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    The Alabama men’s tennis team improved to 6-1 on the season after wins over Cornell (5-2) and Harvard (4-1) last weekend in New York at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The doubles point against Cornell came down to a crucial tiebreaker where junior Daniil Proskura and sophomore David Vieyra came up big for the 8-7(4) victory. In singles, the top three spots featuring freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey, senior Jarryd Botha and Proskura each picked up two wins over the weekend against their Ivy League competition to improve to a combined 20-1 in the dual match season. After dropping his first set against Harvard, O’Shaughnessey came back to win a hard fought match 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(2) to clinch the team victory. Next up, the men will host UAB and Samford in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Tuscaloosa. The matches will start at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT, respectively.

    The No. 56 Arkansas men's tennis team opened its home season this week with four victories over three different teams including an upset over No. 37 Minnesota, to improve its overall record to 7-1.  Arkansas opened its home-stand with a 4-3 victory over No. 75 UAB. After dropping the doubles point the Hogs rebounded to win four out of six singles matches.  The Razorbacks then hosted Army for a doubleheader on Friday, dominating both matches; the first match 6-1 and second 6-0.  Arkansas wrapped up its weekend Sunday with a big win over No. 37 Minnesota. Juniors Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott dismantled No. 24 double duo of Bohin and Fromont 8-2.  Junior Hall Fess and freshman Santaigo Munoz clinched the doubles point in an intense deciding match.  In singles play against Minnesota, senior Gregoire Lehmann defeated No. 49 Rok Bohin in straight sets to clinch give Arkansas four points and the victory. Ward and Nott also collected wins. Nott is undefeated in singles play in dual matches this season.  The Razorbacks will head to Eugene, Ore., this weekend to take on No. 63 New Mexico and No. 75 Oregon.

    The 21st-ranked Auburn Tigers got back on the winning track with a 6-1 road victory over UAB on Sunday, improving to 5-1 for the dual match season. The match, which was postponed from Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather, was the only contest of the week for the Tigers. Auburn won the doubles point for the sixth straight match and earned wins on five of six singles courts. Sophomore Lukas Ollert improved to 6-0 in singles so far this year with his win at the No. 3 position, and the No. 2-ranked doubles team of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane also remained unbeaten at 6-0. Auburn heads to Fresno, Calif., this weekend to face San Diego State on Saturday and Fresno State on Sunday.

    Without a midweek match, the Florida men’s tennis team was able to spend some time focusing on improving their own game last week. On Sunday, the Gators faced an overmatched Furman team, sweeping the match, 7-0. Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson continued their stellar doubles play, winning their previous nine matches. Stephane Piro remained unbeaten with a win at No. 2 singles, while Watson clinched the match and kept his seven-match win streak alive. Florida travels to Tallahassee on Saturday to face Florida State.

    The Georgia men's tennis team (3-1) posted a split week this week, collecting a 6-0 win over Clemson on Thursday before suffering a 5-2 loss at No. 4 Ohio State Sunday - the team's first setback of 2013. Senior KU Singh improved to 3-0 with Sunday's win over the nation's top-ranked player in Peter Kobelt of the Buckeyes, while freshman Nick Wood won both of his matches this week. The Bulldogs are back in action this Friday night when they travel to meet in-state rival Georgia Tech on Fri., Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in Atlanta.

    The No. 9 Kentucky men's tennis teams went 1-0 on the week, capturing a 4-3 win over No. 8 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, 4-3 as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season, and knocking off their third top-25 opponent. Kentucky again won the doubles point, as UK has now won the doubles point in all six matches this season, and has won 16 of the 18 doubles matches played. Grant Roberts picked up the clinching match for UK, coming from behind to claim a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win. No. 15 Tom Jomby also pick up a singles win, knocking off No. 36 Guillermo Alcorta 6-4, 7-5.

    The No. 24 LSU men's tennis team defeated No. 54 South Florida 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La. The Tigers now stand at 3-1 with victories over Southern Miss (6-1), No. 33 Indiana (4-3), and No. 54 South Florida, and their single loss coming from No. 10 Mississippi State (7-0). LSU's next day of matches is Sunday, February 10 in Baton Rouge, La., with a double header against Rice at 1 p.m. CT followed by Prairie View at 6 p.m. CT.

