The eighth-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team moved to 16-2 overall and 8-1 in the SEC with wins over Kentucky and No. 19 Vanderbilt last weekend. In Friday’s match against the Wildcats, the Crimson Tide cruised to a 6-1 victory in its quickest finish of the season, while Sunday’s 4-3 thriller against the Commodores was the complete opposite, lasting nearly six hours. Alabama won the doubles point in both matches and got singles wins from each position throughout the weekend. No. 56 Alexa Guarachi continued her torrid winning streak in singles by being first to finish on both days, dropping a combined five games in two matches. With her 101 career victories, she is now just two wins away from becoming the all-time leader in singles victories for the Tide. Natalia Maynetto, ranked 113th in the nation, upped her singles winning streak to seven. In one of her most nail-biting matches of the season, Maynetto outlasted Vanderbilt’s Frances Altick to clinch Alabama’s 4-3 win over the Commodores. Next up, Alabama travels Missouri and Texas A&M on Friday, April, 5, and Sunday, April 7, respectively.
The No. 44 University of Arkansas women's tennis team fell in two home matches this weekend, losing 5-2 to South Carolina on Friday and 7-0 on Sunday to Florida. The Razorbacks record stands at 10-12, 3-7 SEC on the year. Against the Gamecocks, Arkansas' Yang Pang got her team leading sixth win over a ranked opponent of the year, and also got a singles victory from freshman Brittany Huxley. Arkansas is on the road next weekend, facing Tennessee on Friday and at Georgia on Sunday.
The No. 22 Auburn women’s tennis team split a pair of SEC home matches over the weekend losing to No. 19 Vanderbilt, 5-2 and defeating No. 47 Kentucky, 4-0. The Tigers stand at 15-5 and are 5-4 in the SEC. Against Kentucky, the Tiger’s picked up their 16th doubles win of the season. In singles, No. 36 Burgmans continued her success winning 6-0, 6-3 over No. 24 Nadia Ravita at the top spot. This was Burgmans’ sixth ranked win of the season. Burgmans is 12-2 in dual matches and 7-1 in SEC play while competing exclusively at the top spot in the lineup. Freshman Ashley Kitchen earned her first SEC victory. Kitchen is a perfect 6-0 (1-0 SEC) in dual match play. The loss to the Commodores was Auburn’s first home loss of the season. The No. 26 team of freshman Pleun Burgmans and senior Plamena Kurteva defeated Vanderbilt’s No. 18 tandem of Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton at the top spot. Burgmans and Kurteva are 7-2 in dual matches, 3-2 in conference play and are 2-1 against nationally ranked opponents while playing at the top spot. In singles, No. 36 Burgmans earned a 6-2, 7-6 victory over the Commodores’ No. 61 Mira at the top spot. The Tigers will return to action Friday, April 5 as they travel to take on No. 3 Texas A&M at 5 p.m. CT at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
Florida plays its final two regular-season home matches this weekend, first facing Ole Miss on Friday at 5 p.m., before entertaining Mississippi State on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Gators earned two road wins against SEC Western Division foes last week, defeating LSU, 4-0, and Arkansas, 7-0. Those wins, combined with Georgia’s win at Texas A&M, placed the Gators in a tied for the league lead with four matches remaining. Florida is an incredible 407-26 all-time against the SEC, including a 345-17 record in regular-season matches (8-1 in 2012-13). Florida sports an impressive 183-1 all-time home record against SEC opponents. Florida is 10-0 at home this season and has extended its overall program-record home winning streak of 117, which includes 19 wins in postseason play (SEC and NCAA Tournament).
No. 5 Georgia (15-2,8-1 SEC) went 2-0 on the road this week, defeating 58th-ranked Missouri 4-0 on March 29th and then No. 3 Texas A&M 4-0 on March 31st. In singles, eighth-ranked Lauren Herring improved to 30-5, 18th-ranked Maho Kowase jumped to a team leading 31-7, and No. 86 Silvia Garcia moved to17-3. The No. 4 duo of Fuller/Garcia is 16-1 on the year, including 7-1 in SEC play. No. 59 Herring/Kowase is 6-2 on the season. Coach Jeff Wallace is only two wins shy of No. 600. Georgia returns home to take on Arkansas and LSU next weekend.
The Kentucky women's tennis team went 0-2 over the weekend, falling 6-1 at No. 8 Alabama on Friday and 4-0 on Sunday to 22nd-ranked Auburn. Freshman Nadia Ravita defeated Alabama's 26th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. The Wildcats return home on Friday to host No. 19 Vanderbilt in their only match of the weekend.
LSU took on second-ranked Florida and No. 31 South Carolina this weekend in the Lady Tigers’ final home matches of the season. No. 114 Kaitlin Burns competed against the top-ranked player in the nation, Lauren Embree, on court one, but their match was not completed. The day’s competition was ended after the Gators clinched the fourth point, and LSU faced a 4-0 loss. Against the Gamecocks, freshman Ella Taylor posted a third-set victory with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 score on court three that advanced her to a four-match winning streak and captured her 20th career singles victory. She also earned LSU’s lone point of the day for a final 5-1 score, as competition began with singles, and doubles was not played.
