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    The Alabama men’s tennis team dropped its match last week against the Clemson Tigers, 5-2, at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 7-3 on the season. The match started off with the men splitting their first two doubles matches, with junior Carlos Taborga and sophomore Philippe Tsangarides dropping an 8-2 decision while junior Daniil Proskura and sophomore David Vieyra defeated their opponent, 8-5. The point would then come down to court one, where senior Jarryd Botha and freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey lost a tough match to the team of Yannick Maden and Zachary Rigsby, 8-6. The Tide was able to get a pair of wins in singles from Proskura, who is now 10-0 at No. 3 singles on the season, and Tsangarides. Alabama returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Furman and Southern Miss in a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

    The No. 51 University of Arkansas men’s tennis team went 2-1 this weekend falling to No. 17 Tulsa Friday evening and defeating UMKC and Oral Roberts in a doubleheaders Sunday. This moves Arkansas record to 10-3 for the 2013 season. In front of a packed house, Arkansas stole the doubles point from the Golden Hurricane. The doubles pair of Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz won at the three spot followed by an intense victory for Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott at ones. The Razorbacks could not hold on during singles and ended up dropping the match 1-6 to Tulsa. The Hogs rebounded on Sunday, dominating the doubleheader with UMKC and Oral Roberts. Arkansas defeats UMKC 5-2 followed by a 6-1 victory over Oral Roberts.  Arkansas is on the road at Purdue this weekend for a match on the 23 against the Boilermakers.

    Auburn (7-1) did not compete last week, but it was a big week for the 22nd-ranked Tigers nonetheless. The doubles team of senior Andreas Mies and junior Daniel Cochrane moved up to No. 1 in the ITA doubles rankings, the second time in three seasons for an Auburn team to claim the national top doubles spot (Tim Puetz/Alex Stamchev, 2011). Auburn hosts Clemson at 2 p.m. Friday and Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. Sunday to close out non-conference play.

    The Florida tennis team had a rough weekend at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle, losing all three matches. In the opener, the Gators fell to No. 5 Pepperdine, 4-1, in a matchup of last year’s ITA Indoors opening match. In the consolation matches, Florida lost to No. 13 California, 4-1, and No. 24 Washington, 4-1. UF returns home this weekend to face No. 18 Baylor on Saturday.

    The No. 6 Georgia men's tennis team (5-3) went 1-2 on the weekend at the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, earning a 4-0 win over Ole Miss in the round of 16 before suffering a 4-1 setback to No. 3 UCLA in the quarterfinals and a hard-fought 4-2 loss to Kentucky Sunday in the quarterfinal consolation round. The Bulldogs were without senior KU Singh on the trip and without freshman Nick Wood for the UCLA match, but still managed to win the doubles point all three days while going a combined 6-1 in completed doubles matches in the tournament. The Bulldogs will open the outdoor season next weekend, hosting Furman and ETSU on Sunday and Monday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.

    Kentucky advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championships this weekend in Seattle, recording wins over No. 10 Mississippi State (4-0), and No. 6 Georgia (4-2). With the wins this weekend, UK recorded their seventh win of the season over teams in the top 25 of the ITA rankings, as the Wildcats are now 3-1 versus teams in the top 10. UK’s No. 90 Anthony Rossi went 2-0 in singles action, defeating No. 12 Raymond Sarmiento of Southern Cal and knocking off No. 21 Nathan Pasha of Georgia 6-4, 7-6 (7) on Sunday. Tom Jomby also went 2-0 in singles play this weekend, collecting two straight-set wins. On Friday, Jomby ran past No. 43 Malte Stroppe of Mississippi State 6-2, 6-0 before giving UK a crucial point in its match with UGA, collecting a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 92 over No. 92 Ben Wagland at the two slot. UK plays a doubleheader with Samford and Jacksonville State in Birmingham on Sunday, Feb. 24.

    The No. 25 LSU men's tennis team (4-1) defeated the No. 56 Rice Owls 4-3 on Thursday, February 14th. Their next match will be on Friday, February 22nd in Baton Rouge, La., against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

