The Gators will be back in action on Sunday, February 3, when the team hosts Furman. Doubles play is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 53 Mizzou tennis team earned a 4-0 win over No. 63 Brown Sunday morning in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Ann Arbor Mich. The Tigers improved to 2-1 in dual matches this season, while the Bears fell to 0-3.
In doubles action, the Mizzou team of senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann got the Tigers started with an 8-4 win over Brown's Jessica Harrow and Ammu Mandalap at No. 2. The Bears were victorious at No. 3 play as Sarah Kandath and Nikita Uberoi defeated sophomore Alex Clark and freshman Madison Rhyner, 8-4.
The doubles point came down to the match at No. 1. Mizzou's team of junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Elisha Gabb pulled out an 8-7 (5) win to put the Tigers up 1-0 heading into singles.
Missouri earned a 2-0 lead after Christensen notched a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kandath at No. 4 singles. Gaytan-Leach then responded after dropping the first set to emerge with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Krasowski at No. 1 action.
The Tigers clinched the 4-0 win as Clark defeated Mandalap at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 7-5.
Mizzou travels to Akron, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 1 to face the Zips at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT).
Texas A&M Beats Arizona to Advance to Indoor Nationals
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 13th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team punched its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-0 victory over No. 30 Arizona in the championship match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend today at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies (2-0) handed Arizona (3-1) its first loss of the season to advance and join 14 other Kick-Off Weekend winners and host Virginia at the prestigious tournament, Feb. 8-11 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
“More than anything I’m really excited for the girls on the team, for Mark (Weaver, Texas A&M assistant coach) and interestingly enough for myself, because none of us have ever made it to the round of 16 of the National Indoors,” A&M second-year head coach Howard Joffe said. “Even though it is super early in the season, it is a nice achievement and it is something to enjoy a little bit.”
A&M, which picks up its first-ever victory over the Wildcats in the four-match all-time series, will be making its first trip to the National Team Indoors since 2005, four years before the ITA Kick-Off Weekend was created to serve as a qualifier, mimicking the NCAA Championship first and second rounds.
The Aggies, who lost the doubles point in the season opener against North Texas on Saturday, won two of three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead against the Wildcats. Senior Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and freshman Ines Deheza gave A&M the early advantage, cruising to an 8-1 victory over Shayne Austin and Lacey Smyth at the No. 2 line. Arizona would even the race for the doubles point as Akilah James and Susan McRann won seven consecutive games to top seniors Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina, 8-3, at the No. 3 position.
Freshman Stefania Hristov and junior Cristina Stancu, whose No. 7 national doubles ranking is the highest in Texas A&M history, clinched the point to give the Aggies the lead, pulling away for an 8-4 victory over Inge Hendrikx and Kim Stubbe at the No. 1 line.
“Our girls definitely played with more passion and energy in the doubles today,” Joffe said. “I don’t know that we played a ton better but certainly with a little bit more focus and commitment.”
After a close start in singles, A&M won the first set on five of six courts to continue to build on its momentum.
“The matches were sort of all hotly contested, but when one looked at the scoreboards, we sort of were winning five out of the six matches or won them very, very handedly,” Joffe said. “It does speak to the depth of our team.”
Stancu, ranked 45th in the nation in singles, broke serve to take a 4-3 first-set lead against Stubbe at the No. 2 court. It was all the junior transfer from Maryland needed as she went on to win the set, 6-4. Stancu then raced to a 6-0 second-set win to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
Sanchez-Quintanar, whose No. 3 singles ranking is the highest in A&M history, got a break to put her match against Smyth back on serve at 2-2 at No. 1. Sanchez-Quintanar then won the next four games to win the set. She went on to take the second set, 6-1, to put A&M ahead, 3-0.
