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    Sunday SEC Tennis Report

    Lady Volunteers Fall to Notre Dame in South Bend

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team (0-4) finished out its four match road swing with a close 4-3 loss to Notre Dame (4-1) Sunday morning at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
     
    In doubles action, Jesse Grace and Mimi Fotopoulos, playing together for the second time this season for the Lady Vols, fell 8-0 at No. 3 doubles while No. 12 Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely earned a 8-2 win over Jennifer Kellner and Chrissie McGaffigan to even things up at one all.
     
    A battle at No. 2 doubles resulted in a 8-6 Notre Dame victory and gave the Fighting Irish the 1-0 advantage entering singles play.
     
    Henderson was the first Lady Vol to finish singles play falling 6-4, 6-1 to McGaffigan in the No. 4 spot as Notre Dame extended its lead to 2-0.
     
    Tennessee evened things up at 2-all as No. 23 Boren and No. 25 Szekely downed their Fighting Irish opponents by 6-3, 6-2 scores.
     
    Williams dropped a tough three-set decision battling back from a 6-2 first set loss to win the second set 6-4, but dropped the decider 7-5 as Notre Dame regained its lead. A three-set loss at No. 6 singles from Tiffany Tavares (7-5, 4-6, 4-6) handed the Fighting Irish the winning point.
     
    The match wrapped up with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win for Fotopoulos at No. 5 singles.
     
    The Lady Vols will have the upcoming weekend off and will return to action in Knoxville on Feb. 15 against Indiana, for the first dual meet of the 2013 season at home.



    Kentucky Women Fall to No. 48 Penn State

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team recorded its first loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion Sunday morning at the Lexington Tennis Club, dropping the match-deciding fourth point in the third set of the final singles match to fall 4-3 to No. 48 Penn State.
     
    “We played well for the majority of this match but at this level and to be able to start beating teams in the Top 50 you have to be able to close out matches,” UK head coach Carlos Drada said. “We had a lot of opportunities; we had great momentum after winning the first set. We were up in a lot of sets but we were not able to capitalize.”
     
    The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead with solid play in doubles.
     
    In the No. 3 doubles slot, Penn State grabbed an early advantage with an 8-4 win but junior Cece Witten and sophomore Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff helped the Wildcats bounce back with an 8-4 win in the No. 2 doubles slot over Jacqueline Zuhse and Katherine Whiteaway.
     
    With the doubles matches locked at 1-1, the doubles point came down to the outcome of court one. Junior Caitlin McGraw stepped up for the Wildcats, drilling an ace down the line to seal the No. 1 doubles match and clinch the doubles point for Kentucky.
     
    The drama continued over into singles action as both teams fought neck and neck.
     
    Freshman Nadia Ravita added to her young, yet impressive collegiate career. The Jakarta, Indonesia, native knocked off Petra Januskova, ranked No. 27 nationally in the ITA’s Preseason Individual Rankings, in two quick sets, 6-3, 6-1. Ravita, ranked No. 78, improves her career record to 4-0 in singles play with the win.
     
    Down 2-0, the Nittany Lions came roaring back to claim a 3-2 lead. Jacqueline Zuhse was the first to tally a point for Penn State with her three-set win over Kentucky freshman Kirsten Lewis. Going down in the first set 7-5, Lewis dominated the second set 6-1 but Zuhse ran away with a 6-0 win in the third set.
     
    Devan McCluskey of Penn State took the No. 3 singles slot in two sets but Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff fought deep into both sets, falling 7-5 and 7-6. Senior Jessica Stiles took Chelsea Utting into three sets but Utting pulled out the win to give Penn State a 3-2 lead.
     
    With McGraw and Sandor battling into three sets, Fox took the court to face Whiteaway in the No. 6 singles slot. The sophomore blew through the match, winning 6-1, 6-1 to bring the match to a tie at 3-3.
     
    Down 5-2 in the third set, McGraw battled back to tie it at 5-5 and attempt to pull off the come from behind win from the No. 5 singles slot. Sandor resisted and responded with back-to-back games to win the third set and give Penn State its fourth and match-winning point.
     
    “We just have to get more motivated and play better next time around,” Drada said. “We competed a lot better than we have in the past but we still have to compete better mentally. It is a learning process and I’m glad it’s still early in the season where we are playing at this level and able to learn these kinds of lessons.”
     
