Adams Claims Classic Crown
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Texas A&M men’s tennis sophomore Harrison Adams claimed the SEC Fall Classic singles championship on Sunday afternoon at Vanderbilt University. The New Braunfels native defeated Austin Smith of Georgia, 6-4, 6-0, in the championship match.
Adams, who was named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshmen team a year ago, knocked off William Kallberg of Ole Miss, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals and Chris Simpson of LSU, 6-4, 6-2, in the semifinals to advance to the championship match. Shane Vinsant, another sophomore for the Aggies, fell in his quarterfinals matchup to Simpson, 6-2, 7-5.
In doubles, Adams and Vinsant paired together in another quarterfinals contest, but could not mount a late rally to overcome the duo of Stropp and Angus from Mississippi State, falling 8-6.
In the consolation draw, freshman Tito Moreiras fell to Elliot Orkin of Florida, 6-2, 6-2, in the third round. The tournament also featured additional consolation matchups arranged by the coaches. Juniors Frankie Colunga and Behzad Minavi were both victorious over Sean Karl of Tennessee and Vinod Gowda of Ole Miss, respectively. Freshman Max Montague fell to Sunay Bhat of Tennessee (6-3, 6-4) on Saturday and Ben Barnette of South Carolina (6-0, 6-1) on Sunday.
The Texas A&M men’s tennis team returns to action on September 28 when it travels to Tulsa, Okla., for the ITA All-American Championships. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
Rebels’ Jones Takes Singles Title At CCLR Invite
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Julia Jones finished second on the Ole Miss women’s tennis team in wins last year with 24. If her fast start this year is any indication, she’s well on her way to surpassing that mark.
The junior from McComb, Miss., defeated Memphis sophomore Skyler Kuykendall 6-3, 7-5 in the finals of the A Draw at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational Sunday. Jones won all three of her matches in straight sets, including two top-50 wins in the first two rounds, to up her season record to 6-1.
“I knew I was the underdog going into the tournament, but I just told myself to focus on one point at a time and not the outcome of the match,” Jones said. “I trained really hard this summer, and I think that has helped me get off to a good start this fall. I’ve also been working on improving my serve, and I think that definitely showed in my matches.”
“This was a great tournament for Julia,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “She beat three really tough players. It’s a great start to the season for her, and hopefully this will give her a lot of confidence going into the All-American next weekend.”
Jones will look to keep her momentum going at the year’s first major, the Riviera All-American Championships, which begins next weekend in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Jones and teammate Mai El Kamash are in the prequalifying draw, while senior Caroline Rohde-Moe starts her quest in qualifying.
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Georgia Caps Bulldog Classic With Strong Sunday
ATHENS -- Georgia sophomore Silvia Garcia won the Bulldog Classic singles shootout, capping off a strong Sunday for the Bulldogs on the final day of the Bulldog Classic. On the weekend, Georgia only lost one match.
“It was a good weekend,” head coach Jeff Wallace said. “I thought [Kate Fuller] and [Silvia Garcia] played great doubles and won the doubles draw, and I thought all of our players really played good singles throughout the whole entire weekend. The shootout was fun, playing the 10-point tie-breakers. Silvia was able to get through and become singles champion for the 2013 Bulldog Classic. I’m excited for all of our players.”
The six flight champions plus the runner-ups in flights one and two were awarded spots in the shootout. The shootout was a three-round single elimination draw consisting on 10-point tie-breakers. All six of Georgia’s players won their respective flights.
Lauren Herring, Kate Fuller, Silvia Garcia and Mia King all advanced to the semifinals of the shootout with first-round wins. To secure a spot in the finals, Fuller topped Herring 10-7 and Garcia beat King, 12-10. Garcia outlasted Fuller 10-4 to win the shootout title.
Earlier in the day, Georgia enjoyed a perfect round of singles across all six flights. No. 3 Herring topped No. 45 Joelle Kissell, 6-3, 6-4. In flight two, No. 14 Kowase nearly blanked Christy Sipes, beating the N.C. State represenative 6-1, 6-3. A court over, No. 60 Garcia finished undefeated in flight three with a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Wolfpack’s Elisha Hande. In flight four, No. 101 Fuller quickly beat Taylor Zaytoun 6-1, 6-0. Mia King beat N.C. State’s Liza Fieldsend 6-1, 6-1 to win flight five, and Lilly Kimbell won six straight games in the second set to top Natalia Janowicz, 6-4, 6-1.
The Georgia duo of Fuller and Garcia, ranked second in the country, were named Bulldog Classic doubles champions on Saturday. Several Bulldogs will next play in the ITA All-American Championships Sept. 28-Oct.6 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Saleh Falls in Consolation Third Round at SEC Fall Classic; Ends Solid First Weekend as Tiger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman men’s tennis player, Dante Saleh, was ousted in the third round of singles consolation at the SEC Fall Classic over the weekend, falling to Arkansas’ Mike Nott, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (6). Saleh was the last player still in action after three of his teammates bowed out in the tournament’s first two days.