    Ole Miss
    Ole Miss went 3-1 last week including wins over No. 14 Tennessee and No. 10 Mississippi State at the ITA National Team Indoor.  The Rebels avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs in the River Hills Cup and snapped a four-match losing streak to their arch-rival.   The Rebels finished 2-1 at the ITA National Team Indoor with their lone loss coming to No. 6 Georgia.  Sophomore Nik Scholtz finished the week a perfect 7-0 in singles and doubles including five nationally ranked wins.  Against Georgia he teamed with Jonas Lutjen to defeat the No. 5 ranked doubles team. He helped clinch the doubles point against Tennessee and then won in straight sets against No. 11 ranked Mikelis Libietis to set up the clinching match at No. 6.  Against MSU, Scholtz defeated 19th-ranked Romain Bogaerts in straight sets, after losing to him in three sets in the previous match, to give the Rebels the lead for good.  He improved to 5-1 at No. 1 singles and 6-1 at No. 1 doubles with Jonas Lutjen.  Freshman Stefan Lindmark went 3-1 last week including posting straight set wins vs. Tennessee and State.  Senior Adrian Forberg Skogeng clinched both the Tennessee and Mississippi State matches.  He has now clinched eight matches in his career.  The Rebels are a combined 12-3 at the top three in singles and 16-4 at four of the six spots in the lineup.  The Rebels will now move outdoors with their next match Feb. 26 against Memphis.

    Mississippi State
    Highlighting the past week for the No. 10 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-2) was a dominating 4-0 victory against the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies in consolation play at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash.  The Bulldogs, who dropped a tough match against the 7th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats to open the tournament, rebounded in top fashion with the win against the newest member of the SEC. Freshman Jordan Angus, earning his first ranked win of the spring, helped fuel the MSU win, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against No. 67 Shane Vinsant. The MSU freshman and London, England, native is now 9-0 for the season, the best start from a Bulldog freshman since Rene’-Charles Combette started 9-0 in 2000. The Bulldogs return home to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre this weekend for two matches. State will face Samford Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, and No. 43 Middle Tennessee Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.

    South Carolina
    The Gamecocks had the week off following last weekend's comeback win over No. 34 NC State. South Carolina opens a busy week on Wednesday against No. 39 UNC Wilmington before traveling to William & Mary and No. 30 VCU over the weekend. Junior Tsvetan Mihov made his way into the singles rankings last week after sweeping his matches on the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Coming in at No. 94, Mihov boasts a 7-2 record at the top of the Gamecock order and has shown his teammates his strength in any type of match. His first win in last weekend's action came behind a pair of tiebreaks, which he followed by dropping just four games over two sets against the top player in the Wolfpack lineup. Sophomore Thiago Pinheiro has returned as the team's emotional leader after his come-from-behind victories last weekend, which lifted his dual-match record to 5-1 (10-3 overall). Sophomore Andrew Adams emerged as the warrior he is, claiming victory from the depths of defeat against NC State. Within a handful of points away from defeat, he shook off the rust his injury had built up to win the second set 7-5 and cruise to a 6-1 third-set victory.

    The 14th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (12-3) completed their stay at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 1-2 record. The Vols lost to UCLA and Ole Miss on the first two days before rallying from the brink to beat Texas A&M 4-3 to conclude the tournament. Senior Edward Jones fought off a break point to beat Jordan Szabo 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the decider on court 5. Mikelis Libietis and Brandon Fickey both paced the Vols with two singles wins each over the weekend. Libietis has started the year 10-1 at the No. 1 position and has a team-leading 24 victories. The Vols have four top-25 victories entering conference play. The Vols are off this week before returning to the road next weekend against Georgia and Georgia Tech.

    Texas A&M
    #15 Texas A&M falls to 7-3 on the year after dropping matches to No. 2 USC, No. 10 Mississippi State and No. 14 Tennessee at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Washington. Texas A&M continues its lengthy stretch against ranked opponents, taking on No. 17 Tulsa on Friday and No. 8 Oklahoma on Sunday at the George P. Mitchell Center in College Station, Texas. Underclassmen have accounted for an astounding 31-of-36 points in singles. The Aggies dropped 10-of-12 matches in singles and five-of-eight matches in doubles while at the prestigious tournament. Texas A&M is a combined 36-15 in singles and 19-6 in doubles.

    No. 40 Vanderbilt bounced back after falling to No. 47 Harvard last Sunday to defeat the 31st-ranked Memphis Tigers, 4-2, and the Lipscomb Bison, 4-0, Friday afternoon. With the two wins, Vanderbilt improved to 7-3 on the season. Vanderbilt has won five of the last six matches with Memphis. The Commodores received strong play from veteran Ryan Lipman and freshmen Kris Yee and Marc van der Merwe. All three players combined to go 6-0 in singles play, while Lipman and van der Merwe teamed up to go 2-0 in doubles play. Lipman and Yee are both on impressive runs as they are a combined 17-3 in their last 10 singles matches. Vanderbilt is back home for a doubleheader versus Indiana and Belmont Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Currey Tennis Center.