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    SEC Tennis Today: Friday, September 20

    Bulldogs Perfect on Friday at the Bulldog Classic

    ATHENS - The Georgia women’s tennis team got off to a perfect start on Friday at the Bulldog Classic, combining to win six singles matches and six doubles matches.

    “Its fun to be out here competing,” said head coach Jeff Wallace, now in his 29th season as Georgia women’s tennis coach. “It’s going to be a long year, but it will go quick.  It was a good day one of the Bulldog Classic for all of the players to come out in their draws and get wins and play at the level that they played at. I was impressed with our focus, our concentration and our effort. It’s good to see our players competing against someone else besides practicing against each other.”

    In doubles flight one, No. 2 Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia began the day beating N.C. State’s Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez, 8-3. Then Georgia took down Old Dominion’s Nikol Hristova and Aleksandra Mitrovska in the second round, 8-2

    In doubles flight two, the No. 50 duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase overwhelmed N.C. State’s Joelle Kissell and Liza Fieldsend 8-1 in the opening round. In the second round, after trailing 3-4, Herring and Kowase reeled off five straight games to beat Ingrid Vojcinakova and Marijana Novakovic, 8-4.

    In doubles flight three, Mia King and Lilly Kimbell started the day with an 8-0 shutout over the Wolfpack’s Sophie Nelson and Christy Sipes and finished with an 8-1 victory against the Monarch’s Melissa Esnal Olguin and Nika Khmolovska, 8-1.

    Later in the day, the singles flights got underway. No. 101 Fuller was first off the court in singles, winning 6-3, 6-3 over USF’s Garrido in flight four. In singles flight two, No. 14 Kowase beat USF’s Alonso 6-1, 6-2. In singles flight three, Garcia continued the Bulldogs’ winning, with a 6-2, 6-1 over the Bulls’ Fracassi. Later, in singles flight one, Herring overwhelmed the Bulls’ Rizzolo 6-1, 6-2. Georgia closed the day with wins in flights five and six as King beat Martinez 6-3, 6-3 and Kimbell won 6-2, 6-2 over Bessonova.

    The Bulldog Classic features singles and doubles flights in a round robin format. Action will continue at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex through Sunday and a complete schedule can be found below. Admission to the event is free.

    Rebels' Kallberg Lands In Quarterfinals At SEC Fall Classic               

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ole Miss men’s tennis junior William Kallberg is looking to take his game to another level after earning All-SEC second team honors last year.  He’s off to a solid start this fall, reaching the quarterfinals of the SEC Fall Classic Friday with a straight set win over Tennessee’s Brandon Fickey.
    Kallberg was supposed to play Vanderbilt’s Ryan Smith in the third round, but the Commodore withdrew, leaving Kallberg to wait around all morning to see who his fourth round opponent would be.  It turned out to be Tennessee juior Brandon Fickey, who posted a rather easy victory in the third round against Auburn’s Joseph Van Dooren.  
    In the first ever meeting between the two, Kallberg struck first.   At 4-3 Kallberg converted on the sixth break point chance to go up 5-3 and then served out the set 6-3.  Serving well the entire match, Kallberg earned another break in the second to go up 5-3.  After Fickey saved two match points, Kallberg converted the third for the 6-3, 6-3 win.
    With the win, Kallberg (3-0) improved to 3-1 against players from Tennessee.  He will face the seventh-seed, Harrison Adams (Texas A&M) in the quarterfinals.
    “William played a good match,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.   “We are excited for him to be among the final eight. This is the toughest league in the nation, and anytime you get this far in a tournament with this caliber of players, it’s a significant accomplishment. Tomorrow will be a great opportunity against another great player.”
    Unfortunately, his teammates will not be joining Kallberg in the quarterfinals.   Oxford native Zach Wilder faced his toughest opponent to date in his young career, Vanderbilt’s Gonzales Austin, seeded No. 6 and ranked No. 35 in the nation.  Austin won 6-4, 6-1, and Wilder finished the tournament 2-1.
    Fellow sophomore Stefan Lindmark matched up against Georgia senior Hernus Pieters, seeded 9-16 and ranked No. 72 in the country.  A close match, ended in favor of Pieters, 7-6, 6-3.  Lindmark also finished the weekend at 2-1.

    Aggies Enjoy Early Success in Season Opening Tourney

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team has enjoyed success in its season-opening tournament at the SEC Fall Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University. The Aggies advanced two singles players and a doubles tandem to the quarterfinals in the main draw in Nashville, in addition to freshman Tito Moreiras advancing to the third round in the consolation bracket.

    Sophomores Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant both claimed three wins over the past two days to set themselves up for a potential showdown in the semifinals. Adams defeated Sean Donohue of Alabama (6-3, 6-3), Tam Trinh of LSU (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) and Tom Jomby of Kentucky (6-4, 7-6) in consecutive rounds to set up a matchup with William Kallberg of Ole Miss. Vinsant downed Stuart Kenyon of Alabama (6-4,  5-7, 6-4), Kriss Yee of Vanderbilt (4-6, 6-1, 6-2) and Florian Lakat of Florida (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)) to earn a contest against Chris Simpson of LSU. First serve for both singles quarterfinal matchup is slated for 10:30 a.m. Adams and Vinsant also teamed up in doubles to advance to the quarterfinals with two victories. The 12th-ranked duo ousted Eswaran/Offerdahl of Vanderbilt (8-5) and Swank/Schaefer of South Carolina (8-4) and will face off against Stropp/Angus of Mississippi State tomorrow morning at 9:30.

