Straight-Sets Victory Sends Stropp To ITA Southern Regional Final
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Another day produced another victory Sunday as Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp downed William Kallberg of rival Ole Miss to advance to the singles final of the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.
Stropp, ranked 40th nationally and the tourney’s No. 3 seed, picked up his third straight-set victory of the tournament, and his fifth win of the fall, by downing the 65th-ranked and fifth-seeded Kallberg 6-4, 6-4.
The win sets up a championship showdown against Ole Miss’ No. 7-ranked and top-seeded Nik Scholtz Monday. As a finalist at this weekend’s ITA Regional event, Stropp also advances to the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 7-10.
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UF WTN Caps Bedford Cup with Singles and Doubles Titles
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) won the singles championship and the Gator freshmen duo of Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) captured the doubles title at the 2013 Bedford Cup held at the Ring Tennis Complex.
Gator freshman Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) fell short in her consolation singles semifinal match 6-2, 6-3, to FGCU's Sarah Means, who went on to win the draw.
In the main singles draw, Janowicz earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 decision against Woolcock in the final, after she defeated Keegan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in the semifinal on Sunday.
On the doubles court, it was Keegan and Woolcock who got the better of teammates Janowicz and Stojic in the all-Gator final, 8-5.
The Gators travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships, Oct. 18-21. The singles and doubles winners of event earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the second leg of the collegiate grand slam.
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For the second consecutive match, senior Olivia Janowicz faced a freshman teammate, battling Belinda Woolcock in the championship final. The match more than lived up to its billing as the top-two seeds clashed. Woolcock jumped out early and won the first two games, before Janowicz won four straight games. Neither competitor would hold serve in three of the final four games, as Janowicz emerged on top to take the first frame. Nine of the 10 games in the second set were breaks as the Gator senior was able to hold in the seventh game and that proved to be the difference en route to the 6-4, 6-4 victory.
In the Gator vs. Gator semifinal, senior Olivia Janowicz squared off against freshman teammate Kourtney Keegan and the veteran showed the composure that the top-seed in the 64-player singles draw should. There were six breaks in the first set and it was Janowicz who seemed to win the big points down the stretch to capture the early lead. Keegan regrouped for the second set and jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage. Janowicz stormed back and won the next two, but Keegan collected her second break of the set and held for 4-2. Janowicz again won the next two games, before Keegan settled and captured the crucial break in the ninth game and served out to force a third set. The third set was the opposite mirror to the start of the second, as Janowicz jumped out early and Keegan rallied to even it at 2-all. Janowicz held and then earned a break en route to the 5-2 advantage, later serving out for the 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.
Belinda Woolcock, the No. 2-seed in the event, battled USF's Olaya Garrido-Rivas her semifinal bout that featured two completely different opening sets, as the Gator freshman dominated the first but dropped the second. The third set was a battle and on-serve through six games before the two competitors traded breaks. Woolcock then broke on her first opportunity in the ninth game, but couldn't close out the win on her serve, as the final three games were breaks and forced a tiebreak. Woolcock and Garrido-Rivas exchanged mini-breaks until the eighth point, where Woolcock jumped on the Bulls' serve and won two more points for a 6-3 lead en route to the 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory.
Stefani Stojic dropped her consolation singles semifinal match to FGCU's Sarah Means, 6-2, 6-3. The Gator rookie found herself down a break early and was staring at a 5-1 deficit before she broke Means in the seventh game. Stojic, however, couldn't hold and Means claimed the frame. Stojic regrouped to start the second set where she jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Means won the next three games before Stojic got the break. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to hold and Means won the final two games to end the match.
It was an all-Gator championship match and the top-seeded doubles team of freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock edged senior Olivia Janowicz and freshman Stefani Stojic, 8-5. The match featured seven breaks of serve, with each Gator surrendering her respective serve at least one during the competitive match.
Five of the first six games were breaks, with Woolcock the only one able to hold, as she gave the rookie pair the early advantage. She held for a second time and a 5-2 lead. That sparked a three-game run that went according to serve, with Stojic and Keegan following.
The next games were breaks and the final two were holds, as Keegan used her big serve to close out the title victory.