    Kentucky will return to the court Feb. 9, in New Orleans, La., against Tulane.



    Florida Men Blank Furman

    The University of Florida men’s tennis team beat Furman, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators improved to 5-0 on the season and will hit the road for the first time next Saturday, traveling to Florida State.
     
    Florida stormed out in doubles, as Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson breezed past Alex Christ and Matt Browne at the top position, 8-1. Mike Alford and Luke Johnson then clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Furman’s Richard Casagrande and Jacob Behal. UF’s Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek led 7-4 against the Paladins’ Andrew Mellow and Tyler Droll on court two when play was halted.
     
    “We came out and played pretty well in the doubles,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. “I thought we made some good adjustments today with how we attacked and looked to be really active. Whether we faked and stayed, whether we poached, we were a little more decisive today in the doubles and that kind of set the tone for the day.”
     
    Singles play began with a quick point from Piro, who beat Christ, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 position. Federhofer gave Florida a 3-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles against Droll, and Watson clinched the victory with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Browne on court four.
     
    “We talk all the time about executing plays,” said Coach Shelton. “For us, we were able to execute more often today. I felt like our guys were playing more offensively and looking to set up points based on their strengths. I was happy to see us finish at the net multiple times in multiple matches today.”
     
    Alford and van Overbeek won in straight sets at No. 3 and 1 singles, respectively, while Johnson completed the sweep with a third-set tiebreak win at No. 6 singles.
     
    “The more we are able to make the plays and execute, the better we’re going to be, and you want to be able to do it in the matches,” said Shelton. “It’s one thing to be able to do it in practice, but we’re working on it so we can actually execute it in the matches. Today we gained a little bit of confidence in making those plays. Hopefully it’ll help us as we prepare for Florida State this coming week.”
     
    The Gators will travel to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles on Saturday at noon. The next home match for UF is Saturday, February 23, against Baylor.



    Georgia Falls on the Road to No. 4 Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-----The sixth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday, falling to No. 4 Ohio State, 5-2, at OSU's Varsity Tennis Center.
     
    With the win, Ohio State extended its home court winning streak to 156 matches.
     
    "I have to give all the credit to Ohio State," said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz. "They are a very talented and seasoned team. Having said that, I thought we still did a great job coming in here where they've won 156 matches in a row. We played a tough, competitive match against a very good team. I assure you our team is going to benefit from this match. You never enjoy coming out in the losing end, but I think we improved as a team."
     
    Georgia's points came at Nos. 1 and 6 singles. Eighth-ranked KU Singh knocked off the nation's top-ranked player, Peter Kobelt, 7-5, 7-6(8), and freshman Nick Wood won for the second time this year with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 1-0 (10-3) super tiebreaker victory over Hunter Callahan at No. 6.
     
    Singh improved to 11-4 on the season and picked up his eighth win over a ranked opponent.
     
    The Buckeyes (8-0) won doubles matches at Nos. 1 and 3 to take a 1-0 lead. At No. 3, Georgia's Garrett Brasseaux and Eric Diaz fell to Kevin Metka and Blaz Rola, 8-3, then OSU clinched the point at No. 1 where Kobelt and Connor Smith topped the fifth-ranked Bulldog tandem of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland. Nathan Pasha and Singh led Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, 6-5, when the match was suspended.
     
    In singles, McCarthy extended the Ohio State lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Wagland at No. 3, and No. 30 Chris Diaz defeated freshman Austin Smith, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 to make it 3-0.
     
    No. 13 Connor Smith clinched the match for the Buckeyes at No. 4 with his 6-4, 6-1 win over 16th-ranked Pieters. At No. 2, 19th-ranked Pasha fell to Blaz Rola, 6-3, 7-5. Georgia (3-1) then closed out the match with wins by Singh and Wood.
     
    Up next, the Bulldogs will face Georgia Tech in Atlanta Friday at 4 p.m.



    South Carolina Falls at Clemson

    CLEMSON, S.C. -- The No. 30 South Carolina women's tennis team won the doubles point against No. 19 Clemson on Sunday at Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson, S.C., but the Tigers managed to take the contest 6-1.
     
    The Gamecocks (3-2) took a 1-0 lead heading to singles play thanks to wins on courts one and two for doubles. At one, No. 46-ranked Dominika Kanakova and Jaklin Alawi recorded an 8-4 triumph over Beatrice Gumulya and Ani Miao. Carolina's No. 2 duo of Josefin Andersson and Katerina Popova secured the point by downing Romy Koelzer and Liz Jeukeng by an 8-4 score.
     
