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    Tuesday SEC Tennis Report

    MSU Rookie Duo Splits Decision at ITA All-American Qualifying

    TULSA, Okla. – Qualifying play at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships came to a close for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad Tuesday as the freshman duo of Robin Haden and Florian Lakat picked up a first-round victory, but fell in second round play.
     
    Haden and Lakat began their day with a first-round matchup against Army’s Asika Isoh and Harrison McCormick. The two duos exchanged holds for the first 10 games until the MSU newcomers earned a break to go up 6-5. Army answered with a break of their own to tie the match at 6-6, but another break for the State tandem sealed it, as the Bulldog duo went on to win 8-6.
     
    That win set up a matchup against Oklahoma’s 35th-ranked team of Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez in second round play. The Sooner duo jumped out early, going up a break 4-1, and eventually taking the match 8-3 to end the Bulldog team’s run in qualifying play.
     
    With qualifying play wrapped up, the Bulldogs will now focus on main draw action, which begins Thursday. State will have a representative in both the singles and doubles draws. Malte Stropp, ranked 40th nationally, will represent the Maroon and White in singles play, while the sixth-ranked duo of Stropp and sophomore Jordan Angus will compete in doubles play for MSU.
     
    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis and updates throughout the 2013 ITA All-American Championships, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.



    Georgia's Smith Moves Closer to Main Draw

    TULSA, Okla.-----University of Georgia sophomore Austin Smith moved one win closer to the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Texas’ Adrien Berkowicz on Tuesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
     
    Smith will face Oklahoma’s Alexandru Ghilea Wednesday with a berth into the main draw on the line. Georgia junior Nathan Pasha and sophomore Ben Wagland have already received bids into the main draw.
     
    “Austin continues to take steps each match in the right direction,” said associate head coach Will Glenn. “He has improved as the fall has progressed, and he’ll look to keep it going tomorrow.”
     
    In the consolation draw, senior Hernus Pieters fell to Justin Carter of UMBC, 7-6, 6-1
     
    A field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will compete in the main draw Thursday through Sunday.
     
    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.



    Rebels Bow Out of Qualifying

    TULSA, Okla. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team wrapped up qualifying play in the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships Tuesday, with both Stefan Lindmark and William Kallberg dropping their matches on a windy day at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
     
    Lindmark was first on the court against 60th-ranked John Gamble of Santa Clara.  The sophomore from Stockholm, Sweden lost 6-3, 6-1 to end his stay in Tulsa with a 5-1 record.  He is now 5-2 on the year.
     
    Just two breaks decided the match between 65th-ranked Kallberg and Memphis’ Johnny Grimal, as the Tiger won 6-4, 6-4.
     
    Junior Nik Scholtz left Tuesday headed to Tulsa as he gets set to compete in the main draw beginning Thursday.  The draw will be released Wednesday.
     
    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.



    Tide Duo Advances

    TULSA, Okla. – Alabama’s Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura both won their second round singles matches to advance in the qualifying draw at the Saint Francis Health System All-American Championships on Tuesday. 
     
    Proskura got things started in the morning with a 6-3, 7-5, victory over 78th-ranked Junior Ore of Texas A&M, who, last time they faced each other, beat Proskura, 6-2, 6-2. O’Shaughnessey then made it a sweep for the Tide, topping East Tennessee State’s Rogerio Ribeiro, 6-1, 6-4.
     
    The final round of qualifying will take place not before 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Main draw action for both singles and doubles begins on Thursday.
     
    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaMTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.



    State's Patrasc Advances to Qualifying

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – As the 2013 ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships tournament continued Tuesday, Mississippi State’s Georgiana Patrasc claimed victory in the first two qualifying rounds in singles, including a national top 50 win, to move into the final round of that draw on Wednesday.
     
    The 76th-ranked MSU sophomore opened play against Romy Koelzer of Clemson. Patrasc kept the lead for the majority of the first set, which she took 6-3. From there, Patrasc kept up her winning pace and took the match with a final score of 6-3, 6-4. 
     
    Patrasc then matched up against 40th-ranked Lacey Smyth of Arizona, a 9-16 seed in the draw. Patrasc swiped the first set 6-2 but fell in the second 6-4. She then responded strongly in the third, posting a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 upset victory.
     
    Patrasc will now meet fifth-seeded and 27th-ranked Beatrice Capra of Duke in Wednesday’s final round of qualifying at 11:45 a.m. PT for the right to advance to the main draw, which begins Thursday. 
     
    In first-round qualifying doubles action Tuesday, State’s 48th-ranked tandem of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran battled back and forth with the fourth-seeded and 21st-ranked duo of Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock of Florida, but ultimately fell 8-5. Perper and Tran will open consolation action on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.
     
    For more information on Mississippi State women’s tennis and updates throughout the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateWT), Facebook (HailStateWT) and Instagram (HailStateWT). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/. 



    UF has Fantastic First Day at  ITA Qualifying

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Florida's Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.), Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) combined for a 7-0 singles record on the first day of play in the qualifying singles draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships held at the Riviera Tennis Center on Tuesday.
     
    The latter three each won two singles matches, while Cercone was entering a third set at the time of this release, just dropping the second-set tiebreak 13-11, after winning the first set 6-3 against Texas A&M's Cristina Stancu.
     
    Competitors need to win three singles matches to secure one of eight spots available for the main draw of the national event considered the first leg of the collegiate grand slam.
     
    Woolcock began her long day on the doubles court where she paired with Gator teammate Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) and the fourth-seeded tandem defeated Mississippi State's No. 48 Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran, 8-6, in the first round on Tuesday morning. Oyen and Woolcock will play North Carolina's Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter in the second round on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.



