LSU WOMEN’S TENNIS WRAPS UP COMPETITION AT ATLANTA CLASSIC
ATLANTA -- The LSU Lady Tiger tennis team notched four singles victories Sunday at the Atlanta Classic during the final round of competition in Atlanta, Ga.
Junior transfer Noel Scott highlighted the day’s victories with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph against Georgia Tech’s 67th-ranked Kendal Woodard, following newcomer Gabrielle Otero’s 6-4, 4-1 victory after the Yellow Jackets’ Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer retired from the match due to injury.
After newcomer Skylar Holloway fell 6-0, 6-1 to Georgia State’s Rasheeda McAdoo, the Lady Tigers came back with two more wins. Sophomore Ella Taylor took a 6-4, 6-4 score over the Yellow Jackets’ Natasha Prokhnevska, and Abigail Owens defeated Muriel Wacker 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Throughout the tournament, every LSU newcomer tallied a victory in singles, and Otero and Owens won all three of the singles matches they competed in. Otero also scored two doubles victories alongside senior Mary Jeremiah.
“I was very happy to see our continued progress throughout the tournament, and especially today against a Top 25 team,” LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. “With so many new faces on our team, this event was perfect for us to get in some quality sets in a dual match setting.”
LSU will face its next competition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southern Regional Championships in Auburn, Ala., beginning Oct. 17.
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Johan den Toom Named Flight Champion At Navy Invite
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team won four of five matches played on the final day of the Navy All-Conference Collegiate Invitational, where true freshman Johan den Toom was named flight champion.
Den Toom, who played at the No. 6 spot, went 2-0 on the weekend with wins over competitors from the Naval Academy and Princeton. Den Toom also played as part of a doubles pair with redshirt freshman Jacob Herndon, earning a 2-1 record.
Sunday was a successful day for other Razorbacks, with four singles and one doubles win. Doubles pair senior Christian Lee and freshman Juan Marino defeated their Indiana opponents 8-2, with Lee and Marino bringing home victories as singles as well. Herndon also picked up a singles win, tallying his second of the weekend.
Seniors Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott will head to Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 3 for the ITA All-American Championships. Both student-athletes were selected as qualifying singles in the ITA preseason poll. The pair will also compete in doubles, where they were ranked preseason No. 9.
The Razorbacks will continue competition on Oct. 25 at the FGCU Invitational.
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Gamecocks Conclude Play in Furman Fall Classic
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The South Carolina women’s tennis team wrapped up play in the Furman Fall Classic on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.
Brigit Folland, Katerina Popova and Alex Martin all won their singles matches. Folland beat Alex Moreno-Kaste from Furman in the seventh-place match for flight one 6-4, 6-4, while Popova defeated Tiffany Taveres of Tennessee 6-1, 6-4 to win the consolation draw of flight two. Alex Martin finished in third place in flight six with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Furman’s Margaret Boyette.
Ximena Siles Luna and Caroline Dailey finished runners-up in their respective singles flights. Siles Luna suffered her first loss of the season, falling 6-3, 6-1 to Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt in flight five. Dailey lost 6-1, 6-1 to Georgina Sellyn, also from Vandy, in flight six.
The Gamecocks return to tournament play next weekend at the Duckworth Family Fall Classic hosted by Clemson over Oct. 4-6.
Kimbell Advances to Qualifying Draw of All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif. -- Senior Lilly Kimbell punched her ticket to the singles qualifying draw at the 2013 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships with a win Sunday afternoon.
“It was a really good match for Lilly,” said assistant coach Drake Bernstein. “She played well and played smart. She’s playing some good tennis right now and getting it done out on the court.”
Kimbell beat DePaul’s Jasmin Kling 6-1, 6-1 to advance into the tournament’s qualifying draw which will start Tuesday. Kimbell will be joined by No. 60 Silvia Garcia who will also by vying for a spot in the main draw.
Also on Sunday, Kimbell and doubles partner Mia King were eliminated from the tournament as they fell to Catherine Harrison and Morgan Thomas of UCLA, 8-6. On Tuesday, the No. 50 duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase will being play in the doubles qualifying draw.
Part of the collegiate grand slam, the All-American Championships will host more than 200 players over a two-week period. Pre-qualifying began on Saturday and will be followed by the qualifying rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Main Draw will begin on Thursday and last through the following weekend. Players in the qualifying draws must win three matches to advance to the next draw.
Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in New York, N.Y.
