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    SEC Tennis Today: Saturday, October 19

    Pang Earns Pair Of Wins To Advance At ITA Central Regional

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas women's tennis team resumed play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, as Yang Pang earned a pair of wins and advanced in the singles tournament.

    The sophomore from Nanjing, China, began her day with a come-from-behind win over Palma Juhasz of Kansas State, falling in the first set before rallying and winning the final two to take the match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Entering the tournament ranked No. 43 in the nation by the ITA, Pang followed up with a second win over Izabella Zgierska of Nebraska, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

    Playing amongst a field featuring some of the best collegiate competition, Pang's performance was even more impressive considering she had just earned five straight wins in doubles play the day before and advanced to the doubles tournament finals with teammate Kimberley-Ann Surin.

    "Today was a battle, obviously, considering the length of yesterday," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "Credit Nicky for finding a way to advance to the Sweet 16 tomorrow."

    Pang continues the pursuit of a singles tournament title when she faces senior Kanyapat Narattana of Oklahoma State to begin her day on Sunday.

    Surin also competed in singles play on Saturday, but fell to Maggy Lehmicke of Nebraska, 6-4, 6-3. Sarah McLean also began her weekend with singles play, but was defeated by Iowa's Katie Zordani, 1-6, 6-5, 6-0.

    Bulldogs Win on a Soggy Saturday

    ATHENS, Ga.—Four Georgia women’s tennis players advanced on a soggy Saturday at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships.

    Rainy weather in the Athens area forced several competition delays and schedule changes.

    “Maho and Lilly really finished strong beating two Florida players in really tough matches,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “They really capped off a great day for us. It was a big day for everybody. Tomorrow is the day that people try to work their way into that final and try to get that trip to New York. Hopefully there will be a lot of Bulldogs in the mix.”

    In singles, three Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals, which will be held Sunday. No. 60 Silvia Garcia topped No. 84 Lina Lileikite, 6-1, 7-6(3). Lilly Kimbell continued the Bulldogs’ winning ways with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of sixteenth-seed Kourtney Keegan. For Kimbell, she’s won ten matches so far this fall. Kowase finished the day with a win, beating fifteen-seed Belinda Woolcock of Florida, 7-6(2), 7-6(5). Kowase trailed 0-5 in the second tiebreaker before reeling off seven points to clinch the match.

    On Sunday, Kowase will square off with No. 52 Stephanie Wagner of Miami. Garcia will face in-state foe No. 37 Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State while Kimbell will look to beat Florida’s No. 16 Sofie Oyen. The quarterfinals will start at 12:30 p.m. and winner will play in the semifinals later in the day.

    In doubles, Georgia’s No. 50 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase punched their ticket to the semifinals. The Bulldog tandem got off to a quick start, beating Georgia Tech’s Rasheeda McAdoo and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer, 8-2. A short time later, they beat Miami’s Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque, 8-3. With the win, they improve to 7-1 this fall and advance to tomorrow’s semifinal round versus Florida’s Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock. Mia King and Lilly Kimbell came from behind to upset No. 21 Abigail Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan of Georgia State, the second seed in the tournament, 8-7 (6), but fell in the quarterfinals to the Gators’ Keegan and Woolcock.

    Kowase and Herring will face the Gators’ Keegan and Woolcock tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the semifinals.

    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.

    UF WTennis Records Another Strong Showing at ITA Southeast Regional

    ATHENS, Ga. - Florida's Alexandra Cercone, Brianna Morgan and Sofie Oyen advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw while the freshman doubles team of Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock marched into the semifinals at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Saturday.

    The weather played havoc with the day's schedule, but it didn't dampen the Gator's success on the courts.

    In Sunday's singles quarterfinal matches that are slated to start at 12:30 p.m., Cercone and Morgan will play each other, while Oyen faces Georgia's Lily Kimbell.

    On the doubles court, Keegan and Woolcock battle Georgia's Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase at 10 a.m.

