UF WTennis: Gators Post 17-0 Record at USTA/ITA Southeast Regionals
ATHENS, Ga. - All seven Gators combined for an incredible 17-0 singles and doubles record on the first day of play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Friday.
The Gator septet won two rounds of singles matches in the 64-player draw, while a trio of doubles tandems won first-round action in the 32-team draw.
Not one of the 14 singles matches went to three sets and the most games in a set a Gator surrendered was four, doing so just once.
Sofie Oyen is the No. 2 overall seed, while Alexandra Cercone is the No. 4 seed, Brianna Morgan is No. 9, Olivia Janowicz is No. 12, Belinda Woolcock is No. 15 and Kourtney Keegan is No. 16. While Stefani Stojic didn't receive one of the top-16 seeds, the Gator freshman collected a win against the nation's No. 67-ranked player, who retired early in the first-round match.
In the 32-team doubles event, Morgan and Oyen are seeded No. 6, while Keegan and Woolcock are No. 7. Also competing is the Gator tandem of Janowicz and Stojic.
Tennessee Completes Day One of Ohio Valley Regional
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three University of Tennessee women’s tennis players took to the courts on day one of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional on Friday.
Friday action at the tournament consisted of singles and doubles qualifying.
In round one of singles qualifying, freshman Victoria Olivarez defeated Ana Rajkovic of Miami (OH) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in a three set battle to move on to round two of qualifying.
In her second match of the day, Olivarez dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Nayara Morales of Middle Tennessee State ending her singles time at the tournament.
The day began with doubles action as freshman Brittany Lindl and sophomore Tiffany Tavares took on Allyson Westling/Andrea Wolf of Xavier falling 8-6 in a close battle.
Two Bulldogs Advance At Day One Of USTA Players’ Choice Open
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – It was a dominating first day for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad in Birmingham, Ala., as senior Malte Stropp and sophomore Jordan Angus advanced to the second round of qualifying play at the 2013 USTA Players’ Choice Open.
Stropp opened up play against Jordan Dyke, shutting out Dyke for a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Angus followed with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Oliver Reynolds.
With the wins, both Stropp and Angus advance to second-round play Saturday. Both will need three wins to advance to main draw play, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Rebels Into Third Round At Regionals
AUBURN, Ala. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team had a successful first day at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships with their top doubles team advancing to the second round and three players reaching the third round in main draw singles.
The day began with doubles, and second-seeded Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic defeated Petra Ferancova and Timea Guibe of Mississippi State 8-5 in the first round. They will face Ariel Morton and Ella Taylor of LSU in the second round Saturday morning.
All Rebels played two rounds of singles Friday, with Rohde-Moe, Julia Jones and Mai El Kamash winning both to advance to the third round.
Rohde-Moe, the tournament’s third seed, downed Justyna Krol of Louisiana-Monroe in the first round 6-1, 6-1 and then defeated Emily Zabor of Alabama 7-6(7), 6-3 in the second round. She will face Michalla Kucharova of Auburn in the round of 16 Saturday.
El Kamash, seeded 5-8, cruised to her 10th win of the year, 6-0, 6-2 over Petra Horakova of ULM in the first round. In the second round, the sophomore beat Ashley Kitchen of Auburn 6-4, 6-4. El Kamash will meet Sara Castellano of McNeese State in the third round.
Jones, seeded 9-16, took out Anja Cosovic of Troy 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. She won her second round, when Emily Newton of South Alabama retired after dropping the first set to Jones 7-5. Jones will play 5-8 seed Natalia Maynetto of Alabama next.
Milutinovic won her first round 6-4, 6-0 against Auburn’s Paula de Man, before dropping a 6-2, 6-3 decision to Joanna Nalborska of Louisiana Tech.
Play Saturday will feature two rounds of doubles and one round of singles.
Auburn Women’s Tennis Shine at ITA Southern Regionals; Three Advance in Main Doubles and Singles
AUBURN, Ala. – After the first day of competition at the Auburn-hosted ITA Southern Regionals, the Auburn women’s tennis team has advanced three individuals in the main singles draw in Pleun Burgmans, Michalla Kucharova and Emily Flickinger, and all three doubles teams picked up tournament opening wins.