    With the point in hand, play was stopped at No. 3 doubles with South Carolina's Adriana Pereira and Ximena Siles Luna leading Tristen Dewar and Carola Pederzani 6-5.
     
    Clemson (2-2) responded with a fury in singles, winning two matches quickly at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions. No. 77 Gumulya won first with a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Kanakova on court three, and No. 69 Koelzer upended Pereira 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
     
    The Tigers got their third and match-winning fourth points in three set contests. In both instances, the Gamecocks won the first set but could not hold on in the second and third. No. 32 Yana Koroleva came back to defeat No. 34 Alawi 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Jeukeng clinched the win for Clemson with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 over No. 96 Popova on court two.
     
    In the remaining two matches on courts five and six, Dewar claimed the match-up at six over Andersson by winning the first set 6-4 and Andersson withdrew from the match afterward. At five, Miao beat Siles Luna 6-4 in the first set and then cruised to a 6-0 victory in the second.
     
    South Carolina returns to the courts Feb. 16 when it takes on No. 47 VCU in Richmond, Va., followed by No. 53 William & Mary the next day in Williamsburg, Va.



    Arkansas Knocks Off Minnesota

    FAYETTEVILLE - The No. 56 Arkansas men's tennis team upset No. 37 Minnesota 4-3 in an intense match Sunday afternoon in the Dills Indoor Tennis Facility. The victory over the Golden Gophers improves Arkansas's record to 7-1.
     
    "What a great collegiate tennis match today," head coach Robert Cox said. "I think one of the differences was our home court advantage. We had a great crowd and great atmosphere that kept the guys pumped up and put more pressure on our opponent."
     
    The Razorbacks came out of the gates strong taking two out of the three doubles matches. The No.1 duo for the Hogs of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott dominated court one taking down the No. 24 doubles team in the country of Rok Bohin and Matheiu Fromont 8-2. Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz clinched the doubles point with an intense 8-6 victory that was won with a Fess ace.
     
    "Doubles proved to be the deciding factor today," Coach Cox said. "We played solid doubles and I was really proud of all of the guys."
     
    Minnesota evened the score one all when No. 63 Leandro Toledo defeated Jeske on court two.
     
    Arkansas responded with a victory from Ward. The senior won in straight sets on court four to give Arkansas the 2-1 lead. The Golden Gophers didn't let down and took the next point in a three-set win over sophomore Jovan Parlic. Parlic captured the first set, but could not hold off Brendan Ruddock in the second and third.
     
    Nott finished, giving Arkansas its third point of the day on court six with a straight set victory over Ruben Weber. Nott is undefeated in singles for his junior campaign with four solid victories.
     
    With Arkansas up 3-2, Lehmann solidified the victory for the Hogs defeating No.49 Rok Bohin in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. 
     
    Munoz was the last Razorback to finish dropping his match in a three-set tie breaker to Fromont.
     
    Arkansas will travel to Eugene, Ore., next weekend to face No.75  Oregon and No.63 New Mexico. There will be a full recap of both matches available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
     
    For more information on Razorback men's tennis follow @RazorbackMTEN on Twitter. 



    LSU Cruises Past USF

    BATON ROUGE - The No. 24 LSU (3-1) men's tennis team defeated the No. 54 South Florida Bulls (2-2) 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Dub.
     
    "I really thought today was our best team performance," LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. "Our guys are working hard so they deserve to have so matches like this because it doesn't get any easier as we go forward."
     
    The Tigers got off to a quick start, easily securing the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.
     
    On court three, LSU's Boris Arias and Olivier Borsos defeated South Florida's pair of Federico Sabogal and Everth Dzib 8-3. Soon after, LSU's duo of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh bested South Florida's Ravi Patel and Guillermo De Vilchez 8-2 on court two to secure the doubles point for the Tigers and take a 1-0 lead.
     
    The doubles match between the Tigers' No. 33 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski and the Bulls' Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz was left unfinished on court one, with South Florida ahead 7-4.
     
    In the singles matches, LSU's Roger Anderson earned the Tigers' first singles point of the day by defeating South Florida's Everth Dzib 6-0, 6-3 on court six, giving LSU a 2-0 lead.
     
