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    SEC Tennis Today: Friday, October 4

    Hudson, Huxley Advance To Flight Semis At Razorback Classic

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Shannon Hudson and Brittany Huxley earned wins and advanced in their respective flights, as the University of Arkansas women's tennis team opened up and played host to its own Razorback Classic at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center on Friday.

    Competing under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80s, Hudson defeated Renata Kuricova of Tulsa, 7-5, 7-5, and advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Flight. With the win, the freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., improved to 4-0 overall in singles play on the fall season.

    Advancing in the Wimbledon Flight was Brittany Huxley, as the sophomore from Grafton, Australia, earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Auburn's Ashley Kitchen.

    "Obviously, the singles play from Brittany and Shannon was a very bright spot for us today," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "We need to work hard in doubles to get better starts and put together a complete day tomorrow."

    Hudson and Huxley will pair up tomorrow, along with Flavia Araujo and Kristen Mee, as doubles play in the Australian Open Flight kicks off the day tomorrow at the Razorback Classic at 9 a.m.

    Singles play is scheduled to follow, beginning at 10 a.m., as Hudson faces Caroline Wegner of Memphis and Huxley goes up against Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna.
     




    Jeske, Nott Fall In Quarterfinals at ITA All-American

    TULSA, Okla. – Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott dropped their match in the round of 16 at the ITA All-American on Friday.

    Seniors Jeske and Nott, ranked No. 9 in the ITA preseason poll, faced Andrew Harris and Dane Webb of Oklahoma in their second match of the tournament. Despite coming back from a 6-0 start to within two at 6-4, they fell by a final score of 8-4.

    The pair, who moved to 2-2 on the season, will resume competition at the ITA Regional Championship on Oct. 17, along with the rest of the team.






    MSU Men’s Tennis Concludes Play At ITA All-Americans

    TULSA, Okla. – Play at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships concluded Friday for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad, as the sixth-ranked duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp dropped an 8-5 decision to Memphis’ No. 18 tandem of David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury in the round of 16.

    The Bulldog team got off to a hot start, going up a break 3-1 to start the match. The MSU tandem upped their lead to 4-1 before the Tiger duo reeled off six-consecutive games to take a 7-4 lead. Angus and Stropp earned a break to cut the Memphis lead to 7-5, but could not continue the rally, as O’Hare and Salisbury pulled out the 8-5 victory.

    The Maroon and White return to action Thursday, Oct. 10, at the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The tourney will consist of the best players from across the ITA Southern Region, which consists of the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.






    Daniil Proskura Wins Singles Consolation Match at All-American Championships

    TULSA, Okla. – After dropping his first round singles match, Alabama’s Daniil Proskura bounced back to beat Malte Stropp of Mississippi State, 6-2, 6-3, to advance in the consolation draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships.

    Proskura and partner Becker O’Shaughnessey will also compete in the consolation doubles draw after being edged out in the first round by TCU’s Nick Chappell and Will Stein, 8-7.






    Alabama’s Daines and Routliffe Drop First Match at All-American Championships

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Alabama’s Mary Anne Daines and Erin Routliffe dropped an 8-2 decision on Thursday to Southern California’s Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis in the opening round of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.

    With the loss, Daines and Routliffe move to the consolation draw where they will face Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. CT on Friday.






    Georgia's Austin Smith Reaches Quarterfinals Of All-American Championships

    TULSA, Okla. - Georgia sophomore Austin Smith advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships with a 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 win over Texas A&M's 67th-ranked Harrison Adams on Friday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

    With the win, Smith clinched a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships as singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions receive automatic entry into the tournament Nov. 7-10 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

    Smith, who fought off match points in the second set on Friday, will face Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

    "Austin has had several matches this year where he lost the first set, but came back and won the match in the third set," said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz. "He has been able to maintain his level of play throughout the matches, and that's been the biggest difference for him. His endurance and stamina throughout his matches has been tremendous. His transition game and his ability to finish points has been remarkable."

    It was the sixth win of the week for Smith, and his seventh this fall against a ranked foe. Saturday's match against Vanderbilt's Austin will be the third time the two have faced each other this fall. Smith won both times, including a three-set match in the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiates and a 7-6, 7-6 decision in the quarterfinals of the SEC Fall Classic in Nashville.

    Smith now has 15 wins this fall for the Bulldogs.
     




    Gamecocks Close Out Play at ITA All-American Championships

    TULSA, Okla. – South Carolina men’s tennis wrapped up its week-long stay at the ITA All-American Championships Friday afternoon at Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of University of Tulsa. Playing in the consolation brackets of the main draws, the four Gamecocks remaining in the tournament bowed out. Senior Tsvetan Mihov fell in singles then teamed with Thiago Pinheiro to stretch the nation’s 15th-ranked doubles team to a tiebreak. South Carolina’s 26th-ranked doubles team of Chip Cox and Kyle Koch suffered a defeat on Friday as well.

    In singles action, Mihov got off to a slow start against Boise State’s Andy Beetles. South Carolina’s 16th-ranked senior dropped the first set 6-2 and could not gain much more traction in the second, falling 6-3 to end his run at the event.

    In doubles, Cox and Koch faced UT-San Antonio’s Diogo Casa and Yannick Junger in the first round of the consolation bracket. The Gamecocks were solid early, but saw their opponent surge ahead to an 8-4 victory.