Burgmans, Kucharova and Flickinger all picked up two wins in singles to land in the Round of 16, which will be played Saturday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Burgmans breezed through a 6-2, 6-2 win over Samford’s Kristin Lewis, and took Mississippi State’s Timea Guibe down in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Flickinger also won each of her matches in two sets defeating LSU’s Skylar Holloway 6-1, 7-5 and South Alabama’s Laure Mastuskova 6-1, 6-1.
Kucharova found a familiar foe in South Alabama’s Michaela Mezarosova, an opponent she has known since she was 9-years-old. With a 6-3, 6-3 win, she took down her hometown friend from Slovakia for the first time. She followed that up with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Marie Aubert of Nicholls State.
The morning started with great success for the Tigers as the trio of doubles teams entered in the main draw all took down their opponents with ease. Burgmans and Flickinger teamed up for a quick 8-2 victory of fellow SEC foe Skylar Holloway and Gabriel Otero of LSU, while longtime doubles teammates Jen Pfiefler and Jackie Kasler picked up an 8-5 win over Alabama’s Carmen Blanco and Emily Zabor. The final pairing of Michalla Kucharova and Reka Muller took down Joanna Nalborska and Alexandra Starkova of Louisiana Tech. With only one round of doubles played on Friday, the round of 16 will begin play at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
“It was a good first day with a lot of quality tennis,” head women’s tennis coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I was very pleased with the energy, especially in doubles. And when you can start out with that energy, it sets the tone for the rest of the day. We had some really tough matches, but even for the girls that lost their first matches, they rebounded and got good wins later. I think we can continue to play high-level tennis.”
While five of the eight Auburn player in the main draw have dropped to the singles consolation bracket, all five won their follow up matches to stay alive.
Gamecocks Advance Seven in Singles at ITA Regionals
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The South Carolina women’s tennis team boasted a 7-0 record in singles play Friday at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Gamecocks won all seven singles contests in straight sets in the opening round of 64. Katerina Popova defeated Alyssa Ritchie of UNC Wilmington by scores of 6-2, 6-2 and Caroline Dailey beat Neena Wanko of East Carolina 6-1, 7-6 (7-2). Ximena Siles Luna improved to 6-1 this fall by downing Karolina Chernaya from Campbell 6-3, 7-6, while Elixane Lechemia notched a 6-2, 6-3 victory from Davidson’s Brites Moniz-Soares. Rounding out the day for Carolina, Dominika Kanakova scored a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Taylor Cohen of USC Upstate, Brigit Folland beat Gardner Webb’s Yasmine Doost 6-1, 7-5, and Meghan Blevins earned a 6-3, 6-4 win against Samantha Maddox from College of Charleston.
Saturday’s match-ups feature Popova taking on Joana Eidukonyte of Clemson and Dailey facing No. 100-ranked Ashley Dai from North Carolina. Siles Luna has a tall order with No. 45-rated Joelle Kissell from NC State. Lechemia squares off against Annie Mulholland from Duke and Kanakova takes on Kasey Gardiner from Wake Forest. Folland and Blevins will take on players from the ACC as well with Samantha Asch from Wake Forest and Duke’s Alyssa Smith.
In main draw doubles action, the Gamecocks saw two duos advance to the round of 16, while the other two faltered in the round of 32. Lechemia and Siles Luna recorded an 8-5 victory against Castro and Tanik from East Carolina, and Blevins and Folland won easily against Armellino and Cox from Appalachian State 8-1. Lechemia and Siles Luna face fifth-seeded Dewar and Koroleva from Clemson on Saturday, while Blevins and Folland take on the No. 4 seed from North Carolina, Dai and Lyons.
The doubles draw’s No. 3 seed of Gumulya and Rompies from Clemson upended Dailey and Kanakova by an 8-6 score in the round of 32. Katie Fosnacht and Natalie Looney suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Hande and Martinez from NC State as well.
Play continues in the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships on Saturday morning with the doubles round of 16 and the singles rounds of 32 and 16.
LSU Women's Tennis' Noel Scott Advances in ITA Southern Regionals
AUBURN, Ala. – LSU women’s tennis’ Noel Scott will compete in the third round of main draw singles after advancing through the first two rounds Friday at the ITA Southern Regional Championships hosted by Auburn.
Battling through her second-round competition against ULM’s Sophie Rufyikiri, ninth-seeded Scott posted a third-set win with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 score.
“Noel (Scott) had a great match this afternoon,” LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. “She didn’t play her best tennis today, but she came back and battled to win. It speaks of the competitor in her.”