    LSU's Chris Simpson added on to the Tigers' lead on court two, besting South Florida's No. 105 Federico Sabogal 6-1, 6-4, extending the Tigers' lead to 3-0.
     
    "I didn't know that Sabogal was ranked, actually," sophomore Chris Simpson said. "That probably helped me actually. I struggled last weekend so I came out and I really just wanted to get a win and get a win for the team as well."
     
    Mark Bowtell clinched the match for the Tigers on court five, defeating South Florida's Ravi Patel 6-1, 6-3, earning a 4-0 lead and a victory over South Florida.
     
    On court one, the Bulls scored their first point with Oliver Pramming besting LSU's Olivier Borsos 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, moving the score to 4-1.
     
    The final two singles matches both went to ten-point tiebreakers in their third sets. On court four, LSU's Tam Trinh defeated South Florida's Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7), increasing the score to 5-1. And over on court three, the Tigers' Stefan Szacinski came up short against the Bulls' Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz 7-6(4), 1-6, 0-1(2), ending the day with a final score of 5-2.
     
    "To win the first set in all six singles matches really set the tone," Brown said. "It allowed this match to be a little easier than it could have been because South Florida is a good team."
     
    The Tigers' next matchup is a double-header this Sunday, February 10, starting with Rice at 1 p.m. CT, followed by Prairie View at 6 p.m. CT.
     
    For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's tennis team on Twitter @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.



    Vandy Wins Third Straight

    NASHVILLE – No. 44 Vanderbilt won its third-consecutive match on Sunday after taking down Tulane, 6-1, at the Currey Tennis Center.

    After dropping two-straight matches to highly ranked opponents (Michigan State and Georgia), the Commodores (4-2) have reeled off wins in their last three duals. With the loss, Tulane dropped to 2-2 on the season.
     
    The Commodores opened the day with wins in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take a 1-0 lead into singles. Ryan Lipman and Rhys Johnson had to hold a off the pesky duo from Tulane, Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer, to win 8-6. This is the second-straight match Lipman and Johnson have paired up in doubles.
     
    Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran also had a tough time in their doubles match, but were able to hang on to win, 8-6, over Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott. Austin and Eswaran improved to 4-1 when playing together in doubles.
     
    Tulane’s Joe Young and Ian Van Cott defeated Jeff Offerdahl and Marc van der Merwe, 8-4 in the No. 3 spot.
     
    The Green Wave tied the match at 1-1 after a win in No. 3 singles. (Dominik) Koepfer defeated Johnson, 6-3, 6-3. However, the Commodores would immediately go back in front after van der Merwe recorded a win in the No. 5 position. The Stellenbosch, South Africa, native beat Adam Bernstein, 6-1, 6-1.
     
    Lipman would then give Vanderbilt a 3-1 lead with his win in No. 1 singles. The redshirt junior defeated Tulane’s (Idan) Mark, 6-2, 6-1, to improve to 5-1 in dual play this season and 15-5 overall.
     
    Offerdahl secured the win for Vanderbilt in No. 4 singles over Alex Van Cott, 6-1, 6-1. Offerdahl finished off an impressive weekend of singles play, as he was nearly unbeatable on Sunday.
     
    To put the finishing touches on the win, Austin took down (Joe) Young, 6-4, 7-5. The win for the 20th-ranked player in the country didn’t come easy, as he received a tough match from Young. Kris Yee then tacked on another point with his win in No. 6 singles. Yee defeated Ian Van Cott, 7-6(8-6), 6-3.
     
    Vanderbilt travels to Chicago to take on Northwestern (Feb. 8) and Harvard (Feb. 10), who are both ranked in the top 35 in the ITA Rankings. 



    Kentucky Outlasts Oklahoma in Marathon Match

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - In a match that lasted upwards of six hours on a bitter Sunday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., the No. 9 University of Kentucky men's tennis team outlasted No. 8 Oklahoma by a score of 4-3, as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season with the win.
     
    "It's a big win for the boys," UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "I told them in the locker room that I thought we could do great things and beat some teams in the top-10 later on in the year, or maybe mid-year, but I didn't think it could happen this early. I am very pleased and I am really happy for the players." 
     
    Kentucky (6-0, 0-0 SEC) has been stressing the importance of the doubles point all season long, as yet again, Kentucky claimed the all-important point with two wins in tiebreakers to claim the early 1-0 lead in the match. 
     
