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    Bulldogs Move Into Indoor Quarterfinals

    SEATTLE --- The sixth-seeded Georgia men’s tennis team posted a 4-0 win over conference rival and No. 12 seed Ole Miss Friday afternoon to move into the quarterfinals at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Seattle Tennis Club. Once again the Bulldogs got a big lift from their freshmen, including the clinching point from Nick Wood.

    The Bulldogs won the all-important doubles point before snagging first-set wins on all six singles courts en route to the shutout. With the win, Georgia improves to 5-1 on the season and dropped the Rebels to 2-2.

    “I was elated to see our guys compete the way they did,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “Our guys are really taking their games to the next level. Our freshmen are maturing and getting some quality challenges, and rising to meet them. At the same time our veteran players are playing well. Nathan Pasha is playing tremendous tennis right now, and Hernus Pieters is always such a great competitor. Those guys have taken the young players and led them so well. This Ole Miss team we beat today is a great team and now we know we’re capable of winning these matches.”

    Georgia got the doubles point with wins on courts No. 2 and 3. After suffering an 8-1 loss at No. 1, the Bulldogs responded with an 8-5 win for Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux over 25th-ranked Adrian Forberg Skogeng and William Kallberg at No. 2, while the clinch came at No. 3 as Austin Smith and Wood posted an 8-6 win over Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark to give Georgia the early 1-0 lead.

    Georgia then went on to win the first set on all courts, and Brasseaux was first to record a victory as he used a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Skogeng at No. 6 to make the team score 2-0. Smith then pushed the UGA lead to 3-0 with his 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over No. 84 Lindmark at line five, and the clinch came from the rookie Wood at No. 4 as he downed Backstrom 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to complete the 4-0 shutout.

    The Bulldogs’ trio of unfinished matches on the first three courts had each seen Georgia player win their first set via tiebreaker, and Pasha was headed to another breaker in the second over No. 24 Scholtz when it was suspended at No. 1. No. 92 Wagland was up 2-1 in the third on the nation’s sixth-ranked player Jonas Lutjen at No. 2, while Pieters was up 1-0 in the third vs. 40th-ranked Kallberg at No. 3.

    Tide Drops Road Match at Clemson, 5-2

    CLEMSON, S.C. – The Alabama men’s tennis team fell to Clemson, 5-2, on Friday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center, moving the Crimson Tide to 7-3 on the season and the Tigers to 7-1 overall.

    Clemson took a 1-0 edge in the match following doubles as it picked up wins on courts one and three. The Tigers earned an 8-2 victory at No. 3 before Alabama junior Daniil Proskura and sophomore David Vieyra evened the count with an 8-5 win on court two. Tide senior Jarryd Botha and freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey made a late run at No. 1, but it wouldn’t be enough as Clemson held on to win, 8-6.

    The Tigers collected three straight victories in singles on courts one, five and six to clinch the team victory. Proskura put Alabama on the board with a 6-3, 6-3 win on court three, moving him to 10-0 on the season in singles. Clemson tacked on its fifth point of the match with a three-set victory on court two before sophomore Philippe Tsangarides claimed the final point of the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win on court four.

