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    SEC Tennis Notebook: Sunday, October 20

    Three Bulldogs Advance to ITA Regional Finals

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Three Georgia women’s tennis players advanced to the regional finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase will represent Georgia in the doubles final, while Silvia Garcia will represent the Bulldogs in the singles championship.

    “I’m very excited with where we are at with Lauren and Maho getting ready to play in the doubles final and Silvia in the singles final,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “We have a huge opportunity tomorrow. Everyone had a good tournament and we’re excited to be able to play in both finals tomorrow.”

    Georgia began the day with No. 50 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase advancing to the doubles region finals. The Bulldog tandem beat Florida’s Kourtney Kegan and Belinda Woolcock 8-6, capitalizing on a late break. They will square off with Georgia Tech’s Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey on Monday for a bid to the National Indoor Championships in New York in November,

    In singles, No. 60 Silvia Garcia clinched a spot in Monday’s final. She beat Georgia State’s No. 37 Abigail Tere-Apisah, 7-5, 7-6(4) and then bested No. 16 Sofie Oyen, 6-4, 6-4. Garcia will square off with Florida’s Alexandra Cercone tomorrow with the winner earning an automatic bid into next month’s National Indoor Championships in New York. Also on Sunday, No. 14 Maho Kowase beat Miami’s No. 52 Stephanie Wagner before falling short to No. 38 Cercone, 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinals.

    The event is being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free. Both finals will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow.





    All Auburn Finals ITA Regionals Singles/Doubles

    AUBURN, Ala. -- It will be an all Auburn final in the singles and doubles draw at the ITA Southern Regionals on Monday. The doubles final is set for Monday at 10 a.m. and the singles final will begin at 12:0 p.m. at the Auburn Yarbrough Tennis Center.

    Pleuns Burgmans and Emily Flickinger punched their tickets to the singles final with straight-set victories. Burgmans battled with Ole Miss’ Caroline Rohde-Moe fighting through 10 deuce points in the first set en route to a 7-5, 6-1 semifinal win. The 18th-ranked Burgmans defeated Alabama’s Erin Routliffe earlier on Sunday, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.

    Flickinger downed Samford’s Stephanie N’tcha in 6-4, 6-3 fashion to earn her way into Monday’s final round. In her quarterfinal match, Flickinger breezed by Ole Miss’ Mai El Kamash, 6-4, 6-1.

    “It’s amazing how far our program has come in the last three seasons. We now have finalists an all singles and doubles and our girls have worked hard to help us have a great fall season,” Auburn women’s tennis head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said. “I’m excited for tomorrow and I really hope Auburn wins.”

    Teamed together in doubles, Burgmans and Flickinger along with teammates Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfielfer paved the way for an all Auburn doubles final.

    The 34th-ranked tandem of Burgmans and Flickinger defeated Alabama’s Mary Anne Daines and Natalia Maynetto, 8-6, while long-time teammates and the 23rd-ranked pair of Kasler and Pfiefler took down Mississippi State’s Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran in a tie break, 8-7(6).

    “It’s great to have players earn the results they did today. This is one of the toughest ITA Regionals I have coached in. I think all of our players played well in tough situations, but we settled down and played to our potential,” Longbotham-Meisner said.

    In the consolation draw, Auburn’s Reka Muller posted a pair of wins to advance to the final round. Muller knocked off UAB’s Rachel Daniell 7-5, 6-1 in her first match of the day, before crusing past Louisiana Tech’s Ipek Birol in the semifinals 6-1, 6-0. Muller faces Mississppi State’s Alexandra Perper in the consolation final on Monday at 2 p.m.





    Stuart Kenyon Rallies to Win in Three Sets at USTA Futures

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Stuart Kenyon bounced back from a first-set loss to beat Rafael Rondino, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, on Sunday in the third round of qualifying at the USTA Futures tournament being held at Highland Park. Kenyon is one win away from advancing to the main draw and will play Pally Ray at 10 a.m. CDT on Monday for a spot in the 32-man field.

    Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura will also represent the Crimson Tide in the main draw.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaMTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.





    Angus, Stropp Move To Qualifying Finals At USTA Players’ Choice Open

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After wins on day three of the 2013 USTA Players’ Choice Open Sunday, Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp and sophomore Jordan Angus have advanced to the final round of qualifying play.