Saleh ended the tournament with a 2-2 record in singles and 0-1 in doubles, but one of his victories was a big one as it came against ranked Mississippi State veteran, Malte Stropp. Stropp came into the tournament ranked No. 40 in the nation and was the 13-seed in the classic. However, Saleh had control of the match from start to finish, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round of consolation.
Stropp wasn’t Saleh’s first ranked opponent of the weekend as the California-native faced three-seed and 24th-ranked Hunter Reese from Tennessee in his first match of the weekend. Saleh and Reese went the distance, going three sets with two sets going into tiebreakers, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (9), 6-2, with the match going Reese’s way.
One last singles match of note, sophomore Joseph Van Dooren played in an extra singles match on Friday and defeated Tennessee’s Sean Karl, 6-4, 7-5 to earn his third victory of the week. Van Dooren had the high win total in singles, while the remaining three Tigers in action tallied two wins each.
Auburn won’t have long before its next fall tournament, the ITA/All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament is scheduled to start on Saturday, Sept. 28 and run through Oct. 6.
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Austin Smith Reaches Final Of SEC Fall Classic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --University of Georgia sophomore Austin Smith reached the final of the SEC Fall Classic, where he fell to Texas A&M’s seventh-seeded Harrison Adams, 6-4, 6-0, Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center.
Earlier in the day, Smith downed Kentucky’s Beck Pennington, 7-5, 7-6(4), in the semifinals. Smith went 5-1 during the four-day tournament and is now 9-2 this fall, including three wins over ranked opponents.
“The last couple of weeks have been very rewarding for Austin,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “Even though he came up a little short in the final match today, he's had a terrific first two weeks of the season. I'm sure he welcomes a couple of days to rest before he starts getting prepared for the All-American Championships.
“It was a great weekend for all of the guys. There are some things we need to work on, and this week's tournament points to certain things that we as coaches need to help our guys understand to get better. I love working with his group. It's great to see their commitment and hard work, and we’re looking forward to our next tournament.”
The doubles title went to Vanderbilt’s Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin, who claimed an 8-7(9) win over Mississippi State’s Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp.
Georgia returns to action at the ITA All-American Championships. Nathan Pasha, Hernus Pieters, Austin Smith, Ben Wagland and Nick Wood all earned bids into the singles draw. The pre-qualifying rounds are slated to begin on Saturday, and main draw action will be played Oct. 3-6.
Siles Luna and Dailey Win Singles Titles at Tribe Invitational
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore Ximena Siles Luna and freshman Caroline Dailey won singles titles in their respective flights Sunday at the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.
Siles Luna surrendered no games in defeating Caryssa Peretz of Virginia. After winning the first set, Peretz withdrew from the match with an injury after Siles Luna jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Siles Luna finished the weekend with an unblemished combined record (6-0) after winning a doubles title with Meghan Blevins on Saturday.
Dailey upended Luisa Garstner Da Rosa from Utah to win her flight. She gave up just one game en route to the 6-0, 6-1 triumph. Dailey suffered just one defeat on the weekend, coming in the semifinals of her doubles contest playing alongside Elixane Lechemia. The duo took third place in their respective flight.
The Gamecocks came up short in the finals of two other singles draws Sunday. Blevins took a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Cindy Chala of VCU, while Brigit Folland lost 6-3, 6-4 to Shannon Hudson from Arkansas.
Dominika Kanakova registered a win for South Carolina on Sunday. She used three sets to down Wake Forest’s Samantha Asch in the consolation finals of her flight by scores of 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
South Carolina returns to play next weekend in the Upstate when it participates in the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C.
Cox Closes SEC Fall Classic in Consolation Semifinals
NASHVILLE -- South Carolina men’s tennis wrapped up play at the SEC Fall Classic Sunday at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center as senior Chip Cox fell just short of the final of the singles consolation bracket. The Gamecocks closed the tournament with 12 singles victories, highlighted by Tsvetan Mihov’s march into the singles main draw quarterfinals. In doubles play, Cox and Kyle Koch paced the team with a spot in the main draw semifinals.
Cox took the court Sunday looking for his third-straight victory of the tournament, facing Florida’s Elliott Orkin for a spot in the final against Maxx Lipman, also of Florida. Orkin took the first set 6-4, and Cox kept the pressure on in the second. The two battled to a tiebreak with the Gators’ freshman picking up the 7-6 (3) victory.
South Carolina will next take the court in the ITA All-American championships. Pre-qualifying begins on Sept. 28, in Tulsa, Okla. The team will wait to find out which Gamecocks have been selected to join Cox and Koch, who earned a spot in the doubles main draw by virtue of winning the ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships in August.
