NASHVILLE – South Carolina men’s tennis bowed out of the main draws of singles and doubles at the SEC Fall Classic with narrow defeats Saturday at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center, but senior Chip Cox advanced to the semifinals of the singles consolation bracket. The Gamecocks’ 26th-ranked doubles tandem of Kyle Koch and Cox battled past the nation’s No. 57 duo but dropped a tiebreak to the nation’s 13th-ranked team in the semis. No. 14 Tsvetan Mihov fell in three sets in the singles quarterfinals, his first loss of the season. In the consolation bracket, Cox advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.
Koch and Cox started the day by extended their winning streak, which dates back to a summer tournament that earned them a spot in the ITA All-American Championships in October, with a methodical 8-5 win over No. 56 Gordon Watson and Elliott Orkin of Florida. The Gamecock duo faced their toughest test of the young season in the semifinals against No. 13 Ryan Lipman and Gonzalez Austin of Vanderbilt. The two tandems were evenly matched and neither could wrest control of the match. Even in the resulting tiebreak, the margin was slim and with the Commodores eventually eking out the 8-7 (6) victory.
In singles, Mihov had an eye on advancing to Sunday’s semifinals after dispatching a pair of ranked opponents on Friday. Taking on Kentucky’s Beck Pennington, the Gamecocks’ All-American dropped his first set of the season, 6-4, but rebounded to win the second 6-3. In third, Pennington proved sharper in the key moments and ended Mihov’s run at the event with a 6-2 victory.
Cox and Pinheiro each won their third-round matches in the consolation bracket. Cox pounced on Arkansas’ Johan den Toom early and won the first set 6-2. The Razorbacks’ freshman lifted his game in the second set, but South Carolina’s senior scored a late service break to advance with a 7-5 victory. Pinheiro match against Vanderbilt’s Suresh Eswaran was playing out similarly with the Gamecocks’ junior taking the first set 6-1 and playing even late in the second. The Commodores’ junior captured the second set 7-5 to send the match to a super-tiebreak, which Pinheiro dominated for the 1-0 (2) victory. The win set up a Gamecock showdown in the quarterfinals, but Pinheiro’s lengthy match yielded a precautionary withdraw to send his teammate into Sunday’s action.
The SEC Fall Classic wraps up on Sunday with singles main draw and consolation semifinals starting at 10:30 a.m. (ET). Cox will take on Florida’s Orkin for the opportunity to face Mike Alford of the Gators in the final following the withdraw of Lipmann from the bracket.
Blevins and Siles Pace South Carolina
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Sept. 21, 2013) — Meghan Blevins and Ximena Siles Luna from the South Carolina women’s tennis team won their respective doubles flight Saturday at the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.
Blevins and Siles Luna defeated Liang and He from Harvard in the finals of the Michelle O Doubles Flight to finish with a 3-0 record on the weekend. Blevins also advanced to the finals of her singles flight with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Stephanie Nauta of Virginia, while Siles Luna did the same with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Kimmy Guerin of Wake Forest.
Freshmen Brigit Folland and Caroline Dailey each advanced to the finals of their singles draws as well. Folland was a 6-4, 6-3 winner versus Wake Forest’s Luisa Fernandez, and Dailey needed three sets to defeat Emma Devine from Oklahoma 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
Katerina Popova and Dominika Kanakova each registered victories in the singles backdraws of their flights. Elixane Lechemia picked up a win in doubles with Dailey playing in the third-place doubles match of the Katrin Guenther Doubles Flight. Alex Martin and Katie Fosnacht picked up a win in doubles as well.
The Gamecocks wrap up their first tournament on Sunday morning with Blevins, Dailey, Folland and Siles Luna all looking to capture singles titles in their respective flights.
Razorbacks Fall In Consolation Quarterfinals Of SEC Fall Classic
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men's tennis team wrapped up competition at the SEC Fall Classic on Saturday.
Seniors Mike Nott and Hall Fess both won their first match of the day, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the consolation bracket. Nott defeated freshman Dante Saleh of Auburn 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 before falling to Florida's Elliot Orkin 6-4, 6-3. Fess beat LSU's Korinek 6-3, 7-6(5) before dropping a three-set heartbreaker against Michael Alford of Florida 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-6.
The Razorbacks will be back in action Friday, Sept. 27, at the Naval Academy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.
Rebels End Stay At SEC Fall Classic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team ended its stay at the SEC Fall Classic Saturday with junior William Kallberg bowing out in the singles quarterfinals to Harrison Adams of Texas A&M.
Both players are ranked close together in the preseason rankings, but unfortunately, Adams, ranked No. 67, jumped out to an early lead and went on to defeat 65th-ranked Kallberg 6-2, 6-1 to end the Sweden native’s run.
The Rebels had three players advance to the third round of the year’s first tournament, including Oxford native Zach Wilder and sophomore Stefan Lindmark.
Next up for the Rebels is the year’s first national event, the ITA All-American Championships, which begins Sept. 28 with the prequalifying tournament at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Nik Scholtz will return to the courts for Ole Miss as he earned a berth in the main draw.
Jones Nets Another Big Win For Rebels
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For the second day in a row, Ole Miss women’s tennis junior Julia Jones knocked off a top-50 ranked opponent to advance to the finals of the A Draw at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational Saturday.
On Friday, Jones downed 47th-ranked Hermone Brhane of Oklahoma in straight sets. Saturday, Jones took out Arkansas’ No. 1 player, Yang Pang, who is ranked No. 43 in the nation. Jones blanked Pang in the first set and then needed just one break in the second for the 6-0, 6-3 win. At 5-1 on the year, Jones will face Skylar Kuykendal of Memphis in the final Sunday.
In the C Draw semifinals, sophomore Allie Robbins fell to Lynn Kiro of Texas Tech 6-0, 6-2.
In consolation singles, senior Caroline Rohde-Moe and sophomore Marija Milutinovic picked up wins. Rohde-Moe didn’t have to play long to get one, as her opponent, 61st-ranked Texas Tech’s Samantha Adams retired after losing the first game. Milutinovic defeated Oklahoma’s Whitney Wofford 6-4, 6-4.
Alabama Men’s Tennis Wins Three at Napa Valley Classic
NAPA, Calif. – The Alabama men’s tennis team won three of its four singles matches on Saturday at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic.
Daniil Proskura picked up his second win of the weekend in singles, topping Cal’s Filip Bergevi, 6-3, 6-2. Nikko Madregallejo also won in straight sets, beating Stanford’s Nolan Page, 7-5, 6-3, while Becker O’Shaughnessey came back after dropping his first set to win, 3-6, 6-1, 12-10, over USTA junior Martin Redlicki.
Doubles was canceled due to inclement weather. Match play resumes Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.
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