Ninth-seeded Ella Taylor and newcomer Gabrielle Otero also competed in the second round of singles play. Taylor faced a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Samford’s Stephanie N’tcha, and Otero fell 6-0, 6-3 to McNeese’s Sara Castellano.
In the first round of singles, Scott secured a quick 6-1, 6-1 triumph against South Alabama’s Valkova before Taylor posted a double-bagel win over UAB’s Paula Castro. Otero advanced following a 6-4, 6-4 mark against Mississippi State’s Alexandra Perper.
Senior Ariel Morton and newcomer Skylar Holloway fell to ninth-seeded players, as Morton faced a 6-0, 6-1 loss to (9-16) LA Tech’s Joanna Nalborska, and Holloway took a 6-1, 7-5 loss to Auburn’s (9-16) Emily Flickinger. Abigail Owens fought through a third set but ultimately fell 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to Troy’s Lyubov Dorofeeva.
Holloway came back in the first round of consolation singles to mark a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7) win against Mississippi State’s Roseline Dion and will take on Tulane’s Jacqui Katz in the second round Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
Returning players Morton and Taylor marked LSU’s first victory of the day with an 8-5 doubles win against South Alabama’s Laura Matuskova and Laura Valkova. The newcomer pair of Skylar Holloway and Otero fell 8-2 to Auburn’s third-seeded Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger, and the fifth-seeded doubles pair of Owens and Scott faced an 8-7(6) tiebreaker loss to ULM’s duo of Medy Blankvoort and Justyna Krol.
Doubles play kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. CT as Morton and Taylor take on Marija Milutinovic and Caroline Rhode-Moe of Ole Miss. Scott will take on top-seeded Pleun Burgmans of Auburn in the third-round of singles competition scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
“Whenever we started doubles this morning, we were playing tentatively across the board,” Sell said. “That was expected with Mary (Jeremiah) getting injured this week, because we rearranged a lot. We have a new team, so there is a lot of adjusting everywhere. We just have to continue to improve.”
Fab Five: Pang, Surin Win Five Straight To Reach ITA Finals
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Yang Pang and Kimberley-Ann Surin had not paired up for collegiate doubles competition yet this season. In just one day, they put together a season's worth of work, winning five straight matches against a competitive field and advancing to the finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship in Norman, Okla., on Friday.
After thunderstorms forced competition inside on the six indoor courts of the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion, singles matches were scratched for the day and the entire 64-team doubles draw was to be played.
Pang and Surin went to work.
Beginning the day with 8:30 a.m. warmups, the Razorback duo walked off the courts some 12 hours later, able to claim five straight victories and a berth in the tournament finals as a day's work.
The two look to finish off their remarkable run when they return to the court and face Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie of host team Oklahoma for the tournament title on Monday, after the final was moved back on mutual coaches' decision.
"That's a really tall task to be able to win five doubles matches in one day," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "I don't think I've ever seen it done before. Credit both our team and the Sooner team for finding a way to get through a 64-team draw down to two teams in one day. It should be a great final."
The day began with a forecast as bleak as the one outside, as Pang and Surin were down match point in the first round against Anita Lee and Meagan Monaghan of Southern Illinois University. The two would rally, however, battling back to gritting out an 8-7 (2) victory to move on.
Riding the momentum of their first-round turnaround, Pang and Surin never looked back and went on to win four straight matches over the course of the day, bringing the total to five wins. The stretch included battling back in the third round while trailing in the third set to Wofford/Melrose of host team Oklahoma and then later defeating another pair of Sooners in the semifinals, topping Brhane/Engbroks, 8-6.
With the performance, Surin improved to 9-2 individually in doubles play this fall season. The sophomore from Montreal, Canada, had also paired up with teammate Flavia Araujo to go 4-2.
Pang also saw her individual doubles record improve to 7-2 this fall season.
Both Pang and Surin, along with teammate Sarah McLean, get right back to work 9 a.m. on Saturday as singles play gets underway at the ITA Central Regional championship.
Bulldogs Advance on Friday at ITA Regionals
Athens, Ga.—The Georgia women’s tennis team had two doubles pairs advance to the round of 16 and three of its singles competitors advance to the round of 16 on Friday at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships.