    UK Kentucky downs No. 10 Mississippi State at ITA Nationals
    SEATTLE, Wash. – After winning the doubles point for the ninth time in 10 matches, andpicking up wins on courts two, five and six in singles, the No. 7 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team defeated No. 10 Mississippi State 4-0 in the Sweet 16 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Indoor Championships at the Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle, Wash.
    “This is a really good win for our team today,” UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. “Mississippi State is a very good team and a team that we have a lot of respect for. We came out today with a lot of intensity and really played well as a team overall. Our boys have a lot of work left still to do, but this was a very good match today. I am really looking forward to seeing how we come out tomorrowagainst an excellent USC team.”
    In the doubles competition, Kentucky earned the point for the ninth time in 10tries as UK collected wins on courts one and two. On court one, No. 34 Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai picked up a swift 8-3 win as the duo collected multiplebreaks of serve in the match en route to the win. UK broke at 2-1 in the match and never looked back, even leading 6-1 at one point in the match.
    On court two in the doubles, Alejandro Gomez and Ryuji Hirooka picked up a break at 4-3 and won the final five games of the match to clinch the 8-3 win and give Kentucky the doubles point. Gomez and Hirooka took charge of the match at 3-3, as the Wildcats were able to hit some terrific volleys at the net and some amazing passing shots down the line in the later stages of the match.
    In singles play, Tom Jomby advanced his record to 8-1 overall in singles play as the junior blasted No. 43 Malte Stroppe of Mississippi State 6-2, 6-0. Jomby and Stroppe were on serve at 2-2 in the opening set as Jomby picked up the break and didn’t look back as the junior rattled off the final 10 games of the match. Jomby’s 6-0 win in the second set was the fourth time this season that he has won a set without the opponent getting a game in a set.
    After UK took the 2-0 lead, the Wildcats stretched their advantage to a 3-0 mark when Kevin Lai took the win on court six 6-3, 6-4. Lai was inserted into the singles line-up in the six spot and took full advantage. The freshman from Taiwan was down a break at 4-2 in the second set before he buckled down and took the final four games of the match to take the second set 6-4 and give the Wildcats the 3-0 lead overall in the match.
    Shortly after UK took the 3-0 lead, junior Grant Roberts capped off the shutout with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court five to give UK the win. Roberts took total control of the match in the first set, dictating the pace of play and getting up double break early in the set. In the second set, his opponent, Stefan Vinit of Mississippi State had Roberts at 2-2 before Roberts broke and held on to win the last four games of the set to give UK the 4-0 win and advance them into the Elite Eight.
    With the win, Kentucky advances to the Elite Eight of the National Indoors and the Wildcats will take on the Southern California Trojans who enter this weekend as the No. 2 team in the nation and the second seed in the tournament. The match time is still undermined and will be announced at the end of play on Friday.
    On court one, No. 90 Anthony Rossi was up 5-4 and serving for the set before No. 19 Romain Bogaerts of Mississippi State broke Rossi and held to make it 6-5. Rossi held in the final game of the set to force the tiebreaker at 6-6. In the tiebreak, Rossi and Bogaerts were knotted up at 5-5 before Boegarts picked up the final two points to glide past Rossi in the opening set. Rossi dropped his serve to start the final set, before breaking back and earning a break at 2-1 to go up 3-1, where the match was abandoned.
    On court three, Alejandro Gomez was facing off against James Chaudry of Mississippi State. Gomez and Chaudry traded games back and forth in the first set of the match, as there was not a break of serve for the first 10 games.Gomez was strong in the 11th game of the match, picking up the break at 5-5 and serving out the set at 6-5. In the second set, Gomez fell down two breaks and ultimately dropped the second set 6-2 before the match was abandoned.

    Vanderbilt dispatches Memphis

    NASHVILLE – No. 40 Vanderbilt bounced back after falling to No. 47 Harvard last Sunday to defeat the 31st-ranked Memphis Tigers, 4-2, Friday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center.

    The Commodores (6-3) have won five of the last six meetings between the two schools, while the loss snaps a two-match win streak for Memphis (3-3).

    Vanderbilt opened the match with Memphis by taking the doubles point. The Commodores won at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, led by Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe at the No. 1 spot. The duo defeated Connor Glennon and Cedric De Zutter in dominating fashion, 8-2. Jeff Offerdahl and Rhys Johnson then clinched the point with a win over David O’Leary and Johnny Grimal, 8-5.

    The Tigers would take a 2-1 lead with wins in No. 2 and No. 3 singles. (Connor) Glennon recorded a win over (Jeff) Offerdahl, while Lukas Vrnak defeated (Rhys) Johnson, 6-3, 6-3.

    However, the lead would be short-lived, as (Marc) van der Merwe and Kris Yee posted back-to-back wins. Yee delivered his seventh-consecutive singles victory with a win over (Johnny) Grimal, 6-3, 6-3. Shortly after Yee’s victory, van der Merwe defeated David O’Hare in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The win makes van der Merwe 7-2 this spring.

    Looking to clinch the victory, Vanderbilt turned to its leader, Lipman, to get the job done. The redshirt junior came through with a hard-fought straight set win over No. 73 Joe Salisbury, 7-5, 7-6(10-8). Lipman has won his last six singles matches and is 8-1 this spring.

    Alabama Women’s Tennis Beats Washington, 5-2

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The ninth-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team earned a 5-2 victory over Washington on Friday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 7-1 on the season while the loss drops the Huskies to 6-2 overall.

    Alabama would take the early lead following a close doubles point with victories on courts two and three. The Tide’s duo at No. 2 of junior Mary Anne Macfarlane and sophomore Emily Zabor cruised to an 8-3 victory; however the other two matches were highly contested throughout. Despite being down early, freshmen Maya Jansen and Natalia Maynetto battled their way back into the match, winning four straight games to take a 5-3 advantage. Washington would go on to take a 6-5 edge; however Jansen and Maynetto would again come back to win the final three games for the 8-6 victory. The match on court one would go unfinished with seniors Alexa Guarachi and Antonia Foehse serving for match point.