    Folland Advances to Quarterfinals at ITA Regional

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — South Carolina women’s tennis freshman Brigit Folland advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Folland won easily in her round of 32 match against Samantha Asch of Wake Forest, taking the first set 6-1 before leading 1-0 in the second when Asch withdrew because of an injury. In her round of 16 match-up, Folland scored the biggest win of her young career by dispatching No. 42-ranked Ester Goldfeld of Duke in straight sets 7-6, 6-1. Folland will take on the nation’s No. 4-ranked freshman Hayley Carter in the quarterfinals Sunday.

    Sophomore Ximena Siles Luna snagged her first career victory against a ranked opponent with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 upset of No. 45 Joelle Kissell from NC State in the round of 32. In the ensuing round, Siles Luna narrowly lost to No. 78 Marianne Jodoin of Duke 6-7, 6-4, 7-5. Siles Luna still holds the team’s best record thus far in the fall with a 7-2 mark.

    Elixane Lechemia and Katerina Popova also recorded victories in the round of 32. Popova beat Joana Eidukonyte from Clemson 1-6, 6-1, 6-0, while Lechemia needed three sets to take out Duke’s Annie Mulholland 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Popova fell to No. 27 Beatrice Capra in the next round and Lechemia suffered a 7-5, 6-2 loss to No. 7 Yana Koroleva of Clemson.

    Caroline Dailey, Dominika Kanakova and Meghan Blevins all took losses in the round of 32. Dailey went down in three to No. 100 Ashley Dai from UNC 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, Kasey Gardiner of Wake Forest defeated Kanakova 6-3, 6-4, and Alyssa Smith beat Blevins 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

    The Gamecocks’ two doubles teams that survived Friday lost their round of 16 matches. Clemson’s Dewar and Koroleva upended Lechemia and Siles Luna by an 8-6 count, and No. 42-rated Dai and Lyons from North Carolina tripped up Blevins and Folland by the same score.

    Angus, Stropp Dominate Day Two At USTA Players’ Choice Open

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Day two of the 2013 USTA Players’ Choice Open brought another pair of victories for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad, as Malte Stropp and Jordan Angus moved on to the third round of qualifying play Saturday.

    Matches at the Players’ Choice Open, held in Birmingham, Ala., ran late in a second round that was plagued by rain for most of the day. Stropp, one of two MSU seniors, earned his second-straight shutout, defeating Parrish Preston 6-0, 6-0. Angus also moved on to the third round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Alexandre Latychev.

    Stropp and Angus now stand two wins away from advancing to the main draw of the Players’ Choice Open, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    Jeske, Nott Advance To ITA Central Regional Quarterfinals

    TULSA, Okla. - The University of Arkansas doubles pair of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott advanced to the quarterfinal round Saturday at the ITA Central Regional Championship.

    Jeske and Nott, the tournament's No. 1 seed, took down Minnesota's Eric Freuh and Leandro Toledo 8-6 in the round of 16, moving to 2-0 on the weekend. Doubles action will begin again Sunday at 10 a.m.

    The Razorbacks also saw success in the singles consolation bracket, winning five matches. Senior Hall Fess first defeated Franz Sydow of Minnesota (1-6, 7-5, (8)), before eliminating Drake's Ben Mullins, 6-3, 3-6, (6). Sophomore Santiago Munoz beat Beau Treyz of Nebraksa before falling to his freshman teammate Johan den Toom 6-4, 2-6, (4). Den Toom was also victorious against Bradley's Ashton Kalhorn 6-4, 6-2. Consolation play will resume Sunday at 2 p.m.

    Three Rebels In Quarterfinals At Regionals
    AUBURN, Ala. – There are eight players remaining in the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championship singles draw, and the Ole Miss women’s tennis team boasts three of them.
    Rain forced all the main draw matches to be played indoors at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, making for a long day, with six courts and a host of matches to be played in doubles and singles.
    Senior Caroline Rohde-Moe, junior Julia Jones and sophomore Mai El Kamash all won their third round matches Saturday in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals.  This marks the fifth year in a row for the Rebels to have more than one player reach the quarterfinals in singles.
    Rohde-Moe, seeded No. 3 in the field, defeated 9-16 seeded Michalla Kucharova of host Auburn 6-4, 7-5. She will face Danielle Speilmann of Alabama in the quarterfinals Sunday at 9:30 a.m.  
    El Kamash, seeded 5-8, downed Sara Castellano of McNeese State 6-4, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal meeting against Auburn’s Emily Flickinger.  El Kamash improved to 12-4 this fall.  
    Jones topped 5-8 seeded Natalia Maynetto of Alabama 6-3, 6-4 to improve to 9-2 on the year.  She will meet Stephanie N’tcha of Samford in the quarterfinals.

