Georgia's Smith Advances to Main Draw at All-American Championships
TULSA, Okla.-----University of Georgia sophomore Austin Smith defeated Oklahoma’s Alexandru Ghilea, 6-3, 7-6(4) on Wednesday to advance to the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships.
Smith, who won his third match in as many days, will join teammates Nathan Pasha and Ben Wagland in the 64-player main draw on Thursday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Wagland is seeded 15th.
“Austin played well again today,” said associate head coach Will Glenn. “He is stepping up and coming forward on the big points. We’re really excited about the progress he has made, and he’ll be back at it tomorrow in the main draw.”
Main draw doubles action will also begin Thursday. Pieters and Wagland are seeded second and will take on Duke’s 25th-ranked Raphael Hemmeler and Bruno Semenzato.
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.
South Carolina Duo Reaches Main Draw in Doubles at ITAs
TULSA, Okla. – South Carolina’s doubles team of Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro advanced to the doubles main draw of the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships Thursday, despite dropping a tough tiebreak in the final round of qualifying. By nature of its No. 32 national rank, the Gamecock duo will continue to play after the withdrawal of another team from the main draw.
Mihov and Pinheiro opened Wednesday’s action with a hard-fought third-round match against Adrien Berkowicz and George Goldhoff of Texas. The match was decided by a single break with the Gamecocks coming out with an 8-6 victory to move into the final round. There, Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris and Dane Webb waited. Ranked No. 50 in the nation, the match went back and forth with neither ranked team able to wrest control. Tied a 7-7, the match went to a decisive tiebreak, which also went down to the wire. The Sooners’ duo edged out the 8-7 (6) victory to earn a spot in the main draw.
Following the match, officials set the doubles main draw and found that an additional withdrawal of a team previously assigned a position left room for the Gamecocks’ tandem, who were originally on the list of seven alternates for the draw. South Carolina’s “lucky losers” join teammates Chip Cox and Kyle Koch in first-round action Thursday afternoon. Mihov/Pinheiro will face No. 3 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M. The nation’s No. 26 team of Cox and Koch drew an opportunity to avenge the loss of their teammates, facing Harris and Webb. All doubles matches are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (ET).
Mihov will also take the court in singles for the first time at the event as that main draw gets underway Thursday morning. Ranked No. 16 in the nation, the Gamecocks’ senior will face off with Notre Dame’s Gregory Andrews, ranked No. 31, at 10 a.m. (ET).
Tulsa is scheduled to have live stats available for all matches in the main draws. Fans can follow at: http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/m-tennis-livestats-outdoor.html.
Razorbacks Jeske, Nott To Compete In ITA All-American Championship
TULSA, Okla. – Doubles pair Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott will compete at the 2013 ITA All-American Championship on Thursday in Tulsa, Okla.
Jeske and Nott, both seniors, were ranked No. 9 in the ITA preseason poll and earned an automatic berth into the main draw of the tournament. The pair will begin competition Thursday at 5 p.m. with a match against Diogo Casa and Yannick Junger of Texas-San Antonio.
The duo played at the No. 1 spot for most of the 2012-13 season, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in the spring. The pair advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to the No. 3 seed. Nott and Jeske were the first doubles pair from Arkansas to qualify for the tournament since 2009.
“By being preseason Top 10 in doubles, Mike and Manny have earned a valuable opportunity as it puts them in the main draw of the ITA All-American Championship,” head coach Andy Jackson said. “From what I have seen, they can compete with anyone in the NCAA on the doubles court.”
State Women’s Tennis Completes Action In ITA All-American
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. –Mississippi State’s women’s tennis team concluded play in the ITA All-American Championships Wednesday after a setback in singles and a win in a one-match doubles consolation draw.
Georgiana Patrasc, the 76th-ranked MSU sophomore, competed Wednesday in the third round of qualifying singles. Her foe Wednesday was Beatrice Capra of Duke, the event’s No. 5 seed and currently ranked at No. 27 by the ITA. Patrasc held her ground throughout the match but ultimately fell to Capra 6-1, 6-2. The loss ended a solid run this week for Patrasc, who posted two big wins on Tuesday to advance to the final round of qualifying competition.
Bulldogs Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran, State’s 48th-ranked doubles duo, played against the 35th-ranked duo of Melissa Kopinski and Allison Falkin of Illinois, winning 8-3 Wednesday. The contest was in a one-match consolation bracket and completed Perper and Tran’s play in the tournament.
MSU women’s tennis will pick back up beginning this Friday in the Ragin’ Cajun Classic in Lafayette, La. State players Petra Ferancova, Timea Guibe and Roseline Dion will be participating in the event.
Auburn's Burgmans Ready to Get Year Going At ITA All-American
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sophomore women’s tennis player and reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, Pleun Burgmans, will get her 2013-14 singles tennis campaign underway tomorrow in the main singles draw of the Riviera ITA/All-American Championships. Burgmans is fresh off a 22 win season last year and is currently the 18th-ranked player in the nation in singles.
The Netherlands native will be going up against the best competition college tennis has to offer and will face Virginia’s Julia Elbaba, who is the eight-seed of the draw, in the first round. Elbaba is also the ninth-ranked player in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and will be one of Burgmans highest ranked opponents of her young career.
“I’m ready to see Pleun play in singles,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “She played yesterday in doubles, so it won’t be her first time on the court this fall, but I’m excited to see her play in singles and really see her continue the success she had last year.”
Burgmans along with three of her teammates were in action yesterday in the qualifying doubles draw of the tournament, looking for one of the remaining spots in the main doubles draw. However, both Tigers doubles teams came up short in the first round. Burgmans and junior Emily Flickinger, who came in as the 34th-ranked doubles team in the country, dropped their first match of the year to Ale Granillo and Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine, 8-6. Senior Jackie Kasler and junior Jen Pfeifler fell to Iowa’s Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch, 8-2, as the last Tigers doubles team in the competition.
Burgmans will try to keep an Auburn presence in the championship starting tomorrow with her singles match starting at 3:30 p.m.
Texas A&M’s Stancu Advances at ITA All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu has advanced to the singles main draw at the prestigious Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship after winning three matches in the qualifying singles draw Tuesday and Wednesday at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Stancu will face 17th-ranked Zoe Scandalis of USC Thursday in the first round of the 32-player main draw.
Stancu defeated 95th-ranked Kanika Vaidya of Columbia, 7-6 (5), 6-2, in the first round of qualifying singes and then came from behind to knock off 10th-seeded and 38th-ranked Alex Cercone of Florida, 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3. Stancu followed with a 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2 victory over fourth-seeded and 23rd-ranked Klara Fabikova of California to earn a spot in the main draw.
A&M’s Ines Deheza had earned a lucky-loser berth in the 64-player qualifying round after advancing to the round of 16 in the prequalifying singles draw but fell to Sarah Lee in Michigan, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round. Deheza then dropped a 7-5, 6-4 decision to 53rd-ranked Klara Vyskocilova of Tulane in the first round of the qualifying singles back draw.
Deheza had also advanced to the qualifying doubles draw with partner Rutuja Bhosale after winning three matches in the prequalifying draw. Deheza and Bhosale got a first-round 8-3 victory over No. 59 Karolina Rozenberg and Ebba Unden of Long Beach State before being eliminated by No. 2 seed and 19th-ranked Brynn Boren and Zoe Katz of USC.
Stancu and partner Stefania Hristov received an automatic bid in the main doubles draw. They are the No. 7 seed and received a first round bye. They will face the winner between Utah’s Paige Miles and Tereza Bekerova and Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic of Ole Miss in the round of 16 on 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.