“It’s a great weekend,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “There are so many good teams and so many good players. We’re out there fighting for everything that we can get. Lilly [Kimbell] obviously had a big day beating a seeded player who she had lost to this summer so I’m very excited about that. It’s good to see everyone out here working on their games and trying to get better.”
In doubles, No. 50 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase topped Simona Weymar and Mariana Cunningham of North Florida, 8-0. Shortly after, Mia King and Lilly Kimbell topped Sofia Baptista and Clare Mendell, 8-4. Both teams advance to the round of 16 which will be played on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m. The No. 2 doubles pair of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia fell 8-6 in the opening round.
In singles, top-seeded Kowase was the first of three Bulldogs to advance to Saturday’s round of 16. She beat UCF’s Courtney Cesarini 6-1, 6-0 before beating USF’s Olaya Garrido 6-3, 6-0. Garcia followed, defeating UNF’s Marina Cunningham 6-0, 6-0, later going on to beat Olga Martinez of USF, 7-6, 6-4. Kimbell edged out FSU’s Laurence Porry 6-3, 6-3 in the first round and then upset No. 54 Kelsey Laurente, the seventh seed in the tournament, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
King battled against KSU’s Alexandra Apostu, ultimately winning 6-0, 4-6, 6-2, but she later fell to Florida’s No. 38 Alex Cercone, the tournament’s fourth seed, 6-1, 6-3. Fuller also won her first round match 6-1, 6-0 over Georgia Southern’s Jordana Klein, but a strong comeback attempt came up short against Miami’s Monique Albuquerque as Fuller lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
The singles and doubles winners from all 12 regional sites will earn bids to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York, Nov. 7-10.
The event is being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free.
MSU’s Patrasc, Doubles Team Into Round Of 16 At ITA Southern Regionals
AUBURN, Ala. – As the ITA Southern Regional Championships got underway Friday, Mississippi State women’s tennis found success in singles and doubles as a Bulldog singles player and a doubles team each moved into the round of 16 of the event.
All-SEC sophomore Georgiana Patrasc, seeded 5-8 in singles, opened play with a win against Iris Verboven of Ole Miss 6-2, 7-6(4). Patrasc closed her action of the day with another win over Lyubov Dorofeeva of Troy 6-2, 6-3. Those wins vaulted her into the round of 16 in singles on Saturday.
In doubles Friday, the 48th-ranked and fourth-seeded MSU duo of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran defeated Julia Jones and Iris Verboven of Ole Miss 8-4 to move into round of 16 action.
Also notching a main draw win Friday in singles was State true freshman Timea Guibe, as she downed Julia Kral of McNeese State 4-6, 6-0, 2-0, when Kral retired due to injury in the third set. Guibe advanced to the second round but dropped her match to top-seeded and 18th-ranked Pluen Burgmans of tourney host Auburn 6-2, 6-1.
In other singles play, the senior Perper, seeded 9-16 in singles, dropped her first match against Gabriel Otero of LSU 6-4, 6-4 but came back with a victory in her consolation match against Monica Mitta of South Alabama 6-2, 6-4.
Senior Rosie Dion dropped her first match against Laure Mastuskova of South Alabama 6-2, 6-3, while Petra Ferancova and Naomi Tran completed action for MSU in singles, also falling in their matches, Ferancova 6-1, 7-6(4) to Stephanie Barnett of Nicholls State and Tran 6-2, 6-3 to Medy Blankvoort of ULM. Dion, Tran and Ferancova later fell in consolation action as well.
Action will resume on Saturday at 8 a.m. CT beginning with duo Perper and Tran in round of 16 doubles, competing against Stephanie Barnett and Katya Nakonechnaya of Nicholls State. Patrasc will begin singles action at 1 p.m. CT against Danielle Spielmann of Alabama, also in the round of 16. Perper and two of State’s doubles teams will continue consolation action Saturday as well.
Arkansas: Four Singles, One Doubles Pair Advance At ITAs
TULSA, Okla. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team had a successful second day at the ITA Central Regional Championship, with four singles and one doubles pair advancing in the main draw competition.
The Razorbacks won four of five singles matches on Friday. Senior Mike Nott, the tournament’s No. 9 seed, defeated Jonny Rigby of SIU-Carbondale 7-6 (1), 0-6, 7-6 (5). Seniors Christian Lee and Manfred Jeske also recorded wins, with Lee cruising to victory over Creighton’s Brandon Lee with a score of 6-2, 7-6 (3), and Jeske soundly defeating Geuillermo Nicol of Wichita State, 6-1, 6-1. Junior Jovan Parlic notched the final singles win for the Razorbacks, overcoming Minnesota’s Eric Freuh 6-4, 7-5.
