UF Women’s Tennis Caps Season-Opening Event with Strong Showing
CARY, N.C. -- The Gators combined for a 3-1 singles record during the final day of play at the season-opening Duke Fab Four Invitational held at the Cary Tennis Center on Sunday.
Senior Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) was the only Gator involved in a first-place match and fell to North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, 6-2, 6-4, in the BLACK draw.
Senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) defeated Duke’s No. 42 Ester Goldfeld, 6-1, 6-0, for third-place in the WHITE draw. The win was the second-highest ranked opponent Janowicz has defeated in her collegiate career.
Freshman Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) earned an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory against Duke’s No. 24 Hanna Mar to take fifth place in the BLUE draw, while rookie Belinda Woolcock (Victoria, Australia) needed nearly three hours to earn fifth place in WHITE draw, as she downed William & Mary’s Leeza Nemchinov, 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-4.
All-Georgia Southern Intercollegiate Final Set For Monday
ATHENS -- It will be an all-Georgia final in the Southern Intercollegiate Championships Monday morning at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Junior Nathan Pasha and sophomore Ben Wagland each won a pair of matches on Sunday – including three against teammates – to advance to the Division I singles final. They will square off Monday at 10:30 a.m., in a match that features the top two players in the Bulldogs’ lineup from last season – Wagland at No. 1 and Pasha at No. 2.
“It’s happened before, but it’s a tough assignment to have two players in the final,” said UGA coach Manuel Diaz. “Our guys have played some great tennis to get here. It’s a big accomplishment.”
In his first match of the day, No. 2-seeded Wagland outlasted Clemson’s fifth-seeded Hunter Harrington, 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 6-1. Harrington led 4-0 in the second set before Wagland rallied to win and earn a spot in the semifinals against eighth-seeded teammate Austin Smith. Wagland won 6-4, 6-1, to set up an All-Georgia final with the No. 3 seed Pasha, who earlier in the day beat senior Hernus Pieters, 7-6(2), 6-2 and sophomore Nick Wood, 6-3, 7-5.
All five Georgia entries into the tournament reached the quarterfinals, and the semifinals included four Bulldogs.
“We wanted to start the fall with a good tournament, but I honestly never envisioned it being this good,” Diaz said. “Four guys in the semifinals is really more impressive than two in the final. To do that is a big deal for us. I’m really pleased with where we are right now. Hopefully these guys will have a good match tomorrow.”
In doubles, the nation’s No. 2-ranked team of Pieters and Wagland advanced to the semifinals with an 8-5 win over Alabama’s Sean Donohue and Nikko Madregallejo. Pieters and Wagland will face East Tennessee State’s David Biosca and Roger Ordeig Monday at 9 a.m.
The Bulldog duo of Austin Smith and Nick Wood fell in the quarterfinals to Vanderbilt’s Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman, 8-2.
With two players vying for the crown on Monday, it will mark Georgia’s 20th Southern Intercollegiate title in the 46th playing of the tournament. The final will also feature the Bulldogs’ two highest-ranked players. Wagland came in at No. 19 in the ITA preseason poll, while Pasha is No. 32.
Alabama’s Erin Routliffe Wins Final Match at Duke Fab Four Invite
CARY, N.C. -- The Alabama women’s tennis team wrapped up its trip to the Duke Fab Four Invite on Sunday where freshman Erin Routliffe took third place in the top singles draw at her first collegiate tournament. She and fellow newcomer Danielle Spielmann also finished as runner-ups in their doubles draw, while junior Emily Zabor and freshman Carmen Blanco added a third-place finish in their draw.
In all, the Crimson Tide won 12 matches at the three-day tournament with eight coming in singles and four in doubles, and had four victories over nationally-ranked opponents.
Alabama will play its second event of the fall season Sept. 27-29, competing at the Furman Fall Classic.
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Rebels Wrap Up Play At Duke Fab Four
CARY, N.C. -- The Ole Miss women’s tennis team wrapped up its first weekend of the fall season Sunday, posting two more wins at the Duke Fab Four Invitational to finish out the competition with 12 wins in singles and doubles.