Hristov, who put A&M on the scoreboard and was first off in the Aggies’ season-opening 4-1 victory against North Texas on Saturday, closed out today’s victory. After winning the first set, 6-1, against Austin at No. 6, the freshman found herself down a break, 5-4, in the second set. Hristov fought back to take a 6-5 lead and was at match point before Austin fought back and tied the set at 6-6 to force a tiebreaker. Hristov held a narrow 4-3 lead in the tiebreaker before winning three of the next four points to clinch the victory.
Deheza held a 6-4, 5-1 lead over McRann at No. 5, and Urbina also was leading Laura Oldham, 6-2, 3-1 at No. 3 when play was stopped. James was the only player to pick up a first-set win for the Wildcats and was leading 82nd-ranked Sun, 6-1, 5-2, when Hristov clinched the A&M victory.
“It was a hard-fought win, and I’m very pleased with the results,” Joffe said. “Now we’ll get a day or two off and then get back to work to see if we can prepare to take on some of the stalwart, big-name schools at the University of Virginia in two weeks.”
Other teams that have qualified for National Indoors as of press time are No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Miami, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Virginia, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 16 Michigan and No. 17 Nebraska. For complete/updated results from other sites, go to http://bit.ly/10WxBII
In the College Station consolation match earlier in the day, No. 54 North Texas rebounded from its season-opening loss to the Aggies and upended No. 41 Minnesota, 4-3.
LSU Knocks Off No. 23 Indiana
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The No. 25 LSU men's tennis team (2-1) defeated No. 23 Indiana, 4-3, in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Sunday afternoon at A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
"Our team grew up a little bit today," head coach Jeff Brown said. "It took some clutch performances from inexperienced players to pull out the win today."
The Tigers won the doubles point in a tightly-contested doubles match with the Hoosiers.
The LSU duo of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh defeated the Hoosiers pair of Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette 8-4 on court two. Over on court three, the Hoosiers' Chris Essick and Dimitrije Tasic bested the Tigers' Boris Arias and Joe Hill 8-3 to even the doubles matches. On court one, the No. 33 pair of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski won the doubles point for LSU when they defeated Indiana's Isade Juneau and Josh MacTaggart 8-3.
Indiana tied the match up at 1-1 when Juneau defeated Simpson on court two 6-1, 6-4. LSU took back the lead on court five when Mark Bowtell defeated Bednarczyk 6-2, 6-3. Soon after, Indiana tied the match up again at 2-2 when Monette bested Szacinski on court three 6-1, 6-4.
After losing the first set on court one 4-6, Indiana's MacTaggart came back and won the final two sets against LSU's Borsos 6-2, 6-3 to give the Hoosiers their first lead of the afternoon.
The final two matches were tightly contested throughout, and both went to a third set. On court four, Indiana's Tasic split the first two sets with LSU's Trinh 3-6, 6-2. Trinh won the third set on a tiebreak 7-6(4) to tie the match at 3-3. The match came down to court six, where Indiana's Essick was tied after two sets with LSU's Anderson 5-7, 7-6(1). Tied at 4-4 in the third set, LSU's Anderson took control and won the final two points to win the match and secure the victory for the Tigers 4-3.
"I think this win will give our guys confidence moving forward in this season," Brown said. "It's always nice to get a top-25 win and I think these guys will be hungry to get back on the courts for practice."
The Tigers come back to W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium for their next match against South Florida next Sunday, February 3 at 12 p.m. CT.
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Georgia Advances With Win Over Columbia
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 6 Georgia women's tennis team began its dual match season Sunday with a 4-1 win over No. 72 Columbia at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts on first day of the ITA Kickoff in Athens.
"We're happy to get the win and have the opportunity to play tomorrow for a chance to go to Virginia (for National Indoors)," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "But Columbia is a good team and they kept the match tight the entire time. It's great to get this first win and I'm proud of the way we fought. I thought we played some good tennis."
Georgia won the doubles point and then won three singles matches to win its first match of the year.
Georgia's 22nd-ranked pair of Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell topped Columbia's Lauren Stratman and Kanika Vaidya , 8-3. The duo is now 8-1 this year. Columbia's Crystal Leung and Nicole Bartnik evened the doubles score with an 8-6 win over Georgia Lauren Herring and Mia King. Shortly after, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win over the duo of Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga.
