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    Today In SEC Tennis: February 17

    Kentucky Completes Comeback to Down No. 6 Georgia 4-2
     
    SEATTLE, Wash. – After falling behind 2-0 early on in the match, the seventh ranked University of Kentucky men’s tennis team used singles play to pick up wins on courts one, two, five and six to power their way past No. 6 Georgia, 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in the final day of action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Indoor Championships inside the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle.
     
    “This was a great, gutsy performance by my boys today,” UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. “We bounced back really well after the doubles point and I am proud of the heart that they showed in the match.”
     
    The clinching match in singles came on court five as junior and Lexington, Ky.,native Grant Roberts came back from down a set to edge Garrett Brasseaux 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2) and clinch the win for the Wildcats. Roberts dropped the first set before picking up an early break 3-2 in the second set to hold things steady and he won the final four games of the set to force a third set at 6-2. In the third set, Roberts fell down an early break at 3-2 before breaking Brasseaux at 4-3 to get things level at four all. The two would exchange the final four games of the match to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Roberts got up a mini-break early and never looked back, taking the tiebreaker 7-2 and clinching the final point on an overrule from the chair.
     
    The win gave Roberts his third match-clinching match on the season, as he had additionally clinched the match against No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 29 Notre Dame.
     
    The first point in the match was the doubles point, which went to the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia picked up wins on courts two and three to clinch the point. On court two, the Bulldogs went ahead double break at 3-0 early in the match and never surrendered thelead as Nathan Pasha and Brasseaux downed UK’s Alejandro Gomez and Ryuji Hirooka 8-4. On court three, Kentucky earned the break to start the match and held it for most of the duration of the match. UK lost the break at 5-4, and UGA would hang on to win the match and the doubles point with an 8-5 win on court three.
     
    “It was tough to lose the doubles point, because we had our chances. We had a couple of break points on a couple different spots, but were unable to convert.” Kauffmann said.  
     
    Georgia (5-3) took a 2-0 lead in the match when No. 41 Hernus Pieters knocked off Gomez 6-1, 6-2 on courtthree. Gomez lost his serve early in both sets and was not able to fight out of the hole against Pieters as the Dawgs went up 2-0.
     
    Kentucky (10-2) would then come back to win the next four singles matches to clinch the win, beginningwith Kevin Lai’s win on court six. Lai got up a break at 2-0 in the opening set and rode that out, picking up an insurance break late in the set to capture the 6-2 win. In the second set, Lai would break at 3-2 and go up 4-2 before serving the match out at 6-3 in the second set to get Kentucky on the board.
     
    No. 29 Tom Jomby would square the match on court two with a straight-sets win over No. 92 Ben Wagland of Georgia, 6-4, 6-4. Both sets were relatively similar as Jomby picked up a single break in both frames to give himself the straight-sets win. Jomby’s break came at 3-3 in the opening set to give him 4-3 where he served it out at 6-4. In the second set, Jomby held serve at 5-3 in a prolonged game that saw three deuces before he catapulted a forehand winner down the line to give the Wildcats their second point in the match.
     
    Kentucky would see the front end of the scoreboard for the first time all afternoon when No. 90 Anthony Rossi defeated No. 21 Nathan Pasha in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7). Rossi broke in the first set at 3-2 to go up 4-2 where he would hold the rest of the way to close out the set at 6-4. In the second set, all 12 games were holds of serve as the duo entered the tiebreak deadlocked at six all. In the tiebreak, Rossi dropped his serve early, as Pasha took the early lead before Rossi struck for three-straight points from down 3-4 to up 6-4 where he would close out the tiebreaker after serving at 9-7.
     
    On court four, Charles Minc was just two points away from capturing the match, as he had a major comeback in the later part of the match. Minc dropped the opening set 6-4 before righting the ship and charging back for a 6-1 second-set win to force a crucial set. Minc dropped his serve at 1-1 before getting it back at 2-1 and going up a break at 3-1 in the final frame. Minc would have an opportunity to clinch the match for Kentucky by serving it out at 5-3, but was broken at love, opening the door for Roberts to close out the match on court five.
     
