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    Georgia's Garcia Wins ITA Regional Championship

    ATHENS, Ga.—Georgia sophomore Silvia Garcia won the ITA Southeast Regional singles championship Monday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, earning an automatic bid to the National Indoor Championships in New York on Nov. 7-10.
    No. 60 Garcia bested No. 38 Alexandra Cercone of Florida 7-6(2), 6-1 for the title. The Madrid, Spain native improves to 11-1 this spring. This weekend, she won all of her matches in just two sets and was 4-0 in set tiebreakers. 
    “I am so happy and so proud of myself,” Garcia said. “I had some really tough matches. I think my attitude was really good. I just tried to do my best and stay calm. I’m really excited to play up at National Indoors”
    Earlier in the day, the No. 50 tandem of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase fell short to Georgia Tech’s No. 26 duo of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey, 8-2. The Georgia duo went 4-1 in doubles through the weekend, improving to 9-2 on the year.
    “It’s a really big weekend for us,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “To be the only school here with players in both the singles and doubles final was special. I can’t say enough about how Silvia played this weekend. It’s so exciting to see her get the wins that she got and get that trip to New York. I thought it was a great week for all of our players and we learned a lot about things we need to work on. It was high-level tennis all the way around all weekend.” 
    Complete results can be found here.
    After taking this weekend off, Georgia will return to action November 1-3 in Charleston, S.C.

    UF's Cerone Falls in ITA Regional Finals

    ATHENS, Ga. – UF’s Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) lost in the singles final at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships held at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Monday.
    Cercone battled hard in the first set, but dropped the tiebreak 7-6 (2) to Georgia’s Silvia Garcia, who then took the second set, 6-1, to claim the regional title and earn an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, considered the second leg of the collegiate grand slam.
    Cercone must now wait and learn if she will receive an at-large into the national event held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the site of the U.S. Open Championships, Nov. 7-10.

    Auburn Sweeps ITA Southern Regional Championships

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s tennis team closed the Southern ITA Regional at the Auburn Yarbrough Tennis Center on Monday, capping off the tournament with three wins including the singles and doubles championships.
    The Tigers will send Pleun Burgmans in singles and the doubles pair of Burgmans and Emily Flickinger to the ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y during Nov. 7-10. 
    “It was a phenomenal performance by our team throughout the week and I was proud of their intensity and energy we played with,” Auburn women’s tennis coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said of Auburn’s regional results. 
    The doubles teammates battled in the all-Auburn singles final with Burgmans coming out the winner 6-3, 6-0. 
    Paired together in doubles, Burgmans and Flickinger defeated teammates Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler earlier Monday in the doubles final. The 34th-ranked duo of Burgmans/Flickinger jumped out to a 7-2 early lead and closed out the match with a break to win 8-4.
    Auburn could have two doubles teams represented in the national tournament as the 23rd-ranked duo of Kasler/Pfeifler are eligible to receive an at-large bid from the ITA.
    “I’m glad with our overall fall performance. I hope our work in the fall will help us carry the momentum in our spring season,” Longbotham Meisner said.
    The Tigers also picked up the championship in the singles consolation draw as Reka Muller knocked off Mississippi State’s Alexandra Perper in three sets 5-7, 7-5, 1-0(8). Muller battled through a tough second set to force the tiebreaker. The freshman jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the tiebreak before finishing off Perper 10-8.
    “I’m very proud of the way Reka composed herself after falling behind after the first set. To beat the top player from Mississippi State and battling back is a good thing to see from a younger player,” Longbotham-Meisner said.
    Auburn returns to action this weekend at the USTA Clay Court Tournament at Disney starting on Friday.

    Alabama's Kenyon Advances to Main Draw

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s Stuart Kenyon recorded a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Pally Ray to advance out of qualifying and into the main draw at the USTA Futures tournament in Birmingham. He will be joined by teammates Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura in the 32-man singles field, while O’Shaughnessey and Proskura will team up to represent the Crimson Tide in doubles.
    Tuesday’s schedule at Highland Park will include O’Shaughnessey’s singles match against Andrew Carter not before 11 a.m. CT as well as O’Shaughnessey and Proskura’s doubles match versus Walker Duncan and Korey Lovett not before 2:30 p.m. Matches will continue on Wednesday and run throughout the week.
    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.

