Alabama Women’s Tennis off to a Solid Start at Furman Fall Classic
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Alabama women’s tennis team won 10 of the 11 matches it competed in on Friday at the Furman Fall Classic. The Crimson Tide picked up five victories in both doubles and singles, advancing two of its doubles teams to their respective finals and all five singles players onto the second round of the main draw.
Alabama’s Danielle Spielmann and Emily Zabor along with Carmen Blanco and Natalia Maynetto went 2-0 on the day in doubles, both beating out teams from Furman in the first round to move on. In the second round, Spielmann and Zabor edged out South Carolina’s Elixane Lechemia and Meghan Blevins, 8-6, for a spot in the finals, which Blanco and Maynetto cruised to an 8-2 victory over Tennessee’s Laurence Guevremont and Eve Repic. Erin Routliffe and Mary Anne Daines fell, 8-7, in their first match, but battled back in the second to win and advance to the consolation finals.
In singles, three of the Tide including Daines, Routliffe and Blanco, posted come-from-behind victories after dropping first set tiebreakers. On the flip side, Spielmann shut out Iowa’s Ellen Silver, 6-0, 6-0, while Zabor moved on after South Carolina’s Dominika Kanakova retired, with Zabor leading, 5-4, in the first set.
Match play resumes at 8 a.m. CT with the final round of doubles. Two rounds of singles will follow, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT.
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Razorback Men's Tennis Records Five Wins Friday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis won five matches at the Navy National All-Conference Invitational on Friday.
Both doubles pairs recorded wins over host Navy, with senior Christian Lee and freshman Juan Marino recording an 8-3 victory and the freshmen duo Johan den Toom and Jacob Herndon notching an 8-2.
The Razorback also had success as singles, winning three of four matches against Navy. In their second collegiate competition, each of the three freshmen recorded a win over their opponent. Playing in the 4, 6, 8 positions, each overcame their opponent in two sets.
The Razorbacks will continue competition at 8 a.m. Saturday against Princeton.
Updated brackets and a full recap will be available following the conclusion of play each day at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
LSU Lady Tiger Tennis Completes First Day of Atlanta Classic
ATLANTA – The LSU women's tennis team notched five singles victories and two wins in doubles Friday during the opening day of the Atlanta Classic in Atlanta, Ga.
The Lady Tigers opened competition in doubles against Columbia as junior transfer Noel Scott and newcomer Abigail Owens took an 8-4 victory over Columbia’s Bianca Sanon and Vivian Cheng. The Mary Jeremiah and Gabrielle Otero duo followed with an 8-6 loss to the Lions’ Crystal Leung and Ioana Alecsiu.
Senior Ariel Morton and freshman Skylar Holloway battled through a tiebreaker against Columbia’s Laura Wiley and Tiana Takenaga, but the tandem ultimately fell 9-8 (7-4).
LSU came out charging in singles against Georgia State, as junior Jeremiah took a quick 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Panthers’ Tarani Kamoe before Owens defeated Georgia State’s Linn Timmerman 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Otero followed with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Marcia Tere-Apisah.
Scott faced the Lady Tigers’ first singles loss of the day as she fell 6-2, 6-4 to 37th-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah, and Holloway followed with a 6-1, 7-5 loss to Georgia State’s Chaimaa Roudami.
Sophomore Ella Taylor and Morton wrapped up singles with two more victories for LSU, as Taylor marked a third-set win against the Panthers’ Masa Grgan with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 score, and Morton took a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Georgia State’s Maryna Kozachenko.
The Lady Tigers battled Georgia Tech in doubles for the day’s final round of competition. Scott and Owens fell 8-2 to the duo of Kendal Woodard and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer, and Jeremiah and Owens finished the day with 8-6 win over Rasheeda McAdoo and Muriel Wacker.
“With so many new faces to our roster this year, it was great to have a full day of highly competitive matches,” LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. “I thought we did a good job of competing and adjusting as the day went on.”
LSU will continue competition Saturday with a round of doubles against Georgia State at 2 p.m. CT, before the Lady Tigers take on Columbia in singles at 3 p.m. CT.
Six Gamecocks Advance in Singles Play at Furman Fall Classic
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Six members of the South Carolina women’s tennis team advanced in singles play at the Furman Fall Classic on Friday in Greenville, S.C.
Meghan Blevins reached the semifinals of the top singles flight with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Joanna Henderson of Tennessee, while Elixane Lechemia did likewise in flight four by upending Ani Miao of Clemson by scores of 6-2, 6-3. Blevins improved to 3-1 this fall with the victory, while Lechemia evened her record at 2-2.
Ximena Siles Luna moved to 4-0 this spring with a lopsided 6-2, 6-1 win versus Kelly Sullivan from Furman in flight five, and Caroline Dailey also stayed perfect with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Clemson’s Carola Pederzani in flight six. Both Siles Luna and Dailey won their respective singles flights last weekend at the Tribe Invitational hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Alex Martin snagged her first win of the fall in flight six with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 decision over Karlee Bryde of Furman. Natalie Looney beat Mia Virens of Florida State 6-3, 7-6 in flight seven to round out the Gamecocks’ singles victories on day one.
It was a tough day for Carolina in doubles, as the Gamecocks registered only a pair of wins in eight matches. Dominika Kanakova and Dailey picked up an 8-3 win versus Talcott and Hindmarsh from Iowa in the consolation semifinals of flight one. Lechemia and Blevins scored an 8-1 triumph over FSU’s Santos and Schleigh in the quarterfinals of flight two. They suffered an 8-6 setback to Speilmann and Zabor from Alabama in the semis.
Play continues in the Furman Fall Classic with one round of doubles and one round of singles on Saturday.