UF WTN’s Janowicz Wins 100th Singles Match to Highlight Perfect Day at Bedford Cup on Friday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four members of the University of Florida women’s tennis team combined for a 9-0 singles and doubles record on the second day of play at the 2013 Bedford Cup held at the Ring Tennis Complex on Friday.
Action began on the doubles courts, where senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) and freshman Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) paired for the first time and earned a hard-fought 8-6 victory against USF’s Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez and advanced to the round of 8.
Gator freshmen Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia), the top-seeded tandem in the 32-team doubles event, powered their way past UCF’s Cortney Cesarini and Courtney Griffith, 8-2.
UF then turned its attention to singles action, where Janowicz, Keegan and Woolcock played their first matches of the tournament, having each received a first-round bye as one of the top-8 seeds.
The trio won all six matches played in straight sets and advanced to the round of 8 in the main draw of the 64-player tournament.
For Janowicz, her second victory of the day – a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Bethune-Cookman’s Maria Sablina – was the 100th singles win of her career, as she became the 25th Gator to reach the century milestone.
Stojic, who lost her first round main draw singles match on Thursday, returned to the court Friday and earned her first collegiate singles victory as she defeated Bethune-Cookman’s Chinatsu Kajiwara, 6-1, 6-3, in the consolation draw’s round of 16.
MSU’s Stropp Advances To Quarters Of ITA Southern Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Led by the play of senior Malte Stropp, the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad placed a singles player in the quarterfinals and a pair of doubles teams in round of 16 after Friday action at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.
Doubles kicked off competition Friday with the sixth-ranked State duo of Jordan Angus and Stropp battling UAB’s Nick Ianuzzi and Luiz Pinto. MSU’s top-seeded duo dominated the match from start to finish, advancing to the round of 16 with an 8-0 victory. Following suit was the Bulldog tandem of Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid, who defeated Samford’s Elliott Barnwell and Liam Sullivan 8-6 to also advance to the round of 16 as well.
Stropp headlined Friday singles play for MSU with two victories to vault himself into Saturday’s quarterfinals. The 40th-ranked and third-seeded Bulldog veteran battled Troy’s Sami Ghorbel in a three-set battle. After dropping the first, Stropp roared back to take the second set 6-2. Stropp claimed victory when Ghorbel retired three games into the third set due to injury, giving the Bulldog a 4-6, 6-2, 3-0(ret.).
The Dusseldorf, Germany, native then advanced to the quarterfinals with ease, shutting out UAB’s Rafael Rondino in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
MSU’s Angus also made an appearance in the round of 16 after defeating New Orleans’ Christoffer Applegren in impressive fashion 6-0, 6-1. Angus’ next matchup came against Ole Miss’ seventh-ranked and top-seeded Nik Scholtz. Despite forcing a tiebreaker in the first set, Angus dropped the opening set and the match 7-6(5), 6-2.
Lakat battled South Alabama’s No. 50 and fourth-seeded Daniel Leitner in the third round, falling in a hard-fought 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-3 marathon. Fellow freshman Robin Haden also fell in a tough loss to LSU’s 29th-ranked and second-seeded Chris Simpson 6-3, 7-6(5). Rounding out the Bulldogs play was Schmid, who fell to Alabama’s No. 100 and seventh-seeded Becker O’Shaughnessey 6-0, 6-0.
Play is scheduled to begin Saturday with round of 16 and quarterfinal doubles action, followed by the quarterfinals of the singles draw.
Rebels Conclude Day One At Miami Invite
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic of the Ole Miss women’s tennis team advanced to the finals of the Orange bracket at the Miami Invite Friday, while three Rebels reached the quarterfinals in singles.
Play began with doubles. Rohde-Moe and Milutinovic, ranked No. 24 in the nation, shut out the Purdue team of Daniela Vidal and Lynda Xepoleas 8-0 in the first round, before defeating Miami’s Brittany Dubins and Stephanie Wagner 8-5. The Reb duo will face Miami’s 27th-ranked Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno in the finals on Saturday.
Also in the Orange doubles, Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven will play Saturday morning in the consolation final against Auburn’s 23rd-ranked Jen Pfeifler and Jackie Kasler. Stephens and Verboven defeated Purdue’s 12th-ranked team of Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany 8-3 after losing to Miami’s 27th-ranked Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno, 8-0.
In the green doubles bracket, Allie Robbins and Mia El Kamash will play Saturday morning for third place against Auburn’s Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller. Robbins and Kamash lost to Purdue’s Nicole Robinson and Claudia Escribens 8-7 after they defeated Barry’s Isabella Miro and Karina Goia 8-2 earlier in the day.
Three Rebels will continue on in the main draw of singles Saturday. In the orange singles bracket, Caroline Rohde-Moe, ranked No. 39 in the nation, defeated Auburn’s Michala Kucharova 6-2, 6-1. Mai El Kamash, ranked No. 85 in the nation, defeated Barry’s Elisabeth Abanda 6-3, 6-2. Erin Stephens lost in two sets to Miami’s 54th-ranked Kelsey Laurente 6-3, 6-3.
In the green singles bracket, Marija Milutinovic defeated Purdue’s Natalia Davila 6-2, 6-2. Allie Robbins lost to Miami’s Lina Lileikite, ranked No. 84 in the nation, 6-1, 6-1. Iris Verboven lost in two sets to Barry’s Akemi Maehama 6-3, 7-6. Milutinovic will play in the quarterfinals Saturday, and Robbins and Verboven will play in the consolation quarterfinals on Saturday.
Play Saturday will begin with doubles at 10 a.m. with two rounds of singles to follow.
Aggies Have Success on First Day of Conference Challenge
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M men's tennis team had a strong showing in the opening day of the Conference Challenge at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies went a combined 6-2 in doubles and 5-3 in singles.
"There were great matches all around today," Texas A&M assistant coach Bob McKinley said after the contest. “That’s exactly what we need this time of year is to play competitive matches. I feel like we won more than our share. Obviously when you lose there’s a disappointment there, but overall I was happy for the day.”
In doubles, the third-ranked tandem of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow knocked off two top-20 opponents in Illinois' tenth-ranked pair of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski, 8-7 (7) in their first contest and Harvard's 20th-ranked duo of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, 8-5, in their second contest.
The Aggies' 12th-ranked sophomore team of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant also upended Harvard's No. 20 duo of Nguyen and MacMaster, 8-7 (6), in the day’s opening match. In their second match, Second Team All-SEC pair downed Illinois' Farris Gosea and Blake Bazarnik, 8-5.
Junior's Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo also posted two doubles wins, ousting Illinois' 56th-ranked team of Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse in a thrilling tiebreaker match, 8-7 (10). In the pairs second contest, Efferding and Szabo topped Harvard'd duo of Alex Steinroeder and Kelvin Lam, 8-1.
Junior Behzad Minavi and freshman Tito Moreiras came up just short in their first round contest against Harvard’s duo of Steinroeder and Lam, falling 8-6.
Newcomers Frankie Colunga and Max Montague also dropped a tight contest in their first matchup together, narrowly losing to Illinois’ 20th-ranked combination of Hiltzik and Jesse.
In singles, Texas A&M overcame an early deficit on two courts in which players failed to win the first set. 11th-ranked Efferding powered through the second and third sets to a first round victory over Nguyen of Harvard, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Minavi also lost his first set in a tiebreaker, 6-7 (0), but cruised to a 6-3 victory in the second set. The junior from Houston won the shortened third set, 1-0.
After struggling with an injury, 67th-ranked Adams retired after dropping the first set, 6-0.
Vinsant, the No. 56 ranked player in the country, and juniors Szabo and Withrow all were dominant on their way to victories in straight sets. Vinsant downed Nicky Hu of Harvard, 6-2, 6-4, while Withrow surged to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Brian Page of Illinois. Szabo was perhaps the most dominant in his win, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Illinois’ Julian Childers.
Senior Ore and freshman Colunga both dropped heartbreaking contests. Ore forced a third set after splitting the first two, 3-6 and 6-1, but was unable to find a groove in the decisive set, falling 6-1 to Gosea of Illinois. Colunga mounted a late rally in the second set, but came up just short in the tiebreaker, falling 4-6, 6-7 (4) to Andrew Ball of Harvard.
Alabama Men’s Tennis Advances in Main Draws at USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Crimson Tide men’s tennis team picked up nine wins on the second day of action at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, which are being hosted at The University of Alabama. The Tide remains in both the singles and doubles main draws with Becker O’Shaughnessey advancing to the singles quarterfinals while three of Alabama’s doubles teams made it to the round of 16.
