Ole Miss Takes Care of Portland
OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 12 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team’s first stop on the road trip was a success, as the Rebels downed a feisty Portland team 6-1 Wednesday at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center. With the win, the Rebels improved to 3-1 as they head to Seattle, Wash., to face No. 6 Georgia in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Friday at 10 a.m. CT.
The Rebels started the match by winning the doubles point with wins on courts three and one in that order. Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark downed Paxton Deuel and Kent Andreasen 8-2 at No. 3 and then 16th-ranked Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen defeated Ratan Gill and Alex Ferrero 8-5 at No. 1.
Portland didn’t make it easy for Ole Miss in singles, but the Rebels responded winning in straight sets on the top two courts to go ahead 3-0. Lutjen, ranked No. 6 in the nation, was first off the court with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mike Hu Kwo at No. 2 singles. Scholtz, ranked No. 24, followed up with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Gill at No. 1.
The match ended when 40th-ranked William Kallberg held off Portland’s Alex Ferrero 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-4 to remain undefeated at No. 3 singles and improve to 15-4 overall.
“I was very impressed with Portland,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “They pushed us today, and our guys responded. Every match was extremely competitive. It was a great match, and the team now has their sights on the National Team Indoor and our first round opponent, Georgia.”
Lindmark and Backstrom both won their matches for the final 6-1 score.
Friday’s match against Georgia will feature live scoring as well as a live blog from Georgia. Those be can accessed by going to OleMissSports.com and clicking on the link in the calendar.
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Auburn Women Sweep Doubleheader, Improve to 7-1
AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis improved to 7-1 on the season defeating Alabama State 7-0 and Troy 7-0 in a doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center on Wednesday.
“I think the team built a lot of confidence today,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We had the opportunity to experiment with our team in both singles and doubles. We had a lot of people step-up and play some good tennis. I like how our freshmen are stepping up and proving themselves in the lineup. We have a hard week of practice ahead of us, so we’ll have to focus with the challenge of a top 20 team in Texas Tech coming up next.”
The Tigers opened doubles play against Alabama State with the freshman tandem of Ashley Kitchen and Maria Cardenas Conti dominating on court three in an 8-0 victory over ASU’s Mechelle Barton and Brianna Failey. The ITA No.55 duo of freshman Pleun Burgmans and senior Plamena Kurteva clinched the doubles point with an 8-0 win over Pauline Denis and Melissa Telfer at the top spot.
Also winning 8-1 on court two were Michala Kucharova and Paulina Schippers over the ASU duo of Katja Kraus and Arantxia Wijngaarde.
Cardenas Conti started off singles play with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory over Mechelle Barton on court six. Kurteva continued her success from doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Katja Kraus at the No. 4 spot.
ITA No. 71 Burgmans clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Pauline Denis.
Auburn came back in the evening to post a 7-0 win over Troy.
In doubles action, Jen Pfeifler and Schippers started off the night winning 8-2 on court three. The team of No. 55 Burgmans and Kurteva secured the doubles point for the Tigers with an 8-2 victory at the top spot. Also winning by default for the Tigers were Emily Flickinger and Jackie Kasler.
In singles, Kucharova won by retirement on court two for the second point. Next, Schippers defeated Candela Munoz Giron 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 5 position to make it 3-0 for Auburn.
Pfeifler clinched the match for the Tigers winning 6-3, 6-3 over Anja Cosovic on court four.
Auburn will return to action Thursday, Feb. 21 with a dual match against Texas Tech at 11 a.m. CT at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. For the latest on Auburn women's tennis follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUWomensTennis.