Georgia's Smith Wins Two More At All-American Championships
TULSA, Okla. -- Georgia sophomore Austin Smith won two more matches on Thursday to advance to the round of 16 at the All-American Championships played at the Case Tennis Center.
Smith, who won three matches in the qualifying rounds earlier in the week to earn a spot in the main draw, first beat Stanford's 37th-ranked John Morrissey, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, then won another three-set match against Virginia's 20th-ranked Mac Styslinger, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Smith has six wins over ranked opponents in the first month of the 2013-14 season. On Friday, he will face Texas A&M's No. 67 Harrison Adams, who also made his way through the qualifying draw.
"Austin continues to play well," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "He has really worked hard, he is fit, and it is paying off for him. He is getting better as the fall progresses."
In other singles action, Ben Wagland and Nathan Pasha were eliminated from the main draw. Wagland topped 46th-ranked Ryan Shane of Virginia in the first round before falling in three sets to North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider in the round of 32.
Pasha fell to Virginia Tech's 43rd-ranked Amerigo Contini in straight sets to start the day, then dropped a three-set match to Texas' No. 101 Lloyd Glasspool in the consolation draw.
Each of the top six singles seeds were eliminated on the first day of main draw action on Thursday.
In doubles, the second-ranked team of Hernus Pieters and Wagland fell to Duke's 25th-ranked Raphael Hemmeler and Bruno Semenzato, 8-4.
"It was an up-and-down day for us," Diaz said. "We didn't play to our potential in all the singles matches and the last doubles match. Our guys take it hard. They will learn from it and be better because of it."
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 Bulldogs Advance at All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif. -- Two Georgia players advanced on Thursday on the first day of the main draw at the 2013 ITA/Riviera All-American Championships.
In singles, remaining Bulldogs No. 3 Lauren Herring and No. 14 Maho Kowase both advanced to the second round. Herring beat No. 15 Samantha Vickers 6-2, 6-3 and Kowase topped No. 31 Caroline Price, 6-4, 3-1, Ret (inj).
“Both Lauren and Silvia played great matches today,” said assistant coach Drake Bernstein. “Both of them are looking forward to getting out on the court tomorrow and taking advantage of another great opportunity to compete.”
In doubles, after enjoying a first-round bye, the No. 2 duo of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia were outdone by No. 17 Carol Zhao and Kristie Ahn of Stanford, 8-3.
Tomorrow, two singles rounds and one doubles round will be played. To begin the day, Herring will dual Hayley Carter of North Carolina and Kowase will square off with No. 2 Robin Anderson of UCLA. Garcia and Fuller will play in the consolation draw tomorrow.
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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Gamecocks Battle at ITA All-American Championships
TULSA, Okla. -- South Carolina endured a challenging day in the main draws of the ITA All-American Championships at Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa. Senior Tsvetan Mihov dropped his first-round singles match, but rebounded with a convincing win in the consolation bracket. The Gamecocks’ two doubles teams in the draw also fell in opening-round action.
Mihov’s first singles action at the tournament was an elite matchup against the nation’s No. 31 player in Gregory Andrews of Notre Dame. The two were steady and on serve through eight games, when Andrews finally cracked Mihov’s serve to take a 5-4 lead, which he consolidated with a hold to win the first set 6-4. The Gamecock senior answered by winning the first three games of the second set, but Andrews answered with three games of his own to get back on serve. The two battled to a tiebreak with the Notre Dame senior coming out on top 7-6 (3) to advance in the main draw. Mihov continued to play in the consolation bracket, dismantling No. 86 Adam Lee (Wake Forest) 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles action in the main draw kicked off Thursday night with Chip Cox and Kyle Koch kicking off their effort. The 26th-ranked team in the nation, the Gamecocks’ top tandem squared off with No. 50 Andrew Harris and Dane Webb of Oklahoma, who had earned their spot in the draw with a win over Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro in the final round of qualifying. The top-50 matchup was a seesaw affair with neither team able to force its will on the other. The Sooners’ duo held serve to go to 7-7 and send the match to a tiebreak. Cox/Koch could not get traction in the tiebreak, falling 8-7 (2).
Mihov and Pinheiro played in the doubles main draw after the late withdrawal of another tandem gave them “lucky loser” status out of the qualifying draw. The spot came opposite the No. 3 team in the nation, Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M. The match was on serve through six games before the Aggies surged ahead with a three-game win streak that put them up 6-3. It was all the cushion they needed to advance, closing out the Gamecocks 8-4.