    Pair of Razorbacks Finish Second at ITAs

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Yang Pang and Kimberley-Ann Surin concluded play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship on Monday, as the pair finished runner-up in the doubles final at the tournament held in Norman, Okla.
    Facing seniors Whitney Ritchie and Mia Lancaster of host team Oklahoma, the sophomore Razorback duo was defeated, 8-4, inside the Headington Family Tennis Center.
    "To get within one match of the National Indoor event is a great credit to Kim and Nicky," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "It was two sophomores against two seniors today. You have to give credit to the Sooner pair who were flawless all the way through."
    Just their first time pairing for doubles play this season, Pang and Surin combined for a 5-1 record on the weekend, running off five straight wins last Friday to reach the tournament final. Pang also advanced to the Sweet 16 of the singles main draw, before falling on Sunday to senior Kanyapat Narattana of Oklahoma State, 6-4, 6-1.
    Both singles and doubles champions from each regional earn a berth in the upcoming USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 7-10.
    Arkansas resumes its fall season schedule when it travels to the Houston Cougar Invitational in Houston, Nov. 1-3.
    For more information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.

    MSU's Perper Falls in ITA Southern Regional Finale

    AUBURN, Ala. – As the ITA Southern Regional Championships came to a close on Monday, Mississippi State women’s tennis was represented by one singles player who fought to the finish for the Bulldogs. 
    Senior Alexandra Perper found great success in her consolation draw throughout the event, advancing all the way to the finals. But the Bulldog veteran dropped a tough match there against Reka Muller of host Auburn 5-7, 7-5, 1-0(8) in Monday’s title match.
    The next action for Mississippi State women’s tennis will begin Nov. 1, as the Bulldogs will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete in the Roberta Allison Fall Classic. 
    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

    Sanctu Wins Singles Championship

    FORT WORTH –Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu captured the singles title and was the runner-up in doubles with partner Stefania Hristov after going 1-1 on the final day of the women’s ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships.
    Stancu, the No. 2 seed in the singles competition, capped the tournament with her sixth consecutive victory, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 16 seed Kiah Generette of Baylor in the championship match. It marks the second regional championship title for the senior, who won the 2011 Atlantic Regional as a sophomore at Maryland. It also is the second consecutive year an A&M player has won the Texas Regional singles title, won last year by Aggie All-American Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar. 
    "Stancu is clearly playing as well as anyone in the country, and winning the regional adds to her impressive string of results,” Texas A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “I'm not sure today was Tina's very best tennis, but she was characteristically ferocious and competitive."
    Stancu and Hristov, both from Romania, were the No. 1 seed in the doubles tournament and also were the Texas Regional reigning champion as Texas A&M swept both the singles and doubles titles for the first time in school history last year. The Aggie duo, No. 8 in the 2013 ITA preseason doubles rankings and looking to earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York next month, had won four consecutive matches to reach this morning’s finals, where they went up against Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn of Texas. Stancu and Hristov, however, were unable to claim their second consecutive regional title, falling to the Texas tandem, 8-3.
    “Our doubles wasn't up to par today, and I will say the Longhorns played rather well,” Joffe said. 
    Each of the regional winners across the country earn an automatic invitation to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y. Stancu had 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.
    A&M had eight players, including three freshmen and two three sophomores, competing in the five-day tournament that featured some of the top players from across the state. The Aggies went a combined 18-8 in singles and 8-4 in doubles play.
    "The performances overall were very encouraging with the freshmen Rutuja Bhosale, Jana McCord and Saska Gavrilovska all getting quality singles wins,” Joffe said. “Anna Mamalat beat the No. 1 seed and 10th-ranked player in nation, and Hristov performed well, too.
    "Our group needs to continue to work hard in the classroom and on court, and I feel like we will have a formidable team when the season starts."
    Later this week, Stancu, Hristov and twins Ines and Paula Deheza head to Orlando, Fla., to compete at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney, Oct. 24-27.