    The first court to go final was court two as Oklahoma's No. 32 Guillermo Alcorta/Axel Alvarez Llamas defeated Ryuji Hirooka and Alejandro Gomez 8-7 (6). The match went all 14 games without a break of serve as the Wildcats' tandem was unable to come up with the decisive point in the tiebreak as OU took the early lead in the doubles point.
     
    After falling behind 5-2 in the match on court three, Anthony Rossi and Grant Roberts fought their way back from a double-break deficit to get the match back on serve at 5-5 and later force a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Rossi and Roberts stood strong as the Sooners never led in the extra session and the Wildcats took the 8-7 (4) win, as the doubles point would end up being decided on court one.
     
    On court one, No. 35 Tom Jomby/Kevin Lai were able to get ahead early with a break of serve at 2-1 to give the duo from France and Taiwan the early lead. The Wildcats kept the break in the match up until the Sooners pair of Costin Paval and Dane Webb, who are ranked 12th in the nation broke back at 5-4 to get the match leveled at 5-5. The teams would exchange service games down the stretch, as the match would come to form with the others and go to a decisive tiebreak at 7-7. In the tiebreak, OU led 4-3 before Kentucky rattled off three-consecutive points to gain the mini-break to win the tiebreaker 7-5 and clinch the doubles point for UK.
     
    "The doubles point was big for us," Kauffmann said. "For Oklahoma or us to take four singles matches from each other, we knew would be really tough. Not impossible, but very tough. It kind of gives us momentum. We tell the boys that when we take the doubles point, it is going to be very, very tough to take four singles from us."
     
    With the win in the doubles point, UK is now 6-0 on the season in the doubles point and has won 16 of the 18 matches played in doubles this season.
     
    In singles, Oklahoma (4-1, 0-0 Big XII) would strike first and even the match up at 1-1 as on court three, No. 71 Dane Webb outlasted No. 97 Alejandro Gomez in a three-set match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Gomez struggled in the opening set, and was down 0-3 in the second set before rallying and winning six of the last nine games of the second set to force the match to a decisive third frame. In the final set, Gomez served first and it was 2-2 before Webb broke to make it 4-2 and take the lead in the final frame. As the final set closed, Webb broke Gomez out to close the third set at 6-3.
     
    No. 15 Tom Jomby would quickly give Kentucky the lead back with a straight-set 6-4, 7-5 win over the top-ranked Sooner on court today, No. 36 Guillermo Alcorta. Jomby was up 3-0 early in the opening set, and even 4-1 before Alcorta took back a break to level the set at 4-4. Jomby held serve at four all before capturing double break point a 5-4 and clinching the opening set 6-4. In the second set, Jomby again picked up the early break of serve to go up 2-0 and the two exchanges service games up until Jomby broke Webb at 6-5 and took the second set 7-5.
     
    Jomby is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation, and with the win today hoists a record of 5-0 on the season with wins over two ranked players.
     
    Oklahoma struck back again to equal the match and make it 2-2 as Axel Alvarez Llamas defeated Juan Pablo Murra 7-6 (2), 6-3. Murra was down 5-4 in the opening set before coming back to force a tiebreak. Llamas took the tiebreak 7-2 and rolled in the second set 6-3 to give the Sooners their second point of the afternoon and square the match at two all.
     
    The Sooners would take their first lead of the afternoon as No. 103 Costin Poval knocked off Anthony Rossi 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a three setter that took 2:35 to play. Rossi came out of the gates strong, breaking Poval twice in the opening set to pick up a 6-2 win in the frame. Poval then climbed back into the match picking up a 6-4 win in the second stanza to send the match to a decisive third set. In the final frame, Rossi picked up a break at 1-0, and raced out to a 4-1 lead in the set with the break. OU's Paval would then rattle off the final five games of the match, breaking Rossi three times to claim the final set 6-4 and give OU the momentary 3-2 lead in the match. 
     
    As the match grew older, Kentucky sent two players out that Kauffmann has confidence in, as Charles Minc and Grant Roberts took the stage in the third wave of players as UK needed two wins to clinch the match out of the No. 5 and No. 6 courts.
     
