Texas A&M’s Deheza-Bhosale Duo Advances at ITA All-American Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Ines Deheza (pronounced ee-nez de-hay-za) and Rutuja Bhosale (pronounced roo-too-ja bo-sah-lee) have advanced to the qualifying round in doubles at the prestigious Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship after winning three matches in the prequalifying doubles draw last weekend in Los Angeles.
Deheza, a sophomore, and Bhosale, a freshman, topped Sarah McLean and Yang Pang of Arkansas, 8-7 (4), in the first round of the 32-team prequalifying bracket and then defeated Spencer Liang and Monica Lin of Harvard, 8-6, in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, the Aggie tandem defeated Nino Mebuke and Klara Supejova of Eastern Michigan, 8-3. With the quarterfinal victory, the Aggies became one of four teams from the prequalifying draw to earn an automatic berth in the qualifying draw, which will be played Tuesday and Wednesday at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Deheza came within a match of advancing to the singles qualifying tournament, defeating Caroline Schnell of Denver, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the prequalifying draw and eliminating Alexandra Perper of Mississippi State with a 7-6, 6-4 second-round victory. Deheza was then pitted against 80th-ranked and No. 3 seed Chanelle Van Nguyen of UCLA in the round of 16 for a chance to advance, as the eight players that reach the quarterfinals earn an automatic entry into the qualifying draw. Van Nguyen, playing on her home court, topped Deheza, 6-1, 6-1.
Bhosale suffered a first round loss in singles prequalifying draw, falling to Romy Koelzer of Clemson, 6-3, 6-3.
A&M sophomore Anna Mamalat reached the second round in singles, defeating Callie Craig of Utah, 7-5, 6-4, in the opening round before falling to Jessica Wacnik of Boston College, 6-3, 6-4.
A&M senior Cristina Stancu received entry into the singles qualifying bracket and will begin competition on Tuesday. She also will compete with partner Stefania Hristov in the main draw of doubles, which begins Thursday.
Main draw singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y.
For complete brackets and more information on the tournament, go to ITATennis.com.
Three Aggie freshmen competed in the rain-shortened Rice Invitational, Friday and Saturday in Houston. Jana McCord and Mason Strickland each picked up first-round, straight-set victories in their respective flights and also won their third-place matches. Saska Gavrilovska fell in her first-round singles match.
In doubles, McCord and Strickland suffered a first-round loss and were unable to play a consolation match due to weather.
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Alabama’s Daines and Routliffe Headed to California for All-American Championships
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – One day after completing the Furman Fall Classic, Mary Anne Daines and Erin Routliffe are headed to the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The qualifying round will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1, followed by the main draw, which starts on Thursday, Oct. 3.
By virtue of her preseason ranking, Daines was selected to compete in the qualifying draw of singles and will take on Texas Tech’s Samantha Adams in the first round at 12:45 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Daines and Routliffe have already secured a spot in the 32-team main draw of doubles as the No. 16 duo in the nation. Their first round matchup will be announced on Wednesday.
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Three Tigers Advance at ITA Qualifying
TULSA, Okla. – Senior men’s tennis players, Daniel Cochrane and Dennis Lengsfeld, as well as junior Lukas Ollert all advanced through the first round of singles qualifying at the ITA/All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday. All Tigers participating in the qualifying draw are looking to win three consecutive matches of qualifying to advance to the main singles draw of the championship.
Coming off his first fall tournament of the year along with his No. 105 ranking in singles, Cochrane faced Nevada’s Victor Ouvrad in his first round matchup. The senior fell into a big hole to start the match, losing the first set, 6-0. However, he was able to bounce right back to win the final two sets, 6-4, 6-4 for his third victory of the fall. With the win, Cochrane will move on to the second round of qualifying and face 20th-seed Arturs Kazijevs of SMU, who won a tough three-setter earlier in the day as well. That match will be played tomorrow at a time yet to be determined.
