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    SEC Tennis Today: Saturday, Sept. 21

    Georgia Puts Together Solid Saturday

    ATHENS---The Georgia women’s tennis team was nearly perfect on Saturday at the Bulldog Classic, combining to win eight matches on the day.
     
    In doubles flight one, No. 2 Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia capped off the doubles slate with an 8-4 win over USF’s Loreto Alonso-Martinez and Kayla Rizzolo. With the win and a perfect record in flight one, Fuller and Garcia were named the tournament’s doubles champions.
     
    In doubles flight two, the No. 50 duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase shutout the Bull’s Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez, 8-0. It was the second shutout for a Bulldog tandem this weekend. 
     
    In doubles flight three, Mia King and Lilly Kimbell fell to USF’s Hailey Garrido and Fanny Fracassi in a tightly contested 9-7 result.
     
    Later in singles competition, the Bulldogs were victorious in each of the singles flights. 
     
    Herring beat Old Dominion’s Nikol Hristova, 6-1, 6-1, in singles flight one. In flight two, Kowase topped the Monarch’s Ingrid Vojcinakova 6-3, 6-3. Garcia notched one of three Georgia shut outs with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Marijana Novakovic. In flight four, Fuller made quick work of Melissa Esnal Olguin, beating her 6-0 6-0. In flight five, King also got a shut out, beating Ivana Vukovic, 6-0, 6-0. In flight six, Lilly Kimbell picked up the Bulldogs’ sixth singles win of the morning with a 6-1, 6-1 win over the Monarch’s Nika Khmolovska.
     
    The Bulldog Classic features singles and doubles flights in a round robin format. The final day of the Bulldog Classic will be Sunday and will feature singles play at 10 a.m. The event is being held at Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission to the event is free.



    Mississippi State Duo Moves into Finals

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp continue to dominate in doubles at the 2013 SEC Fall Classic, as the Mississippi State duo advanced to the championship match of the Vanderbilt-hosted event with two more impressive victories in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday.
     
    Saturday’s first test for the sixth-ranked and second-seeded MSU tandem came in the form of Texas A&M’s No. 12 team of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant in a quarterfinal battle. The two squads fought back-and-forth for most of the match, before Angus and Stropp put together a series of breaks late, taking the win 8-5.
     
    The win set up a semifinal showdown between the MSU duo and Georgia’s fourth-seeded team of Nathan Pasha and Hernus Pieters. Much like the quarterfinals, it was tough battle of the Bulldogs, with the Maroon and White earning breaks late to take the match 8-5.
     
    The wins now set up a Sunday championship showdown between Angus and Stropp and the 13th-ranked Vanderbilt duo of Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin. The championship match is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. CT Sunday.
     
    “I’m very impressed with the play of Jordan (Angus) and Malte (Stropp) so far,” coach Per Nilsson said. “It’s been an overall good start and it’s very telling of what we’re doing well and what we need to do to improve.”
     
    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis and updates throughout the SEC Fall Classic, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.



    UGA's Smith Advances

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-----University of Georgia sophomore Austin Smith continued his run through the SEC Fall Tennis Classic with a 7-6(3), 7-6(2) win over Vanderbilt’s sixth-seeded Gonzales Austin Saturday at the Currey Tennis Center.
     
    Smith will face Kentucky’s Beck Pennington in the semifinals Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern. The winner will play again at 1:30 p.m., in the final against the winner of Texas A&M’s Harrison Adams and LSU’s Chris Simpson.
     
    “It was another great win by Austin,” head coach Manuel Diaz said. “He has really solidified himself and is really showing marked improvement. AJ Gonzales is a tremendous player. A week ago it was Austin’s highest ranked win, and now he's beaten him twice in a week. He's on an impressive run, and we're excited for him."
     
    Smith and 35th-ranked Gonzales squared off in the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens last weekend. Smith won, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and now has three wins over ranked opponents in the last week, including a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tennessee’s 24th-ranked Hunter Reese on Friday.
     
    In doubles, Nathan Pasha and Hernus Pieters won their third straight match and advanced to the semifinals with an 8-5 win over Florida’s No. 42 team of Maxx Lipman and Stephane Piro. The Georgia tandem then fell in the semifinals to Mississippi State’s sixth-ranked team of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp, 8-5.
     
    This SEC Fall Classic replaced the SEC Coaches’ Indoor Championships, which was previously played in January before the dual match season. 



    Koch and Cox Fall Just Short

    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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