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    Arkansas Wins Three at FGCU Invite

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team notched three wins on its second day at the FGCU Invitational in Ft. Myers, Fla., Saturday.
     
    Both doubles pairs won a match as well as sophomore Santiago Munoz finding success in a singles match.
     
    Senior Pete Thomason and junior Jovan Parlic defeated Boston College's Philip Nelson and Aiden McNulty 8-3 while senior Hall Fess and Munoz took down Will Neuner and Richard Meade of Florida Atlantic 8-4.
     
    Munoz was also victorious in singles play, knocking off Boston College's  Kyle Childree 6-2, 6-3.
     
    Sunday’s play will include singles and doubles finals matches as well as doubles and singles consolation play.
     
    Live stats, a full recap and updated brackets will be available at the end of each day of competition at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. 
     
    For more information on Arkansas men's tennis, follow @RazorbackMTEN on Twitter.



    Lakat Advances to Third Round in Pensacola

    PENSACOLA, Fla. – Day two of qualifying play at the 2013 USTA Pensacola Futures brought another victory for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad, as freshman Florian Lakat advanced to the third round on Saturday.
     
    Lakat battled fellow Bulldog Zach White, who took off the fall season and will return in the spring. After dropping the first set 6-2, Lakat battled back to take second set and held off the 10th-seeded White’s third-set rally to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
     
    MSU’s other remaining participant, freshman Robin Haden, matched up against Korey Lovett, falling 7-5, 6-4 in a tight battle. The loss ends Haden’s run at the Pensacola Futures.
     
    Lakat will return to action Sunday, facing Blaze Schwartz in third round play. The MSU freshman needs two more qualifying wins to move into the tourney’s main draw.
     
    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis and updates on MSU throughout the 2013 USTA Pensacola Futures, 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/.


     

    Kentucky Wraps up Day Two at Tennessee Fall Invite

    KNOXVILLE,Tenn. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis had a strong day in singles action at the Tennessee Fall Invite on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Knoxville,Tenn.

    Kentucky started singles play at 10 a.m. ET against North Carolina State University and took home five wins. Junior Stephanie Fox, senior CeCe Witten and freshman Aldila Sutjiadi, cruised past their Wolfpack opponents in two sets.

    Sutjiadi defeated No. 45 Joselle Kissel with little hesitation, 6-1, 6-2. Fox took down Elisha Hande, who led the Wolfpack in singles wins last season, 7-5, 6-4. Witten’s strong play helped her to overpower freshman Natalia Janowicz and claim the match, 7-5, 6-2.

    Juniors Kelsey Dieters and Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff both won in deciding third sets. Dieters claimed the first set against Rachael James-Baker, but James-Baker fought back to win the second set. In the final set, Dieters pushed through and won the match 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Morin-Kougoucheff had a challenging match against Liza Fieldsend, but stayed grounded to win 7-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5).

    “We had to overcome some physical challenges with illness and injury today,” head coach Carlos Drada said. “Our singles matches were all about overcoming problems and this experience will help us when adversity comes in the spring.”

    In doubles, the Wildcats were swept by Ohio State dropping all three matches. Kentucky will look to improve their doubles play at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 27 against North Carolina State. Kentucky will face Tennessee in singles at 2 p.m. ET.
     



    UF Women's Tennis Concludes Run at USTA Clay Court Invitational

    ORLANDO, Fla. - UF's Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) won their quarterfinal doubles match, but lost in the semifinal round, also where Keegan's run in the singles draw of the USTA Clay Court Invitational ended on Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex's Disney/ESPN courts.