kirsten Lewis recorded a 3-0 doubles record at the Tennessee Fall Invite, winning two matches with fellow freshman Nadia Ravita and the final match paired with sophomore Stephanie Fox.  
     
    LSU: LSU women’s tennis kicked off its fall season under new head coach, Julia S. Sell, at the Longhorn Invitational, where freshman Ella Taylor fought to the singles semifinal round. The Lady Tigers then traveled to the Rice Invitational, and senior Kaitlin Burns battled all the way to the finals in singles competition but ultimately lost the title in a third-set tiebreaker. Wrapping up fall play at the ITA Southern Regionals, Burns took another starring role on the team as she fought through the quarterfinals in singles and reached the doubles consolation finals with teammate Ariel Morton."

    Ole Miss: Junior Caroline Rohde-Moe began the year ranked No. 55 in the nation in singles and had a solid fall.  She reached the final of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships and earned an at-large bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor.    Rohde-Moe posted a team-leading 11-6 record.   Sophomore Julia Jones finished the fall with an 8-5 record, including reaching the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.  The Rebels signed junior standout Mai El Kamash of Egypt, who will join the team in January.   Off the court, the Rebels continued their excellence in the classroom posting a 3.41 grade point average.  Eight players made the honor roll, while Rohde-Moe and Jones boasted a 4.0.

    Mississippi State: Mississippi State freshman Georgiana Patrasc clinched the title of Flight 2 singles with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory against Paulina Schippers of Auburn at the Auburn Invitational. Patrasc was 3-0 on the weekend in her collegiate debut. At the ITA Southern Regional Indoor Championships, Mississippi State's Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran completed paved their way from the initial round of 32 to the semifinal round with three straight wins, including an upset of the #3 seed in the quarters, Perper and Tran were unable to advance any further as the duo, a 5-8 seed, dropped their last match against second-seeded Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler of Auburn after giving up a 6-1 lead in a tight 9-7 decision.  The Lady Bulldogs will kickoff their spring campaign against the University of Southern Mississippi on Jan. 29, 2013

    Missouri: Missouri enters its first season of Southeastern Conference play under the direction of second-year Head Coach Sasha Schmid. The Tigers are coming off a successful 2012 season, where the team ranked as high as 42nd in the nation, defeated five ranked teams and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament. Mizzou returns three players from last season: Senior Maria Christensen, junior Rachel Stuhlmann and sophomore Alex Clark. The returners combined to go 42-30 last season while playing at No. 2 to No. 5 singles. The trio is joined by three newcomers: junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach, sophomore Elisa Gabb and freshman Madison Rhyner. Gaytan-Leach transferred from Texas, where she went 66-34 in her two years as a Longhorn. A top junior player in England, Gabb has reached No. 132 in the ITF singles rankings, while Rhyner comes to Mizzou as a top-100 recruit and a four-star athlete by TennisRecruiting.net. The Tigers open the spring season at the Adidas IU Winter Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 11-13.

    South Carolina: Gamecock freshman Ximena Siles Luna led the squad in singles victories this fall with an impressive 12-2 record, followed by senior Jaklin Alawi's 9-7 mark. Alawi held a national ranking during the fall of 63rd. Both Alawi and junior Katerina Popova had impressive showings in the singles portion of the ITA Carolina Regional Championships in October by reaching the quarterfinals. Alawi also advanced to the doubles championship match of the regional alongside junior Dominika Kanakova. They comprised South Carolina's most productive doubles tandem with a 9-5 record. Alawi had the most wins in doubles of any Gamecock with an 11-6 record.

    Tennessee: The No. 34 ranked doubles team of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely took the national scene by storm this fall earning wins over six nationally ranked teams including upsets of No. 26 ranked UNLV, No. 2 ranked UCLA, and No. 5 ranked Michigan at the ITA All-American Championships. The duo earned the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship advancing to New York City, while Szekely (No. 28 singles) took home the Ohio Valley Regional singles championship defeating Boren (No. 18) in the finals. The twosome finished the fall out with a 17-3 record. The Lady Vols also played host in the Tennessee Fall Classic where Szekely captured singles honors for the second-straight week, Boren and Szekely were the doubles champions and many Lady Vols who finished their 2011-12 campaign due to injury, returned to the scene.

    Texas A&M: Texas A&M players went a combined 45-25 in singles during the fall, including 15-10 against nationally ranked players. The Aggies went 19-9 in doubles, going 4-2 against ranked teams. All-American and fourth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar led all players with a 17-2 singles record, including 7-1 against ranked players. For the first time in school history, A&M swept both the singles and doubles championships at the ITA Texas Regional, as Sanchez-Quintanar cruised through the singles bracket and Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov won the doubles title to  automatically qualifying for the USTA National Indoor Championships. Stancu and Hristov finished the fall 8-1.

    Vanderbilt: The Commodore women’s tennis team finished the fall season after participating in four tournaments. Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald added four new faces to the team this season along with sophomores Marie Casares and Ashleight Antal, junior Lauren Mira and senior Megan Gornet. Freshman Courtney Colton finished with an 8-2 fall record, which was best on the team. The doubles team of Antal and Casares wrapped up the first semester with an 8-2 record and a runner-up finish at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship.