All four Gators reached their respective singles semifinals spot via impressive straight-set victories. Keegan lost just one game in her match, while Stojic dropped two, Janowicz three and Woolcock five en route to a second consecutive perfect day for the Gators.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s tennis team won two matches on Saturday at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships with one coming in singles and the other in doubles.
In the morning’s doubles action, Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura posted an 8-3 victory for the Crimson Tide in the round of 16, but got tripped up in the quarterfinals, falling by the same score to Auburn’s Joseph Van Dooren and Dan Cochrane.
In the singles consolation draw, Sean Donohue came back to beat Nicholls State’s Bernard Wezeman, 1-6, 6-3, 10-6, however the Tide freshman would be forced to retire in his second match of the day to Austin Akers from Samford.
Regional action will continue in Tuscaloosa on Sunday at 9 a.m. CT with doubles.
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Three Bulldogs Advance at ITAs
ATLANTA-----Three members of the Georgia men’s tennis team won their opening round singles matches on the first day of main draw action at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships Saturday.
No. 1 seed Ben Wagland, No. 2 seed Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux (9-16) advanced to play in the round of 32 on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The winners will play again in the round of 16 Sunday afternoon.
The singles and doubles winners of the ITA Regionals will earn bids to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York Nov. 7-10. Sophomore Austin Smith has already earned a singles berth.
Wagland and Brasseaux prevailed in three sets in their respective matches. Wagland came back to beat Florida State’s Grayson Goldin, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, while Brasseaux downed Miami’s Omar Aly, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Pasha won his match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, over Mercer’s Arnav Mohanty.
Nick Wood, Hernus Pieters and Eric Diaz fell in their first round matches and will play in the consolation draw on Sunday.
“We have three guys moving on, but we didn’t have the greatest day,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “Overall we did not play great. As a group, I’m interested in seeing how we respond and show some toughness. I know the guys are a little tired because for some it is their fourth tournament in a row and others were playing their first matches of the year. We know we have some things to work out, so we get a chance to improve tomorrow.”
In doubles, the top-seeded team of Pieters and Wagland and the No. 3 seeded duo of Brasseaux and Pasha won their first round matches before falling in the round of 16.
Sunday’s main draw schedule includes two rounds of singles and the doubles quarterfinals. The tournament will conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Tuesday.
Auburn Doubles Tandems Advance to Semifinals of ITA Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Auburn men’s tennis team will have a pair of doubles teams in the semifinals of the ITA Southern Regionals after both duos advanced with two wins each in Tuscaloosa, Ala., today.
The unseeded tandem of Daniel Cochrane and Joseph Van Dooren took down Ole Miss’ Johan Backstrom and Zach Wilder in a tie break, 8-7(5) before topping the tournament’s No. 2-seed and home team Becker O’Shaughnessey/Daniil Proskura of Alabama, 8-3. They will face No. 3-seeded Boris Arias/Chris Simpson from LSU on Sunday.
Lukas Ollert and Dennis Lengsfeld paired up to easily take down Alabama’s Hayes Brewer/Andrew Goodwin, 8-1 in the morning session and defeated Tulane’s Van Cott/Sebastian Rey, 8-5 to earn a berth in the semis. Their opponent will be No. 4-seed William Kallberg/Stefan Lindmark of Ole Miss.
Both Ollert and Cochrane played quarterfinal matches in the singles main draw, but fell to top-seeds. No. 1-seed Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss defeated Ollert, 6-2, 6-2, while the No. 3-seed Malte Stropp of Mississippi State needed three sets to get Cochrane, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Van Dooren also dropped his singles match in the consolation draw, falling to Austin Akers of Samford, 6-4, 6-3.
A complete recap with results can be found on AuburnTigers.com following each day’s play.
Rebels Reach Semis At Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Ole Miss will once again be well represented in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, with both Nik Scholtz and William Kallberg earning a spot in singles and Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark advancing that far in doubles, Saturday.
Kallberg and Lindmark, the tournament’s No. 4 seed in doubles, began the day by beating Dominik Koepfer and Chin-Yan Jao of Tulane 8-2. They followed that up with an 8-7(1) win over Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson of the University of Louisiana in the quarterfinals. Kallberg and Lindmark will face Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert of Auburn in the semifinals Sunday.
Their teammates, Johan Backstrom and Zach Wilder came close to joining them in at least the quarterfinals, dropping a tough match to the Auburn duo of Daniel Cochrane and Joseph VanDooren 8-7(5).
Scholtz, the top seed in singles, had to battle to get to the quarterfinals, but Saturday, he didn’t have much trouble with Ollert in a 6-2, 6-2 win. He will face Chris Hellar of UAB in the semifinals Sunday looking to advance to his second straight final.
Kallberg, seeded No. 5, took out the No. 2 seed in the field, Chris Simpson, LSU’s top player. Simpson is ranked No. 29, and Kallberg beat him 6-3, 7-5 to join Scholtz in the semifinals for the second straight year.