Ole Miss went 5-0 last week picking up two wins against Jackson State and Southern Miss and an SEC win over arch-rival Mississippi State. The Rebels have now won 24 straight against the Lady Bulldogs. Junior Caroline Rohde-Moe went 5-0 in doubles and singles including picking up two ranked wins in doubles and singles in the win over MSU. Freshman Mai El Kamash posted a 4-0 record last week, including a tough two-setter against State’s Naomi Tran to set up her teammate’s match clinching win at No. 5 singles. Sophomores Julia Jones and Erin Stephens and El Kamash have combined for a 16-9 record in the SEC at 2-4 in the lineup. Stephens leads the team with a 6-1 conference record, while Jones and El Kamash are 5-4. The Rebels are on the road this weekend at No.2 Florida and No. 31 South Carolina.
Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis (7-10, 1-8 SEC) fell in a 4-1 decision to the No. 37 ranked Lady Rebels of Ole Miss in an indoor road match on Friday. MSU junior Alexandra Perper posted the team’s sole singles triumph, defeating Julia Jones of the Lady Rebels 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 2 position. Prior to the Friday matchup, Lady Bulldog freshman, Georgiana Patrasc claimed her the first ITA ranking of her career, taking hold of the 124th ranking. MSU tennis will be back in action in the coming weekend beginning on Friday April 5 as they head to Columbia to face the No. 31 ranked Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina, followed by a Sunday matchup against No. 2 ranked Florida.
The Mizzou tennis team went 1-1 last weekend with a 4-3 upset of No. 23 Tennessee on March 31 and a 4-0 loss to No. 5 Georgia on March 29. Tennessee marks the highest ranked team the Tigers have defeated this season and improved Mizzou’s record to 9-8 overall. The Lady Vols led 3-1 but Missouri got wins at No. 3, 6 and 5 singles to take the victory. Missouri hosts Alabama and Auburn in St. Louis this weekend.
The 31st-ranked South Carolina women's tennis team snagged a pair of road SEC victories last week, defeating No. 44 Arkansas by a 5-2 score and No. 54 LSU 5-1. With two straight wins, the Gamecocks are now 11-8 on the season and 4-5 in the SEC. No. 98-ranked Katerina Popova recorded a perfect weekend in singles and doubles play for the Gamecocks. She won in three sets versus No. 97 Claudine Paulson of Arkansas and was a straight setter winner against Mary Jeremiah of LSU. Popova and Josefin Andersson improved to 16-8 in doubles this year and 12-2 at the No. 2 spot with their win against the Razorbacks. Dominika Kanakova also went unbeaten on the weekend. Last week's SEC Player of the Week, Kanakova clinched the win versus Arkansas while she and Jaklin Alawi picked up their third straight win against a ranked doubles team. The duo of Alawi and Kanakova is 21-8 this season, making them the winningest Gamecock duo since the 2001-02 season. Andersson also posted a 3-0 record over the weekend and clinched the Gamecocks' win against LSU. South Carolina will host Mississippi State and No. 37 Ole Miss on Friday and Sunday for its final home matches of the season.
The Lady Vols took part in three tennis matches last week on their spring break trip to Texas and Missouri. The week started off with a clean sweep of Prairie View A&M Wednesday night, however the Lady Vols fell in two tough matches to their SEC opponents of No. 3 Texas A&M 4-2 and No. 58 Missouri 4-3. Kata Szekely extended her match win streak in singles to six while she and Brynn Boren extended their doubles match win streak to seven with their win over Missouri. The Lady Vols return to action in their final home matches of the 2013 spring season when they take on Arkansas Friday night at 5 p.m. followed by Senior Day on Sunday afternoon against LSU at 1 p.m.
No. 3 Texas A&M (15-2, 8-1 SEC) tied the school record with its 13th consecutive win in a 4-2 victory over No. 23 Tennessee on Friday, but the streak came to an end Sunday as the Aggies suffered their first SEC loss in a 4-2 setback to No. 5 Georgia. It also was A&M’s first home loss after winning the first seven. This week the Aggies play former Big 12-rival Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday and then close out their regular-season home schedule, hosting No. 22 Auburn on Friday and No. 8 Alabama on Sunday. A&M’s three seniors, Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina will be honored prior to the match against the Crimson Tide. Sanchez-Quintanar leads the Aggies with a 31-6 overall record. Urbina leads the team in conference wins with an 8-0 mark, and freshman Stefania Hristov leads the team in dual match wins with a 13-4 ledger, including a 9-0 record at No. 6 singles. Freshmen twins Ines and Paula Deheza lead the team in doubles victories, going 10-4 in dual matches.
No. 19 Vanderbilt snapped its three-match losing streak with a win at No. 22 Auburn (5-2) Friday, but fell in a heartbreaker, 4-3, at No. 8 Alabama Sunday afternoon. The Commodores (12-9, 5-5) and Crimson Tide needed five hours and 34 minutes to decide the match that eventually went to Alabama. Against Auburn, the Commodores bounced back after dropping the doubles point to win five of the six singles matches. Freshmen Courtney Colton and Georgina Sellyn and sophomore Ashleigh Antal each went 2-0 over the weekend in singles. Colton and Lauren Mira teamed up to defeat the sixth-ranked duo of Mary Anne Macfarlane and Alexa Guarachi from Alabama in No. 1 doubles, 8-6. Vanderbilt continues its five-match road trip with a final pit stop in Lexington, Ky., to take on Kentucky next Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. CT.