Rebels To Play For Both Titles At Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the fourth straight year, the Ole Miss men’s tennis team will play for a title at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, as Nik Scholtz advanced to the singles final Sunday, while William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark reached the doubles final at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Kallberg and Lindmark, seeded No. 4, will face LSU’s Chris Simpson and Boris Arias, seeded No. 3, in the final Monday at 11 a.m. The Stockholm, Sweden natives are looking to become the third Rebel duo in four years to win the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Doubles title.
To get to the final, Kallberg and Lindmark had to win another tiebreaker, as they topped Auburn’s Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert 8-7(5) to reach their first final together. The duo improved to 5-1 on the year.
Soon after their semifinal win, both Scholtz and Kallberg took the court for their semifinal singles matches. Scholtz was first off the court, downing UAB’s Chris Helliar 6-3, 6-2. After struggling a little in his opening matches, dropping a set in each, Scholtz has won his last three in straight sets as he seeks to repeat as champion.
Scholtz will face Mississippi State’s Malte Stropp in the final Monday, also at 11 a.m. Stropp, ranked No. 40 in the nation, defeated 65th-ranked Kallberg in two close sets to advance. Both players played well; Kallberg had some chances, but Stropp held on to win 6-4, 6-4.
Monday’s final, will mark the first ever meeting between Scholtz and Stropp. Scholtz doesn’t have to look far for tips on playing Stropp, as his doubles partner the last two years, Jonas Lutjen, had many three-set battles with Stropp during his four-year career.
Head coach Billy Chadwick is looking forward to watching the Rebels battle it out for the titles Monday and hoping for a repeat of 2010, when Ole Miss captured both. He knows both opponents will present a tough challenge.
“We are excited to have a singles and doubles finalist,” Chadwick said. “William and Stefan are playing well right now and getting better with every match. Hopefully they can do it one more time tomorrow against a very good team from LSU.
“In singles Nik played great, and we are looking forward to a good match against Stropp in the final. Stropp played really well today. Willie had a couple of openings, but Stropp just returned the ball well. Willie wasn’t getting any free points at all. There were a couple of games that Willie could have won that might have made a difference.”
The winner of the singles and doubles matches will advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor in November to be held at the US Open site in Flushing, N.Y.
Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis for updates during the finals. Also follow Ole Miss on Facebook at OleMissMTennis. There will also be a complete recap of the finals on OleMissSports.com.
UGA's Brasseaux, Pasha Reach Quarterfinals Of ITA Regional
ATLANTA -- Georgia senior Garrett Brasseaux and junior Nathan Pasha each won a pair of matches Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Brasseaux won his first match against South Florida's Oliver Pramming, 6-3, 6-1, then earned a 6-2, 7-6(8) win against Florida's No. 52 Florent Diep in the round of 16. Pasha, ranked 32nd and seeded second, beat South Florida's Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, 6-3, 6-0, then clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over North Florida's Norbert Nemscek.
Brasseaux and Pasha will face Florida's Elliott Orkin and Florida Gulf Coast's Jordi Vives, respectively, on Monday. The semifinals will be played later in the day. 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.
"We had a productive day," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "Our guys battled hard. We have two quarterfinalists and they both had great days. It was also good too see Eric and Hernus win two matches in the back draw. It was a good day for us."
In the consolation draw, Hernus Pieters and Eric Diaz also won two matches apiece in straight sets. In the main draw, Georgia's No. 1 seed Ben Wagland fell to South Florida's Sasha Gozun, 7-5, 6-3.
A Georgia player has won the ITA Regional singles title 10 times, most recently Wil Spencer in 2010.
10 Wins Posted at Miami Fall Invite For Auburn Women’s Tennis
MIAMI, Fla. -- The Auburn University women’s tennis team posted 10 combined wins at the Miami Fall Invite over the weekend, the team’s third tournament of the fall season. Sophomore Michala Kucharova, junior Jen Pfeifler, freshman Reka Muller and senior Jackie Kasler all competed in singles and doubles at the tournament with the doubles team of Kucharova and Muller taking the high honors for Auburn as the third-place team in the Green doubles bracket.
“This was a fun tournament for our girls this weekend,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “With the ITA Southern Regionals coming up, this was a great precursor to that big tournament and I think we accomplished what we needed to accomplish here to get reach for that next tournament.”