As for Lengsfeld, he, as well, advanced to play another day as he won his first match of the fall. Looking to get the year off on the right foot, the Germany-native won in straight sets on Monday, defeating SEC foe, Jarryd Chaplin of Tennessee, 6-4, 6-4, to move to 1-0 in singles for the year. He’ll face 28-seed Nick Chappell of TCU tomorrow.
Auburn’s final player trying to advance through qualifying made it a three-for-three day for the Tigers as junior Lukas Ollert, the 22-seed of the draw, defeated Oklahoma’s Austin Siegel in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Coming into the tournament with two singles wins already this fall, Ollert tallied his third win and will move on to the second round of singles qualifying and face Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M on Tuesday.
Cochrane and Lengsfeld will also be trying to qualifying through the doubles draw this week as they will play their first match together tomorrow against Ilija Cuic and Tin Ostojic of Wichita State starting at 9:30 a.m. The Tiger tandem comes into the bracket as the second-seeded doubles team trying to make the main draw and is currently ranked No. 30 in the nation.
Over the weekend, sophomore Joseph Van Dooren was in pre-qualifying action, looking to win three-straight singles matches to reach the same qualifying field as his teammates. Unfortunately, the Belgian’s quest was cut short as he was dropped in the second round by Northwestern’s Konrad Zieba in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, after a first round bye. With the loss, Van Dooren’s record falls to 2-2 in singles for the fall season.
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Razorbacks Fall in ITA Qualifying
TULSA, Okla. – Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott each battled for three sets Monday in the first round of the ITA All-American Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
Seniors Jeske and Nott were named qualifying singles in August after being ranked No. 9 in the ITA preseason doubles poll.
Jeske won his opening set 6-3 over Danil Zelenkov of George Washington University but lost the next two and the match.
Nott faced the No. 21 ranked Thorsten Bertsch of San Diego State and was unable to pull out a win, battling hard but eventually losing 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3.
The pair will team up for doubles play beginning Thursday.
A full recap will be available following the conclusion of play at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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Gamecocks Can't get Past Qualifying Rounds
TULSA, Okla. – South Carolina freshman Andrew Schafer won his final round of pre-qualifying to join three teammates in the qualifying draw of the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships Monday afternoon at Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The quartet of Gamecocks fell in the first round of qualifying, moving into the consolation bracket.
Schafer rallied from a last-minute 5-7 defeat in the first set against Purdue’s Ricky Medinilla, turning the tables on the Boilermakers’ freshman to win the second set 7-5. South Carolina’s surging newcomer rolled in the third, 6-1, to move into the qualifying draw. Schafer was back on court late in the afternoon, taking on Connor Glennon of Memphis. In his debut at the event, the Tigers’ junior steadily chipped away at Schafer’s game, which had already lasted through four wins over three days, to claim at 6-4, 6-4 victory.
A trio of Gamecocks took the court for the first time at the event, earning starts in the qualifying draw. Senior Chip Cox suffered a tough loss to Memphis’ Johnny Grimal, dropping a pair of tiebreaks, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2), to fall into the consolation bracket. Juniors Kyle Koch and Thiago Pinheiro also fell in the first round of qualifying. Koch struggled to hold serve in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Nick Chappell of TCU. Texas A&M’s Junior Ore, who earned All-America status in doubles last season, took an early lead in both sets against Pinheiro, closing with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Qualifying rounds of doubles begins on Tuesday with Pinheiro and Tsvetan Mihov, who are ranked 32nd in the nation, drew a first-round bye and await the winner of the match between BYU’s Ismael Dinia and Sidharta Hazarika and Tennessee’s Jarryd Chaplin and Markus Kemer for a 11:30 a.m. match. The singles consolation bracket has not yet been released.
MSU's Angus Falls On Day One of Qualifying
TULSA, Okla. – In day one of the qualifying round at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad saw its lone singles competitor fall in the first round. Jordan Angus dropped a tough match to Ole Miss’ Stefan Lindmark 6-3, 7-5.