“We are excited to have two in the singles semifinals and a team in the doubles semifinals,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We almost had two teams in the doubles; Johan and Zach played a great match and could have won that one. We are looking forward to Sunday, and hopefully they can all reach the finals.”
Kallberg and Lindmark will play their doubles at 10 a.m., and then Scholtz and Kallberg will play their singles matches at 12:30 p.m.
Rebel Netter Reaches Final At Miami Invite
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Ole Miss women’s tennis sophomore Mai El Kamash won twice on Saturday to advance to the final of the Orange Bracket at the Miami Invite.
In the quarterfinals, El Kamash, ranked No. 85 in the nation, rallied to defeat Daniela Vidal of Purdue 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. El Kamash followed that up with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Miami’s Monique Albuquerque in the semifinals.
With her two wins on Saturday, El Kamash improved to 9-3 on the year. She will face Miami’s Stefanie Wagner, ranked No. 52, in the final Sunday at 10 a.m.
Albuquerque defeated senior Caroline Rohde-Moe 6-3, 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Rohde-Moe then defeated Vidal in the semifinals of the fifth place bracket 6-4, 7-5.
Rohde-Moe also teamed up with Marija Milutinovic in the orange doubles final, but the duo lost to Miami’s Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno 8-4.
Despite Rain, Aggies Pour It On For Second Day At Conference Challenge
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team fought off the rain for a successful afternoon at the second day of the Texas A&M Conference Challenge at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies went 5-4 in the first round of singles matches but struggled in doubles after the weather delay. First serve for matches on Sunday has been pushed back to 10 a.m.
“It was a good day of tennis for us today,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said after the contests. “We need this tough competition this time of the year to try to get better. The most disappointing thing came tonight in doubles.”
The Aggies top-ranked player, junior Jeremy Efferding at No. 11 in the ITA singles rankings knocked off another ranked foe in Illinois’ 121st-ranked Tom Kopinski, 6-0, 6-3.
A&M’s lone senior, Junior Ore, won his three-set battle with Illinois’ Blake Bazarnik, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in his first contest of the afternoon.
After a dominant singles performance yesterday, junior Jordan Szabo was unable to keep him momentum rolling as he dropped his tough opening match to Ross Guignon of Illinois, 6-1, 6-4.
Shane Vinsant, the No. 56 player in the country was unable to mount a late rally in his first contest of the afternoon, falling to Harvard’s Sebastian Beltrame, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Freshmen Frankie Colunga earned his second victory in an Aggie uniform in his first match on Saturday, winning a thrilling three-set match, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, over Brian Page of Illinois.
Junior Jackson Withrow had a dominant performance in his first match of the day, drilling Brian Yeung, 6-1, 6-2.
Freshman Tito Moreiras earned his third victory on the young season with his 6-2, 6-0, win over Julian Childers of Illinois in the first round of matches on Saturday.
After a dominant first set, junior Behzad Minavi couldn’t get into another rhythm, falling in three sets, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, to Kelvin Lam of Harvard.
Junior newcomer Max Montague lost to Harvard’s Conor Haughey, 7-5, 6-2, in the early round of matches.
After a lengthy rain delay, the Maroon and White squeezed in a slate of doubles matches before the day came to an end. The Aggies struggled in pairs play, dropping all four contests on the evening. The third ranked tandem of Ore and Withrow fell in a tiebreaker to Illinois’ No. 56 duo of Hiltzik and Jesse, 8-7 (7). Harrison Adams and Vinsant, the No. 12 ranked pair in the nation suffered a similar fate, falling to Harvard’s combination of Yeung and Hu, 8-7 (2). Efferding and Szabo were unable to mount a rally, falling to Gosea and Bazarnik of Illinois, 8-5. Minavi and Moreiras were never able to find a rhythm against Harvard’s team of Beltrame and Ball, falling 8-3.
The men’s tennis team concludes the Conference Challenge on Sunday. First serve has been pushed back an hour to 10 a.m. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
Stropp Battles Back To Advance To Semis At ITA Southern Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Day three of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships saw Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp continue his run in singles, pulling out a three-set win to advance to the tournament’s semifinals on Sunday.
Stropp faced 105th-ranked and eighth-seeded Dan Cochrane of Auburn on Saturday in quarterfinals. Ranked No. 40 nationally and the tourney’s No. 3 seed, Stropp dropped the first set 6-3, but fired back in the second by the same score, pushing the match to a deciding third set. Despite being broken early in the third, Stropp broke back and earned a break later in the set to put the match in MSU hands, as he claimed victory 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Stropp now moves on to face Ole Miss’ No. 65 ranked and fifth-seeded William Kallberg in semifinal play on Sunday. The winner will advance to the finals on Monday and earn a spot in the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 7-10.
In doubles competition, MSU’s sixth-ranked and top-seeded duo of Jordan Angus and Stropp battled Tulane’s Alex Van Cott and Sebastian Rey, falling in a close 8-4 decision in the round of 16. State’s tandem of Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid faced off against LSU’s third-seeded team of Boris Arias and Chris Simpson, also in the round of 16. The match was pushed to a tiebreaker, where the LSU duo pulled away to capture an 8-7(2) victory.