Bulldogs Conclude Pre-Qualifying Play At ITA All-American
TULSA, Okla. -- Pre-qualifying play at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships came to an end for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad Sunday, as freshmen Florian Lakat and Robin Haden were eliminated from competition.
The day began with Haden facing off against UT-San Antonio’s Yannick Junger in second-round play, falling 6-2, 6-1. Haden then moved into the pre-qualifying consolation bracket for one match. Haden faced Winthrop’s Dylan Comerford, taking the match 6-4, 6-4 to earn his first career collegiate victory.
Lakat followed up his first round victory Saturday with another in the second round Sunday against Utah’s Cedric Willems. After dropping the first set 6-4 and falling down a break at 3-2 to open the second, Lakat stormed back to force a third set, where he shutout Willems to take the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Lakat then moved into the fourth round, where he faced Northwestern’s Sam Shropshire, falling 6-3, 6-4 and ending his run in the tourney.
Attention now shifts to qualifying play, which is set to begin Monday. The Bulldogs will have sophomore Jordan Angus, ranked No. 113 in the nation, in play. Angus will need four victories to advance to the main draw, which begins Thursday, Oct. 3.
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Crimson Tide Finishes Strong at Furman Fall Classic
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Alabama women’s tennis team won four of the five matches it competed in on Sunday at the Furman Fall Classic, bringing its three-day win total to 17.
Erin Routliffe went 3-0 in singles to take home the title in her draw, downing Florida State’s Kerri Cartwright, 6-3, 6-3, in the finals. Mary Anne Daines, Emily Zabor and Carmen Blanco also added wins for the Crimson Tide, each placing third in their respective draws.
Next up, Daines and Routliffe will head to California for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The qualifying rounds will begin on Oct. 1, while main draw action is set to start on Oct. 3.
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Schafer Wins Twice to Advance at ITA All-American Championships
TULSA, Okla. -- South Carolina freshman Andrew Schafer moved into the final round of pre-qualifying at the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships Sunday, winning twice on the courts at Cascia Hall Prep in Tulsa. With a win Monday, he will advance to the qualifying bracket. Gamecock freshman Sam Swank split his matches Sunday, and junior Ben Barnette fell in his second-round contest.
Schafer stormed out of the gates in second-round action against a familiar opponent early in his college career. The Hilton Head, S.C., product took on John Michael Busch of LSU, whom Schafer defeated 10 days ago to earn his first collegiate win. While that match was tight in the second set, the Gamecock freshman had the measure of Busch early on Sunday and cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 victory. The win set up a third-round match against reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Howard Scott of UW-Green Bay. The Phoenix sophomore took the first set 6-3, and the two battled to a tiebreak in the second. The set came down to clutch points late, and Schafer rose to the challenge with a 7-6 (7) win. He carried that momentum into the third set for a 6-2 win to advance to Monday morning’s final round of pre-qualifying.
Swank opened Sunday’s action against Tulsa’s Matthew Kirby. Playing on this home courts, the Hurricane’s sophomore claimed the first set 6-3, but Swank answered with a 6-2 second-set victory. Playing the fourth three-set match of his young college career, Swank matched Kirby deep into the final set. Changing the trend of his previous three-set outings, Swank scored a late service break to win the set 7-5 and advance to the third round. There he was matched up with SEC foe Elliott Orkin of Florida. The two freshmen played evenly throughout, but the fresher Orkin, who had handily won his second-round match, prevailed in the crucial moments, scoring a 6-4, 7-5 victory to end Swank’s run in the event.
Following a first-round bye, Barnette narrowly dropped his second-round outing to Oklahoma State’s Visili Caripi. The OSU junior escaped a tight first set with a late break for a 7-5 win, then went on to take the second set by a single break as well at 6-4.
Schafer’s Monday morning match will determine if he advances to the qualifying rounds, where he could join teammates Chip Cox, Kyle Koch and Thiago Pinheiro who are slated to open play Monday. In the first round of that bracket, Cox is set for a 2 p.m. (ET) contest against Memphis’ Johnny Grimal. Koch will face TCU’s Nick Chappell at 3:30 p.m. (ET), and Pinheiro will take on a familiar foe in Junior Ore of Texas A&M at 11 a.m. (ET).
UF's Belinda Woolcock Plays Way Through Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
LOS ANGELES -- University of Florida freshman Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) knocked off Baylor's No. 97-ranked and No. 16-seeded Jordaan Sanford, 6-2, 6-2 in the third and final round of pre-qualifying action of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Woolcock, who was the only Gator involved in pre-qualifying action, won a pair of tough three-setters in the opening two rounds on Saturday before her straight-setter against Sanford to advance to the qualifying draw of the national tournament.
