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    Saturday Tennis Recap: September 28

    Luna and Dailey Reach Finals for South Carolina

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 28, 2013) —Ximena Siles Luna and Caroline Dailey from the South Carolina women’s tennis team both reached the finals of their respective singles flights Saturday at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C.
    Siles Luna defeated Carmen Blanco of Alabama in straight sets 7-6, 6-4 in flight five, while Dailey picked up a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Margaret Boyette of Furman in the semifinals of flight six. Both Gamecocks are looking to win their second tournament titles in consecutive weeks. Siles Luna holds a 5-0 record this fall, while Dailey has suffered just one loss at 5-1. She subbed in for Elixane Lechemia today in flight four and fell in three sets to Danielle Spielmann of Alabama.
    Katerina Popova snagged a victory for South Carolina in the consolation semifinals of flight two with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Caitlin Hindmarsh of Iowa. Natalie Looney won for the second time in as many days also, recording a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 victory against Amanda Murray of Furman.
    In doubles, South Carolina picked up a couple of wins in consolation play with Lechemia and Meghan Blevins defeating Pande and Olivarez of Tennessee 8-3 in flight two, while Brigit Folland and Siles Luna dropped Vriens and Schleich from Florida State 9-7. Folland and Siles Luna also competed in flight two.
    Play in the Furman Fall Classic concludes Sunday with one round of singles matches.

    Henderson, Williams Champs for Tennessee 

    GREENVILLE, S.C. – On day two of the Furman Fall Classic, juniors Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams earned the flight one doubles championship title with an 8-2 victory over Tristen Dewar and Yana Koroleva of Clemson. 
    Two of the three Tennessee doubles teams in action earned a win on the day as Laurence Guevremont and Eve Repic took down Majlena Pedersen and Laurence Porry of Florida State, 8-6 to earn a third place finish in flight three doubles.
    On the singles side of things, six of the seven Lady Vols in action came away with a victory. 
    Brittany Lindl took home fifth place in the flight three singles bracket, advancing to the championship game after a default and earning a 7-6, 6-1 win over Kristina Schleich of Florida State. 
    Joanna Henderson took home a flight one win over Alex Moreno-Kaste of host team Furman, coming back to earn a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory. Tiffany Tavares did the same in flight two singles action with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Katherin Oudin of Furman. 
    Laurence Guevremont defeated Margaret Boyette of Furman 6-1, 6-2 in flight five while the birthday girl Ambika Pande defeated Karlee Bryde of Furman 6-2, 6-3 in flight six and Victoria Olivarez downed Maggie Leavell of Vanderbilt 6-2, 6-1 in her final flight seven match. 
    Each of the Lady Vols with wins today advanced to the fifth place game.
    The Lady Vols will finish their time at the Furman Fall Classic on Sunday.

    Bama Adds Three Wins at Furman Fall Classic

    GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Alabama women’s tennis team collected three wins at the Furman Fall Classic on Saturday, bringing its two-day win total to 13. The Crimson Tide picked up two wins in singles and one in doubles. 
    Both Erin Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann will represent Alabama in their respective singles draw finals after winning second round matches in three sets. In doubles, Mary Anne Daines and Routliffe won the consolation finals of their draw, posting an 8-5 victory over South Carolina’s Katerina Popova and Caroline Dailey. 
    Match play resumes at 8 a.m. CT with the final round of singles.
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    LSU Women's Tennis Excels in Singles During Second Day of Atlanta Classic

    ATLANTA – The LSU women's tennis team tallied four singles victories Saturday during the second day of the Atlanta Classic in Atlanta, Ga.

    All three newcomers notched singles wins. Gabrielle Otero clinched a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Columbia's Ioana Alecsiu, Abigail Owens earned a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Tiana Takenaga and Skylar Holloway posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Lions' Laura Wiley. Senior Ariel Morton also notched a 6-1, 6-2 win over Columbia's Vivian Cheng.

    Junior transfer Noel Scott battled the Lions' No.104 Bianca Sanon, but ultimately fell 7-6, 7-5. Sophomore Ella Taylor followed with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Columbia's Tina Jiang.

    LSU took on Georgia State in doubles, and the duo of junior Mary Jeremiah and Otero walked away with an 8-4 win over Linn Timmermann and Maryna Kozachenko.

    The Scott and Owens duo fell 8-2 to the Panthers' Abigail Tere-Apisah and Marcia Tere-Apisah, and Holloway and Taylor faced an 8-2 loss to Georgia State's pair of Tarani Kamoe and Chaimaa Roudami.

    "I'm really proud of our play in singles today," LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. "This team is so passionate and competitive that they are playing with a lot of intensity and improving every match."

    LSU will wrap up competition Sunday with a final round of singles against Georgia Tech at 8 a.m. CT.

    South Carolina Freshmen Advance to Second Round at ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying

    TULSA, Okla. – South Carolina freshmen Andrew Schafer and Sam Swank pushed through a rain-slowed first round of pre-qualifying at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships Saturday at Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Rain in the morning forced second-round action to Sunday, stretching the pre-qualifying into Monday.