In singles, the Bulldogs' Garcia gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over the Lions' Stratman. Shortly after, Columbia's Vaidya, ranked 85th nationally, topped Georgia's 54th-ranked Fuller, 6-2, 6-2. The loss is only Fuller's third of the year.
Later, Kowase, who's ranked 18th in the country, put Georgia up 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Columbia's 81st-ranked Sanon. Kowase improves to 19-5 this year, including eight wins against ranked opponents.
Eighth-ranked Herring clinched the match for Georgia with a 7-5, 7-6 (4) win over 24th-ranked Bartnik. Herring trailed 4-2 in the first set before surging back to a 7-5 first set victory. She improves to 21-2 this year.
With the match outcome already decided, the two remaining matches in progress were suspended with Georgia leading on both courts. King led Alecsiu 6-2, 3-2 and Kimbell led Leung 6-4, 3-1.
The Bulldogs will play No. 70 Georgia State Monday at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Charlottesville, Va.. Georgia is hosting one of the 15 legs of the ITA Kickoff, with the winner of each site advancing to ITA Team Indoors Feb. 8-11. Georgia has won the National Indoor Championship three times.
Live scoring for both matches will be available on Georgiadogs.com.
Mississippi State Bests Auburn
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Auburn's 21st-ranked men's tennis team fought to the final point, but came up just short in a thrilling dual match against No. 11 Mississippi State on Sunday, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Bulldogs at the A. J. Pitts Tennis Centre in the finale of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Auburn (4-1) fell for the first time this season while Mississippi State (4-0) advanced to the ITA National Indoor Championships with their win. The match did not count toward the SEC standings; the two teams will square off again in the conference opener March 1 in Auburn.
With the match tied at 3-3, it all came down to Auburn's 74th-ranked Andreas Mies against MSU's 25th-ranked Romain Bogaerts at the No. 1 singles spot. Bogaerts took the first set, 7-5, but Mies built up a 5-3 lead in set two and had a chance to serve for the set. But Bogaerts broke back to make the score 5-4, and the second set eventually went to a tiebreaker. In the breaker, Mies had set point at 6-5 with a chance to send it to a third set, but Bogaerts won three straight points to clinch the match with a 7-5, 7-6 (6) win.
The Tigers got on the board first, but it took their biggest effort of the season so far. Auburn's team of Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso got the Tigers off to a good start with an 8-2 win over Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson on court 2. But a win by Bogaerts and Pedro Dumont over Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren on court three, 8-3, would send it to court one for the clincher.
The match on court one headed to a tiebreaker at 7-7, the first of the season for the Tigers in doubles. And Auburn's No. 2-ranked team of Daniel Cochrane and Mies prevailed in the breaker, 7-3, to take an 8-7 (3) win over MSU's 28th-ranked team of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the match.
Auburn would make it 2-0 after Ollert made quick work of MSU's James Chaudry at the No. 3 singles spot, taking a 6-3, 6-1 win. But the Bulldogs would claim victory in the next three singles matches to conclude.
Angus took a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lengsfeld on court four to put MSU on the board, and 81st-ranked Stropp downed Cochrane in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot to tie the match at two points apiece. Mississippi State then took the lead at 3-2 when a valiant comeback effort from Van Dooren on court six fell short as Dumont took a 6-3, 7-5 win.
But after dropping his first set at the No. 5 position, Lopasso dominated the final two sets to take a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Stefan Vinti to knot the match at 3-3.
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, with a dual match in Birmingham against UAB. The match is set for a 1 p.m. start at the UAB Tennis Courts.
Michigan Hands South Carolina First Loss of 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 16th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) handed the No. 31 South Carolina women's tennis team its first loss of the 2013 season Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., to drop the Gamecocks' record to 3-1. Michigan advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with the second-round win in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The two schools played an exciting doubles point, as the Gamecocks struck first with Adriana Pereira and Ximena Siles Luna defeating Emina Bektas and Kristy Dodge by an 8-2 count at the No. 3 position. Michigan, however, countered quickly with Brooke Bolender and Ronit Yurovsky upending No. 46 Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova 8-3 at the top slot.
