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    SEC Tennis Today: Saturday, Oct. 5

    Vanderbilt's Gonzales Edges Georgia's Smith

    TULSA, Okla. - Georgia sophomore Austin Smith was edged by Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 7-6(5) in the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships Saturday at the Case Tennis Center.
     
    This was the third time Smith and Austin had faced each other this fall, with Smith winning the first two matchups in the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiates and the SEC Fall Classic. On Saturday, Smith fought off eight match points before the Commodores' 35th-ranked Austin prevailed in the third set tiebreaker.
     
    "I can't say enough about Austin and how proud I am of the way he competed," said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz. "Having gone through three qualifying matches and with his last three matches going three sets, he looked a little off rhythm and a little tired early on. But he stayed in it and made it to the tiebreaker at the end. To win that second set tiebreaker showed tremendous courage, and that is exactly what we want from our players. Austin continues to take huge steps in the right direction."
     
    Smith earned a spot in the main draw of the All-American Championships by winning three qualifying matches earlier in the week. Since the season began on Sept. 13, the Cumming, Ga., native has gone 15-3, including 7-3 against ranked opponents. By reaching the quarterfinals this week, he earned an automatic berth into the ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 7-10.
     
    Georgia players will be back in action at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships Oct. 11-14 in Atlanta. 



    Mississippi State Women's Tennis Goes Undefeated on Saturday

    LAFAYETTE, La. – On the final day at the 2013 Ragin’ Cajun Classic Saturday, Mississippi State’s women’s tennis team wrapped up the tournament with an undefeated day in singles while doubles play was cut short due to weather which forced the remainder of the tournament to be cancelled. 
    Senior Rosie Dion completed a perfect 3-0 streak through the tournament on Saturday, claiming the title of the Boudin Draw. After claiming two victories on Friday, Dion defeated Vivien Borbely of McNeese State in a tough three-set war 6-1, 2-6, 1-0(5) for the crown. 
     
    State rookie Timea Guibe also kept up her momentum on the final day of the tournament. She notched a victory over Alexandra Starkova of Louisiana Tech 6-4, 6-4, which made the true freshman Bulldog the consolation winner in the Etouffee Draw, going 2-0 after a first-round loss on Friday. 
     
    Junior Petra Ferancova represented State in its last singles action in the Gumbo Draw Saturday. She posted an impressive 6-1, 6-0 win against Anna Ruis of UNO to claim fifth place in that draw.
     
    Representing State in doubles action were Ferancova and Guibe in the Bread Pudding Draw. Julia Kral and Sara Castellano of McNeese State led the Bulldogs 2-1 when play was suspended due to rain and the tournament was called. 
     
    For more information on Mississippi State women’s tennis and updates throughout the 2013 Ragin’ Cajun Classic, 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/. 



    Georgia Women Wrap Up Play at All-American Championships

    Pacific Palisades, Calif.—Georgia’s remaining participants in the 2013 ITA/Riviera All-American Championships fell short Saturday, ending a very solid week-long tournament performance for the Bulldogs.
     
    In singles, No. 3 Lauren Herring was edged by North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb, 6-2, 7-6(2). The loss was Herring’s first of the fall.
     
    In doubles competition, Georgia’s tandem of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, ranked No. 2 in the country, beat Tulsa’s Enrique Isaura and Samantha Vickers 8-5, but then was topped by Georgia Tech’s No. 26 pair of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey, 8-4.
     
    Herring will receive an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships after reaching the singles quarterfinals. 
     
    Part of the collegiate grand slam, the All-American Championships hosted more than 200 players over a two-week period. Pre-qualifying took place over the weekend and the qualifying round 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.
     
    For more information on the 2013 ITA/Riviera All-American Championships, click here.



    Hudson Moves on to Final at Razorback Classic

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Remaining undefeated on her fall season, Shannon Hudson earned up her fifth win of the year and advanced to her flight final to highlight the second day of action at the Razorback Classic at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center on Saturday.
     
    It was a gloomy and rainy day in Fayetteville, but a bright one within the Dills Indoor Facility for the freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., who defeated Carolina Wegner of Memphis, 6-3, 7-5, and advanced to the the U.S. Open Flight final.
     
    "The level of singles play from Shannon and Brittany (Huxley) was again quite high today," head coach Michael Hegarty said. Shannon has a great opportunity tomorrow to add to her impressive fall season and we will be looking to have a more complete day from top to bottom."
     
    Huxley battled over the course of three sets against Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna in the Wimbledon Flight semifinals, but ultimately fell in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss.
     
    The final day of competition at the Razorback Classic is scheduled to begin Sunday with doubles play at 9 a.m., while singles play, including Hudson's title match, is scheduled to follow at 10 a.m.
     
    For more information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.


     

    Texas A&M’s Stancu Falls in Semifinals at ITA All-American Championships

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.  – Cristina Stancu’s run at the  Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships came to an end today as the Texas A&M senior fell to No. 1-seed and second-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the semifinal round at the Riviera Tennis Club.

    Stancu, aiming to become the first A&M player to reach the finals at the prestigious tournament, had worked her way up from the qualifying draw, winning six consecutive matches to reach the semifinals of the main draw.

    "Clearly today's outcome was disappointing for Tina,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said, “but winning six consecutive matches against the top players in the country reaffirms the caliber of her play and without question must give her tremendous confidence as she moves on with her senior year. "

    Ranked No. 48 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, Stancu fell behind 2-0 to start the match against Anderson but broke back to get back on serve. The Romanian then broke Anderson to take a 5-4 lead and was serving for the set before the Bruin broke back to even the score.

    Each side then held serve to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. With the tiebreaker knotted at 2-2, Anderson won three unanswered points to open a 5-2 lead. She would also win two of the next three points to win the tiebreaker, 7-3, and capture the first set.

    Anderson broke Stancu to take a 2-1 lead in the second set en route to the second-set 6-3 victory.

    Despite the loss, Stancu receives an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y., by reaching the semifinal round.
     




    Alabama’s Daniil Proskura Rolls to Consolation Finals at All-American Championships

    TULSA, Okla. – Alabama’s Daniil Proskura will play in the consolation finals of the singles main draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships on Sunday, thanks to a pair of victories in straight sets on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

    In his first match of the day, the Crimson Tide senior held on to defeat Lloyd Glasspool of Texas, 6-3, 7-6(9). Proskura went on to dominate the second match, topping Florida’s Stephane Piro, 6-3, 6-0.

    Proskura will now take on UCLA’s Clay Thompson in the finals on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.




    UF's Brianna Morgan Marches into Consolation Final at Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - The University of Florida's Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) defeated TCU's Stefanie Tan and earned a spot in the singles consolation draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships held at the Riviera Tennis Center on Saturday.

    The Gator sophomore, ranked No. 64 in the country, knocked off the nation's No. 30-ranked player, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the title match where she will play Virginia's No. 9-ranked Julia Elbaba on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.