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    The Alabama men’s tennis team earned two wins on Saturday, beating Furman and Southern Miss in a doubleheader, 6-1. With the victories, the Crimson Tide improved to 9-3 on the season. After sweeping the doubles matches against Furman, the men kept the pedal to the metal in the singles portion of the match, picking up three straight victories to clinch the victory. First to finish was freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey. Junior Carlos Taborga, while the clinching point was earned by junior Daniil Proskura. Senior Jarryd Botha also went on to earn his sixth win of the season at the No. 1 position after showing great perseverance in his victory over Andrew Mellow, 6-3, 3-6, 13-11. In the afternoon match against the Golden Eagles, Alabama collected the doubles point after winning on courts one and two and then picked up another two quick points in singles on the same courts. O’Shaughnessey was dominant in his 6-1, 6-1 victory while Proskura improved to 12-0 on the season after his 6-4, 6-0 win from the No. 1 position. Senior Harris Barnard would clinch the match for the Tide on court five with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-5 decision. Also earning wins was Taborga and sophomore Philippe Tsangarides. Alabama now opens the SEC portion of its schedule, hosting Ole Miss on Friday at 3 p.m. CT and Mississippi State on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
    The No. 52 University of Arkansas men's tennis team defeated No. 71 Purdue in an intense 4-3 match in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday afternoon. The Razorbacks improve their 2013 season record to 11-3. Arkansas got off to a great start winning the doubles point in close wins coming from partners Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz and the duo of Mike Ward and Gregoire Lehmann. Intense play continued with singles play. Crucial wins from juniors Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott gave Arkansas the 3-2 lead. Sophomore Victor Hoang clinched the victory with a three-set victory for the Hogs. Conference play kicks off this weekend with road trips to No. 6 Kentucky on Friday and No. 33 Vanderbilt on Sunday. 
    The21st-ranked Auburn Tigers (8-2) wrapped up non-conference play by splitting a pair of matches last weekend with No. 51 Clemson and No. 66 Georgia tech. The Tigers fell to Clemson 5-2 and earned a 6-1 win over the Yellow Jackets Junior Dennis Lengsfeld was a bright spot, winning both of his singles matches during the weekend, and the Tigers remained a perfect 10-for-10 in clinching the doubles point. However, the top-ranked duo of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane fell for the first time this spring, dropping an 8-3 decision to the No. 3-ranked Georgia Tech team of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal. Auburn begins SEC play this week, hosting No. 11 Mississippi State at 2 p.m. Friday before taking on No. 10 Ole Miss at 1 p.m. Sunday. 
    The Florida men’s tennis team was on court for over four hours on Saturday, dropping a tightly contested match to No. 16 Baylor, 4-3, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. After falling behind early, the Gators evened the match at 3-3 but couldn’t pull out a victory. The Gators fell to 6-4 on the season and look to begin SEC play next weekend. UF will welcome No. 14 Texas A&M to Gainesville next Sunday at 1 p.m. After facing the Aggies, Florida will hit the road for its next five SEC matches.
    The Georgia men's tennis team went 2-0 in its most recent outings, defeating Furman 6-1 on Sunday and East Tennessee State 5-2 on Monday to improve to 7-3 on the season heading into Friday's SEC opener vs. Tennessee. The Bulldogs won doubles in each of the matches, now winners of eight doubles points out of their 10 matches in 2013, while the squad is now 5-0 at home this season. Georgia's match vs. the Volunteers is set for Friday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. 
    The sixth-ranked University of Kentucky men’s tennis team traveled to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend and collected two wins in a doubleheader with Samford University and Jacksonville State, both by a score of 5-1, to move to 12-2 on the season. No. 90 Anthony Rossi picked up his 93rd and 94th career wins in a UK uniform on Sunday with wins in both matches for the Wildcats. Also picking up wins in both ends of the doubleheader for the Wildcats were Beck Pennington, Kevin Lai and Juan Pablo Murra. Kentucky now sits at 12-2 overall on the season, and will now shift its focus to therigors of SEC play this upcoming weekend. Kentucky welcomes No. 52 Arkansas to the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on Friday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET before the Wildcats will face off against LSU on Sunday afternoon. 