    Roberts dropped the first set before picking up an early break 3-2 in the second set to hold things steady and he won the final four games of the set to force a third set at 6-2. In the third set, Roberts fell down an early break at 3-2 before breaking Brasseaux at 4-3 to get things level at four all. The two would exchange the final four games of the match to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Roberts got up a mini-break early and never looked back, taking the tiebreaker 7-2 and clinching the final point on an overrule from the chair.
     
    Minc’s match was abandoned with Minc up 0-30 on UGA’s Nick Wood with Wood serving down 4-5.
     
    “We didn’t panic in the locker room and the guys did a really good job of coming out and playing extremely tough, solid singles matches to get the win.” Kauffmann said.

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    Gamecocks Drop 4-3 Decision at William & Mary

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 17, 2013) — The 30th-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision at No. 47 William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., on Sunday at McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. South Carolina fell to 4-3 on the season with the loss, while the Tribe improved to 8-2.

    William & Mary grabbed the doubles point from South Carolina, just the second time this season the Gamecocks have surrendered the doubles. The No. 4-ranked duo of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans defeated Carolina’s No. 57 team of Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova 8-5 at the top of the lineup, but the Gamecocks countered with Josefin Andersson and Katerina Popova’s 8-3 triumph over Anik Cepeda and Hope Johnson on court two. The Tribe, though, took the final match on court three with Leeza Nemchinov and Sydney Smith beating Adriana Pereira and Ximena Siles Luna 8-6.

    The Tribe rattled off two more points to begin singles play by winning courts three and five. Nemchinov finished first at the No. 3 spot with a 6-0, 7-5 win against Kanakova, and Cepeda made it 3-0 after winning in straight sets over Pereira 6-3, 6-2 at five.

    The Gamecocks, though, quickly closed the deficit to just one point with wins from Andersson and Popova. Andersson won convincingly versus Smith at No. 6 singles by a 6-0, 6-3 score, while Popova registered a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Loomans at the No. 2 spot.

    The remaining matches on courts one and four decided the outcome with both going three sets. At one, 59th-ranked Alawi dropped the first to Belaya 6-4, but she fought back to win the second 6-4. Siles Luna also lost her first set 6-4 to Johnson, but she stormed back to take the second set 6-2.

    After three games had finished in the third sets, Siles Luna had a 2-1 lead while Alawi trailed 2-1. Siles Luna then pushed ahead 4-1 in the third, but Alawi faced a 4-2 deficit. Alawi got a game back to make it 4-3, but Belaya scored the next two games to lift the Tribe to victory over the Gamecocks. Siles Luna went on for a 6-3 win over Johnson in the third.

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    LADY VOL TENNIS DOWNS OHIO STATE 6-1

    KNOXVILLE – The No. 25 University of Tennessee women’s tennis team improved to 2-0 at home with a resounding 6-1 victory over No. 55 Ohio State Sunday at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

    The Lady Vols (2-4) won their 13th straight match and remained perfect at home (7-0), improving to 16-1 all-time against the Buckeyes (4-3) with the win.

    “This match was good for the team,” said co-head coach Mike Patrick. “They fought hard today and battled at every position. It was good to see the experienced players playing like they should and the younger players fighting.”

    For the second time this season, and the second time against a Big 10 school, the Lady Vols captured the doubles point. The nation’s third-ranked team of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely was the first to finish taking an 8-2 win from Kara Cecil and Noelle Malley. The win was the 25th of the season for the duo and their fifth straight in dual match action.

    Capturing the doubles point were Sarah Toti and Mimi Fotopoulos with an 8-2 win over Fida Manashirova and Kelsey Dieters. The win marked Toti’s first victory since returning from her ACL tear and was a big one to put the Lady Vols up 1-0 early.

    Szekely gave the Lady Vols a 2-0 lead earning a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. The No. 34 ranked senior dropped the first three points of the match, but rallied off six straight points for the first set win. She triumphed in 12 of the final 14 points of the match to come away with the win.

