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    SEC Tennis Report - Friday

    Missouri Earns 4-3 Win Over Akron

    AKRON, Ohio - The No. 52 Mizzou tennis team picked up a 4-3 victory over Akron Friday afternoon in Akron, Ohio. The Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Zips fell to 1-4.
     
    Akron took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 action to go up 1-0 early. Mizzou's No. 2 team of sophomore Alex Clark and freshman Madison Rhyner earned an 8-2 win over Akron's Angelika Jogasuria and Madison Cohen to start play. However, junior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Elisha Gabb fell at No. 1, 9-7, and senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann also fell 9-7 at No. 3 doubles.
     
    Christensen got the Tigers rolling in singles action as she recorded an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over Angelika Jogasuria at No. 4 play. Gaytan-Leach followed that with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Olga Shkundina at No. 1 singles and Stuhlmann prevailed 6-4, 6-4, over Prang Pantsuart at No. 2.
     
    The Zips made the score 3-2 when Ksenia Berestetska defeated Rhyner, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 action. But the Tigers clinched the match when Clark came back to post a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Madison Cohen. A 6-4, 6-4 victory for Akron's Angelina Jogasuria against Elisha Gabb made the final score 4-3 in favor of the Tigers.
     
    Missouri returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) against Princeton in Akron, Ohio.



    Kentucky Women Down Marshall

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team recorded its first road win of the year, traveling to Huntington, W. Va., and defeating Marshall 5-2 on Friday afternoon.
     
    The Wildcats started off slow, falling in the first two doubles matches to lose the doubles point and forcing the No. 2 doubles match to be abandoned. UK turned it around in singles play, taking five of the six matches, including three in two sets, to fend off Marshall.
     
    “I am proud of the maturity that our team showed during pressure situations,” UK head coach Carlos Drada said. “Everyone, including the freshmen, showed a lot of poise after losing the doubles point.”
     
    The Wildcats comeback was sparked by two quick wins from upperclassmen. Senior Jessica Stiles got Kentucky going in singles, defeating Ellie Ball 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles slot. Junior Caitlin McGraw was second to finish for the Wildcats, giving UK a 2-1 lead with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Karlyn Timko in the No. 5 spot.
     
    As UK’s No. 3, junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff dropped her first singles match of the year, falling in two sets to Maria Voscekova. Freshman Kirsten Lewis continued on for Kentucky, winning from the No. 4 slot in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, while improving her collegiate career record to 3-0.
     
    In the No. 1 slot, freshman Nadia Ravita earned Kentucky’s fourth point to clinch the match. Ravita fought off Dominika Zaprazna to take the match in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5. With the match clinched, sophomore Stephanie Fox defeated Kara Kucin 6-1, 6-3 to give the Wildcats a 5-2 win.
     
    Kentucky’s win improves its record to 3-0 on the year as the Wildcats prepare to face Penn State at the Lexington Tennis Club on Sunday.
    “With Friday’s match under our belt, we are looking for a great day of competition on Sunday,” Drada said.



    Vanderbilt Handles Middle Tennessee State in Nashville

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No. 42 Middle Tennessee lost 5-1 to No. 44 Vanderbilt at the Currey Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
     
    The Blue Raiders fall to 3-2 while Vanderbilt improves to 3-2.
     
    Ryan Lipman and Rhys Johnson defeated MT's Yannick Born and Marlon Brand 8-4 in No. 1 doubles, while Austin Gonzales and Marc van der Merwe picked up a victory over Christoph Lang and Victor Cornea, 8-6.
     
    In No. 3 doubles, MT's Ben Davis and David Fox teamed up for their first doubles victory of the season, defeating VU's Jeff Offerdahl and Suresh Eswaran, 8-7, in the third match of the day.
     
    With MT trailing 1-0 headed into singles play, MT's Ben Davis took on his third top 50 ITA opponent in the past week as he faced No. 20 ranked Gonzales in Flight 1 singles.  Davis, ranked 101st, was defeated 6-2, 6-3.
     
    Cornea played Flight 2 singles for the first time this season, taking on 17th-ranked Lipman. Cornea lost 6-3, 6-1.
     
    Lang picked up MT's first victory of the day. He defeated Johnson 6-4, 6-3 in the third flight of singles.
     
