Tennessee Women's Tennis Shines on Day One of Fall Invite
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee women’s tennis team started the Tennessee Fall Invitational off with singles success Friday afternoon winning six of seven singles matches on the day at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
"Singles went really well for us today,” said co-head coach Mike Patrick. “We're proud of all their efforts. I was really pleased with Jo playing another quality player. It's the first time she's played in flight one for us. On that higher level, she raised her game and did a great job for us."
"The five freshmen also did a super job today,” continued Patrick. “They have their ups and their downs, but their hard work is paying off."
The dual-meet style tournament started off with doubles action for the Lady Vols as they took on SEC foe Kentucky.
Juniors Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams defeated No. 32 Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten in flight one doubles action handedly, 8-3. The Lady Vols fell 8-2 in flight two and 8-4 in flight three doubles play.
“For doubles, we'll try to come up with a new game plan for tomorrow, maybe some new teams, we're still experimenting. We've got a lot of freshmen who are still learning doubles play, so we'll try to get that fixed over the next few days, but I liked the way they competed.”
Tennessee went up against NC State in singles action following the conclusion of doubles play where they went on to win six of their seven matches on the day.
Henderson kept the winning action rolling with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 45 Joelle Kissell in the flight one singles position. At flight three, Eve Repic took down Rachael James-Baker 6-2, 6-3 while Brittany Lindl earned a 6-3, 6-0 win from the flight four slot.
At flight five singles, Laurence Guevremon downed Natalia Janowicz 6-4, 6-0, at six Victoria Olivarez defeated Sophie Nelson 6-0, 6-4 and from flight seven Ashlee Boles beat Taylor Zaytoun 6-2, 6-3.
The Lady Vols will return to action at the Tennessee Fall Invite on Saturday afternoon when they face NC State in doubles play at 1 p.m. followed by singles against Ohio State at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Stropp Falls To End MSU’s Run At USTA Players’ Choice Open
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After an impressive run through the 2013 USTA Players’ Choice Open, Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp fell to former ITA three-time All-American Evan King in the round of 16.
Stropp and King battled back-and-forth in Thursday’s battle, but eigth-seeded King found the upperhand, eliminating Stropp with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
The loss concludes play for the Bulldogs at the Players’ Choice Open. State will now turn its attention to Pensacola, Fla., for the 2013 Pensacola Futures Championship. The second USTA event for the Bulldogs begins Friday, Oct. 25 with qualifying play.
Daniil Proskura’s Run at Futures Halted in Quarterfinals
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s Daniil Proskura was topped by No. 3 seed Benjamin Balleret, 7-6(1), 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the USA F28 Futures at Highland Park Tennis Center on Friday. The Crimson Tide senior was making his fourth straight appearance in the singles main draw, after qualifying for three consecutive tournaments over the summer.
Alabama will be back in action in its final tournament of the fall season when it heads to Niceville, Fla., for another Futures. Qualifying will start on Friday, Nov. 1 and main draw on Monday, Nov. 4.
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Two Bulldogs Advance On Day One Of USTA Pensacola Futures Qualifying
PENSACOLA, Fla. – After a USTA Futures showcase for the Mississippi State men’s tennis returnees last week, the Bulldog newcomers are taking their turn in the spotlight this week as Robin Haden and Florian Lakat moved to the second round of qualifying at the 2013 USTA Pensacola Futures on Friday.
Haden picked up the first victory for MSU with an impressive straight-set win against Alexandru Sturzu. Lakat followed shortly, picking up a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Douglas Todeschini Boe.
State’s third newcomer, Tassilo Schmid, faced off against Joseph Cadogan, falling in a 6-4, 6-2 decision.
With the wins, Haden and Lakat advance to the second round of qualifying play on Saturday. Both Bulldogs will need three victories to advance to main draw play in the event.
Kentucky Continues Action at Tennessee Fall Invite
The University of Kentucky women’s tennis continued their fall season at the Tennessee Fall Invite on Friday, Oct. 25 hosted by the University of Tennessee.
The three-day tournament began at 10 a.m. ET for the Wildcats who faced The Ohio State University in singles action. Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi and junior Kelsey Dieters, who transferred from OSU, both won their matches against the Buckeyes. Junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff, senior Caitlin McGraw, sophomore Kirsten Lewis and junior Stephanie Fox fell to their opponents.
In a thrilling match against Gabriella DeSantis, Sutjiadi managed to come out on top after DeSantis forced a deciding third set. Sutjiadi won the match, 6-3, 5-7 and 6-4.
Dieters had little trouble taking down her opponent, Graine O’ Neill. Deiters defeated the Ohio State freshman, 6-0, 6-1.
“I am very pleased with how I played today,” Dieters said. “It was a great start to the weekend. We look forward to competing together tomorrow and getting better each day.”
In the doubles competition, Kentucky boasted a 2-1 record against Southeastern Conference rivals Tennessee. McGraw and CeCe Witten fell to Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams, 8-3.
UK duos Morin-Kougoucheff and Dieters and Sutjiadi and Kirsten Lewis both cruised past their Volunteer opponents 8-2 and 8-4, respectively.
“It was a great day as we continued learning as a team,” head coach Carlos Drada said. “We will go get better again tomorrow and hopefully grab some more wins.”
Kentucky will continue the tournament 10 a.m. ET on Saturday against North Carolina State in singles action. Doubles will begin at 1 p.m. ET against OSU.