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    SEC Tennis Today: Friday, September 13

    Alabama Women’s Tennis Opens Duke Fab Four Invite with Five Wins

    CARY, N.C. – The Alabama women’s tennis team collected five wins on the first day of play at the Duke Fab Four Invite with three coming in doubles and another two in singles.

    The Crimson Tide’s freshman duo of Erin Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann picked up a pair of 8-5 wins to advance to the finals of their respective draw, and junior Emily Zabor and freshman Carmen Blanco won one of their two matches, earning a spot in the third place match of their draw.

    In singles, Routliffe dominated Texas A&M’s Mason Strickland, 6-0, 6-2, to win her first collegiate singles match, while Zabor came back from a first set loss to beat North Carolina’s Laura Slater, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

    Matches will resume at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with the final round of doubles. Two rounds of singles will follow.

    Rebel Netters Conclude Day One At Fab Four
    CARY, N.C. – Several members of the Ole Miss women’s tennis team began the fall season Friday, earning doubles and singles wins at the Duke Fab Four Invitational.
    Play began with the Rebels splitting a pair of doubles matches.  After dropping their first match to Ester Goldfeld and Marainne Jodoin of Duke, 8-2, juniors Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven defeated Anna Mamalat and Jana McCord of Texas A&M, 8-5 in the Black Draw.
    Junior Julia Jones and sophomore Mai El Kamash also dropped their first match, but rebounded to post a dominating 8-1 win over Leeza Nemchinov and Nabila Farah of William & Mary.
    In singles, Stephens cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Farah in the Black Draw.  She will face her first round doubles opponent, Jodoin of Duke, in the quarterfinals Saturday.  
    Both Verboven and El Kamash lost tight three-setters in the first round.  Verboven dropped the first set to Oklahoma State’s Kanyapat Narattana 7-5, and then won the second 6-1, before dropping the final set 7-5.  
    After winning her first set, El Kamash, ranked No. 85 in the nation, lost to Florida freshman Kourtney Keegan 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.  Julia Jones fell to 52nd-ranked Stephanie Wagner (Miami) 6-2, 6-2.
    Play continues Saturday with two doubles and singles.

    UF Women’s Tennis Strong Opening Day at Duke Fab Four Invite

    CARY, N.C. – The Gators won all four singles matches they played and went 3-1 in doubles action on the opening day of play at the Duke Fab Four Invite held at the Cary Tennis Center on Friday.

    Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.), Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.), Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) and Belinda Woolcock (Victoria, Australia) won their respective singles matches in the first event of the season, while the doubles team of Oyen and Woolcock won two rounds to reach the final of the BLACK draw that will be played on Saturday at 9 a.m.

    The Gator tandem of Janowicz and Keegan upset Miami’s No. 52-ranked pair of Kelsey Laurente and Stephanie Wagner, 8-2, in their debut pairing, but dropped their semifinal match to Alabama’s Erin Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann. Janowicz and Keegan will play in the third-place match Saturday at 9 a.m.

    Bulldogs Perfect On First Day Of Southern Intercollegiates

    ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia players won all five of their singles matches and both doubles matches on the first day of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

    Ben Wagland, Nathan Pasha, Hernus Pieters, Austin Smith and Nick Wood all advanced to the second round of Division I singles with wins in the Bulldogs’ fall opener. No. 2-seeded Wagland defeated Leo Vivas of Barry University 6-4, 6-4, while third-seeded Pasha cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tennessee Tech’s Vasily Eremeev.

    Pieters, seeded sixth, advanced with a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Lander’s Vincent Verpeaux, and the No. 8 seed Smith rallied to beat Virginia Tech’s Jai Corbett, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the first match since he sustained a season-ending foot injury last February, Wood defeated Florida Atlantic’s Will Neuner, 6-4, 6-2.

    In doubles, the team of Pieters and Wagland earned an 8-4 win over Vanderbilt’s Rhys Johnson and Ryan Smith in the round of 32, while Smith and Wood rolled to an 8-1 victory over Matt Browne and Juan Sheppard of Furman.

    “I am very encouraged by the way our guys played,” said UGA coach Manuel Diaz. “They played well in singles and doubles, and for many of them it was their first match in a while. We are looking forward to even bigger challenges tomorrow.”

    The tournament features 64-player singles draws for Divisions I, II and III and two doubles draws. The tournament’s No. 1 seed – Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt – was upset by East Tennessee State’s Rogerio Ribeiro in Division I.

    Second day action at the Southern Intercollegiates will start with Divisions I and II doubles Saturday at 8 a.m.