    In singles, Alabama would win four straight matches to clinch the overall team victory. First to finish was Foehse on court four, picking up a 6-1, 6-0 decision. She was followed by Macfarlane on court one and Jansen on court three. Maynetto moved to 6-0 on the season in singles in dual matches with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on court six, awarding the Tide its fifth, and final, point of the match. The Huskies would get on the board after wins on the final two courts, which would both come in 10-point tiebreakers.

    Aggies drop first decision of season, 4-0, to USC
    SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 2 ranked USC Trojans defeated No. 15 Texas A&M, 4-0, this afternoon in the opening round of the ITA National Indoor Championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. With the loss, the Aggies fall to 7-1 on the year while the Trojans remain unbeaten at 10-0.
    “I thought USC played very well today, especially in singles,” said head coach Steve Denton. “You’ve got to give them credit. USC took advantage of the door we left slightly open and finished very strong.”
    Texas A&M got off to a quick start in doubles with the 40th ranked duo of Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore defeating Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann, 8-5, at the No. 1 line. The Trojans then took the match on the No. 3 line when Eric Johnson and Emilio Gomez rallied from a 2-5 defecit to beat Jordan Szabo and Jeremy Efferding, 8-6. With the crucial doubles point on the line, USC’s Roberto Quiroz and Max de Vroome upset A&M’s seventh ranked freshman-pair of Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant, 8-6.
    “We had chances to win the doubles point,” Denton said We won at the No. 1 line and lead 5-2 at the No. 3 line with a chance for a double break in that game, but we weren’t able to convert. This was the first doubles decision we had dropped all season so we had to deal with some adversity.”
    Already trailing 1-0, the Aggies never found their groove in singles play. No. 78 De Vroome downed Szabo in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, from the No. 5 line to boost the Trojans lead to 2-0. A short time after, 10th ranked Sarmiento defeated Ore, 6-4, 6-2, from the No. 1 line to increase USC’s lead to 3-0. The Trojans clinched the match on the No. 4 court when 84th ranked Hanfmann downed No. 100 Withrow, 6-2, 6-4.
    “USC did a good job of keeping its momentum rolling in the first sets and we weren’t ever able to get over the hump,” Denton said on singles. “This tournament is full of opportunities for us against top-10 opponents. We have to regroup and get ready to compete again tomorrow. Our challenge is to continue to work and get better and that’s what we intend to do.”

    Ole Miss Women’s Tennis Falls To Oklahoma State

    OXFORD, Miss. – In their first outdoor match of the 2013 season, the No. 26 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team lost a hard fought match to Oklahoma State here Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

    The Rebels return to the courts Sunday at 11 a.m. to host No. 39 Washington.  Fans will have a chance to win an iPod shuffle.  The match is scheduled to be played outside, but could be moved indoors to the Gillom Sports Center, depending on the weather.

    Oklahoma State took the opening doubles point, but the two teams split the first sets in singles.  Four of the matches went three sets, but Oklahoma State won all of them including the clincher at No. 6 singles.

    “Obviously this isn’t the result we wanted,” head coach Mark Beyers said.  “The result doesn’t indicate how close the match really was and the chances that we had.  Even though it’s 6-1 we were in the match, we just didn’t capitalize on the opportunities.  We have to start taking advantage of those chances.  We haven’t done that yet this year.  We haven’t done a good job when we get behind in sets of coming back.    We have to do a better job at that.”

    The Rebels won at No. 1 doubles convincingly as 39th-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic downed OSU’s Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana 8-1.  But the Cowgirls claimed the No. 2 and 3 matches 8-5 for the point.

    Each team won three first sets.  Milutinovic finished off Narattana 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles to put the Rebels on the board.

    Oklahoma State’s C.C. Sardinha powered her way to a 6-3, 6-2 win over sophomore Erin Stephens at No. 3 singles to put the Cowgirls back on top for good.

    Freshman Mai El Kamash dug herself back into the match on court two against Meghan Blevins after dropping the first set.  Blevins ended up winning it in three, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to make it 3-1.  The match was decided when junior Vief Vlaar, playing her first dual match of the season, fell to Karyn Guttormsen 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.

    No. 11 Florida Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 5 Pepperdine, 4-1, at ITA National Indoors

    Seattle, Wash.—The No. 11 Florida men’s tennis team lost for the first time this season on Friday in the first round of the 2013 ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship. No. 5 Pepperdine proved to be too much for the Gators, beating UF, 4-1, in Seattle, Wash. Florida will face No. 13 California on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

    Pepperdine, 6-0 on the season, got on the scoreboard first after winning the doubles point. The Waves got a win from the duo of Sebastian Fanselow and Alex Sarkissian on court two over Mike Alford and Florent Diep, 8-5. Pepperdine clinched the point with a win at No. 1 singles, as Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara defeated Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson, 8-6.

