The Alabama men’s tennis team dropped its final two matches of the regular season, falling at No. 10 Tennessee, 4-1, and to No. 3 Georgia, 5-2. With the losses, the Crimson Tide stands at 12-12 overall heading into tournament play while finishing the Southeastern Conference schedule with a 3-9 mark. In Friday’s match against the Volunteers, Alabama’s duo of No. 58 Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura dominated No. 60 Edward Jones and John Collins, 8-0, and sophomore Stuart Kenyon defeated Taylor Patrick, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 6 singles position. The Tide picked up a huge doubles point on Sunday against the Bulldogs as Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra earned a top-25 win by cruising over No. 24 Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha, 8-4, while O’Shaughnessey and Proskura won in thrilling fashion over Will Oliver and Hernus Pieters, 9-7. No. 98 O’Shaughnessey would also win his singles match, topping Austin Smith, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Next up, Alabama heads to the SEC Championships in Oxford, Miss. As the No. 12 seed, the Tide will take on 13th-seeded Arkansas on Wednesday, April 17 at 1 p.m. CT.
The No. 54 University of Arkansas men’s tennis team closed its regular season play on Saturday grabbing a 4-0 win over Jackson State while falling 1-4 to No. 20 LSU. Arkansas overall record moved to 16-15. Sophomore Jovan Parlic had a solid weekend, winning both of his matches against both Tiger squads. The Razorbacks will head to Oxford, Miss., for the SEC Tournament. Arkansas will play in the first round on play on Wednesday against Alabama at 1 p.m. Winner of that match will play Ole Miss on Thursday.
The 21st-ranked Auburn Tigers (13-9, 5-7 SEC) wrapped up the 2013 regular season with a pair of losses on the road at No. 3 Georgia (4-0) on Friday and No. 10 Tennessee (4-0) on Sunday. Auburn finished tied for fourth in the SEC Western Division and earned the No. 10 seed in this week’s SEC Men’s Tennis Championship, which runs Wednesday-Sunday in Oxford, Miss. Senior Andreas Mies enters tournament play at No. 28 in the latest ITA rankings, with sophomore Lukas Ollert at No. 119 and junior Daniel Cochrane at No. 121 in singles. In doubles, Mies and Cochrane are ranked No. 4 nationally entering the postseason with Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso coming in at No. 64. The Tigers will face 7th-seeded Vanderbilt in the tournament’s second round, scheduled for a noon CT start Thursday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
Florida had its first three-match win streak since February, beating Bethune-Cookman, Kentucky and Vanderbilt last week. The Gators handled BCU easily on Wednesday 7-0 before wrapping up the SEC schedule over the weekend. The Gators won the doubles point in all three matches. Against Kentucky on Friday, UF took a 3-1 lead before the Wildcats came back to tie it at 3-3. Bob van Overbeek provided the clinching point with a marathon three-set win at No. 3 singles to pull off the upset of No. 8 Kentucky. On Sunday, the Gators and Commodores were able to get doubles play in outside before rain forced singles into the indoor facility. With another win from van Overbeek and huge win from Stephane Piro over No. 10 Ryan Lipman, Mike Alford used the momentum to secure the team victory with a win at No. 4 singles. Florida is the No. 3 seed at this week’s conference tournament in Oxford, Miss.
The Georgia men's tennis team closed the 2013 regular season with two wins over the weekend, including a 4-0 shutout of No. 18 Auburn on Friday followed by a 5-2 decision over 33rd-ranked Alabama on Sunday. With the wins, the team moved to 19-4 and 11-1 in the SEC, including a perfect 12-0 mark at home - the team's first undefeated home record since 2009. Georgia now rides a 10-match winning streak entering post-season play. The Bulldogs will enter this week's SEC Championships as the No. 1 overall seed, and will face the winner of the Kentucky-Mississippi State match in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
The University of Kentucky men's tennis team has earned the No. 8 overall seed in this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament, it was announced on Sunday night. UK will face the No. 9 overall seed, Mississippi State on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Wildcats and Mississippi State have faced off two times this season already, with UK winning both prior matches. The first match saw Kentucky sweep MSU 4-0 at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., in the Sweet 16. Kentucky lost the doubles point and rallied to win four of six singles matches in the second meeting of the season in Starkville.
The No. 20 LSU Tigers finished the 2013 regular season on a high notes, dealing losses to Arkansas and Jackson State on Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge. The Tigers kick off the SEC Championships this Thursday in Oxford, Miss. as they face off against South Carolina. The Gamecocks defeated the Tigers 4-1 earlier this season in Columbia, S.C.