    Stropp faced off against Carl Abalos on Sunday, picking up a 6-3, 6-2 victory to move to the final round, where he will face David O’Leary of Memphis for a chance to advance to main draw play. Angus picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win against Adam Zaorski to pull within a win of the main draw. Angus will face fellow MSU Bulldog Zach White, who is taking the fall semester off and rejoining the team in the spring, in the qualifying finals.

    Should Angus and Stropp pick up victories Monday and advance to the main draw, play will begin Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis and updates throughout the USTA Players’ Choice Open, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT). Mississippi State Athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.





    Stancu Reaches Finals in Both Singles and Doubles

    FORT WORTH -- Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu has advanced to the championship match 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 winning her first four singles matches of the tournament in straight sets en route to the semifinals, the senior from Romania had to come from behind to defeat Simona Parajova of TCU, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, today to advance. Stancu will close out the tournament with a meeting against Kiah Generette of Baylor in the finals, Monday at 10:30 a.m.

    Before Stancu plays in the singles final, she will compete in the doubles championship with partner Stefania Hristov Monday at 9 a.m. The Aggie tandem defeated Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle of Baylor, 8-4, in semifinal action today to advance to Monday’s final, where they will face Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn of Texas.

    A&M’s Paula Deheza and Mason Strickland were slated to take on Angeles De Los Rios and Astrid Gehre of UTA in the consolation semifinals today but withdrew with an injury.

    The regional has featured some of the top players from across the state. The winners of the Texas Regional will advance 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 http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146672

    Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654





    Pang Eliminated From Singles, Prepares For Doubles Final

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The final member of the University of Arkansas women's tennis team left competing in the singles draw at the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship in Norman, Okla., Yang Pang came up short of reaching the finals and was elimintated in the Sweet 16 on Sunday.

    Having taken part in a total of eight matches in just three days, the sophomore from Nanjing, China, was defeated in straight sets by senior Kanyapat Narattana of Oklahoma State, 6-4, 6-1.

    Eliminated from singles tournament play, Pang takes on new life Monday when she returns to the court with teammate Kimberley - Ann Surin to compete in the doubles final against Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie of host team Oklahoma at 9 a.m.

    Singles and doubles champions receive an automatic bid to the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which take place in Flushing, N.Y., during the month of November.

    Pang and Surin reached the finals by winning five straight matches last Friday, after thunderstorms forced competition inside on the six indoor courts of the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion and led to the entire 64-team doubles draw being played in one day. The final was held off until Monday on mutual coaches' decision.

    The regional tournament marking the first time this fall season the two have competed as a doubles pair, Pang and Surin look to stay perfect on the year and avoid blemish to their 5-0 record. Individually, Surin has gone 9-2 in doubles play this season, while Pang is 7-2.

    For more information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.





    Aggies Send Three to Singles Quarterfinals, One to Doubles Semifinals

    WACO, Texas -- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team had another successful day at the ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships in Waco on Sunday. The Aggies hold three of the final eight spots in the singles main draw and sent the top-seeded tandem of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow into the doubles semifinals. First serve on Monday is slated for 9 a.m.

    To follow the entire tournament, visit http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=140566.

    “It’s been an awesome two days of tennis for our team,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “This was just what the doctor ordered for this time of year. I’m very pleased that we have three players in the quarterfinals still battling and tomorrow is another great opportunity for improvement.”

    The Maroon and White posted a 4-1 mark in the singles Round of 32 and a 3-1 mark in the Round of 16. The Aggies are tied with the Longhorns for most singles players remaining (3) while Baylor holds the two other slots.

    Sophomore Shane Vinsant, the No. 3 seed in the tournament and 56th-ranked player in the ITA rankings, downed Austin Robles of UT-Arlington, 6-4, 6-2, in the Round of 32 before rallying to beat TCU’s Nick Chappell, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the Round of 16. Vinsant will face ninth-seeded Lloyd Glasspool of Texas in the quarterfinals on Monday.

