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    Bulldogs’ Singles Strong Friday In California

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. --- The Georgia men’s tennis team had a dominant day of singles play during day one of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., going a combined 7-1 in what serves as the unofficial start to the spring season for the sixth-ranked Bulldogs.

    Several of the top men’s and women’s collegiate programs from around the country are competing in the 34th annual tournament this weekend, in addition to many highly-ranked individuals from schools not participating. Teams joining Georgia are second-ranked and four-time defending national champions Southern California, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 13 Ole Miss, and No. 14 California.

    “We had a great day,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “We started slow in doubles, but as the day went on the guys raised their game. I think some of it had to do with getting acclimated to the surface and everything, and they’ll need to do a better job of getting going. But in singles we had a terrific day. I am proud of all the guys – they just played some outstanding tennis. I thought some of the guys went about it with a more businesslike approach, but everyone got better as the day went on.”

    The event began with doubles, where the Bulldogs went 2-2 in their four matches on the day. The team of KU Singh and Nathan Pasha took down the nation’s No. 7 doubles team of Ben McLachlan and Riki McLachlan of California by an 8-4 score, while Georgia also got an 8-7 tiebreaker victory from Casey Kay and Eric Diaz over USC’s Nick Hoyle and Corey Smith.

    Georgia’s Garrett Brasseaux and Marco Nunez fell 8-4 to Ole Miss’ Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark. Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters suffered a 7-3 loss to another Rebel duo in Adriana Forberg Skogeng and William Kallberg, 8-7(3).

    In singles, the Bulldogs came out firing, getting wins on seven of eight courts. Georgia’s trio of top-20 ranked singles players each emerged victorious, including No. 8 Singh with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ole Miss’ Lindmark, No. 16 Pieters’ 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Cal’s Riki McLachlan, and 19th-ranked Pasha’s 6-1, 6-1 decision over Backstrom.

    Georgia’s hot streak in singles continued as Diaz downed Smith 6-1, 6-2, Brasseaux beat Hoyle 6-1, 6-2, Nunez defeated Ole Miss’ Zach Wilder 6-0, 6-4, and Wagland downed Ben McLachlan 6-3, 6-4. Kay suffered a tough three-set loss to Forberg Skogeng, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

    Gators Tested on First Day at 2013 Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships

    LAS VEGAS – Florida’s Alexandra Cercone, Danielle Collins, Olivia Janowicz and Brianna Morgan each were involved in lengthy first round singles matches in the opening round of play at the 11th Annual Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the UNLV campus.

    All four found themselves in three-set matches, but only Cercone managed to capture the victory, defeating North Carolina’s Laura Slater, 0-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Gator junior advanced to the round of 16 where she fell to top-seeded and second-ranked Krista Hardebeck of Stanford, 6-2, 6-1.

    Collins lost to Oregon’s Patricia Skowronski, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Janowicz fell to UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 and Morgan dropped a 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 decision to UNC’s Kate Vialle.

    Janowicz rallied in her first round consolation match with a 6-3, 6-0 win over UNLV’s Iren Kotesva, while Collins outlasted UNLV’s Nives Pavlovic , 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4). Morgan drew a bye.

    In doubles action, the Gator pair of Collins and Janowicz downed UNLV’s .Aleksandra Josifoska and Iren Kotseva, 8-3, but Cercone and Morgan fell to UCLA’s third-seeded Pamela Montez and Courtney Dolehide 8-5.

    No. 37 Vanderbilt sweeps Butler, 7-0
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt started the spring season on the right note, as the 37th-ranked Commodores swept the Butler Bulldogs Friday afternoon, 7-0, at the Currey Tennis Center.

    The Commodores (1-0) have now won four-straight opening duals after sweeping Butler (0-4) on Friday.

    No. 17 Ryan Lipman recorded a win in the No. 1 spot after defeating Austin Woldmoe, 6-1, 6-0. No. 20 Gonzales Austin also recorded a win in singles action with his first dual victory of the season. Playing in the No. 2 position, Austin defeated Tommy Marx, 6-2, 6-2.

    No. 119 Kris Yee registered a win versus Sam O’Neill, 6-4, 6-2. Rhys Johnson then defeated Pulok Bhattacharya, 6-4, 6-4. The two competitors battled back-and-forth before Johnson was able to close the deal to win both sets.

    Having only been on campus for a little over two weeks, Marc van der Merwe recorded his first collegiate win against Brandon Woods, 6-2, 7-5. The win for van der Merwe (No. 4 spot) also assured the win for the Commodores against Butler.  Anton Kovrigin finished off the dual match with a convincing win over Billy Weldon, 6-2, 6-1.

    Vanderbilt began the dual in doubles action and the Commodores picking up a sweep in all three matches. Lipman and van der Merwe came back to defeat Weldon and Woldmoe, 8-7 (4). Austin and Eswaran defeated Marx and Bhattacharya, 8-3, while Johnson and Kovrigin combined to take down O’Neill and Woods, 8-6.

    Rebel Duo Knocks Off Top Team In Doubles

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The No. 13 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team kicked off the spring season Friday at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, posting four wins on the day, including a big win in doubles.

    The day began with the No. 25 ranked team of William Kallberg and Adrian Forberg Skogeng knocking off No. 5 Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters of Georgia 8-7(3).  Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark defeated the Georgia duo of Garrett Brasseaux and Marco Nunez 8-4.

    In singles, Kallberg picked up another solid win in his sophomore campaign, downing California’s Chris Konigsfeldt, ranked No. 42 nationally, 6-3, 6-3.    Forberg Skogeng defeated Casey Kay of Georgia 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 for the other singles win.