    The No. 24 LSU Tigers lost to No. 4 Ohio State in Columbus 7-0 on Sunday afternoon on February 24 in the first match of a double-header. LSU finished off the afternoon with a 6-1 victory over Wright State. The win pushes the Tigers to a 5-2 record at the start of conference play. LSU's next match will be March 1 at Vanderbilt.
    Ole Miss
    The Rebels host No.32 Memphis Wednesday before the start of Southeastern Conference play this weekend.  Sophomore Nik Scholtz was named the SEC Player of the Week last week after going 7-0 in singles and doubles to lead the Rebels to a top-10 finish at the ITA National Team Indoor.
    Mississippi State
    On the heels of the beginning of SEC play, the No. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs closed out nonconference play with wins against Samford and No. 47 Middle Tennessee this past weekend at home. The moves put MSU at 10-2 for the season and atop the SEC West heading into conference play. Saturday, State took down the visiting Bulldogs from Samford University in dominating fashion, winning 7-0. State returned to play the following day, hosting the No. 47 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. In what would prove to be a tougher match, the Bulldogs clinched a 4-3 decision with a 7-5, 6-1 victory from No. 19 Romain Bogaerts against No. 98 Ben Davis. Also highlighting the Bulldogs' victory was a 6-3, 6-1 victory from freshmen Jordan Angus, who improved to 11-0 for the spring. MSU will return to action this Friday, as they travel to the neighboring state of Alabama to begin conference play. No. 11 MSU will battle No. 21 Auburn Friday and close out its two game road swing Sunday against the No. 55 Alabama Crimson Tide.  
    South Carolina
    South Carolina won two of its three matches last week, splitting a pair of top-40 opponents. The Gamecocks carry a 9-4 record into a big weekend, opening SEC action and hosting arch-rival Clemson. The SEC opener is a rematch of last season's NCAA Tournament first-round match between South Carolina and Texas A&M, which the Aggies won. The Gamecocks' top doubles team of Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov posted an 8-6 win over the nation's eighth-ranked tandem from UNC Wilmington to kick off last week's action. The duo has been effective all season long with a 6-3 record that has set the tone for the rest of doubles play. Sophomore Thiago Pinheiro continues to play aggressive, confident tennis, adding three wins last week to improve to 8-1 in dual matches this spring and 13-3 overall. Sophomore Andrew Adams picked up a pair of singles wins last week as he rediscovers his form after a slow, injury-plagued start to his season.
    The Tennessee Volunteers (12-3) had the weekend off after playing 15 matches over the first month of the season. The Vols open conference play on the road against Georgia on Friday, which will also serve as the first outdoor match of the season for UT, weather permitting. The Vols will then finish the weekend by playing their final non-conference match of the season on the road against Georgia Tech.
    Texas A&M
    No. 14 Texas A&M went .500 on the weekend, splitting matches with Tulsa and Oklahoma. The Aggies downed the No. 17 Golden Hurricanes, 5-2, and dropped the contest to Oklahoma, 5-2. Texas A&M continues its lengthy stretch against ranked opponents, taking on No. 48 South Carolina on Friday in Columbia, S.C. and No. 16 Florida on Sunday in Gainesville. Underclassmen have accounted for an astounding 37-of-42 points in singles. The freshman pair of Adams and Vinsant lead the team in singles victories with eight.
    Texas A&M is a combined 42-21 in singles and 21-8 in doubles.
    No. 33 Vanderbilt ran its win streak to four after defeating the 30th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, 5-2, and the Belmont Bruins, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center. With the two wins, Vanderbilt is now 9-3 on the season. Vanderbilt is now 3-0 this season versus teams from the Big 10 Conference. After losing the doubles point versus Indiana, the Commodores regrouped and won five of the six matches in singles play. In the match versus Belmont, Vanderbilt won the doubles point and then received wins at Nos. 1, 4 and 5 to clinch the match. Kris Yee has won 10-straight singles matches, while Ryan Lipman leads the team with 20 singles victories. Vanderbilt hosts No. 24 LSU (March 1) and No. 52 Arkansas (March 3) to kick off SEC play next weekend at the Currey Tennis Center.