    It was the Lady Vol freshmen who sealed the victory as Tiffany Tavares battled to a 7-5, 6-2 win over Noelle Malley to earn the third point of the match, while her classmate Mimi Fotopoulos rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win over her opponent Grainne O’Neill just minutes later to seal the win.

    Adding to the total was sophomore Caitlyn Williams who finished out her 6-3, 7-5 win with a huge forehand down the line and past Gabby Steele to give the Lady Vols a 5-0 edge in the match.

    Fellow sophomore Joanna Henderson tallied the sixth point of the match for the Lady Vols coming from behind in the second set tie-break to earn a 6-4, 7-6 (8) victory over No. 93 Manashirova, and her first-ever win over a ranked opponent in her UT career.

    Ohio State earned its lone point of the day as No. 52 Kelsey Dieters came back in a third set tiebreak besting No. 18 Brynn Boren 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10) to squelch the shutout bid.

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    No. 2 Gator Women’s Tennis Fall at No. 4 Duke, 4-0

    DURHAM, N.C. – The second-ranked University of Florida women’s tennis team competed on the road for the first time this season and dropped its first dual match, falling to fourth-ranked Duke, 4-0, at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N.C.

    The loss halted the Gator’s overall win streak at 25, dating back to last year when the team lost 5-2 at Stanford on Feb. 12, 2012. That also was the last time Florida (3-1) dropped the doubles point, which it did on Sunday, as Duke (7-1) captured wins on courts three and two, with the clincher decided in a tiebreak.

    “We had plenty of chances to win the doubles point and we won four first sets in singles,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “Duke was the better team at the end of sets. They played with great passion and had a great crowd. I thought they were the better team today. Our job now is to forget it and play again tomorrow at a high level. Even though we lost this one, this trip is exactly what we need. We need quality opponents. Our team will continue to improve with these quality matches that we’re playing.”

    The Gators will need to regroup quickly, as they play at No. 1 North Carolina on Monday in Raleigh at 2 p.m.

    Florida’s Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen did capture an 8-4 against Duke’s seventh-ranked Mary Clayton and Ester Goldfeld on court one after the Blue Devils began the match with an 8-4 decision on court three. In the deciding doubles-point match, Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan held a 6-4 lead before Annie Mulholland and Marianne Jodoin won three straight games to take the 7-6 lead. The teams then held in the next three games en route to the tiebreak that Duke won 7-3.

    Florida jumped out and won the first game on all six singles courts, with Embree, Cercone, Morgan and Olivia Janowicz able to win their respective first sets.

    Duke, however, took a 2-0 lead in the team scoring when Monica Turewicz defeated Danielle Collins, 6-4, 7-5 on court four.

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    Kentucky Women’s Tennis Knocks off No. 54 Indiana

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team recorded its second win over a ranked opponent of the week on Sunday, defeating No. 54 Indiana 4-3 at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex.

    “I couldn’t be any more proud of my players,” UK head coach Carlos Drada said. “They have bought into our process and they’re actually believing that they can execute what they’ve been working on and that they can execute it under pressure.”

    Kentucky earned an early lead Sunday morning, taking two of three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point. Sophomore Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff and junior CeCe Witten paired up in the No. 2 doubles slot and won the first doubles match recorded, 8-1. Indiana took the No. 3 doubles match 8-3, leaving the doubles point to be decided on court one.

    The No. 1 doubles match saw a constant back-and-forth as junior Caitlin McGraw and freshman Nadia Ravita looked to improve on their 3-1 record on the year by knocking off Leslie Hureau and Sophie Garre. The tandems were deadlocked at 4-4 before McGraw and Ravita surged to claim the match 8-6 and clinch the doubles point for Kentucky.

    “We did great in doubles,” Drada said. “Winning that point was very important for us going forward in the match and obviously had a major impact on the outcome.”

    Leading 1-0, Kentucky added on early in singles play with two quick wins in the No. 1 and 2 singles spots. Senior Jessica Stiles stepped up and took the No. 2 doubles point in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. On court one; Ravita battled Hureau in the first set, winning the tie-breaker 7-4 to take the first set. Ravita finished Hureau in the second set 6-3 and increased Kentucky’s lead to 3-0.