    Junior Behzad Minavi advanced to the third round of the main draw with wins over Santaigo Munoz of Arkansas (3-6, 6-0, 6-3) and Andrew Korinek of LSU (6-3, 6-4) before falling to Kentucky’s Beck Pennington, 6-1, 6-4. Tito Moreiras, a freshman from San Antonio, dropped his first round contest against Brandon Fickey of Tennessee (7-6 (4), 6-4), but bounced back with two victories in the consolation bracket over Kevin Lai of Kentucky (7-6 (0), 6-3) and Pete Thomasen of Arkansas (3-6, 6-2, 6-3). Minavi and Moreiras paired together in doubles, but couldn’t claim an early victory, falling 8-6 to Kennedy/Busch of LSU.

    Frankie Colunga, a freshman from College Station, downed Anton Kovringin of Vanderbilt (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) before falling to Chris Simpson of LSU in the third round (6-2, 6-0). Max Montague, a junior transfer from Saint Joseph’s, was the only Aggie to not claim a victory in Nashville, falling to Stephane Piro of Florida (6-1, 6-2) in the second round and Chip Cox of South Carolina (6-2, 6-0) in the consolation bracket. In doubles, Colunga and Montague fell in their second round contest to Parlic/Thomasen of Arkansas, 8-2.

    Mihov and Koch/Cox Advance in SEC Fall Classic Main Draws

    NASHVILLE – South Carolina men’s tennis completed the second day of action at the SEC Fall Classic at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center with one entry remaining in each of the two main draws. Senior All-American Tsvetan Mihov dispatched a pair of ranked opponents to move into Saturday’s quarterfinals. The nation’s 26th-ranked doubles team of Kyle Koch and Chip Cox moved into the doubles quarters with a victory on Friday as well.

    Mihov is wearing his No. 14 national ranking well in the team’s first event of the 2013-14 season, winning his first three matches. He opened Friday’s action with a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 113 Jordan Angus of Mississippi State, holding off the Bulldogs’ sophomore with a late break in the second set. In the fourth round, Mihov took on Georgia’s Hernus Pieters, ranked No. 72 in the country. The Gamecocks’ senior turned in an efficient 6-2, 6-3 victory to move into the quarterfinals against Kentucky’s Beck Pennington, who posted a pair of wins over ranked opponents on Friday as well.

    Koch and Cox put together an efficient 8-3 win over Ole Miss’ duo of William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark to open play on Friday. The Gamecocks’ other two doubles teams dropped 8-4 decisions in the third round.

    In singles, Koch opened with a commanding win over No. 39 Stephane Piro of Florida. Facing just the fifth nationally ranked opponent of his career and the second-highest of the group, the Gamecock junior leapt out to an early lead in both sets for a 6-2, 6-2 win that kept him in the main draw. In the fourth round, Koch won his third straight 6-2 set, but Georgia’s Austin Smith bounced back to win their second set 6-0. The two battled down to the wire in the third with Smith taking the tiebreak 7-6 (2) to end Koch’s run in singles.

    In consolation singles, Cox and Thiago Pinheiro posted two wins, and Andrew Schafer scored his first college victory as all three moved into the third round of that bracket. Cox fought back from a first-set tiebreak loss against Ole Miss’ Vinod Gowda to win in three sets, then dispatched his next opponent, Max Montague of Texas A&M, 6-2, 6-0. Pinheiro turned a steady first set into a dominant second in his 6-4, 6-1 win over Sean Donohue of Alabama. His second-round match was more workman-like with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Arkansas’ Juan Marino. Schafer shook off Thursday’s difficult debut against a ranked opponent to score is first Gamecock win in a 6-3, 7-5 win over John M. Busch of LSU.

    “We made some adjustments from yesterday and competed very well for the most part,” South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi said. “Tsvetan is getting back to form and could advance pretty far if he continues to build on each match. Kyle had a few breakthrough wins so far, but just came up short against a very good player today. Thiago and Schafer worked through a lot today, and we are expecting them to have good days tomorrow All in all, we are getting better every day of this event.”

    Saturday’s action started with the doubles quarterfinals at 10 a.m. (ET) with the semifinals starting after 1 p.m. Mihov’s main draw quarterfinal will start at 10:30 a.m., as will the consolation singles rounds.

    Angus/Stropp Sail Into Quarters; Rookie Lakat Registers Upset

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Day two of the SEC Fall Classic for the Bulldogs drew highlights in both singles and doubles play, as the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad closed out another day of play at the Vanderbilt-hosted tourney in Nashville, Tenn., Friday.