    Mihov/Pinheiro Reach Doubles Quarterfinals of ITA Carolina Regional

    CARY, N.C. – No. 32 Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro of South Carolina moved into the quarterfinals of the ITA Carolina Regional with a steady win Saturday. Mihov bowed out of the singles bracket with a loss, and the Gamecocks’ other ranked doubles team suffered a setback in the round of 16.

    Mihov and Pinheiro have been sharp throughout the tournament and continued that momentum on Saturday. Facing Wake Forest’s Pedro Dumont and Jaya Billa, the Gamecock tandem were efficient in an 8-5 victory to move into the quarterfinals, where they will take on No. 30 Colin Roller and Joran Vliegen of East Carolina.

    Ranked No. 24 in the nation, South Carolina’s other ranked duo of Chip Cox and Kyle Koch could not push past the tournament’s No. 10 seed in NC State’s Robbie Mudge and Sean Weber, falling 8-5.

    In singles action, Mihov had a tough time with North Carolina’s Brett Clark. The Tar Heels’ sophomore surged ahead early and refused to let Mihov get his footing in a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

    State’s Perper And Tran Into Doubles Semifinals Of ITA Southern Regional

    AUBURN, Ala. – As the second day of the ITA Southern Regional Championships got underway for Mississippi State women’s tennis, a Bulldog doubles team found great success, advancing to the semifinals of the main draw.  

    The 48th-ranked and fourth-seeded MSU duo of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran opened play in the round of 16 and swiped a win against Stephanie Barnett and Katya Nakonechnaya of Nicholls State 8-3. The Bulldogs then competed in the quarterfinals, where they soundly defeated Michalla Kucharova and Reka Muller of tourney host Auburn 8-1.

    Perper and Tran will meet the top-seeded and 23rd-ranked Auburn duo of Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfiefler in the semifinals at 9 a.m. CT Sunday.

    State’s Georgiana Patrasc, ranked 76th in the country and seeded 5-8 in singles, also continued action Saturday in the round of 16. Patrasc contested a very hard-fought match, splitting the first two sets but ultimately dropped the affair to Danielle Spielmann of Alabama 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

    After a lengthy rain delay, Perper also competed in singles consolation Saturday night against Petra Horakova of ULM, defeating her 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 16. The win advances Perper into the quarterfinals of that draw, where she will continue play on Sunday.

    Due to the persistent rains Saturday, all doubles consolation matches for the tournament have been cancelled.  

    Two Auburn Individuals and Two Doubles Alive at ITA Regionals

    AUBURN, Ala. – Sophomore Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger advanced to the ITA Southern Regionals quarterfinals, and two Auburn women’s tennis tandems will be representing the Tigers in the semifinals of the main doubles bracket. Both matches will be played on Sunday morning with the singles draw playing out the semifinals in the afternoon.

    “I was very pleased with the tennis and the effort of our entire team,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said following Saturday’s play. “We earned some great wins over nationally and regionally ranked teams and I was proud of the way our team transitioned to playing indoors due to the weather conditions.”

    Flickinger took down 28th-ranked Mary Anne Daines, 6-1, 6-3 of Alabama in the round of 16 matches, while Burgmans defeated Noel Scott of LSU, 6-3, 6-4. The pair is also alive in doubles after winning two matches on Saturday. In the round of 16, they breezed to an 8-1 win over UAB’s Paula Castro and Sarah Witkowski and then turned around and beat Tulane’s Ipek Birol and Klara Vyskocilova, 8-5. They will face Alabama’s Daines and Natalia Maynetto.

    “Emily’s big win was well-earned and she defeated the 28th-ranked player in the nation with a great effort. I thought Pleun played well and Michalla fought hard in her match, but didn’t come up with the result,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “Our doubles teams turned in great performances as well and hopefully that will setup all-Auburn finals in the championships round in both the singles and doubles draws.”