    Two Aggies Advance to Final

    WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team sent two individuals and one doubles tandem into the final matches at the ITA/USTA Texas Regional in Waco on Monday. Sophomore Shane Vinsant advanced to the singles final while the tandem of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow advanced in doubles. Tuesday’s winners advances to ITA/USTA National Indoor Championship in Flushing, New York on Nov. 7-10. Freshman Tito Moreiras also claimed advanced and claimed the consolation singles title after an injury withdrawal in the final match.
    For live video and scoring for the final rounds of the tournament, visit 
    “We had a really good day, starting with a very energetic and solid doubles performance by Jackson and Junior,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We got a lot out of this tournament this weekend.”
    Shane Vinsant, the nation’s 56th-ranked player and No. 3 seed in the tournament, defeated Texas’ Lloyd Glasspool, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0, in the quarterfinals and top-seeded Soren Hess-Olesen, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals to advance to the championship match. The Keller, Texas, native will face Baylor’s ninth-seeded Diego Galeano at 9 a.m. in the finals on Tuesday. 
    “I was very pleased with Shane’s mental toughness today in beating two quality opponents from Texas today,” Denton said. “Glasspool and Hess-Olesen played No. 1 and 2 for them last season. They were much improved this fall, but so is Shane. He’s showing more maturity in his game with great serves and just playing a much more aggressive style of tennis, which is paying huge dividends for him. He’s going to need his ‘A-Game’ tomorrow in his matchup against Galeano, who’s going to be a very tough opponent from Baylor.”
    In his first season to don the Maroon and White, freshman Tito Moreiras downed the Longhorn’s David Holiner, 6-1, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket before ousting Carlos Arbiza of UT-Arlington, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinals. Moreiras claimed a victory in the finals after Abilene Christian’s Borja Cortes withdrew due to school commitments.
    “I was very excited following Tito’s results today,” Denton said on his true freshman. “He had two of his best performances this fall against Texas’ senior and NCAA doubles runner-up in Holiner as well as a solid outing against one of the top players from UT-Arlington. Tito is buying into our culture and is really benefitting from playing against quality teammates in practice on a day-to-day basis.”
    The top-seeded tandem of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow held serve in their semifinal matchup, besting Baylor’s fourth-seeded duo of Galeano and Mate Zsiga, 8-3, for a berth in the championship match. The third-ranked duo will face off against Texas’ pair of Glasspool and Hess-Olesen on Tuesday.
    “Junior and Jackson did a great job of handling Baylor’s heavy pace of groundstrokes while at the net and put together some timely returns to advance to the championship,” Denton said on his top doubles tandem.
    Second-seeded Jeremy Efferding was unable to overcome and early deficit against Galeano, falling in three-sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, and fifth-seeded Ore lost in straight sets to Zsiga, 6-4, 6-4.
    The men’s tennis team concludes the Texas Regional on Tuesday in Waco. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter. 

    Stop Advances to Main Draw

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Qualifying play at the 2013 USTA Players’ Choice Open wrapped up Monday, with Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp advancing to main draw play with a three-set victory against David O’Leary.
    Stropp took the first set from O’Leary 6-2, but found the second to be a battle between he and the University of Memphis senior. After O’Leary leveled the match with a 6-4 second-set victory, Stropp bounced back to take the third set and the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. With the win, Stropp advances to main draw play, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 22.
    MSU sophomore Jordan Angus faced off against fellow Bulldog Zach White, who has taken off the fall and will return to the Maroon and White in the spring. White, the tourney’s sixth seed, defeated Angus 6-4, 6-3, eliminating the Bulldog sophomore from the tournament.
    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

    UK Advances to Finals

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team has advanced to the finals in the main draw singles competition at the USTA/ITA Regionals hosted by the University of Memphis. 
    Sophomore and top seed in the tournament Nadia Ravita defeated Vanderbilt’s Marie Casares in a challenging three-set match. Ravita won the first match 6-0 but Casares fought back to win the second set and force a third deciding set. Ravita topped Casares in the third set 6-3 and claimed the match.
    In the semifinals, Ravita took down No. 13 seed Ashleigh Antal in a two-set match. Antal, who is also from Vanderbilt, fell to Ravita 6-4, 7-6 (6). 
    “It was up and down today, but I was able to find a way to win,” Ravita said. “Coach Calhoun really challenged me to play with energy and emotion and I was able to do that in the most important parts of the matches.”
    Ravita will face off with Georgina Sellyn who beat Kentucky freshman Aldila Sutjiadi in the quarterfinals. The finals will begin Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    In main draw doubles action, the No. 2 seed duo of Caitlin McGraw and Ravita fell to No. 6 seed Memphis. The Kentucky pair struggled from the beginning of the match and couldn’t find a way to get past Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner. McGraw and Ravita dropped the match, 8-0.