    Freshman Wins Debut For Rebels
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ole Miss women’s tennis freshman Mai El Kamash has been here only two weeks, and Friday she was successful in her debut for the Rebels, downing Michigan freshman Amy Zhu in singles on day one of the Michigan Invitational.  Junior Caroline Rohde-Moe also picked up a win in singles for the Rebels.
    Kamash, a native of Cairo, Egypt downed Zhu, ranked No. 95 in the nation, 6-1, 6-2 to give Ole Miss its first win against Michigan on the evening.

    Rohde-Moe, who came into the tournament ranked No. 30 in singles, rallied to top Wolverine sophomore Emina Bektas in three sets.   After dropping the first set 7-6(3), Rohde-Moe served for the second set at 5-3, but Bektas broke back.  Rohde-Moe recovered quickly to break for the set, 6-4.  On serve at 4-3 in the third, Rohde-Moe broke Bektas again and served it out for 6-3 to improve to 12-6.  Bektas finished the 2012 season ranked No. 14 nationally, but was injured during the fall.

    The final match on court went three sets as well and was a very competitive on both sides.  Michigan sophomore Sarah Lee won the first set against Rebel freshman Marija Milutinovic 6-4, but the Sweden native came back to get the second set 6-3.  The two traded breaks twice in the third set before Lee was able to gain one last break and hold for 7-5 and the final win of the day.

    “We had a pretty good first day," head coach Mark Beyers said.  "Mai played unbelievable in her first college match. The girl she played was ranked very high in the junior rankings. Caroline Rohde-Moe also had a great win. Obviously we didn't play as well in some matches, but for a couple of the girls, it was their first match in awhile.  Santa had not played a competitive match in 18 months and Erin missed the last half of the fall.  It was good for us to get these matches in, and we look forward to getting better tomorrow.”

    Bulldogs Open Georgia Invitational

    ATHENS-----The Bulldogs won 12 of their 13 of their matches Friday, six in doubles and six in singles during day one of the Georgia Invitational at the Hopkins Indoor Courts.

    Freshman Mia King made her Bulldog debut with sophomore Lauren Herring, and they upset the 34th-ranked tandem of Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova (Kansas State). The Bulldog duo trailed 5-3 before reeling off five straight games to take the match. Then, King paired with junior Kate Fuller and registered an 8-3 win over the 18th-ranked team of Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray (Memphis).  Herring teamed with Maho Kowase and routed the 35th-ranked duo of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner 8-1 (Memphis).

    Georgia freshman Silvia Garcia enjoyed a successful debut too. Garcia and junior Lilly Kimbell defeated Skylar Kuykendall and Liza Tymchenko (Memphis) 8-5.  Then, she picked up her first career Bulldog singles win, dispatching Carmen Borau Ramos 6-0,6-1 including an ace on match point.
    The feature singles match of the day pitted No. 8 Herring versus No. 15 Niedermayerova. After exchanging breaks, the match went on serve until 4-all when Herring notched another one and then held serve to take the first set 6-4. In the second, Herring picked up two early breaks to build a 4-1 lead and then cruised in her service game for a 5-1 advantage. Niedermayerova forced a seventh game with a strong serve-and-volley approach and then secured a break of her own to close it to 5-3. Herring converted on her next opportunity, breaking Niedermayerova for the set and match, winning 6-4,6-3.

    “I knew going in that it was going to be a tough match because she is a really good player,” said Herring who improved to 18-2 this season including 7-2 against ranked opponents. “I was able to play well against her; I’ve seen her play against some of my teammates last year, and it worked out today.”    

    “I liked our doubles today, we played some different combinations, and they all played well,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace who celebrated another birthday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. “Then in singles, we got some big wins including from Lauren and Maho, really all the way down the line so it was a good start.”

    In her first collegiate singles match, King trailed Aleman (KSU) 3-1 and then won the next nine games to take the first set 6-3 and build a comfortable 4-0 lead en route to a 6-3,6-1 decision. The lone defeat for the Bulldogs came in the final match of the night. In lieu of a third set, No. 76 Makenzie Craft (UGA) and Amina St. Hill (KSU) opted for a super tiebreaker. The Wildcat emerged with a victory, 4-6,7-6(5),1-0(8).


    CLEMSON, S.C. – The LSU women’s tennis team completed the first day of competition at the Clemson Indoor Classic with wins in both singles and doubles.

    The Lady Tigers competed against both Charleston Southern University and Clemson University in singles, and they took on Kansas University in doubles play.

    Competing against both Charleston Southern and Clemson in singles were No. 112 ranked Kaitlin Burns, Caroline Hudson, Mary Jeremiah, Ariel Morton and Ella Taylor. Senior Keri Frankenberger battled Charleston Southern’s Angelica Sidorenko, and senior Ebie Wilson faced Tristen Dewar of Clemson.

    LSU took victories in four out of six matches against Charleston Southern, and freshman Caroline Hudson notched a 6-1, 6-4 win over Clemson’s Carola Pederzani. Both freshman Ella Taylor and sophomore transfer Mary Jeremiah battled top 100 players in their spring season debut as Tigers, as Taylor competed against No. 69 Romy Koelzer of Clemson, and Jeremiah took on the No. 77 ranked player, Clemson’s Beatrice Gumulya.

    The Caroline Hudson/Ebie Wilson duo competed for the first time together and won in doubles over Kansas University's Haley Fournier and Claire Dreyer 8-4.