    With Kentucky one point away from clinching the match, Indiana was not ready to back away. Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Kirsten Lewis had taken the first sets on courts three and four but Alecia Kauss and Garre battled back to take both points in three sets.

    Indiana took the No. 5 singles match in straight sets and tied the match at 3-3. Sophomore Stephanie Fox and Indiana’s Shannon Murdy took the court as the deciding match. Fox put the team on her back and defeated Murdy in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, to clinch the match for Kentucky.

    “Stephanie was very solid today,” Drada said. “It was great to have her as our last player; she really stepped up to the opportunity.”

    Kentucky’s match with Northern Kentucky on Sunday at 6 p.m. was cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.

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    Ole Miss Women’s Tennis Downs Washington 6-1

    OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 26 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team bounced back from a disappointing loss on Friday to down No. 39 ranked Washington 6-1 here Sunday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
                   
    With the win, the Rebels improved to 2-3 on the season, while Washington dropped to 6-3.  The Rebels took the opening doubles point and then secured singles wins from Erin Stephens, Julia Jones and Mai El Kamash to even the series with the Dawgs 1-1.
                   
    “We really needed this one,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “We’ve had a couple of tough losses, and obviously the one on Friday where we were in the match and didn’t convert on some of the leads we had.  This is a really good Washington team, and to beat them, we knew we had to come out and play well. We were able to win some close matches.   For our confidence and looking ahead to the rest of the schedule, this was huge.”
                   
    The Rebels had been struggling to win the doubles, with all new teams and without the services of Iris Verboven.  Coach Beyers elected to change up the teams some on Sunday, and it worked.  Vief Vlaar and El Kamash teamed up to post an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles and then the one constant in doubles, Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic, ranked No. 39 in the nation, clinched the point 8-5 at No. 1.  They are now 5-0 in dual matches, 3-0 at No. 1 doubles.
                   
    Each team then won three first sets in singles.  In the three matches where Ole Miss won the first sets, they were able to close out in straight sets.  
                   
    In another switch, Coach Beyers moved Stephens down to No. 4 and Jones to No. 3.  Stephens won her first set against UW’s Julija Lukac 6-4 and then dominated the second 6-0 to put the Rebels up 2-0.  Jones followed up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Elianne Douglas-Miron at No. 3 singles to increase it to 3-0.
                  
    Washington got on the board, when Natali Coronel finished off Milutinovic 6-4, 6-2 on court five.  
                   
    With the Dawgs having won the first sets on one and six El Kamash put the matter to rest with her 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Andjela Nemcevic at No. 2 singles to clinch the victory.
                   
    “It was great to bounce back after Friday’s loss,” said freshman El Kamash.  “Washington was a good team, so to beat them 6-1 is great.    Winning the doubles really helped us.  I am really happy I was able to close it out for the team.   I have had some tough matches losing in three sets, but today I was able to clinch the first set and finish it up in the second.”

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    Vanderbilt Falls To TCU

    FORT WORTH, Texas - Vanderbilt's women's tennis team came up just short in its quest of sweeping two road matches in the Lone Star State. One day after topping No. 18 Baylor, 5-2, Vanderbilt ended its two-match Texas road trip with a 4-3 loss at No. 34 TCU on Sunday. 

TCU (5-1) built a 1-0 lead to earn the hard-fought doubles point.

    Vanderbilt (5-4) took the first three completed singles matches in the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 positions to take a 3-2 lead in the match. 

However, TCU rallied by winning the Nos. 1, 2, and 3 singles matches to claim the match. TCU clinched the victory when Olivia Smith overcame a one-set deficit to defeat 38th-ranked Lauren Mira, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.

    All three doubles matches delivered intense, competitive play on the court. In the No. 1 position, Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira came up short against Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith, 8-6.

    The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches provided the most suspense, as each match went to the tiebreak. Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares recorded the lone win for Vanderbilt over Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram, 9-8. Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn fell in a heartbreaker, 9-8, to Gabi Barbosa and Simona Parajova.