In the Blue Draw, sophomore Mai El Kamash, ranked No. 85 in the nation, won a close three-setter against Oklahoma State’s Megan McCray. El Kamash won the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6(4) and then McCray took the second set 6-4. The two played a supertiebreaker to decide the match, and El Kamash won it 10-5. El Kamash finished the weekend 3-1.
Junior Julia Jones was the other Rebel winner on the day, earning a straight set victory over Furman’s Alex Moreno-Kaste, 6-3, 6-0 in the Black Draw. Jones also concluded the weekend 3-1.
In the third place match of the Black Draw, junior Erin Stephens lost to Miami’s Stephanie Wagner 6-2, 6-1. Wagner is ranked No. 52 in the preseason rankings. In the White Draw, Iris Verboven dropped a tight match to Tessa Lyons of North Carolina, who is ranked No. 92. Verboven won the first set 6-3, but Lyons took the second 6-3 and the supertiebreaker 10-8.
“I am excited to see that the work the girls have put in this summer and the first few weeks of school has really made a difference in their games,” associate head coach Jason Ontog said. “The girls played with great intensity against a solid field and were able to pick up some good wins over ranked players. I know they are excited to get back to work this week and continue our progress.”
The Rebels return to action Sept. 20-22 at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational.
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Alabama’s Andrew Goodwin Posts Runner-up Finish at Southern Intercollegiates
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Alabama men’s tennis team won three more matches on the final day at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships, highlighted by junior Andrew Goodwin’s pair of wins to advance him to the finals of the division II singles draw. Over the course of the three-day tournament, the Crimson Tide collected 19 victories with 14 in singles and five in doubles.
Goodwin came back after a first-set loss to Virginia Tech’s Aaron Gomez to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, in the quarterfinals before downing Suresh Eswaran of Vanderbilt, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinals. Goodwin would then meet UAB’s Chris Helliar in the finals, both playing their third singles match of the day. The Blazer senior would prevail in the finals, winning 6-0, 6-2.
Alabama freshman Saxon Buehning also picked up a win in the consolation draw, beating Georgia State’s Rafael Racy, 6-2, 7-6.
The Tide returns to action next weekend with four members of the squad heading to California for the Napa Valley Tennis Classic, while the remaining members travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the SEC Fall Championships.
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Duke Fab Four Invitational Results
CARY, N.C. -- The Texas A&M women’s tennis team opened its fall season at the Duke Fab Four Invitational, Friday-Sunday, at the Cary Tennis Center. Other teams competing in the three-day event were Alabama, Florida, Furman, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas and William & Mary.
“This weekend’s competition was enormously productive for our group,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “Our debutantes acquitted themselves very well with Rutuja (Bhosale) and Jana (McCord) picking up wins in singles against strong players. Mason performed nicely and our returners played well, too.”
Bhosale, a freshman, got a ranked singles win in her A&M debut, defeating 92nd-ranked Tessa Lyons of North Carolina, 6-1, 6-1, in a first-round match. McCord, also a freshman, picked up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Tarheels’ Laura Slater in the consolation quarterfinals.
Sophomore Anna Mamalat also notched a ranked win, defeating 69th-ranked Clementina Riobueno of Miami, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3, in the consolation quarterfinals.
Bhosale and sophomore Ines Deheza advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles, defeating No. 42 Ashley Dai and Tessa Lyons of North Carolina, 8-7 (5).
Next up for the Aggies is the prestigious Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, which open Sept. 28 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
LSU’S OTERO FALLS AT COLEMAN VISION TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The LSU women's tennis team concluded its season-opening competition Sunday as newcomer Gabrielle Otero fell 4-3 in the first round of the qualifying draw at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Freshman Otero received a wild card to compete in the qualifying round of this United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit event, and she took on professional player Nicole Melichar.
“It was a really close match and a high-level match, head coach Julia S. Sell said. “(Melichar) is a player that bypassed college to go pro, so she is the next level of power and consistency. The experience of competing here is second to none. You can’t get that kind of experience anywhere else.”
The Lady Tigers will see their next action in two weeks as they travel to the Atlanta Classic, hosted by Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.
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