    Ole Miss
    After winning its first two matches of the season to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor for the 18th time, Ole Miss did not play any matches last week, but the Rebels are getting ready for a big one this week against arch-rival Mississippi State.   The two will square off Thursday night in the annual Mississippi Cup at River Hills Club in Jackson, Miss.   The Rebels and Bulldogs have played this event 15 times, and Ole Miss has won it 12 times. Senior Jonas Lutjen owns a team-leading 18-4 overall record.  The Rebels top three of Lutjen and sophomores Nik Scholtz and William Kallberg, are a combined 41-10 overall and 6-0 in dual matches.   Lutjen and Scholtz own a career record of 10-3 at No. 1 doubles.

    Mississippi State
    The Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0) enjoyed a weekend off from play to prepare for a top 15 matchup against in-state rival No. 12 Ole Miss Thursday. The two will battle in Jackson, Miss., for the annual River Hills Cup, which the Bulldogs recaptured last season for the first time since winning the first two in 1998 and 1999. Following the clash for Magnolia State dominance, the Bulldogs will return to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre for a double header Sunday against No. 52 South Alabama and Tennessee Tech.

    South Carolina
    South Carolina improved to 6-2 on the season with a pair of wins on Saturday. The Gamecocks claimed their first win over a ranked team with a resolute 6-1 victory over #65 Georgia Tech that included the team's first individual win over a ranked opponent as junior Tsvetan Mihov dominated #32 Juan Spir 6-1, 6-2 to set the tone for the day. South Carolina continued its streak of winning the doubles point in every match this season, and the Gamecocks' top team of Mihov and Chip Cox stretched the #3 team in the nation to a tiebreak before play was suspended. As South Carolina continues to play without 2012 SEC All-Freshman selection Andrew Adams, Cox is handing the No. 2 spot in the order well with a 5-2 record, including the match-clinching win over Georgia Tech this week. Sophomore Ben Barnette bounced back from a tough loss to Michigan State last week to give up just three games in his win over Georgia Tech's No. 6 in singles while pairing with Thiago Pinheiro to cede just three games over two doubles matches on the day. The Gamecocks host a pair of ranked ACC teams this weekend in Wake Forest and NC State.

    The Vols (10-0) recorded their 10th win of the season by returning to Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center and defeating the Illini again 4-0 for the second consecutive week. The doubles point came down to the wire with Brandon Fickey and Hunter Reese winning the decider on court 3, 8-7 (4). After that, the Vols rolled to take 5 of 6 first sets in singles, eventually getting wins from Jarryd Chaplin at 3, Mikelis Libietis at 1 and John Collins at 5. Libietis is now a team-leading 21-3 this year, already one more win than he had his entire freshman year. Last year, the Vols did not record their 10th victory until March 23. The Vols hit the road again this weekend to take on Duke and Wake Forest.

    Texas A&M
    Texas A&M improves to 5-0 after defeating No. 67 TCU, 6-1, on Saturday.  The Aggies are off to their best start since the 1999 team started 6-0.  This is the best start under head coach Steve Denton.  The Aggies hit the road again this weekend as they travel Houston to take on Rice on Thursday.  Texas A&M features the No. 6 ranked doubles team in freshmen Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant.  Other ranked players for the Aggies include sophomores No. 87 Jordan Szabo and No. 103 Jeremy Efferding.

    Vanderbilt is coming off two wins last week versus No. 42 Middle Tennessee State and Tulane. The Commodores defeated Middle Tennessee, 6-1, Friday, Feb. 1. After winning the doubles points, Vanderbilt proceeded to win five of the six singles matches. Vanderbilt then finished the week with a 6-1 win over Tulane Sunday afternoon (Feb. 3). Like the match versus MTSU, the Commodores won the doubles point and then went on to win five of the six matches in singles. Playing in the top two spots in the lineup, No. 17 Ryan Lipman and No. 20 Gonzales Austin combined to go a perfect 4-0 in singles play, while Jeff Offerdahl and Kris Yee each won both of their matches. Vanderbilt hits the road next weekend to Chicago to take on No. 34 Northwestern (Feb. 8) and No. 27 Harvard (Feb. 10).