    Minc easily won his match 6-2, 6-2 in just 1:17 minutes to level the score at three all in the match overall. Minc and Peerakit Siributwong of Oklahoma were knotted at two in the opening set before Minc broke at 3-2 and then won the final three games of the set to take the opening frame 6-2. The second set saw more of the same as Minc broke at 3-2 and won the last few games to easily shut down any chance of Siributwong getting back into the match.
     
    "Charles has been a really good surprise for us," Kauffmann said. "He is just playing really, really well and its kind of a nerve-racking situation to just throw them out on the third wave of players. He is handling that as a champ."
     
    The win for UK on court five set the stage for Lexington, Ky., native Grant Roberts to give the Wildcats the come-from-behind 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Leonard Stakhovsky. 
     
    "My mindset walking on was to just go out there and play," Roberts said. "I didn't really want to think about the score and off of that stuff. I love the pressure situation, and that's why I play the No. 6 slot. I just kind of went out there and did it." 
     
    The first set in the match went to Stakhovsky after he trailed Roberts 3-0 to start. The opening frame stayed on serve up until 5-4 when Stakhovsky broke Roberts after six deuces to capitalize and take the set 6-4.
     
    In the second frame, everything was on serve at 2-2 before Roberts picked up the break to lead 4-2 in the set and was looking to force a decisive frame. Stakhovsky broke Roberts at 5-3 to get the match back on serve for the time being at 5-4, but Roberts stayed in every point and didn't buckle, as Stakhovsky dropped his serve to Roberts to end the set and the Tates Creek High School alum forced a decisive frame that would not only decide his match, but the match overall.
     
    In the final frame, Roberts served first and dropped his serve right off the bat and was behind the eight ball. At 1-3, with Stakhovsky for OU leading, Roberts had a massive hold after four deuces and battled his way to get the match back on serve with a break at 3-3.
     
    "I just wanted to get the bulldog mentality after I got things back on serve," Roberts said. "I wanted to have that fight and will to win. I saw he was getting a little tired and was putting his hands on his knees and bending over. I just wanted to battle and give everything I had."
     
    After Roberts made it 4-3 with a hold, the two would exchange holds up until Roberts held at 6-5 and made Stakhovsky serve to stay in the match. Roberts forced Stakhovsky into a deuce and picked up the advantage right off the bat in the deuce game. At match point, Roberts watched a Stakhovsky forehand sail wide of the volley and the junior clinched the point for the Wildcats as Roberts won in an epic three-set affair, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. 
     
    "This is a huge win for us," Roberts said. "This is going to help our ranking with other teams losing, but it's a really good win for us. That was a big win today and I am proud of the way we fought for it." 
     
    "Grant has made some sacrifices to be where he is at," Kauffmann said. "Plain and simple. That is why we put him at court six and in these situations. We believe he can handle the nerves. I am really proud of the sacrifices he has given."
     
    "We had some guys really step up in this match who we hadn't really called upon in those pressure situations like they faced in today's match," UK assistant coach Matt Emery said. "Our freshman did a good job again of in a big match, coming out and playing really well. Grant has been rock solid at six, and that is why we trust him so much at that six spot."
     
    Kentucky with the win improves to 6-0, and will next take a trip to the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships as the Wildcats will take on No. 25 Illinois in a match on Sunday Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m. ET.



    Crimson Tide Rolls Over SMU

    DALLAS - The ninth-ranked women's tennis team earned a 6-1 victory over SMU on Sunday at the Northwood Country Club. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 4-0 on the season while the loss drops the Mustangs to 1-3.
     
    "It was good to be battle tested on the road this weekend," said Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz. "Both TCU and SMU were good teams and the matches were competitive. We keep talking about finding our way back into matches when we are down, and we did a good job of that all weekend. We had to work for today's win. I thought we competed well and fought in every spot. It was a good test for us, and we got some good quality matches under our belts."
     
    Alabama got wins in doubles from court two and three to claim the first point of the match. From the No. 2 spot, senior Antonia Foehse and freshman Maya Jansen topped SMU senior Edyta Cieplucha and freshman Elena Fayner, 8-3, while the win on court three went in favor of Tide sophomores Yasmeen Ebada and Emily Zabor, 8-2, over sophomore Holly Verner and freshman Hristina Dishkova.
     