Ole Miss won its 10th SEC Western Division Championship and tied for third in the overall standings, marking the 17th top four finish in 19 years for the Rebels. The Rebels earned the No. 5 seed in the SEC Championship, which they will host April 17-21 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. Ole Miss will face the winner of the No. 12 Alabama/No. 13 Arkansas match Thursday at 3 p.m. Senior Jonas Lutjen finished 8-3 in the SEC in singles and 6-1 in doubles with Nik Scholtz. Senior Adrian Forberg Skogeng received the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award at the annual Rebels' Choice Awards on April 10.
With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-8, 6-6 SEC) will now look forward to the 2013 SEC Championship in Oxford, Miss. The Bulldogs closed out the season against the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas. The Aggies claimed a 4-0 victory, evening the season series at 1-1 after State defeated A&M 4-0 earlier in the season at the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash. The Bulldogs will open the tournament against the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats Thursday, April 18. The match between the two teams, the third this season, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. CT.
outh Carolina closed the regular season with a flourish, posting wins over No. 13 Vanderbilt and No. 8 Kentucky to move into a tie for third in the SEC, the best finish for the Gamecocks since joining the league in 1991-92. The team's seven SEC wins tied the 1999 team for the school record and came at the hands of top-15 opponents for the first time since 2009. The Gamecocks overwhelmed Vanderbilt 4-0 with relentless aggression, led by a blistering win by No. 67 Tsvetan Mihov over the nation's 10th-ranked player, who managed just two games against the Gamecock junior. No. 102 Andrew Adams also knocked off a higher-ranked opponent in straight sets, and Thiago Pinheiro closed out his day with a singles win that paled in comparison to his near flawless doubles 8-0 doubles win with Adams. South Carolina had no let down on Sunday, gutting out a 4-3 win over Kentucky with senior Harry Menzies sealing the victory with a late push in the third set after Pinheiro and Kyle Koch each won to erase a 3-1 Wildcat lead late in the match. All six of South Carolina's singles entries have won at least three SEC matches this season, the first time that many have hit that mark since 2003 when all six entries finished with at least four wins. Koch leads the way with nine, tying him for second in school history.
The Vols (21-7, 8-4) finished the SEC schedule on a high note with victories over Alabama and Auburn. Tennessee's 4-0 win over Auburn won its second shutout in league play. Sophomore Mikelis Libietis went 8-1 in singles and 10-1 in doubles to wrap up conference play. He and Hunter Reese went 10-0 at No. 1 doubles after teaming up early in conference. Senior Edward Jones led the Vols on the final weekend with two singles wins. Tennessee gets a bye into the quarterfinals in the SEC Championships and play with winner of Vanderbilt and Auburn.
The 2013 SEC Western Division champion Texas A&M Aggies finish the regular season at 16-11 and 7-5 in conference play. A&M will be the No. 4 seed at the conference tournament. The 14th-ranked Aggies went undefeated on the weekend, knocking off two higher-ranked opponents at home. On Friday, A&M knocked off 11th-ranked Mississippi State, 4-0, to set up a showdown on Sunday with the division-leading Ole Miss Rebels to decide the Western Division. 77th-ranked freshman, Shane Vinsant clinched the match against the Bulldogs. On Sunday, the Maroon and White knocked off the Rebels, 4-1, with 119th-ranked freshman Harry Adams clinching the match for A&M. Texas A&M finished the regular season with a record of 8-3 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, 6-5 on the road and 2-3 at neutral sites. The Aggies climbed above the .500 mark against ranked-opponents, going 13-11 against top competition. Over the course of the season, A&M knocked off the Nos. 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 17 and 19 teams in the ITA national poll. Vinsant led the team in singles wins, going 17-7 and 7-3 in conference and helped lead the team in doubles wins with partner Adams, going 15-7 with an 8-3 conference record. he Maroon and White now travel to Oxford, Mississippi, for the SEC conference tournament. The Aggies first match will be in the quarterfinal round and will face the winner of the Alabama/Arkansas vs. Ole Miss match.
No. 13 Vanderbilt went 0-2 over the weekend with losses at No. 22 South Carolina and No. 17 Florida. The Commodores fell, 4-0 at South Carolina on Friday and 4-1 to the Gators on Sunday. After Sunday’s loss, Vanderbilt wrapped up the regular season at 15-9 overall and 6-6 in the SEC. Gonzales Austin recorded the lone singles victory over the weekend with his three-set win over Florida’s Florent Diep, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. Vanderbilt is the No. 7 seed in the 2013 SEC Tournament and will play No. 10 seed Auburn on Thursday, April 18 at 12 p.m. CT in Oxford, Miss.