    The 23rd-ranked doubles team of Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfiefler also won their pair of matches on the day beating Michaela Mezarosova and Emily Newton of South Alabama, 8-4 and blanking Louisiana-Monroe’s Medy Blankvoort and Justyna Krol. They will meet Mississippi State’s Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran in the semis, who downed Auburn’s team of Reka Muller and Michalla Kucharova.

    “Hopefully tomorrow we can have an all-Auburn final in the singles and doubles draw. I thought our effort and energy was great and I was proud of the total team effort we displayed on Saturday,” Longbothan-Meisner said.

    The rain in Auburn today shortened some of the tournament’s matches, eliminating the back draws for both doubles brackets.

    Dominant Performances Propel Aggies at ITA Regionals

    WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team had a dominant performance on both singles and doubles courts at the ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships in Waco on Saturday. The Aggies advanced five singles players to the Round of 32 and four doubles tandems to the Round of 16 to be played on Sunday. Doubles is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m. with singles beginning at 9:30.

    In the opening singles round, the Maroon and White posted a 4-2 mark with victories from Frankie Colunga, Jackson Withrow, Jordan Szabo and Behzad Minavi while Max Montague and Tito Moreiras narrowly missed wins. Colunga downed Sebastian Ermicioiu of the University of Texas-Arlington, 6-2, 6-4. Withrow bested Abilene Christian’s Borja Cortes, 6-3, 6-4. Szabo defeated Stefan Williams of the University of Texas-Arlington, 6-1, 6-1, and Minavi ousted Joseph Bishop of UTPA, 6-1, 6-4.  Montague fell to Vincent Schneider of Baylor, 6-3, 6-2, and Moreiras dropped his contest to Srikar Alla of Rice, 6-4, 6-0.

    The Aggies earned a 5-3 mark in the second round after Harrison Adams, Shane Vinsant, Junior Ore and Jeremy Efferding all saw first-round byes. Vinsant, the No. 3 seed in the regional, cruised in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, over Kevin Bettendroffer of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Ore, the No. 5 seed, rolled Michael Feucht of Lamar, 6-0, 6-3. No. 2 seed Efferding held serve against Clement Homs of Texas, 6-2, 6-3. After first round wins, Withrow posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Juuso Laitinen of Lamar and Minavi defeated TCU’s Trey Daniel, 6-4, 6-3. Colunga and Szabo were unable to hold momentum from early victories, falling to Leonard Ivic of Incarnate Word (6-3, 6-4) and Andres Alfonso (6-4, 1-6, 6-4) of TCU. Harrison Adams, the tournament’s No. 5 seed, was upset by Hugo Dojas of Texas Tech, 6-0, 6-4.

    The Aggies saw dominant first-round wins from a pair of doubles tandems. Minavi and Moreiras ousted Berkowics and  Sitaram of Texas, 8-1 while Efferding and Szabo cruised against Perez and Robles of UTA, 8-2. The lone doubles loss for A&M came in a tiebreaker when the duo of Colunga and Montague fell to Migliano and Williams, 8-7 (6) of UTA.

    Texas A&M went a perfect 4-0 in doubles in the second round, which featured an upset of the No. 3 doubles seed. Efferding and Szabo held off TCU’s duo of Chappell and Stein, 8-5, to complete the upset for the Aggies. Ore and Withrow, the top doubles seed, didn’t drop a game in their match to Rubio and Stillman of UTSA, winning 8-0. Adams and Vinsant, the No. 2 seed and winners of last year’s regional doubles tournament, continued their winning ways at the tournament, beating Melott and Nix of Texas Tech, 8-3. Minavi and Moreiras claimed a victory by default after SMU’s fifth-seeded tandem of Kazijevs and Nowicki withdrew due to an injury.

    LSU Women's Tennis Concludes Competition at ITA Southern Regionals

    AUBURN, Ala. –  The LSU women's tennis team ended its run Saturday at the ITA Southern Regional Championships hosted by Auburn.