Kucharova and Muller, who were both coming off strong outings at the ITA All-American and Razorback Classic, respectively, scored a doubles win right off the bat in the Green bracket to reach the semi-finals, defeating Andjela Djokovic and Natalia Davila of Purdue, 8-3, their first win together this season. Unfortunately, a semi-final loss sent them to the third-place match against SEC foes, Allie Robbins/Mai El Kamash of Ole Miss. The tandem ended the tournament on a high note with an 8-1 victory to go 2-1 for the tournament.
In their second tournament of the fall, 23rd-ranked doubles team of Kasler and Pfeifler notched their first win of the 2013-14 season topping Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany of Purdue, 8-6, in the Orange doubles bracket’s consolation third-place match.
Coming off a singles flight win at the Razorback Classic last week, Muller was looking to carry over the momentum this weekend in South Beach. The freshman advanced to the quarterfinals of in the Green bracket after defeating Miami’s Deborah Suarez, 6-3, 6-2, but was sent to the consolation after second-round loss. Muller did win one more match in the tournament, defeating Akemi Maehama of Barry University in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, for her fifth win of the fall.
For Kucharova, she had a tall task in the first round of the Orange singles bracket, facing No. 39 Caroline Rohde Moe of Ole Miss. The sophomore couldn’t get her second ranked win of her career, but did win her next match in the consolation bracket over Lynda Xepoleas of Purdue in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, for her second singles win of the fall.
Playing in her first singles competition of the fall, Pfeifler was looking to get the year off on the right foot and went 2-2 in the tournament’s Orange bracket. Pfeifler dropped her first round match, but bounced back nicely with two-straight wins to advance to the consolation singles finals. Kasler defeated Nicole Robinson of Purdue and Ole Miss’ Erin Stephens to reach the final match and score her first two wins of the season.
The final singles competitor, Kasler matched her teammates with two individual wins in the three-day tournament. After advancing to the quarterfinals of the Green bracket with a win over Barry Univesity’s Maria Reis, 6-1, 6-4, Kasler was sent to the consolation side after suffering her first singles loss of the young season. The Florida-native ended the weekend on solid note with a win in the consolation’s seventh-place match over Akemi Maehama of Barry, 6-3, 6-1.
Auburn will be right back on the courts next week when they begin play in the ITA Southern Regionals as host school at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Ala. Play for singles and doubles will begin on Friday Oct. 18 and run through Monday Oct. 21 until a singles and doubles champion is crowned. The winners will advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York City.
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Auburn Duos Fall in Semifinals at ITA Regionals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The pair of Auburn men’s tennis doubles teams both fell in hard-fought matches to seeded opponents in the semifinals of the ITA Southern Regionals doubles draw.
The duo of Daniel Cochrane and Joseph Van Dooren dropped one break to fall 8-6 to LSU’s Boris Arias and Chris Simpson, the tournament’s No. 3-seeds.
Lukas Ollert and Dennis Lengsfeld took No. 4-seed William Kallberg/Stefan Lindmark of Ole Miss to a tie break, falling 8-7(5). On the weekend, the doubles teams each went 3-1.
In the main singles draw, No. 6-seed Ollert and No. 8-seed Cochrane who both made the quarterfinals of the main singles draw went 4-1 for the tournament. Lengsfeld posted two wins before falling in the fourth round, while freshman Dante Saleh went 1-1.
Van Dooren played in the consolation singles draw logging a win before dropping a third-round match.
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Rebel El Kamash Falls In Final At Miami Invite
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Mai El Kamash of the Ole Miss women’s tennis team dropped her match to Miami’s Stephanie Wagner in the final of the Orange Bracket at the Miami Invite Sunday, as the Rebels concluded play.
Wagner, ranked No. 52 in the nation, was too much for El Kamash, ranked No. 85, as she won 6-1, 6-0.
In singles consolation play, senior Caroline Rohde-Moe picked up another win, defeating Kelsey Laurente of Miami 6-3, 6-1. Marija Milutinovic downed Auburn’ Reka Muller 6-1, 6-3.
The Rebels will return to action next weekend at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in Auburn, Ala.
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Final Day of Conference Challenge Rained Out
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton announced early this morning that the matches this afternoon could not be played due to the inclement weather and travel plans for both Illinois and Harvard.
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