The Gamecocks will continue in the consolation brackets of both draws. Mihov is set to face Andy Bettles of Boise State in singles. The doubles consolation bracket will be release late Thursday night.
Rebels Wrap Up Play At All-American
TULSA, Okla. -- It was a tough day to be a seeded player at the Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships Thursday, as 12 of the 16 lost on opening day, including Ole Miss men’s tennis junior Nik Scholtz, eliminated in the second round.
Scholtz, ranked No. 7 in the nation and seeded No. 6 in the 64-player draw, won his first round defeating 23rd-ranked Alex Sarkissian of Pepperdine 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round.
In the second round, Scholtz faced a somewhat familiar opponent, in Baylor’s Julian Lenz. The two faced each other last spring, when Ole Miss defeated Baylor 4-2. Scholtz came back to win that one in three sets, but this time the comeback would fall just short.
One break decided the first set 6-3 in favor of Lenz, who is ranked No. 38 in the nation. Lenz gained an early break in the second and led it 5-2, before Scholtz won two straight games. Scholtz could not get another break, as Lenz held to win it 6-4.
The ITA All-American Championships is the first major individual event of the year, which includes the ITA National Indoor in November and the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in May.
The Rebels will now turn their attention to the ITA Southern Regional Championships, which begin next Oct. 10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Scholtz is the defending champion in singles.
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MSU’s Angus/Stropp Into Round Of 16 At ITA All-American
TULSA, Okla. -- On day one of main draw play at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships, Mississippi State’s sixth-ranked doubles squad of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp moved into Friday’s round of 16 after downing their third ranked opponent of the fall Thursday night.
Angus and Stropp, the No. 4 seed in the event, opened up the doubles main draw against Texas’ 29th-ranked duo of David Holiner and Nick Naumann. Both sides opened the match trading holds until the Longhorn tandem earned a break to take a 4-2 lead. Following a break back from Angus and Stropp in the next game to put the match back on serve, both sides again traded holds to force a tiebreaker. From there, the Bulldog team edged the Longhorn team for the victory, taking the match 8-7(5).
Angus and Stropp move on to face Memphis’ 18th-ranked David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury Friday in a match scheduled to start not before noon. The Tiger duo earned their way into the Round of 16 after defeating San Francisco’s Bernando Saraiva and Nils Skajaa 8-4.
The Bulldogs also saw play in singles action Thursday from Stropp, ranked 40th in the nation. The Bulldog senior battled Texas A&M’s Harrison Adams, ranked No. 67, but fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
Stropp then moved to main draw consolation play, where he faced SEC foe, 95th-ranked Daniil Proskura of Alabama. Proskura took the match 6-2, 6-3 to eliminate MSU’s run in singles play in the tournament.
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Rebel Netters Conclude Play At All-American
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- The Ole Miss women’s tennis team concluded play at the Riviera ITA All-American Championships Thursday, with Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic posting a ranked win in their first round doubles match before falling in the second round to the No. 7 seeded team.
In the first round, Rohde-Moe and Milutinovic, ranked No. 24 in the nation, knocked off 18th-ranked duo of Paige Miles and and Tereza Bekerova of Utah 8-7(4). That set up a meeting with Texas A&M’s 8th-ranked tandem of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu in the second round. Hristov and Stanuc, ranked No. 8 in the nation, won 8-5.
The Riviera ITA All-American features the nation’s top players and is the first major individual event of the collegiate tennis season. The other two are the ITA National Indoor in November and the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in May.
The Rebels will return to the courts Oct. 11-13 at the Miami Hurricane Invitational followed by the ITA Southern Regional Championships Oct. 18-22.
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UF Pair Begins Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- The University of Florida's Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) dropped their respective opening round singles matches at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships held at the Riviera Tennis Center on Thursday.
Morgan, who won three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw, lost 6-2, 6-4, to top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA, while Oyen fell 6-3, 6-4 to California's No. 3-ranked and third-seeded Zsofi Susanyi in her opening-round bout.
Both begin action in the consolation draw on Friday.
Quoting the Coach:
"Unfortunately, Brianna had a slower start than she wanted, but battled back to 5-4 in the second with some chances to even it up but Anderson just played better in the end. Sofie fought hard. She held the ball and grinded, but Susanyi was a little better I the end, as well." - UF associate head coach Dave Balogh
THE SKINNY ON THE RIVIERA:
The Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., serves as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national championship, considered the first leg of the collegiate grand slam, began on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which was hosted by UCLA. Qualifying competition was Oct. 1-2 and main draw action takes place Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
ON THE LINE:
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, NY.