Henderson, Williams Champs At Tennessee Fall Invite
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Juniors Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams swept the singles and doubles titles for the University of Tennessee women’s tennis team at the Tennessee Fall Invitational Sunday afternoon.
The duo combined for the tournament’s doubles title while Henderson went 3-0 at flight one singles to garner singles championship honors.
“It was great for both of them to go out there, compete and win today,” said co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick. “Both Jo and Caitlyn fought hard in their matches and for Caitlyn to get a win in her first singles match of the season is great for her.”
It was the second year in a row that Tennessee earned both honors as Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren completed the feat for the Lady Vols last season.
The road to the singles championship was not easy for Henderson who started the day off with a 6-7 (5) tiebreak loss. But she battled back to earn 6-4, 6-4 victories in the next two sets and ultimately the win.
Henderson and Williams started the day off right with an 8-6 victory during the doubles round over Gabriella Desantis/Miho Kowase of Ohio State to come away with the tournament title.
The Lady Vols jumped out to an early lead and fought to hang on to win the match. Tennessee fell at flight two and three doubles by 8-0 and 8-6 scores.
The Lady Vols won five of their six singles matches on the day.
The day started off as Brittany Lindl won handedly and was the first Lady Vol off the court with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at flight four. Her classmate Victoria Olivarez followed suit with a 6-1, 6-1 win at flight six to earn their second wins on the weekend.
Laurence Guevremont captured her third victory of the weekend, remaining perfect in singles action with a 6-2, 6-2 win at flight five singles.
Williams returned to the court in singles action garnering a hard-fought 7-6 (4), 7-5 win at flight two over No. 55 Kelsey Dieters .
Some of the Lady Vols will be back in action next weekend at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala from Nov. 1-3.
Lakat Moves To Qualifying Finals At Pensacola Futures In Three-Set Thriller
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Fueled by a late third-set rally, Mississippi State men’s tennis freshman Florian Lakat downed Blaze Schwartz in a three-set thriller to advance to the finals of qualifying play at the 2013 USTA Pensacola Futures on Sunday.
Schwartz took the first set from the MSU newcomer 6-3, but Lakat stormed back in the second, forcing a third set with a 6-4 second-set victory. Both players battled back-and-forth in the third, with Schwartz taking a late advantage 5-3. However, Lakat put together two crucial holds and a break to take a 6-5 advantage before Schwartz forced a tiebreaker. From there, Lakat cruised to victory, easily taking the tiebreaker and the match 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(1).
Lakat now moves to the finals to face eighth-seeded Patrick Daciek, with a trip to the tourney’s main draw on the line.
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Two Razorbacks Notch Wins On Sunday
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two members of the University of Arkansas men’s tennis team recorded singles victories Sunday on the final day of the FGCU Invitational.
Sophomore Santiago Munoz defeated Boston College's Renato Lombardi 6-1, 6-7 (3), 10-5, while junior Jovan Parlic was victorious over Fabian Groetsch of Barry Univeristy, 6-3, 6-4.
The Razorbacks wrapped up their fall schedule and will return to competition in January. Junior Jovan Parlic led the team in singles victories with six while redshirt freshman Jacob Herndon and senior Mike Nott each added five wins while doubles pairs Manfred Jeske/Nott and Parlic/Pete Thomason recorded team-best four and five wins, respectively.
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Kentucky Concludes Play at Tennessee Fall Invite
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team finished the final day of a three-day tournament Sunday afternoon at the Tennessee Fall Invite, taking home two wins against North Carolina State University in doubles and a win against host Tennessee in singles.
“This weekend was very challenging for the team because we were missing players and also dealing with some health issues, but I am proud of the way my team handled it and competed with so much pride,” junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff said.
The Wildcats began the day winning two of their three matches against North Carolina State University in the doubles competition. Aldila Sutjiadi and CeCe Witten defeated Joelle Kissell and Rachael James-Baker, 8-5. Morin-Kougoucheff paired with Kelsey Dieters routed the Volunteers, 8-5. Morin-Kougoucheff and Dieters finished the tournament, 2-1. Elisha Hande and Natalia Janowicz topped Stephanie Fox and Kirsten Lewis, 8-4.
In singles action, Kentucky fell to Southeastern Conference opponent Tennessee, 1-5. In the tournament championship, Sutjiadi fell to Joanna Henderson in a close three-set match, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. Witten, Fox, Dieters, and Lewis all suffered losses in singles action against Tennessee.
In addition to her doubles win, Morin-Kougoucheff was the only Wildcat to also bring home a win against the Volunteers. Morin-Kougoucheff beat Tiffany Tavares in two sets, 6-1, 6-4.
“We know what we need to work on until January. I can’t wait until our first dual match.”
The Wildcats will begin their regular season against the University of Cincinnati and Ball State University on Jan. 18, 2014 in Lexington, Ky.
Texas A&M’s Hristov and Stancu Win Doubles Title
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Texas A&M doubles team of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu lived up to its No. 1 seed, winning the doubles championship at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at the Grand Cypress Racquet Club.
After defeating Michaela Bezdickova and Lizette Blankers of New Mexico, 8-4, in the semifinals, the Aggie duo topped Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares of Vanderbilt, 8-5, to win the championship.
In the women’s singles consolation bracket, A&M’s Ines Deheza got a straight set victory over Blankers, 6-3, 6-1. Hristov suffered a 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 setback to Casares, and Paula Deheza withdrew after trailing Mia Horvit, 5-0 in the first set.
The fall competition schedule continues this weekend as several A&M players will compete in the adidas Invitational in Portland, Nov. 1-3.
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