The Razorbacks were successful in the doubles draw as well, with the No. 1 seeded pair of Nott and Jeske winning one match on Friday and advancing to the round of 16. Nott and Jeske opened the tournament with a bye and then defeated Nishaad Balachandran and Joe Flanagan of St. Louis, 8-2.
Saturday will see more singles and doubles action in the main draw brackets as well as the consolation draws, with five singles and one doubles pair taking the court.
Crimson Tide Posts 11 Wins at Southern Regional Championships on Friday
AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama women’ tennis team enjoyed a solid start to the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships on Friday, winning a combined 11 matches. Two of the Crimson Tide’s wins came in doubles, while the other nine victories were earned in singles.
Match play began in the morning with doubles where Alabama newcomers Erin Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann blanked McNeese State’s Sara Castellano and Klaudia Gawlik, 8-0, and Mary Anne Daines and Natalia Maynetto, one of the tournament’s 5-8 seeds, downed Emily Mallory and Stephanie N’tcha of Samford, 8-4.
In singles, the Tide had four players advance in the main draw to Saturday’s round of 16 including No. 2 seed Daines, No. 5-8 seeds Maynetto and Routliffe and Spielmann. Emily Zabor also added a win for Alabama in singles, taking her first match in straight sets, but was edged out in her second match to the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Caroline Rohde-Moe of Ole Miss, 7-6(7), 6-4.
Action resumes on Saturday at 8 a.m. CDT with two rounds of doubles. Singles is scheduled to follow, beginning at 1 p.m.
Gamecocks Shine in Doubles at ITA Carolina Regional
CARY, N.C. – South Carolina men’s tennis scored a pair of doubles wins to advance to the round of 16 in the ITA Carolina Regional, while senior Tsvetan Mihov moved into the round of 16 in singles as well. Both of the Gamecocks’ nationally ranked doubles teams moved on to Saturday’s round of 16.
Play began Friday with doubles action. South Carolina’s ranked doubles teams earned first-round byes, leaving Andrew Schafer and Ben Barnette to kick off the morning. Playing together for the first time, the duo stretched Duke’s Cale Hammond and CJ McCall to a tiebreak but fell just short of moving on 8-7 (5).
In second-round action, No. 24 Chip Cox and Kyle Koch were efficient in an 8-6 win over Wake Forest’s Sam Bloom and Jon Ho. They will face Robbie Mudge and Sean Weber of NC State Saturday morning for a spot in the quarterfinals. Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro, ranked No. 32 in the nation, dominated Presbyterian’s Ben Kelley and Ryan Miller to move into the round of 16, where they will face Wake Forest’s Pedro Dumont and Jaya Billa.
The Gamecocks struggled in singles Friday with two falling to ranked opponents and only Mihov advancing in the bracket. Pinheiro got out to a quick start against No. 5 Romain Bogaerts, taking the first set 6-2. The Demon Deacon sophomore rallied back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-1 and thwart the upset bid from Pinheiro. Koch was steady in his match against No. 111 Jason Tahir of Duke but could not put away the win, falling 6-4, 6-4. Cox dropped his first set to NC State’s Mudge 6-4 but looked to be on track to level the match as he took the second set into a tiebreak. The Wolfpack’s junior powered through the tiebreak 7-6 (0) to move on to the next round.
Mihov used a first-set tiebreak win over Aws Laaribi, 7-6 (4), to set the tone for his match. After pressing through the second set 6-4, the nation’s No. 14 will face Brett Clark of North Carolina in the round of 16 on Saturday.
Action on Saturday begins with two rounds of singles and includes one round of doubles.
Alabama Men’s Tennis Earns Five Wins at USTA Futures Tournament
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama men’s tennis team picked up five wins in the first round of qualifying at the USTA Futures tournament in Birmingham, Ala., which is being held at Highland Park.
Three of the Crimson Tide’s wins came from freshmen Hayes Brewer, Saxon Buehning and Nikko Madregallejo, while juniors Andrew Goodwin and Stuart Kenyon were Alabama’s additional two advancing players.
Second round matches begin at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday. There will be two additional qualifying round matches, one on Sunday and one on Monday, before main draw action begins.
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