Lindmark got off to a hot start, going up a break 3-0 in the first set. Angus fired back with a quick break to put the match back on serve, only to have Lindmark follow with another break to go up 4-2. Lindmark used two aces to close out the first set 6-3.
Angus and Lindmark traded serves throughout the beginning of the second set until Angus capitalized on a break opportunity to go up 4-2. However, Lindmark, who was down 5-2 after a hold by the MSU sophomore, swung the momentum and took the second set and the match 6-3, 7-5.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to the doubles draw of the qualifying round, which begins Tuesday. The freshman pair of Robin Haden and Florian Lakat were a late addition to the qualifying round and will face off against Army’s Asika Isoh and Harrison McCormick.
Following the qualifying round, play will shift to the main draw, which is set to begin Thursday, Oct. 3. MSU senior Malte Stropp, ranked 40th in the nation, along with the 6th-ranked duo of Angus and Stropp will represent the Bulldogs in the main bracket of the ITA All-American. Haden and Lakat need four consecutive wins to join Angus and Stropp in main draw play.
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Two Rebels Move on in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – A long day at the tennis courts ended with two members of the Ole Miss men’s tennis team still alive in the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships being played at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Sophomore Stefan Lindmark and junior William Kallberg will be playing again Tuesday in the second round of qualifying.
The day began with Lindmark winning his final prequalifying match against Marc Hermann of Nebraska 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the qualifying round.
Teammate William Kallberg, ranked No. 65 in the nation, defeated 93rd-ranked Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas in the first round of qualifying in two close sets. He won the first set 6-4 and then took the second set tiebreak 7-5 to move onto a second round meeting against Memphis’ Johnny Grimal.
As play got behind, Lindmark had to wait awhile before his first match in qualifying, but it didn’t deter the fellow Stockholm, Sweden native. Lindmark taking on MSU’s Jordan Angus, won the first set 6-3. He fell behind early 5-2, but as he did many times his freshman year, Lindmark rallied to get back on serve. At 5-5, Lindmark broke Angus and held for 7-5.
With the wins today, Lindmark improved to 6-1 on the year. He will face the winner of John Lamble (Santa Clara) and Russell Bader (Penn State) in the second round Tuesday.
The All-American Championships is the year’s first major. Kallberg and Lindmark are seeking to join teammate Nik Scholtz in the main draw, which begins Thursday.
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UGA's Smith Opens with Win
TULSA, Okla.-----Georgia sophomore Austin Smith defeated Michigan State’s 77th-ranked Aaron Pfister, 7-5, 6-2, in the first round of the qualifying draw of the ITA All-American Championships Monday at the Case Tennis Center.
Smith needs three more wins to join teammates Nathan Pasha and Ben Wagland in the main draw. The Cumming, Ga., native will face Texas’ Adrien Berkowicz Tuesday in the round of 64, and the winner plays again later in the day.
“Austin played well, and he continues to progress,” said UGA associate head coach Will Glenn. “He’s hitting his stride, and we are exited about tomorrow. It will be a big challenge going against Berkowicz, who won the junior college national championship in singles before he transferred to Texas. It should be a good match.”
It was the 10th win of the fall for Smith and his fourth against a ranked opponent. He reached the final of the SEC Fall Classic in Nashville earlier this month.
Georgia senior Hernus Pieters was edged by Texas’ Davis Holiner in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Eight players will advance out of the qualifying draw into the main draw. A field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will compete in the main draw Oct. 3-6.
The All-American Championships is the first leg of the collegiate grand slam. Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Two From Bama Advance Monday
TULSA, Okla. – Both Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura won their opening singles matches at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships on Monday to advance in the qualifying draw.
In the morning match, Proskura cruised past N.C. State’s Nick Horton, 6-4, 6-0. O’Shaughnessey then hit the court early in the afternoon and picked up a 6-0, 7-5, victory against Baylor’s Diego Galeano. Proskura is slated to take on Texas A&M’s Junior Ore, while O’Shaughnessey will face the winner of the match between Oklahoma’s Austin Siegel and Auburn’s Lukas Ollert.
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