MSU’s Angus/Stropp Fall In SEC Fall Classic Final
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In what was expected to be an intense top 15 doubles battle, the 2013 SEC Fall Classic doubles title match Sunday lived up to its hype. Mississippi State’s No. 6 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp fell just short of the title as 13th-ranked Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman of tournament host Vanderbilt edged out the Bulldog tandem 8-7(9) in Nashville, Tenn.
Sunday’s match began with a series of holds between the two teams in what was a battle of two of the SEC’s dominant doubles squads. Angus and Stropp broke the trend by earning a break to go up 4-2 midway through the match.
The second-seeded State duo would remain up a break until Austin and Lipman put the match back on serve with a break of their own, cutting the MSU lead to 6-5. After Angus held to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead, Vandy fought off an MSU match-winning break to force a tiebreaker for the title.
Angus and Stropp jumped out in front early in the tiebreaker, going up 3-0. Vandy evened the score at 5-5, which then led to a back-and-forth battle between the two squads. The Commodore tandem, a 5-8 seed, eventually pulled away late to take the win 8-7(9).
“Very proud of Malte (Stropp) and Jordan (Angus) for how they fought in this tournament,” coach Per Nilsson said. “Now we have to turn our attention to practice this week and heading to Tulsa for the ITA All-American Championships on Saturday.”
The Bulldogs will return to action Saturday, Sept. 28, as they travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the 2013 ITA All-American Championships.
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Crimson Tide Wins Four Matches at Napa Classic; Proskura Named Most Outstanding Player
NAPA, Calif. -- The Alabama men’s tennis team collected four additional wins on Sunday at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic to bring its win total to eight over the course of the three-day tournament. Daniil Proskura, who went undefeated until a final 10-point shootout match on Sunday, received the Norma Miner Outstanding Player Award, which has been given annually since the event’s inception.
In addition to Proskura’s wins against the USTA’s Tom Fawcett and Florida State’s Dominic Cotrone, Becker O’Shaughnessey and Nikko Madregallejo also tallied victories for the Tide, both winning in straight sets.
Next up for Alabama is the ITA Men’s All-American Championships, which will feature Proskura and O’Shaughnessey in the qualifying draw of singles as well as the main draw of doubles. All matches will be held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
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Pennington Headlines UK’s Performance at SEC Fall Invite
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sophomore and Bowling Green, Ky., native Beck Pennington lead the charge in the 2013 Southeastern Conference Fall Invitational this weekend, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament.
“Overall I felt like I had a good tournament this weekend,” Pennington said. “I’m finally feeling more confident on the court and I have learned what I need to do in practice in order to win the type of matches that I will be playing in like the semifinals today.”
Along the way, Pennington knocked off three ranked opponents beating three players ranked in the latest release of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s singles and doubles rankings.
In the opening round, Pennington knocked off No. 40 Matle Stropp of Mississippi State, 6-3, 7-6. After a win in the second round, Pennington defeated TexasA&M’s Behzad Mijavi, also in straight sets, coming away with a 6-1, 6-4 win to advance to the Elite Eight.
“Overall, I feel like we are steadily showing improvement,” UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. “This weekend was a step in the right direction. We as a staff have very high expectations for this team. We need to get back to work to be in position to win in the spring.”
In the round of eight, Pennington faced off against No. 105 Daniel Cochrane ofAuburn University, who he took care of in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The highlight win of the weekend would come on Saturday afternoon, as Pennington dismissed No. 14 Tsveton Mihov of South Carolina in straight sets 6-4, 3-6,6-2.
Pennington would see his run come to an end on Sunday morning, with a 7-5, 7-6 (4) loss to Austin Smith of the Georgia Bulldogs in the Final Four.
“I was proud of the way Beck competed this weekend,” Kauffmann said. “His hard work is paying off. I look forward to watching him develop into an impact player for us.” “Overall I felt like I had a good tournament this weekend,” Pennington said. “I’m finally feeling more confident on the court and I have learned what I need to do in practice in order to win the type of matches that I will be playing in like the semifinals today.”
Tom Jomby, who was the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament was knocked out in the Sweet 16 after picking up two wins over Justin Butsch of LSU in the round of 32, and Rhys Johnson of Vanderbilt, 7-5, 3-6, 7-2.
Jomby teamed up with Kevin Lai, who are currently No. 4 in the nation for doubles, as the pair fell in the opening round, 8-6.
At the Caviler Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., Ryuji Hirooka, who advanced to the consolation finals of the white division bracket, picking up a key 6-3, 6-0 win over Pedro Dumont of Wake Forest along the way, led the Wildcats insingles play. Hirooka then knocked off Joe Salisbury of Memphis, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the finals.
Panav Jha and Alejandro Gomez were also in action for UK on the weekend, with Jhadropping three matches over the course of the weekend and then Gomez having a solid showing in the Blue Consolation Bracket.
After dropping his first two matches, Gomez defeated Joao Montiero of Virginia Tech, 7-5, 7-6, before collecting a straight set, 6-3, 6-1 win over Alexander Maisin of Binghamton.
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