    MT's Born squared off against VU's Offerdahl in the fourth singles match of the day, losing 6-4, 6-3.
     
    Facing van der Merwe in Flight 5 singles, Ettore Zito lost the first set 4-6, but battled throughout the second, eventually reaching a 6-6 tie.  VU's van der Merwe won the match in a 10-8 tie-breaker.
     
    The final match of the day pitted MT's Fox versus VU's Kris Yee (Ranked 114th).  The match was left unfinished, but Yee won the first set, 6-3.



    Lady Vols Drop Tough Decision to Michigan

    KNOXVILLE - Despite earning its first doubles point of the season, the No. 25 University of Tennessee women's tennis team fell Friday afternoon to No. 16 University of Michigan 4-3 at the Varsity Tennis Center.
     
    "We competed today," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "Tiffany [Tavares], Jo [Joanna Henderson], and Kata [Szekely] battled in their matches, but they just outplayed us at one and three. We are not pleased with the outcome, but we played well, we played hard, and did some positive things so hopefully we can carry that over to Sunday's match at Notre Dame."
     
    The Lady Vols got out to an early lead as 12th ranked Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely defeated No. 21 Brooke Bolender and Ronit Yurovsky 8-5 at No. 1 singles while No. 41 Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson took down Sarah Lee and Mimi Nguyen 8-3 on court two.
     
    Boren and Szekely's doubles victory over Bolender and Yurovsky was the second of the season for the duo as they took down the Michigan twosome back on Oct. 5 at the ITA All-American Championships.
     
    Michigan took a lead of their own as Bolender defeated Williams at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-3 to begin singles play followed by an Emina Bektas victory at No. 1 singles over Boren, 6-4, 6-1.
     
    The Wolverines extended their lead as No. 25 Szekely fell at No. 2 singles to No. 61 Yurovsky in a tough 7-6 (6), 6-4 battle and clinched the win as Lee defeated Henderson at No. 4 singles in a three set battle 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
     
    The Lady Vols did capture the victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles as Mimi Fotopoulos returned at the five-spot for the win while Tiffany Tavares bested No. 94 Amy Zhu in a comeback 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory, her first win over a ranked opponent.
     
    The Lady Vols will look to bounce back when they head to No. 18 Notre Dame on Sunday, February 3 in a match that will begin at 9:00 a.m.



    Arkansas Takes Out Army in Doubleheader

    FAYETTEVILLE - The No. 56 Arkansas men's tennis team collected two victories over Army in a doubleheader match at Dills Indoor Tennis Facility, Friday afternoon. The Razorbacks took the first match 6-1 and the second 5-1 to improve their record to 6-1 this season.
     
    "We had a good day today," head coach Robert Cox said. "We were tested in doubles play, but our guys showed composure and came out on top."
     
    In the first match, senior Gregoire Lehmann dominated court one defeating Asika Isoh in straight sets. Jovan Parlic, Hall Fess and Victor Hoang all won in straight sets to give Arkansas three points.
     
    Mike Ward had the most exciting match of the day against Peter Sienko. Ward and Sienko went into three tiebreakers including the last set where Ward took the match winning 11-9. 
     
    Arkansas won two out of the three doubles matches taking the doubles point. Junior Hall Fess and Ward played solid on court one taking down Rashad Shelton and Austin McCassin 8-4. Both court two and three went into a tie breaker with Army. Pete Thomason and Christian Lee won their tie breaker to clinch the doubles point.   
     
    In the second match of the day, junior Manfred Jeske eased through his singles match taking down Harrison McCormmick on court two 6-1, 6-3. 
     
    Lee got his third singles victory in dual play this season defeating Ben Davies in straight sets. Fess clinched the win for the Razorbacks with his tie breaker win over 6-2, 7-6 on court three. 
     
    After dropping the first set, Hoang recovered winning the second and taking the third-set tie break 10-8. Thomason closed out the match collecting a three-set victory over Austin McCassin.
     
    Arkansas will be back in action on Sunday hosting No. 37 Minnesota. Sunday is also Kids Days; every kid that comes to the match will receive a free t-shirt. There will also be free pizza for fans, while available.
     
    To keep up with the Arkansas men's tennis team, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com and follow @RazorbackMTEN on Twitter.