    Casares won her match at No. 4 over Nichols, 6-2, 6-2. The win was her 12th of the season. Altick recorded her 10th win of the season with her victory at No. 5 over the Horned Frogs’ Denti, 6-3, 6-2. Antal delivered her sixth-straight win, as she defeated Sundaram in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

    Colton was defeated by Stefanie Tan in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, while Sellyn fell to the hands of Parajova, 6-1, 6-3.

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    Arkansas collects two victories

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 51 University of Arkansas men’s tennis team improved its record to 10-3 with two victories Sunday over UMKC (5-2) and Oral Roberts (6-1) at the Dills Indoor Tennis Facility.
        
    Arkansas got off to a quick start in doubles play winning on courts two and three. The duo of Christian Lee and Pete Thomason dominated court three not allowing UMKC to score a point. Mike Nott and Victor Hoang grabbed the other victory for doubles giving Arkansas the 1-0 lead in the dual match.
    Thomason got the first singles point for the Hogs at the No. 6 spot, taking down David Heckler 6-1, 6-2. Hall Fess and Lee followed with easy two-set victories. Hoang had a close second set against Ivonov, but pulled out the 7-5 win to give Arkansas the 5-0 lead.
        
    Ward dropped his match in a third-set tie break to Tomas Pitino on court one; while Santiago Munoz dropped his match in a long fought battle against Grant Fleming on court two. Arkansas won the first match of the day 5-2.
        
    Arkansas continued solid play in the second match of the day against Oral Roberts. The Hogs took the doubles point by winning on courts one and two. Fess and Munoz finished first taking down Jason Mechali and Pedro Mereno 8-3. Nott and Hoang clinched the doubles point defeating Fabian Zierleyn and Nathanial Avery 8-3.
        
    Thomason stayed consistent in the second match not allowing his opponent a point and giving Arkansas the 2-0 lead. Hoang, like Thomason, was dominant in singles taking down Mereno 6-1, 6-0 in the number three spot.
        
    Lee, like in the first match scored the fourth point for the Razorbacks, clinching the win. Lee defeated Braxton Bates 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 6 spot. Fess and Ward added two more points to the Hogs total after they both won in straight sets.  

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    Rebels Beat State 4-2 At ITA Indoors

    SEATTLE – For the second time in less than two weeks, the No. 12 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team faced No. 10 Mississippi State, this time in the team’s final match at the ITA National Team Indoors Sunday.  The Rebels got revenge for the earlier loss in the River Hills Mississippi Cup, taking down the Bulldogs 4-2 at the Seattle Tennis Club.
                   
    The win snaps a four-match losing streak for the Rebels in the series series and they conclude an overall successful weekend 2-1 after their win against No. 14 Tennessee on Saturday.  
                   
    After a huge win at No. 2 doubles to take the opening point, the Rebels earned straight set wins in singles from Nik Scholtz at one, Stefan Lindmark at five and the clincher from Adrian Forberg Skogeng at six to finish off the Bulldogs.
                   
    “This was a huge win for us,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “We stopped the streak and got it going in the right direction.  It was big to get the doubles point, especially after we served for it at 7-6 and didn’t get it. Stefan played well at five and Nik played great at one.  He served well and played well off the ground.  Great to see Nik beat (Romain) Bogaerts after losing to him down in Jackson.  Sko stepped up and closed it out for us again.  All-in-all, it was a great weekend.  To win two out of three against the top 16 teams in the nation, we’ll take it.”
                   
    In the previous meeting this year, the Rebels did not get off to a great start, dropping the doubles point.  Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen, ranked No. 16 in the nation, struggled in their match in Jackson, but this time, they downed 13th-ranked Malte Stropp and Jordan Angus 8-4 at No. 1.  
                   
    After State won the No. 3 match 8-4, all eyes turned to court two, where William Kallberg was serving to give the Rebels the doubles at 7-6. Unfortunately, the State duo of Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson broke to force a tiebreaker.  The 25th-ranked Reb tandem lost the first two points and then won seven straight to clinch the doubles.
                   