    The Aggies lone-senior, Junior Ore, bested Adrien Berkowics of Texas in the Round of 32 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Ore, the tournament’s No. 5 seed and nation’s 78th-ranked player, came from behind in the Round of 16 to beat ninth-seeded Arnau Dachs of TCU, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Ore will face Baylor’s Mate Zsiga, the No. 4 seed, in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

    Junior Jackson Withrow upset two seeded players on the afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals. The Omaha native held on for a thrilling three-set victory over ninth-seeded Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. After a narrow victory in the Round of 32, Withrow was unable to strike for the upset against Zsiga of Baylor, falling 6-0, 6-1.

    The Aggies highest seeded singles player, junior Jeremy Efferding, rolled in both victories. The No. 2 seeded player drubbed Facundo Lugones of TCU, 6-3, 6-2, and then cruised against George Goldhoff of Texas, 6-1, 6-2.

    Behzad Minavi was unable to complete his upset bid of Baylor’s ninth-seeded Diego Galeano, falling 6-4, 6-3.

    In doubles, three pairs advanced to the quarterfinals with the duo of Ore and Withrow advancing to the semifinals.

    The tournament’s top-seeded and third-ranked duo of Ore and Withrow were dominant for the second straight day, yielding only eight games on the afternoon. In the Round of 16, the pair defeated Rice’s tandem of Berger and Gonzalez, 8-2, and fought off Texas’ fifth-seeded duo of Holiner and Naumann, 8-6. Ore and Withrow will face Baylor’s fourth-seeded team of Galeano and Zsiga at 9 a.m. on Monday.

    After downing Rice’s team of Bennett and Gustafsson, 8-2, in the Round of 16, the second-seeded pair of Adams and Vinsant was knocked out by Texas’ team of Hess-Olesen and Glasspool, 8-6, ending the sophomore pair’s chance for a repeat.

    The Aggies tandem of Minavi and Moreiras suffered an agonizing tiebreaking loss in the quarterfinals to Baylor’s fourth-seeded team of Galeano and Zsiga, 8-7 (3), after knocking off TCU’s pair of Blake and Daniel, 8-4, in the Round of 16.

    Efferding and Szabo were defeated by the Longhorn’s tandem of Goldhoff and Lewis, 8-6, in the Round of 32.

    The Aggies continue play at the ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships on Monday. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.





    UF WTN’s Cercone Advances to ITA Southeast Regional Singles Final

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Florida’s Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) advanced to the finals at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex after winning a pair of hard-fought matches on Sunday.

    The Gator senior began the day having to battle sophomore teammate Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) in the quarterfinals, where she emerged with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2. Cercone, ranked No. 38 in the country, then took down top-seeded and No. 14-ranked Maho Kowase from Georgia, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals to log her 98th career singles victory and a spot in the final where she play Georgia’s No. 60 Silvia Garcia at 11 a.m. on Monday.

    Garcia reached the final after knocking out UF’s Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium), 6-4, 6-4 in their semifinal match.

    On the doubles court, the Gator freshmen Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) lost their semifinal contest, 8-6, to Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase.





    Folland Loses in Quarterfinals at ITA Regional

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2013) — South Carolina women’s tennis freshman Brigit Folland saw her run in the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships come to an end Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    After scoring a victory against the nation’s No. 42-ranked player from Duke on Saturday, Folland suffered a 6-1, 6-2 setback to the nation’s No. 4-rated freshman Hayley Carter from North Carolina in the quarterfinals. Folland’s 3-1 slate in Chapel Hill improved her fall record to 6-4.

    With the fall now complete for the Gamecocks, they will prepare for dual match play in the spring. South Carolina opens the 2014 campaign with a doubleheader against East Tennessee State and College of Charleston on Jan. 18.





    Jeske, Nott Fall In Quarterfinals at ITA Central Regional

    TULSA, Okla. -- The University of Arkansas doubles pair of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott fell in the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Regional Championship on Sunday in Tulsa, Okla.

    Jeske and Nott, the tournament's No. 1 seed, were outmatched 8-1 by Austin Siegel and Dane Webb of Oklahoma, the tournament’s No. 5 seed.

    In singles consolation play, freshman Johan den Toom ultimately fell in the quarterfinal round, defeated by Minnesota’s Rueben Weber 6-4, 6-2.

    The Razorbacks will resume fall competition Friday, Oct. 25, at the FGCU Invitational.

