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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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