    Doubles started off the tourney’s second day, with MSU’s sixth-ranked and second-seeded duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp turning in an easy win to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals. Angus and Stropp downed the Vanderbilt duo of Anton Kovrigin and Mason Vierra 8-1. The Bulldog tandem will face Texas A&M’s 12th-ranked team of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant, a 5-8 seed, on Saturday.

    In singles play, MSU freshman Florian Lakat pulled off one of the tourney’s bigger upsets so far Friday, as he took down Georgia’s Nathan Pasha in the third round. Pasha, who is ranked 32nd nationally and is the tournament’s No. 5 seed, put up a fight, but the State newcomer held on to win in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

    Lakat’s win set up a Friday afternoon round of 16 battle with Texas A&M’s Vinsant, ranked 56th nationally and a 9-16 seed in the tournament. Lakat dropped the first set 6-3, but roared back to even the score at one set all, taking the second 6-3. The two battled into a third-set tiebreaker, with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line. However, Lakat fell in the tiebreaker, dropping the match 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3), ending an impressive run by the Paris, France, freshman in his first event as a Bulldog.

    The sophomore Angus was the second Bulldog competing in Friday’s singles main draw, as he battled South Carolina’s No. 14-ranked and second-seeded Tsvetan Mihov. After dropping his first set 6-2, Angus fired back in the second, but could not capitalize, falling 6-2, 7-5.

    MSU also had two players in consolation action Friday, with senior Malte Stropp and freshman Robin Haden beginning their play in the second round after receiving first-round byes. Stropp, ranked 40th in the nation, battled Auburn’s Dante Saleh, but fell 6-3, 6-2. On the other side of the bracket, Haden competed against LSU’s Andrew Korinek, dropping the match 7-5, 6-2.

    “We’ve seen some good things from everyone so far and have picked up some quality wins,” coach Per Nilsson said. “Florian (Lakat) especially had a good run in singles and Malte (Stropp) and Jordan (Angus) are playing really well in doubles.”

    Play continues Saturday at the 2013 SEC Fall Classic, with doubles quarterfinals beginning at 9 a.m. CT.

    UGA’s Austin Smith Reaches Quarterfinals Of SEC Fall Classic

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia sophomore Austin Smith won two more matches on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the SEC Fall Tennis Classic held at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center.

    The Cumming, Ga., native first earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tennessee’s 24th-ranked Hunter Reese in the round of 16, then outlasted South Carolina’s Kyle Koch, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(2) to reach the quarterfinals. The win over Reese marks the highest ranked opponent Smith has defeated in his UGA career. He will face Vanderbilt’s Austin Gonzales in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

    “Austin continues to make progress and has really made a case to be considered one of the elite players in the country,” said UGA coach Manuel Diaz. “He has worked hard this fall. He was serving but was down 4-5 and 5-6, but he stayed tough. He showed great resiliency and played a great tiebreaker in the third set to finish his second match.”

    In other singles action, Hernus Pieters, who earlier in the day defeated Ole Miss’ Stefan Lindmark, 7-6, 6-3, fell in the round of 16 to South Carolina’s 14th-ranked Tsvetan Mihov, 6-4, 6-3. Nathan Pasha was eliminated by Mississippi State’s Florian Lakat, 6-4, 6-4, in the round of 32.

    In doubles, Pasha and Pieters won their second match of the weekend to move on to the quarterfinals. The Bulldog duo downed LSU’s Harrison Kennedy and John Michael Busch, 8-5.

    “Hernus played a great opponent from South Carolina,” Diaz said. “He has played a lot of matches the last two weeks and really slowed down in the second set. It will be good to get him a little rest after this tournament. Our doubles hopes are still intact, and we will play a very good team on Saturday.”

    Saturday’s schedule includes two rounds of doubles and one round of singles. The first round of doubles will be played at 10 a.m. ET, followed by singles at 11:30 a.m.

    Rebels Conclude Day One At CCLR Invitational
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ole Miss women’s tennis junior Julia Jones posted a big win on day one of the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational to lead the Rebel contingent Friday.
    Jones downed Hermone Brhane of Oklahoma, who is ranked No. 47 in the nation, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the A Draw.  She will face Yang Pang of Arkansas in the semifinals Saturday.  With the win, Jones improved to 4-1 on the year.
    In her first action of the year, sophomore Allie Robbins came back to beat Araujo of Arkansas 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the C Draw.  She will face the top seed, Lynn Kiro of Texas Tech in the semifinals.
    Senior Caroline Rohde-Moe, ranked No. 39, and sophomore Marija Milutinovic, both lost their opening matches in three sets.  Rohde-Moe dropped a tight battle to Skylar Kuykendal of Memphis in the A Draw, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.  Milutinovic fell to Kenna Kilgo of Texas Tech 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
    In first round doubles, Robbins and Jones lost to Kuykendal and Alyssa Hibberd of Memphis 6-3.  The teams played a new format of first one to six wins the match, instead of the usual 8-game pro set.  Rohde-Moe and Milutinovic, ranked No. 24 in the nation, had a bye in the first round.