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    SEC Tennis Notebook: Thursday, October 17

    Four Gamecocks Advance at ITA Carolina Regional

    CARY, N.C. -- South Carolina men’s tennis posted nine wins in 11 matches in day-one action in the ITA Carolina Regional at the Cary Tennis Park. Chip Cox, Kyle Koch, Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro advanced to the round of 32 in singles with solid performances in the first two rounds of play. Singles continues on Friday with one round as doubles kicks off as well.

    Pinheiro got the Gamecocks off to a great start with a unblemished 6-0, 6-0 win over NC Central’s Tamina Kienka in opening-round action. The Gamecocks’ junior went on to battle past Jordan Kaufman of Elon 7-5, 6-4 in round two. Pinheiro will take on the tournament’s top seed in No. 5 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest at 2 p.m. Friday in the round of 32.

    Freshman Andrew Schafer outlasted Furman’s Jacob Behal in a first-set tiebreak, 7-6 (8), then closed out the match with a 6-3 second set. Schafer drew the tournament’s No. 11 seed in North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider in the second round. The Tar Heels’ freshman jumped out to an early lead in the first set and kept Schafer on his heels throughout in a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

    Cox played five sets over his two matches with the winner yielding no more than one game in each. In the first round, he powered past NC Central’s Jamal Hoyte 6-1, 6-1 to set up a second-round outing against Ahmet Sarioglu of UNC Greensboro. The Gamecocks’ junior took the first set 6-1 only to see Sarioglu return the favor in the second set (6-1). Cox shook off the setback quickly to score a 6-0 victory in the third set and move into the round of 32, where he will play NC State’s Robbie Mudge at 1 p.m. Friday.

    Koch faced Clemson freshman Robert Dudley in first-round action and had to fight out a tiebreak 7-6 (6) to win the first set. The Gamecocks’ junior carried that momentum through to a 6-2 second set and a spot in the second round. His workmanlike 6-3, 6-3 win over Winthrop’s Dylan Comerford Thursday afternoon set up Friday’s 2 p.m. match against Duke’s Jason Tahir, who is ranked No. 111 in the nation.

    No. 14 Mihov battled through the first round with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Furman’s Matt Browne, then shook off an early push from Alex Calott of Charlotte to win his second-round match 7-5, 6-2. Mihov, the tournament’s second seed, will take on Aws Laaribi of Wake Forest in the round of 32 at 1 p.m. on Friday.

    Junior Ben Barnette suffered a tough three-set loss in the first round as NC Central’s Daniil Gerasimov rallied back from losing the first set 6-3 to win the next two by the same score.

    The Gamecocks’ three doubles teams – No. 26 Cox/Koch, No. 32 Mihov/Pinheiro, and Schafer/Sam Swank – will open play on Friday morning.

    ITA Texas Regional – Texas A&M Day 1 Results

    FORT WORTH -- Texas A&M went a combined 14-3 in singles and doubles today as the Aggies began competition in the women’s ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the TCU campus.

    A&M went 11-1 in singles, advancing six of eight players to the round of 32, which begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. All five A&M players competing in the 128-player first round picked up wins to advance to the second round. The Aggies then got six wins in the second round to advance to Friday’s round of 32.

    Aggie freshman Jana McCord posted two straight-set victories, defeating No. 17 seed Pippa Horn of Texas, 7-5, 6-2, in the first round and defeating Kaysie Hersdorf of Abilene Christian, 6-3, 7-6, in the round of 64.

    Freshman Rutaja Bhosale, a No. 17 seed in singles, also picked up two victories for the Aggies, defeating Micah Hermsdorf of Abilene Christian and notching a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Macie Elliott of SMU in the second round to advance.

    Sophomore Paula Deheza, competing for the first time this fall, opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Didi Fatchikova of Texas-Pan American and followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Liat Zimmerman of Rice in the second round.

    Freshmen Mason Strickland and Saska Gavrilovska also got first-round victories but were unable to advance. Strickland defeated Sarah Savedra of Incarnate Word, 6-1, 6-1, but fell in the second round, 6-1, 6-1, to No. 7 seed Kenna Kilgo of Texas Tech. Gavrilovska withdrew with an injury following her first round 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 17 seed Angeles De Los Rios of UTA.

    Sophomores Anna Mamalat and Stefania Hristov, as well as senior Cristina Stancu all received first-round byes and then picked up second-round victories to advance to Friday’s round of 32. Mamalat downed Nada Marjanovic of Abilene Christian, 6-0, 6-2, and Hristov defeated Sam Czarnika of Texas Tech, 6-4, 6-1.

    Stancu, the No. 2 seed, cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Carolina Maso of Lamar in the round of 64 to advance.

    Seeded No. 1 in the 64-team doubles draw, Stancu and Hristov raced to an 8-1 victory over Jane Stewart and Solo Zinko of Rice after receiving a bye in the first round.

    Bhosale and Mamalat, the No. 9 seed, had a first-round bye and then defeated Imke Jagau and Kayla Stevenson of Sam Houston State, 8-3 in the second round to advance to the round of 16.

    Gavrilovska and McCord teamed to get an 8-5 victory over Bella Costa and Natalie Petaia of Sam Houston State in the first round of doubles but bell to No. 6 seed Natalie Beazant and Liat Zimmermann of Rice, 8-1 in the second round.

    Deheza and Strickland were unable to advance after suffering a narrow 8-7 setback to Anna Kate Anderson and Yana Erkeeva of SMU in the first round.

    The regional features some of the top players from across the state, with the winners advancing to face other regional winners across the country at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y. Stancu has already earned a berth in singles at the national indoor championships after reaching the semifinals at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships earlier this month in California.

    For complete tournament draws and results, go to

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    Three Razorbacks Notch Wins On First Day At ITAs

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team won four matches on Thursday, with three student-athletes advancing to the second round before falling in the men’s qualifying draw at the ITA Central Regional Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

    Thursday’s competition featured 39 matches in the qualifying draw, including seven play-in matches. Redshirt freshman Jacob Herndon was among the play-in competitors and won his match 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6).

    Four other student-athletes, as well as Herndon, competed at 1 p.m. in the first round of the qualifying draw, notching four wins. Sophomore Santiago Munoz defeated Nils Hallestrand of Iowa 6-3, 6-4, freshman Johan den Toom overcame Iowa’s Juan Estenssoro 7-5, 6-3 and Herndon won his second match of the day as well, beating Lovro Curcija of South Dakota State 6-4, 6-0.

    Qualifying play will resume Friday at 9 a.m., in addition to the beginning of main draw singles and doubles play.

    Live stats, a full recap and updated brackets will be available at the end of each day of competition at

    For more information on Arkansas men’s tennis, follow @RazorbackMTEN on Twitter.

    USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships Underway for Women's Tennis

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Natalie Looney and Katie Fosnacht from the South Carolina women's tennis team competed in the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships on Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Both players lost in the opening round of the qualifying singles draw. Looney took a 6-1, 6-2 defeat from Emily Groeneveld of East Carolina, and Fosnacht suffered a 6-1, 6-1 setback to Taylor Cohen of USC Upstate.

    The main draws for singles and doubles begin Friday. Elixane Lechemia, Dominika Kanakova, Caroline Dailey, Brigit Folland, Ximena Siles Luna and Meghan Blevins are all set to participate in the singles main draw, while those six plus Looney and Fosnacht will play doubles. The day begins with one round of doubles matches at 8:30 a.m. followed by one round of singles play.