After Alawi and Kanakova's loss, South Carolina's No. 2 team of Josefin Andersson and Katerina Popova faced a 6-4 deficit to Sarah Lee and Mimi Nguyen. The Gamecocks, though, fought back and eventually took a 7-6 lead, at one point winning eight rallies in a row. South Carolina was two points away from winning the match in the 14th game after leading 30-0, but Michigan got the frame to deuce and eventually forced a tiebreaker.
In the breaker, Carolina got a fast start with a 2-0 lead, but the Wolverines won two straight rallied to knot the score at 2-all. At the changeover, the score remained tied at 3-all and the Gamecocks won the next point for a 4-3 upper hand. Unfortunately for South Carolina, Michigan won the next four rallies to earn the 7-4 victory in the tiebreaker to hand the Gamecocks their first loss of the doubles point this season.
Michigan used the momentum of the doubles point to pounce on the Gamecocks early in singles play. Bolender scored the Wolverines' first win with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Kanakova on court three, and Lee followed soon afterward with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Pereira at No. 5 singles. Bektas provided the clinching point for Michigan, downing No. 34 Alawi 6-3, 6-3 on court one.
The Wolverines also led the No. 2 singles match between No. 61 Yurovsky and No. 96 Popova by a 7-5, 4-0 score when play stopped. No. 94 Zhu won the first set against Siles Luna 6-2 but trailed 4-2 in the second on court five. At No. 6 singles, Andersson beat Dodge 6-2 in the first and was down 5-2 in the second set.
South Carolina returns to the courts on Feb. 3 when it travels to the Upstate to face instate rival and No. 20-ranked Clemson at noon at Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
Tide Wins Two on Sunday
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The men's tennis team ended its stay at Wake Forest with a pair of wins on Sunday, first in 4-1 fashion over New Mexico, followed by a 4-3 victory against Penn State at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. With the wins, the Crimson Tide now stands at 4-1 on the season overall.
After dropping the doubles point to the Lobos on Saturday evening, Alabama came back Sunday morning and dominated at the top of the lineup, winning at all four positions. First to finish was Tide freshman Becker O'Shaughnessey, who downed sophomore Samir Iftikhar, 6-4, 6-1, on court two. Junior Daniil Proskura was next to win for Alabama as he topped senior Conor Berg, 6-4, 6-2, from the No. 3 spot. Sophomore David Vieyra put the Tide ahead 3-1 in the match as he posted a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over freshman Riann De Toit before the match was eventually clinched by senior Jarryd Botha on court one with a 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-3 victory against senior Jadon Phillips.
Alabama captured its first doubles point of the weekend against Penn State with wins on courts one and two. Botha and O'Shaughnessey gave the Tide an edge as they beat Nittany Lion junior Russell Bader and freshman Roman Trkulja, 8-5. Penn State evened the count with a win on court three as seniors C.J. Griffin and Bryan Welnetz posted an 8-4 decision over Tide junior Carlos Taborga and sophomore Philippe Tsangarides, leaving the point to be decided on court two. In the end, it would be Proskura and Vieyra coming out on top, with an 8-6 win to claim the point for Alabama.
The Nittany Lions would take a 2-1 lead in the match after winning the first two singles matches, but the Tide would go on to win the next two as Proskura beat Trkulja, 6-2, 6-4, while Botha edged out Welnetz in a third set, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Penn State evened the match again with a win on court five, placing focus to court two to determine the match victor. After dropping the first set, 6-7(3), O'Shaughnessey battled through a tough second set and cramps in the third to hold on and win 7-5, 6-1, to give the Tide the team victory.
Next up, Alabama will head to Flushing, N.Y. to play a doubleheader with Cornell and Harvard on Friday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT, respectively.