Bulldogs Undefeated After Day One Of USTA/ITA Southern Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dominating was the word of the day for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad, as the Bulldogs kicked off play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a 5-0 showing in singles Thursday in the second round (all Bulldogs received first-round byes).
The Bulldogs began the day with a three-set victory from 113th-ranked Jordan Angus, as the sophomore defeated Ole Miss’ Vinod Gowda 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Following Angus was junior college transfer Tassilo Schmid, who made his first career appearance in the Maroon and White. Schmid dominated Nicholls State’s Lukas Clemens 6-1, 6-2 to pick up his first career victory as a member of the Bulldogs.
MSU’s 40th-ranked, and the tourney’s No. 3 seed, Malte Stropp also earned an impressive victory, taking down LSU’s Justin Butsch 6-0, 6-2 to earn his 27th career victory against a Southern Region opponent.
State’s freshmen of Florian Lakat and Robin Haden also strung together notable victories Thursday. Lakat defeated New Orleans’ Timo Kranz with ease 6-1, 6-1, picking up his team-leading sixth victory of the fall. Haden capped the Bulldogs’ day with a 6-0, 7-5 win against Romain Lefevre of New Orleans, giving MSU a perfect first day of play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regionals.
Day two of the Southern Regionals will feature doubles second round play (MSU's entries received first-round byes) and third round and round of 16 play in singles. Doubles will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT, with MSU’s sixth-ranked and top-seeded Angus and Stropp, along with Lakat and Schmid, representing the Maroon and White.
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First Day of Bedford Cup Action Hosted by UF Women’s Tennis Concludes
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- University of Florida freshman Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) was the only Gator in action on the first day of play at the 2013 Bedford Cup held at the Ring Tennis Complex on Thursday.
The Gator rookie faltered in her collegiate singles debut, dropping a 7-6 (6), 6-1 decision to USF’s Olaya Garrido-Riyas. Stojic had a chance to serve for the first set with leads of 5-4 and 6-5, but wasn’t able to polished off the frame en route to the setback.
Stojic will continue competition on Friday at Florida’s only home event of the fall schedule, as she plays Bethune-Cookman’s Chinatsu Kajiwara in the consolation draw’s round of 16.
The Gators will be in full swing at the four-day tournament on Friday, when freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock, as well as senior Olivia Janowicz, play their respective first main draw matches. All three received a first-round bye as one of the top-8 seeds.
Doubles action begins the day’s action at 9 a.m., when Keegan and Woolcock, as well as Janowicz and Stojic partner in the doubles draw.
Two rounds of singles matches will follow doubles play on Friday.
Admission is free and parking restrictions are lifted in the Law School lot, located next to the Ring Tennis Complex.
Crimson Tide Wins Seven Matches on Thursday at USTA/ITA Southern Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama men’s tennis team won seven matches on Thursday during the first day of play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, being hosted at The University of Alabama.
Brian Conlon and Stuart Kenyon, the Crimson Tide’s lone doubles team in action in the first round, posted on 8-5 victory over Nicholls State’s Sam Meesen and Nico Mertens.
From there, Alabama took the court for singles where it picked up six wins on the day. Stuart Kenyon, Saxon Buehning and Andrew Goodwin all won first round matchups. In the second round, Hayes Brewer and Becker O’Shaughnessey both advanced in straight sets and Kenyon went on to win his match in three, dominating the third set, 6-0.
Match play resumes Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the second round of doubles. Two rounds of singles will follow.
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LSU Men's Tennis Has Strong Start to ITA Regional
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The LSU men’s tennis team had a successful first day despite the heat at the ITA Southern Regional hosted by Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the UA Varsity Courts. The Tigers had both of their doubles pairs advance to the second round and had four advance through the first two rounds of the singles main draw.
“As a team, we played well,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “The guys that advanced overcame good opponents and the heat. We need to recover as much as possible for a higher level of opponents tomorrow.”
The Tigers started the morning off with a doubles matchup between LSU’s Justin Butsch and Harrison Kennedy and Rui Silva and Blake Gregor of New Orleans. LSU’s duo dominated the match and came away with a 8-2 victory. They will square off against Louisiana-Lafayette’s duo of Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson in the second round tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Later, LSU’s pair of Andrew Korinek and Tam Trinh won a tightly contested match against South Alabama’s Gerhard Gruindelingh and Manuel Belda 8-7(3). They will face Auburn’s Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. CT.
In singles, Korinek had a 6-4, 6-0 victory over South Alabama’s Juan Troglia. Butsch also came away with a victory, taking down Michael Binder of New Orleans in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. LSU’s Trinh advanced to the second round as well with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Samford’s Fares Kilani.
Redshirt freshman Eric Perez fell in straight sets to Tulane’s Chi-Shan Jao 6-3, 6-3. LSU’s John Michael Busch was also defeated as he was dealt a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Timo Kranz of New Orleans.
In second round singles action, No. 29 junior Chris Simpson, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, dominated his match and dealt a 6-2, 6-0 loss to Tulane’s Cedric Rutsaert. In the third round tomorrow, he will face Robin Haden of Mississippi State at 11:30 a.m. CT. Korinek came away with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tulane’s Sebastian Rey. He will face Blake Gregor of New Orleans at 10 a.m. CT in the third round tomorrow. Sophomore Boris Arias also advanced to the third round after a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory over William Huyton of Louisiana-Lafayette. He will square off against Dennis Lengsfeld of Auburn tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT. Sophomore Trinh had a clutch victory over South Alabama’s Gruindelingh. After dropping a close first set 7-6(4), Trinh fired back with a clutch 7-6(6) second set victory. In the decisive third set, Trinh emerged with a 6-2 win to take the match 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 6-2. He will square off against Tulane’s No. 112 Dominik Koepfer tomorrow in the third round at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Sophomore Kennedy was defeated after he retired in the third set against Dan Cochrane of Auburn. Cochrane was ahead 6-2, 5-5 at the time. Butsch’s run in the main draw came to an end with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to No. 40 Malte Stropp of Mississippi State.
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Rebels Advance At USTA/ITA Southern Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Three members of the Ole Miss men’s tennis team advanced to the third round of singles Thursday at the USTA/ITA Southern Regionals being played at the University of Alabama Tennis Center.
All five Rebels competing this weekend had a first round bye. In the second round, top-seeded Nik Scholtz defeated Daniel Bustamante of Troy 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3. He will face Chin-Shan Jao of Tulane in the third round Friday.
Fifth-seeded William Kallberg beat Gonzalo Garcia of New Orleans 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in the second round and will meet Tuki Jacobs of South Alabama in the third round. Stefan Lindmark topped Donovan McSeveney of UAB 7-5, 6-0 and will match up against Dante Saleh of Auburn in the third round.
Redshirt freshman Vinod Gowda in search of his first win on the year, dropped another three-setter, this time to Mississippi State’s Jordan Angus, who played No. 3 and 4 for the Bulldogs last year. After losing the first set 6-3, Gowda took the second 6-4, but Angus won the third 6-3.
Oxford native Zach Wilder also lost his first match in singles, falling to Auburn senior Dennis Lengsfeld 6-2, 6-3. Lengsfeld played three and four for the Tigers last year.
Both doubles teams competing had first round byes and will begin action Friday. Kallberg and Lindmark will play Kranz and Levfre of New Orleans in the first round, while Wilder and Johan Backstrom will face off against Butsch and Kennedy of LSU.
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