    Swank was the first Gamecock to take the courts following the delay, facing Victor Cornea of Middle Tennessee State. Shaking off a difficult start to his college season last week, where he lost three three-set matches, Swank was steady against the Blue Raiders’ sophomore, who closed last season with all-tournament honors in the conference championship. South Carolina’s newcomer advanced with a solid 6-4, 6-3 victory and will take on Tulsa’s Matthew Kirby on his home courts.

    Schafer carried the momentum of his last outing, a three-set win over the No. 39 player in the nation, into Saturday’s opener against Morgan State’s Evan Ward. The battle of two freshmen tipped in Schafer’s favor early, and the Hilton Head product prevailed 6-2, 6-3. The win pits Schafer against LSU’s John Michael Busch, who advanced in a walkover. The two played in last weekend’s SEC Fall Classic with Schafer picking up his first collegiate victory with a 6-3, 7-5 win in the consolation bracket.

    Play resumes on Sunday morning with Schafer and Swawnk taking the court at 10 a.m. (ET). After a first-round bye, junior Ben Barnette is set to start his play at the event with a 11:30 a.m. (ET) match against Vasili Caripi of Oklahoma State.

    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

    Kimbell Shines on Saturday at All-Americans

    Pacific Palisades, Calif.—Senior Lilly Kimbell won two singles matches and advanced with doubles partner Mia King to cap off the first day of play in the pre-qualifying draw at the 2013 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.

    “Lilly played some great tennis today,” said assistant coach Drake Bernstein. “She’s gotten off to a really good start coming into her senior year. I know she’s happy with it and we’re happy for her. I’m looking forward to some good tennis tomorrow.”

    Lilly Kimbell topped Liza Tymchenko of Memphis 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 before beating  Melissa Kopinski of Illinois 6-3, 6-3. Kimbell needs one more singles win to advance to the qualifying draw. She will play an opponent to be determined Sunday morning.

    Kimbell and doubles partner Mia King also advanced in the doubles draw, beating Ole Miss’ Mai El Kamash and Julia Jones, 8-2. The tandem will be in action Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT, and again at 2:30 p.m. PT if they advance. Kimbell and King will advance if they win two matches on Sunday.

    Senior Kate Fuller and King both fell in their first singles matches.

    MSU’s Perper Splits Decisions at ITA All-American

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – As the 2013 Mississippi State women’s tennis fall campaign got underway Saturday, senior Alexandra Perper started off with a win in the first round but fell in the second round in prequalifying singles of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.

    Working through a few ups and downs throughout the first round, Perper swiped a win in her first match against senior Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma in a hard-fought 7-6, 6-4 victory.

    In the second round Saturday night, Perper dropped her match against Maria Deheza of Texas A&M, 6-1, 6-1, conluding Perper’s stint in singles at the All-American.

    Perper will continue play in the tournament on Tuesday, however, as she and partner Naomi Tran will begin competition in the doubles qualifying draw. The duo is ranked at No. 48 in doubles by the ITA.

    Action will also begin for Georgiana Patrasc Tuesday, as the sophomore will open play the in qualifying draw in singles. An All-SEC selection in 2013, her preseason ITA ranking to open this fall was a new career best, coming in at No. 76 nationally.

    Rebs’ Wilder Advances At All-American

    TULSA, Okla. – Rain was the big winner Saturday at the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships with first round prequalifying play being delayed, moved indoors and then back outside to wrap it up.   The Rebels will have two players in the second round Sunday, as Zach Wilder won his match in straight sets to join teammate Stefan Lindmark, who had a first round bye.
    Originally scheduled to go on at 1:30 p.m., rain delayed the start of Wilder’s match until 7:30.  After waiting around all day to play, Wilder took out Old Dominion’s Dante Terenzio 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the second round.
    Players were supposed to play two rounds on Saturday, but with the rain, the second round will be played Sunday.  Wilder will face Federico Sabogal of South Florida.  Lindmark will meet Michael Sonowski of Oral Roberts in the second round.
    Freshman Vinod Gowda was not able to join his teammates in the second round, dropping a 6-0, 6-4 decision to Tulsa’s Matthew Kirby.

    Rebel Netter Advances At Riviera All-American
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ole Miss women’s tennis sophomore Mai El Kamash won twice Saturday in prequalifying at the Riviera ITA All-American Championships to advance to the final round at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
    El Kamash, ranked No. 85 in the nation, won both her matches in straight sets and is just one win away from advancing to the qualifying tournament, which begins Tuesday.  In the first round, El Kamash defeated Ebba Unden of Long Beach 6-3, 6-4.  She followed that up with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Abby Stevens of Wichita State.  El Kamash will face Romy Koelzer of Clemson in the final round Sunday.
    In other singles action, juniors Julia Jones and Erin Stephens dropped their first round matches.  Jones fell to third-seeded Chanelle Van Nguyen of UCLA 6-3, 6-2, while Stephens lost to Ratnika Batra of Texas 6-2, 6-4.  
    Jones and El Kamash teamed up in doubles, but lost to Lilly Kimbell and Mia King of Georgia 8-2.