O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura were first to earn a win for the Tide, beating out Troy’s Sami Ghrobel and Mansingh Athare, 8-1, in doubles. From there, Sean Donohue and Nikko Madregallejo paired up to top Nicholls State’s Bernard Wezeman and Lukas Clemens, 8-5, while Hayes Brewer and Andrew Goodwin tacked on an 8-3 victory over Evan Karatzas and Kiernan Cronin, also of Nicholls State.
In singles, O’Shaughnessey rolled to a pair of wins in straight sets, beating out Auburn’s Dennis Lengsfeld and Mississippi State’s Tassilo Schmid. Kenyon, also competing in the main draw, won his first match on the day against Alex Van Cott of Tulane before falling to eighth-seeded Dan Cochrane of Auburn.
The Tide went 3-0 in the singles consolation draw with Donohue picking up two wins and Madregallejo adding on another.
Match play resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the two rounds of doubles. Singles action will follow.
Rebels March On At Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team had a solid day at the USTA/ITA Southern Regionals Friday, with both doubles teams advancing to the third round and two Rebels reaching the quarterfinals in singles.
The day began with doubles, and both of Ole Miss’ teams won their second round match. William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark defeated Timo Kranz and Romain Lefevre of New Orleans 8-4. Johan Backstrom, playing his first match of the year for the Rebels, teamed up with Oxford native Zach Wilder for an 8-5 win against LSU’s Justin Butsch and Harrison Kennedy.
In singles, both top-seeded Nik Scholtz and fifth-seeded Kallberg advanced to the quarterfinals with two wins each. Scholtz had to go three sets again Friday in his second round match against Tulane freshman Chin-Yan Jao. The defending champion won the first set 6-2, but then Jao won the second set tiebreaker 7-6(5). Scholtz grabbed the third set 6-3 to advance. In the round of 16, Scholtz played his third tiebreaker of the tournament but won it on his way to a 7-6(3), 6-2 win against Mississippi State’s Jordan Angus. Scholtz will face Auburn’s Lukas Ollert, the tournament’s sixth seed, in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Kallberg also advanced to the quarterfinals with two straight set wins. In the second round he defeated Tuki Jacobs of South Alabama, 6-1, 7-5. In the round of 16, Kallberg took out Dominik Koepfer of Tulane 6-4, 6-3. He will face the No. 2 seed, Chris Simpson of LSU, in the quarterfinals Saturday. Simpson defeated Kallberg’s teammate, Stefan Lindmark 7-6(5), 7-6(4), in the third round.
Ollert and Cochrane Advance to ITA Regionals Quarterfinals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Auburn men’s tennis logged a pair of wins from both seeded players -- No. 6-seed Lukas Ollert and No. 8-seed Daniel Cochrane – as both advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Southern Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. Additionally, both of Auburn’s doubles teams advanced in second-round play.
The tournament is playing out its seeds as all but one of the eight seeded players advanced in the singles main draw.
Ollert easily defeated his two opponents, first taking down Yates Johnson of Lafayette in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, followed by a win over conference foe Andrew Korinek of LSU, 6-2, 6-4. He will meet the tournament’s top seed in Nik Sholtz of Ole Miss in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Cochrane took down Lafayette’s Hunter Johnson, 6-2, 6-4 in the morning match, and came back with a strong effort in the afternoon beating Alabama’s Stuart Kenyon 6-4, 7-6. He meets the No. 3-seed Malte Stropp of Mississippi State in the quarters.
Senior Dennis Lengsfeld won his first match of the day beating LSU’s Boris Arias, 6-0, 6-4, but fell in his second match to Becker O’Shaughnessey, 7-6(5), 6-2. Auburn’s freshman Dante Saleh fell to Ole Miss’ Stefan Lindmark, 7-5, 6-4.
Cochrane and Joseph Van Dooren had a hard-fought doubles win over Lafayette’s Farinola/Lopez, finally taking down the pair in a tie break, winning 8-7(4). The move on to face Ole Miss’ Backstrom/Wilder in a 9 a.m. matchup.
Ollert paired with Lengsfeld in doubles beating LSU’s Korinek and Trinh, 8-4, to move on to the third round. The duo’s matchup against Tulane’s Koepfer/Jao is set for 9 a.m.
Van Dooren also stayed alive in the consolation bracket with a straight sets win over Michael Binder of New Orleans. He will meet Samford’s Austin Akers at Noon.
A complete recap with results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following each day’s play.