    In three prior meetings this year, Scholtz, ranked No. 16, and Bogaerts, ranked No. 19, had gone three sets twice, including down in Jackson.  Bogaerts had won the two indoor meetings, but Scholtz stepped up big Sunday winning 6-4, 6-2 to put the Rebels ahead, 2-1.  Moments later, Lindmark finished off Bulldog Stefan Vinti 6-4, 6-1 at court five to push the lead to 3-1.
                   
    Two of the three remaining matches went three sets just like they did in Jackson.  State’s James Chaudry defeated 40th-ranked Kallberg 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 on court three to cut into the lead.  
                   
    Forberg Skogeng won a key first set tiebreaker 7-6(5) against State’s  Zach White, while Lutjen and Stropp, who have played many times, headed to a third set for the second time in two weeks at No. 2 singles.   With those two locked at 2-2 in the third, Forberg Skogeng made sure it wouldn’t be necessary, taking the second set against White 6-3 to clinch the victory.

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    Razorbacks fall at Oklahoma

    NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Arkansas women's tennis team played another close match, but fell to No. 42 Oklahoma 4-3. The Razorbacks lost by just one point for the third straight week, and were led by singles victories from Claudine Paulson, Sarah McLean, and Segou Jonker. The loss dropped the Razorbacks to 4-4 on the season.    

    "We definitely had our chances today to win it 4-3," Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty said. "Ultimately, it was Oklahoma that capitalized on their opportunities."

    Arkansas opened the day by dropping the doubles point. The duo of Kimberley - Ann and Sarah McLean earned an 8-5 victory over the Sooners' duo of Lancaster and Melrose, but Arkansas dropped the other two matches. Surin and McLean won their doubles match for the second straight week, and are 2-0 playing together this spring.

    After winning in doubles, Oklahoma won the first two singles matches to extend their lead to 3-0. Surin fell to Zita Engbroks 6-3, 7-6, and Yang Pang dropped her match against No. 87 Hermon Brhane 6-3, 6-3.

    The Razorbacks charged back into the match by winning the next two singles matches. Freshman Segou Jonker won the second singles match of her career, earning a three set victory over Oklahoma's Emma Devine. Senior Claudine Paulson also earned a three set victory which cut the Sooner lead to 3-2. After dropping the second set without winning a game, Paulson rallied back to clinch an important win in the third set. Paulson defeated Mia Lancaster 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, and extended her dual singles record to a team-best 7-1.

    Oklahoma clinched the match with the next result, as Flavia Araujo fell to Abbi Melrose 6-4, 6-4. Sarah McLean finished the day on a solid note for the Razorbacks, winning a hard fought three set match 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Whitney Wofford. McLean is now 4-2 in singles on the season.

    "We played good doubles again," Hegarty said. "There is no question that this stretch of close matches will help us grow stronger."

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    No. 11 Florida Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 24 Washington, 4-1

    Seattle, Wash.—The No. 11 Florida men’s tennis team wrapped up play at the 2013 ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship with a 4-1 loss to host Washington in Seattle on Sunday night. The Gators fall to 6-3 on the season, while the Huskies improved to 7-4.

    Florida came up just short in doubles, splitting the first two matches before Washington’s Viktor Farkas and Jeff Hawke defeated UF’s duo of Luke Johnson and Bob van Overbeek, 8-6, on court three.

    The Gators’ took the first doubles match, as Mike Alford and Florent Diep beat Marton Bots and Max Manthou, 8-2, at the No. 2 position. At the top spot, the Huskies’ Kyle McMorrow and Emmett Egger took down Florida’s Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson, 8-4.

    In singles, Washington extended its lead with a win from Bots at No. 2 singles over Diep, 6-4, 6-2. Florida got on the board with a win from Watson on court three over Egger, 6-2, 6-4. The Huskies secured another point on court one, as 18th-ranked McMorrow defeated van Overbeek, 6-2, 7-6 (3), pulling within one point of securing the team victory.

    Just as it looked like the Gators would get another point from Federhofer on court five, Washington’s Manthou closed out Alford on court four to clinch the match. After dropping the first set to Alford, Manthou rallied to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.