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





    MSU’s Perper Into Finals Of Singles Consolation At ITA Southern Regional

    AUBURN, Ala. -- On the third day of competition in the ITA Southern Regional Championships Sunday, Mississippi State had one player advance to the finals of singles consolation, while its top doubles team fell in a heartbreaker in the main draw semifinals.

    Senior Alexandra Perper competed in the consolation singles quarterfinals against Jacqui Katz of Tulane, notching a 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8) victory. Perper’s success launched her into the semifinals, where she defeated Jackie Kasler of host Auburn 6-4, 6-2. Perper’s two wins advanced her into the final round of consolation singles on Monday, where she will meet Reka Muller of Auburn at 10 a.m. CT.

    After winning their first three matches this weekend, the 48th-ranked and fourth-seeded State doubles team of Perper and Naomi Tran dropped a hard-fought semifinal Sunday, falling 8-7(6) to the top-seeded and 23rd-ranked Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfiefler, also of host Auburn.

    In consolation doubles, Bulldogs Rosie Dion and Georgiana Patrasc endured an 8-4 setback to Ariel Morton and Ella Taylor of LSU while Petra Ferancova and Timea Guibe dropped their match to Skylar Holloway and Gabriel Otero of LSU, also by an 8-4 score.

    For more information on Mississippi State women’s tennis and updates fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateWT), Facebook (HailStateWT) and Instagram (HailStateWT). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.





    Crimson Tide Ends run at Southern Regional Championships on Sunday

    Alabama women’s tennis halted in quarterfinals of singles and semifinals of doubles

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama women’s tennis team ended its run at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships on Sunday with losses in the semifinals of doubles and the quarterfinals of singles.

    In doubles, the Crimson Tide’s Mary Anne Daines and Natalia Maynetto were narrowly edged out by Auburn’s No. 3 seed Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger, 8-6, for a spot in the finals, while in singles, Burgmans, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, beat Alabama freshman Erin Routliffe, 6-3, 7-6(3) and No. 3 seed Caroline Rohde-Moe of Ole Miss outlasted Danielle Spielmann, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5.

    The Tide will be back in action in two weeks when it hosts the Roberta Alison Fall Classic, Nov. 1-3.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaWTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.





    Mihov/Pinheiro Fall in Semifinals of ITA Carolina Regional

    CARY, N.C. – South Carolina’s 32nd-ranked doubles team of Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro became the first Gamecock duo to reach the ITA Carolina Region semifinals since 2009, but a single service break separated them from the nation’s 14th-ranked tandem and the program’s first spot in the event’s final since 1998.

    Mihov/Pinheiro took on No. 30 Colin Roller and Joran Vliegen of East Carolina in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The Gamecock duo was solid throughout, pushing past the higher-ranked opponent 8-5 to move into the semifinals. The last South Carolina doubles team to advance that far into an ITA regional was Diego Cubas and Ivan Machado, who were ranked No. 9 in the nation at the time, in October 2009.

    In the semifinals, Mihov/Pinheiro took on the tournament’s second seed of UNC Wilmington’s Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, who are ranked No. 14 in the country. In the only semi to feature two ranked teams, the two tandems battled throughout the match. Aita/Williams moved ahead with a break that the Gamecock duo could not get back in an 8-6 loss.

    The loss closes out the final fall tournament for South Carolina. The Gamecocks will open dual-match play in January. The full spring schedule will be released in the coming weeks.





    Rebels Conclude Play At Regionals

    AUBURN, Ala. -- The Ole Miss women’s tennis team concluded play at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships Sunday, with senior Caroline Rohde-Moe advancing to the singles semifinals before bowing out.

    The Rebels boasted three of the final eight players in singles, but Rohde-Moe was the lone one to reach the semis. Seeded No. 3, Rohde-Moe defeated Danielle Speilmann of Alabama 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. Rohde-Moe then lost to the top seed, Pleun Burgmans of Auburn, 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinals.

    Junior Julia Jones and sophomore Mai El Kamash were also in the quarterfinals. El Kamash fell to Auburn’s Emily Flickinger 6-3, 6-4, and Jones lost a tough three-setter to Samford’s Stephanie N’tcha 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

    The Rebels are off this coming weekend and will next travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nov. 1-3 for the Roberta Allison Invitational.

    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissWTennis and on Facebook at OleMissWTennis.