Woolcock will be joined in the 64-player qualifying draw by Gator teammates Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.), Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) and Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.). The draw will be announced Monday.
Woolcock improved to 6-1 in collegiate singles action, including 2-0 against nationally-ranked opponents.
UCLA played host to the pre-qualifying portion of the national event, which was a single-elimination contest where competitors needed to win three rounds to advance to the qualifying draw which gets underway on Tue., Oct. 1 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Kucharova defeats four-seed, but falls in All-American pre-qualifying
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Auburn women’s tennis player, sophomore Michala Kucharova scored a big win in the first round of pre-qualifying singles at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships over the weekend. Going up against the No. 4 seed of the draw, Kim Stubbe of Arizona, Kucharova gutted out a tough three-set win over the 82nd-ranked Stubbe, 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2, for her first ranked win of her collegiate career.
Unfortunately, Kucharova’s run at the championship was cut short as she fell in the second round on Sunday to eventual qualifier, Rachel Pierson of Virginia, 6-3, 6-1.
“Michala looked great in her first match of the tournament,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “It’s tough that the momentum couldn’t carry over to the second match, but you can’t ignore the great play she had in the first round, which she will take with her throughout the rest of the fall season.”
Junior Emily Flickinger was also in action over the weekend in pre-qualifying singles, but was dropped in the first round of play by seven-seed Southern Cal’s Giuliana Olmos in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
The championship will take Monday off before resuming with the qualifying rounds on Tuesday. Auburn will have one doubles team in action in qualifying as senior Jackie Kasler and junior Jen Pfiefler will come in looking for one of the remaining spots in the main doubles draw. Kasler and Pfiefler come into the tournament as the No. 23 team in the country.
Draws for the singles and doubles qualifying rounds will be released tomorrow on ITATennis.com. Play will begin Tuesday morning.
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Perfect Sunday For Rebels’ Lindmark
TULSA, Okla. -- If there is such a thing as perfection, Ole Miss men’s tennis sophomore Stefan Lindmark achieved it Sunday, posting a double bagel in both of his matches to advance to the final round of prequalifying at the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships.
In the second round, the Stockholm, Sweden native defeated Michael Sosnowski of Oral Roberts 6-0, 6-0 and then did the same to Ilija Cuic of Wichita State. Lindmark, who is seeded No. 5 in the draw, will face Mihir Kumar of Northwestern Monday at 9 a.m. in the final round of prequalifying.
Oxford native Zach Wilder lost a tough three-setter in the second round to South Florida’s Federico Sabogal, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
With his two wins on Sunday, Lindmark improved to 4-1 on the year. Lindmark seeks to join teammate William Kallberg, who is already in the qualifying tournament. Kallberg will face Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas in the first round of qualifying Monday.
Both Lindmark and Kallberg are looking to join two-time All-American Nik Scholtz in the main draw, which starts Thursday.
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Surin Claims Flight Championship At Colorado Invitational
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Digging deep to rally and finish off an undefeated weekend of singles play, Kimberley-Ann Surin claimed a flight championship at the Colorado Invitational on Sunday to headline a dual-event weekend of competition for the University of Arkansas women's tennis team.
Competing in Flight A competition, Surin faced Maureen Slattery of Denver in the Gold Singles title match. The sophomore from Montreal, Canada, battled back after dropping the first set, 5-6, and completed the comeback by going 6-5, 6-0 over the final two sets to take the match.
The championship victory marked a 3-0 stretch of competition for Surin in Boulder, Colo., and improved her overall fall singles record to 4-1.
"It was great to finish on a high note today," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "Kimberley was able to battle through a solid opponent and found a way to unleash her best tennis of the weekend at the most important time. This was a great confidence boosting week all around for us."
Just across the courts, Flavia Araujo also came from behind to pull out a win of her own in the final set. Matched up against Denver's Michelle Garpenlov in Silver Singles consolation play, Araujo earned her second win of the tournament and defeated Garpenlov, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Araujo and Surin return to Fayetteville where they begin preparation for the Razorback Classic, Oct. 4-6, hosted by Arkansas at the Billingsley Tennis Center. The five-team tournament has the Razorbacks welcoming in competiton from Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Tulsa.
Teammates Sarah McLean and Yang Pang remain in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships has them resuming qualifying play on Tuesday.
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