    The Gators’ Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek won, 8-5, against the Waves’ Mousheg Hovhannisyan and David Sofaer.

    In singles, Pepperdine extended its lead when Fanselow, the fourth-ranked player in the nation, defeated van Overbeek, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. Alcantara made it 3-0 for the higher seed with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Watson at No. 4 singles. Alford got the Gators on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Hovhannisyan on court five. The Waves clinched the team victory with a win on court two from Tearney over Diep, 6-3, 6-1.

    The remaining matches were halted on courts three and six after Pepperdine clinched the victory. Piro led Sarkissian, 6-2, 2-1 at No. 3 singles, while Federhofer dropped the first set, 6-2, but led in the second set, 4-1, on court six against Sofaer.

    Hogs fall to No. 17 Tulsa

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 51 University of Arkansas men’s tennis team dropped a hard fought match to No. 17 Tulsa on Friday evening at the Dills Indoor Tennis Facility. Arkansas drops to 8-3 while Tulsa moves to 5-4 on the season.

    “This was the first match of the year that we won the doubles point and lost the match,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We felt pretty good after doubles; good energy. Tulsa just really came out in singles and took it to us, winning all six first set.”

    In front of a large enthusiastic crowd, the Razorbacks came out strong and took the doubles point with solid play from all three doubles teams. Hell Fess and Santiago Munoz got the Hogs going taking the first match 8-5. Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott clinched the doubles point with a tiebreak victory over Grant Ive and Tristen Jackson. Gregoire Lehmann and Mike Ward were also in a tie break on court two when the match was clinched.

    The Golden Hurricane responded in singles winning in two sets on courts three, four and six giving them the 3-1 lead.

    After dropping the first set, Lehmann came back to take the second set 6-3 to force a third against No. 101 Clifford Marsland, but could not pull off the win in the third dropping the set.

    Nott also took Tristen Jackson to three-sets, but could not close out the match dropping the third set 6-3.

    Jeske dropped a tight two-set match to No. 54 Japie DeKlark.


    KNOXVILLE – A three-set battle by Joanna Henderson on court four sealed the victory for the No. 25 University of Tennessee women’s tennis team as they handed No. 54 Indiana its first loss of the season 4-3 Friday night at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

    Henderson battled from down 4-3 to tie the game up at four-all, break the serve of her opponent Sophie Garre, and go on to serve for the victory.

    The Lady Vols earned their first win of the season (1-4), improved their series lead to 18-13 over the Hoosiers and extended its home win-streak over Indiana (8-1) to 10 games.

    “It was a great feeling getting the win tonight,” said co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick. “We have played hard this year against some tough teams and to finally get the victory was just a great thing for this team.”

    The Lady Vols started the night off slowly, and for the fourth time this season, dropped the doubles point to begin the match, but it didn’t come easily to Indiana.

    Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson fell 8-5 on court two to start things, but the third-ranked doubles tandem of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely evened things out at one-all with an 8-5 defeat over the No. 44 team of Sophie Garre and Leslie Hureau to win their fourth-straight match.

    It all came down to court three and although Sarah Toti and Mimi Fotopoulos battled, they were just edged by the Indiana duo of Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy who earned the 9-7 win and the doubles point.

    In singles, No. 18 Boren rolled to a 6-0, 1-0 (inj.) victory over Hureau to tie everything up at one. Hureau retired due to an injury, but Boren was on a roll and likely would have earned the win regardless.

    No. 34 Szekely helped add to the Lady Vols’ lead when she took down Katie Klyzcek 6-2, 6-1 on court two. The Hoosiers tied it up at two-all when Shannon Murdy defeated Sarah Toti 6-0, 6-3. The match marked Toti’s first singles match back in dual play since tearing her ACL last March.

    Indiana regained the lead when Carolyn Chupa defeated Mimi Fotopoulos in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, despite the best efforts of the Tennessee freshman.

    However, Williams battled to earn her first singles match of the dual season with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Alecia Kauss to even things up at three in a match that came down to No. 4 singles, setting up the win for Henderson.

    Williams took home the first set win, and looked as though she might drop the second set down 5-6, love-30 in the second set. But Williams rebounded, responded and came away with the win.

    On court four, after dropping the first set of the day 3-6, Henderson forced a third set with a 6-1 second frame victory. The sophomore, who improved to 3-1 on the year in three-set matches earned her come-from-behind three set win.