    In singles, Alabama posted victories on courts two through six to seal the team win. Tide senior Alexa Guarachi, playing on court two, came back from a first-set loss to beat Malyarchikova, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 while Jansen downed freshman Vaszilisza Bulgakova, 6-3, 6-3, on court three. On court four, Foehse collected a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Fayner while Zabor notched a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Verner at the No. 5 spot. Wrapping play up on court six was freshman Natalia Maynetto, who topped Dishkova, 6-4, 6-0.
     
    Next up, Alabama travels to Charlottesville, Va., for the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will begin on Friday, Feb. 8.



    Arkansas Barely Falls at Yale

    NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The No. 37 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team dropped a tough battle on the road to the No. 24 Yale Bulldogs. The Razorbacks opened the day by clinching the doubles point, and earned two singles victories in a hard-fought match. 
     
    “Hats off to Yale for a great all-around performance,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty said. “I thought we did some really good things today on most courts. Our doubles play was excellent and we put ourselves in position to be successful, which is encouraging. We are growing more with each match and look forward to more tough non-conference matches.”
     
    Arkansas opened the day by winning two of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. The duo of senior Claudine Paulson and Segou Jonker continued their undefeated streak, winning their fifth doubles match of the season with a 8-5 victory. Yang Pang and Brittany Huxley also won, defeating the Bulldog duo 8-0. 
     
    Yale earned the first three singles victories. Flavia Araujo and Kimberley – Ann Surin each dropped straight set matches. Araujo dropped her match to Amber Li 6-3, 6-1, while Surin fell to No. 90 Sullivan 6-1, 6-0. Paulson battled with No. 42 E. Epstein, but fell 6-3, 6-4. 
     
    The Razorbacks started to mount a comeback with a victory by Sarah McLean. The sophomore defeated Sarah Guzick in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. The win meant that the match would be determined by the No. 1 and No. 6 singles matches, which each went three sets. 
     
    After coming back to take the second set, Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez dropped the third set. The victory for Amos clinched the victory for Yale. Pang finished the match on a strong note for the Razorbacks. She defeated No. 90 Madeleiene Hamilton in a long match 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 to bring the final score to 4-3 in favor of Yale. 
     
    The Razorbacks are back on the road next weekend. They travel to Stillwater, Okla. next Sunday to face the Oklahoma State. 



    Mississippi State Ousts Houston

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis squad remained undefeated on the young 2013 season Sunday after taking down No. 75 ranked Houston in a thrilling 4-3 decision.
     
    After the teams battled to a 3-3 tie, Georgiana Patrasc for the Lady Bulldogs and Houston's Celia Fraser went head-to-head in the deciding match on court 2, with the almost the entire final set being played with no other matches on court. Patrasc took the first set 6-4. Fraser answered with the same result in the second set. The overall team win then came down to a grueling third set. The evenly matched opponents battled back and forth and were tied at 4-4 after Patrasc overcame an early break by Fraser. After Patrasc held serve to 5-4, she earned two match points and won the first on a big forehand that Fraser was unable to return. That clinched a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory and the MSU team win.
     
    That stage was set for that fantastic finish after State took a 3-0 lead only to see Houston rally back to tie things at 3-3.
     
    The Lady Bulldogs took the early 1-0 lead, taking the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 3. Patrasc and Petra Ferancova paired up to post an 8-5 win on court 3 against Fraser and Maja Kazimieruk of Houston. Houston's Elena Kordolaimi and Jo Garvey responded with an 8-5 victory on court 2 against Lien Van Geel and Sarai Flores.
     
    MSU's Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran, nationally ranked at No. 54, secured the doubles win by taking down Charlotte Phillips and Rocio Martin Fernandez of the Lady Cougars in an 8-5 decision and the No. 1 position.
     
    Singles play began with two solid wins for the Lady Bulldogs. Perper was the first to claim a singles victory, defeating Houston's Kordolaimi 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 1 position. Flores then handed the Lady Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Dionne Sanders on court 6.
     
    Houston charged back with three consecutive wins in some close decisions. Rocio Martin Fernandez posted a 7-5, 6-2 win against MSU's Tran at the No. 3 position. Houston's Phillips executed a tough 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 victory on court 4 against the MSU freshman Van Geel. Lady Cougar Kazimieruk tied the score at 3-all, winning a first-set tiebreaker against Ferancova to eventually take the match 7-6(5), 6-4 on court 5.
     
    "We expected a battle today, and we got it. I am happy with the energy that the girls brought. They did a great job getting the doubles point, which proved to be critical. We did not play our best in singles, but the fighting spirit was always there. Our freshmen did a good job today which is important this early in the season," said head coach Daryl Greenan. "Georgiana's effort to win in three sets in the deciding match was huge!'



    Auburn Sweeps Georgia Southern

    AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis opened its home 2013 dual match season with a pair of victories Sunday, defeating Georgia Southern 7-0 and Alabama A&M 7-0 in a doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center to move to 3-1 for the season.
     
    “I was happy with our performance today,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “It was an opportunity to give our four freshmen a chance to step up and see what they can do. They all did great. I think we got the job done as a team. We worked on some things that we have needed to work on. We are continuing to improve and I’m looking forward to a great week of practice before a tough test next weekend.”
     
    Auburn opened the day with a sweep of Georgia Southern in doubles. The dynamic duo of Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger defeated Georgia Southern's Natalie Maffett and Stephanie Woods, 8-2, on court two. At number one, the freshman twosome of Pleun Burgmans and Michala Kucharova clinched the doubles point with an, 8-2, victory over Mary Phillips Smith and Paola Garrido.
     
    Also winning 8-2 were Burgmans and Kucharova over the GSU duo of Mary Phillips Smith and Paola Garrido.
     
    In singles, the Tigers put together several dominating performances to sweep the first three matches and clinch the win.
     
    Freshman Maria Cardenas Conti kicked off singles on court five beating out Natalie Maffett, 6-1, 6-0. Fellow freshman Burgmans continued her success from doubles defeating Paola Garrido, 6-1, 6-1, at the top spot. Senior Paulina Schippers clinched the match for the Tigers with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Francisca Norregard.
     
    Auburn came back in the evening to post a dominant 7-0 win over Alabama A&M.
     
    In doubles, Kucharova and Kurteva started off the night defeating Qwanda Jarret and Kara Kennemore on court three, 8-0. The tandem of Cardenas Conti and Schippers clinched the doubles point with an 8-0 win over Denise Cherry and Shannon Warner on court one.  
     
    Also winning 8-1 were Burgmans and Ashley Kitchen over the Alabama A&M duo of Morgan Shaw and Jessica Taylor.
     
    In singles, the Tigers continued their success sweeping the first three matches and clinching the win. Kitchen started off singles with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win over Kara Kennemore. Cardenas Conti maintained the momentum with a 6-0, 6-0 victory of her own.
     
    Pfeifler clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Morgan Shaw.   
     
    Auburn will return to action Saturday, Feb. 9, with a doubleheader home match against Georgia State at 12 p.m. CT and Samford at 6 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Admission is free.
     
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    Auburn Men Down UAB

    BIRMINGHAM - Auburn's 21st-ranked men's tennis team got back on the winning track Sunday, earning a 6-1 win on the road over UAB at George Ward Park in Birmingham.
     
    The Tigers (5-1) bounced back after falling in a tough match at Mississippi State last Sunday, while UAB (2-3) lost to a Southeastern Conference team for the second straight match after falling at Arkansas on Wednesday.
     
    Auburn earned the doubles point for the sixth time in six matches this season, but not without a fight. The team of senior Lucas Lopasso and junior Dennis Lengsfeld fell for the first time all season, dropping an 8-4 decision to UAB's Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar at the No. 2 spot. But the nation's second-ranked team of junior Daniel Cochrane and senior Andreas Mies came through with an 8-4 win over Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman, and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead when Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren downed Luiz Felipe Pinto and Rafael Rondino on court 3, 8-6.
     
    Van Dooren snapped a three-match singles skid to give Auburn a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dirube at the No. 5 spot, and 74th-ranked Mies pushed the Tiger advantage to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Zimmerman at No. 1 singles. And a win from senior Michael Wardell clinched the victory for Auburn as he downed Pinto at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-3.
     
    Ollert had a tough fight with Puetz at the third singles position but remained unbeaten for the spring with a 1-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-8) win to make it 5-0 Auburn. Cochrane made it 6-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over former teammate Rondino at the No. 2 singles spot. UAB's Helliar prevented the shutout with a three-set win over Lopasso, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, handing Lopasso his first loss of the spring.
     
    Auburn will hit the road again next weekend for a pair of matches on the West Coast. The Tigers travel to Fresno, Calif., to face San Diego State next Saturday and Fresno State on Sunday.
     
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