    South Carolina’s final remaining entry at the event, Mihov and Pinheiro faced a team familiar to the Gamecocks in Alabama’s Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura, who are ranked No. 15 in the nation. Entering the tournament ranked No. 32 in the nation, the Gamecocks’ tandem matched their Crimson Tide foe game-for-game, forcing a tiebreak to decide the match. Alabama’s more veteran duo thrived down the stretch, winning the match 8-7 (1).

    The Gamecocks are back in action on Oct. 17 at the ITA Carolina Regional in Cary, N.C. The singles and doubles champions at that event advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., November 7-10.
     




    Dion Leads MSU Women’s Tennis On Day 1 At Ragin’ Cajun Classic

    LAFAYETTE, La. – As the 2013 Ragin’ Cajun Classic got underway early Friday morning, Mississippi State’s women’s tennis began action in the Ragin’ Cajun Classic and turned in some solid results while battling rain delays throughout the day.

    Representing State in singles were Rosie Dion (senior), Petra Ferancova (junior) and Timea Guibe (freshman).

    Dion was MSU’s star of the day in singles, posting a pair of wins to reach the finals of the Boudin Draw. She opened play against Kateryna Lapayeva of Lamar, defeating her 6-4, 7-6(3). The win put Dion in the semifinals, where she ousted Katya Nakonechnaya of Nicholls State 7-5, 6-3. Dion’s two victories place her in the finals of her draw.

    The rookie Guibe began play against Joanna Nalborska of Louisiana Tech, falling in a hard-fought match 6-3, 6-3. However, Guibe came back in her second match to defeat Nelo Phiri of host ULL 6-2, 6-3. That win put her in the consolation finals of the Etouffee Draw.

    Petra Ferancova was MSU’s third player in singles action Friday. She met Anna Ruis of UNO in the first round of the Gumbo Draw, falling in a tough match 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(3). Ferancova put up another hard-fought match against Petra Horakova of ULM in consolation play but fell 6-4, 6-1.

    Representing State in doubles action were Ferancova and Guibe in the Bread Pudding Draw. The duo came out with an 8-5 victory against Southern Miss’ tandem of Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen. They will play in the semifinals on Saturday.

    The Bulldogs will continue action on Saturday in the Ragin’ Cajun Classic. If rain delays continue, the tournament could be pushed into Sunday.
     




    UF's Brianna Morgan Advances at Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - The University of Florida's Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) won a pair of singles matches and advanced to the semifinals of the consolation draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships held at the Riviera Tennis Center on Friday.

    After Thursday's tough opening-round loss to the top-seed, Morgan regrouped and earned impressive wins against UNLV's No. 32-ranked Aleksandra Josifoska, 6-3, 6-1, in the round of 16 and first round of consolation action. She then posted an impressive 6-1, 7-5 win against Stanford's No. 8-ranked Krista Hardebeck in the quarterfinals.

    Morgan will play the winner of the match between Kentucky's Nadia Ravita and TCU's Stefanie Tan in the semifinals on Saturday.

    Gator senior Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) wasn't as fortunate in her first-round consolation match, where she dropped a 6-0, 6-4 decision to Virginia's Julia Elbaba, ranked No. 9 in the country.
     



    Herring Advances at All-American Championships

    Pacific Palisades, Calif.—Junior Lauren Herring advanced to the semifinals of the main draw at the 2013 ITA/Riviera All-American Championships Friday.

    Herring beat North Carolina’s Hayley Carter 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the second round and then topped UCLA’s No. 11 Kyle McPhillips 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.

    “It was great for Lauren to pull out both matches today,” said assistant coach Drake Bernstein. “She was locked in during both of them and it paid off when she saved match point in her first match. She’s ready for another challenge tomorrow.”

    Herring will square off with North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb tomorrow.

    Also on Friday, No. 14 Maho Kowase was eliminated from the tournament, falling to No. 2 Robin Anderson 6-2, 7-5.

    In doubles, the No. 2 duo of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia will face Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers from Tulsa tomorrow. The Georgia tandem must win three more matches to win the consolation draw and receive an automatic bid to the National Indoor Championships next month.



    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 began Thursday and will last through the weekend.

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.


     




    Kentucky Impresses at Wildcat Invitational

    EVANSTON, Ill.- The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team had a successful day at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Northwestern University.

    Kirsten Lewis won a tough battle against Northwestern’s Brooke Rischbieth. In her first match of the fall season, Lewis pulled through with the win, 6-3, 6-5. Lewis won the second round singles against Jarret Fisher from Depaul.

    Stephanie Fox had little struggle in defeating Maja Vujic from the University of Minnesota. Fox topped the Golden Gopher 6-2 in both matches.  In the second round of singles, Fox beat Abbi Melrose of Oklahoma 6-0, 6-4. Fox is now 2-0 in singles to begin her fall season.

    CeCe Witten fell in both the first and third singles round. In her first singles match of the season, Witten lost to UIC’s Kathryn Sharples. In the second round, she fell to NC State’s Christy Snipes.  

    Aldila Sutjiadi was defeated in her first match of her college career but came back to defeat Katherine Flanigan of Princeton in the second round.
     
    Grace Trimball and Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff both lost in their first match of the season. Trimball will play again in the third round. Morin-Kougoucheff withdrew in the second round because of an injury but is expected to participate in the third round.

    The Wildcats rocked the doubles competition. Sutjiadi and Morin-Kougoucheff took down a duo from Northwestern with no hesitation. The UK tandem defeated Alicia Barnett and Lok Sze Leung 6-1.

    In their first match together since the 2011-12 season, Fox and Witten narrowly escaped their match against Aria Lambert and Kelsey Frechette from Minnesota. Fox and Witten will progress to the second round following their 6-5 win.