    Daines Splits Matches at ITAs

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Alabama’s Mary Anne Daines went 1-1 in the singles qualifying draw on Tuesday at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The Crimson Tide senior won her first match, 6-1, 6-1, against Texas Tech’s Samantha Adams before dropping a 6-4, 6-0, decision to Georgia’s Silvia Garcia in the second round.
     
    Daines will now transition to doubles play, partnering with Erin Routliffe to compete in the main draw. Action begins on Thursday at the Riviera Tennis Club.
     
    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaWTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.



    Tigers Can't Stave Off Elimination

    TULSA, Okla. – On the second day of ITA/All-American qualifying, the three remaining Tiger players in the singles and doubles field were ousted Tuesday, ending their run at possibly making the main singles draw of the prestigious tournament. 
     
    Just one day after seeing three singles wins, Auburn didn’t have the best of outings as seniors Dennis Lengsfeld, Daniel Cochrane and junior Lukas Ollert all lost their second round qualifying matches ending their week at the tournament. In the qualifying doubles field, the team of Cochrane and Lengsfeld also lost their opening match, falling to Pacific’s Daniel Alameh and Sem Verbeek, 8-6, in their first match together this fall.
     
    Back in singles, Lengsfeld was looking for his second win in as many outings. However, the senior Tiger fell to 28-seed Nick Chappell of TCU in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3, to fall to 1-1 in singles play this fall. 
     
    As for his teammates, Ollert and Cochrane, they suffered their second loss of the year. Cochrane, the 105th-ranked singles player in the nation, suffered a similar fate to Lengsfeld, dropping a straight set, 7-6 (0), 6-3 decision to 20-seed Arturs Kazijevs from SMU. Ollert, the nation’s 75th-ranked player, went a little deeper into his match, winning the first set 6-3, but then dropping two straight sets to Texas A&M’s Shane Vinsant, 6-1, 6-2, to move to 3-2 for the fall season.
     
    With the losses on Tuesday, no Auburn players remain in the ITA/All-American Championship field and now the team will prepare for its next fall tournament, the ITA Southern Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Oct. 10 and run through Monday, Oct. 14. 
     
    For complete coverage on the Auburn men’s tennis team, visit AuburnTigers.com, follow @MensTennisAU on Twitter and ‘like’ the Auburn University Men’s Tennis page on Facebook.



    Bulldogs Advance Tuesday

    Pacific Palisades, Calif.—Three Bulldogs remained in contention in the singles and doubles qualifying draw on Tuesday at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships.
     
    In doubles, the No. 50 tandem of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase advanced with an 8-1 defeat of Kentucky’s Nadia Ravita and Caitlin McGraw. They will face No. 20 Jennifer Brady and Robin Anderson of UCLA in the next round. The Bulldog duo must must win two more matches to qualify for the main draw.
     
    In singles, No. 60 Silvia Garcia beat No. 74 Danielle Collins of  Virginia 7-5, 7-6(3) this morning, and then beat No. 28 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama 6-4, 6-0 tonight. Tomorrow, the Bulldog sophomore will square off with Hayley Carter of North Carolina for a spot in the main draw.
    Lilly Kimbell, who advanced from the pre-qualifying draw after three wins over the weekend, upset No. 45 Joelle Kissell of N.C. State 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, before falling to Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-1.
     
    Part of the collegiate grand slam, the All-American Championships will host more than 200 players over a two-week period. Pre-qualifying took place over the weekend and the qualifying round will last through 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.
     
    For more information on the 2013 ITA/Riviera All-American Championships, click here.



    Kentucky Wraps Up Qualifying Round

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team finished play in the qualifying singles and doubles on Tuesday at the Riviera/ ITA All-American Championships. 
     
    Junior Kelsey Dieters, faced off with UCLA’s Chenelle Van Nguyen in the qualifying singles draw. Nguyen took the match 6-0, 6-1. 
     
    In doubles, Caitlin McGraw and Nadia Ravita fell to Georgia’s Maho Kawose and Lauren Herring. The Georgia tandem topped McGraw and Ravita, 8-1. 
     
    “We are playing against the best competition in the nation,” UK head coach Carlos Drada said. “It is very important that we learn from our mistakes and that we positively use these experiences for the rest of the season. I am very excited about the endless possibilities that the future holds for our team.”
     
    The Kentucky duo will play a qualifying doubles consolation match on Wednesday at 10 a.m. against UCLA’s Catherine Harrison and Morgan Thomas.
     
    Ravita will have her first singles match of the fall season in the main draw singles on Thursday. She will play against Kristie Ahn of Stanford at 1:30.



    Pang Wins Back-to-Back Matches

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Competing among the nation's best collegiate tennis competition, Yang Pang earned back-to-back wins on Tuesday and pulled within one more victory of advancing to main draw singles at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
     
    Competing in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Pang began the day with a quick win over preseason ITA singles No. 116 Augustina Eskenazi of Penn, 6-1, 6-1. The sophomore from Nanjing, China, then turned around the same day and battled out a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory over No. 46 Daneika Borthwick of Florida State.
     
    Ranked preseason singles No. 43 by the ITA, Pang improved to 4-1 over her last five matches, including three straight wins over ranked opponents. Pang also defeated preseason No. 47 Hermon Brhane of Oklahoma at the Little Rock Classic, Sept. 22.  
     
    "Getting through two tough rounds of qualifying in the same day at Riviera is a fantastic achievement," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "It ranks up there with 'Nicky's' best performance as a Razorback. Hopefully she will find enough in the tank to produce another great day Wednesday."
     
    Pang will face off against Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine today at 11:45 a.m., as the winner advances on to main draw singles play at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The first round of main draw singles competition is set to begin Thursday.
     
    For more information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.