    The Ariel Morton and Ella Taylor pair kicked off the day with an 8-5 victory in the second round of doubles, defeating Ole Miss’ second-seeded Marija Milutinovic and Caroline Rhode-Moe. The duo competed in the quarterfinal round against Mary Anne Daines and Natalia Maynetto of Alabama but fell 8-6.

    Junior transfer Noel Scott fought hard through the third round of main draw singles, but ultimately fell 6-3, 6-4 to Auburn's top-seeded Pleun Burgmans.

    Newcomer Skylar Holloway battled through the second round of consolation singles but faced a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) loss to Tulane's Jacqui Katz.

    Due to rain delays, the consolation rounds of doubles will not be played.

    "I am really proud of everyone today for their exemplary effort in their matches," LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. "Ella (Taylor) and Ariel (Morton) picked up a very good win in doubles and really showed how much they have improved in a year's time. I was impressed by their attitude and how well they worked together as a team."

    The Lady Tigers will face their next competition in two weeks at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    ITA Texas Regional – Day 3 Texas A&M Results

    FORT WORTH – Senior Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M has advanced to the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the women’s ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the TCU campus.

    After starting out the tournament by winning her first three singles matches by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores, the No. 2 seed from Romania defeated No. 6 seed Jordaan Sanford of Baylor, 6-3, 6-3 today in the quarterfinals. Stancu will face No. 11 seed Simona Parajova of TCU in the semifinals Sunday at 12 p.m.

    Seeded No. 1 in doubles, Stancu and partner Stefania Hristov advanced to Sunday’s semifinal by defeating No. 5 seed Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde of Texas Tech, 8-3, today in quarterfinal action. Stancu and Hristov will face No. 4 seed Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle of Baylor at 10:30 a.m.

    Championship matches are slated to be played Monday.

    A&M sophomore Paula Deheza and freshman Mason Strickland advanced to the semifinals in the consolation doubles bracket after defeating Daniela Garcia and Jacobea Junger of UTSA, 8-3, in the quarterfinals. The Aggie pair takes on Angeles De Los Rios and Astrid Gehre of UTA, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

    Aggie sophomore Anna Mamalat , who had eliminated the top-seeded and 10th ranked Breaunna Addison of Texas on Friday to reach the singles quarterfinals, fell short of reaching the semifinals after falling to Kiah Generette of Baylor, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

    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.

    Kentucky Finishes Strong on Day Two of ITA Regionals

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team has five players advancing to the second round in main draw singles and two duos competing in the third round main draw doubles at the USTA/ITA Regionals in Memphis, Tenn.

    “Today was a strong start to a long tournament,” assistant coach Kevin Calhoun said. “The ladies solved their problems well and we’re in a really great position to have multiple players go deep in this tournament.”

    Top seed Nadia Ravita took on Bethany Moore of Ball State and won the match with ease. Ravita took the first set, 6-3 and the second set, 6-0.

    No. 2 seed Kelsey Dieters also took on a player from Ball State. Dieters had very little struggle in the first set against Kristel Sanders, but was challenged in the second set. She fought hard to win the match, 6-4, and will advance to the next round.

    No. 12 seed Aldila Sutjiadi will proceed to the next round after cruising past Xavier’s Danielle Patton, 6-2 in both sets to win the match. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and Caitlin McGraw both had success in their singles draw matches and will continue through to the next round.

    “Even though we didn't all have the best day, we fought really hard and worked with what we had,” McGraw said.

    Stephanie Fox who won in the qualifying rounds Saturday, fell to Sydney Campbell from Vanderbilt and Kirsten Lewis fell in her match against Christine Guerrazzi from Miami (OH).  Fox and Lewis will participate in back draw singles on Sunday.

    In main draw doubles No. 2 seed McGraw and Ravita, as well as Dieters and CeCe Witten advanced to the third round after two strong rounds of play. The two UK duos will go head-to-head with each other to compete for a spot in the quarterfinals.

    “I’m really happy with the way everyone competed throughout a tough day,” Witten said. “ We all left it on the court today.”

    No. 8 seed Morin-Kougoucheff and Sutjiadi fell in their match against Memphis’ Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind, but won in the first round of back draw doubles. Fox and Lewis lost to Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams from Tennessee but advanced to the second of back draw doubles.

    Action will continue for the Wildcats tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. ET.