Georgia Undefeated in Charleston on Friday
ATHENS, Ga.—The Georgia women’s tennis team went undefeated in singles and doubles play on Friday at the College of Charleston Halloween Challenge.
In doubles, Georgia combined to win three doubles matches 24-2. In the top flight, the second-ranked pair of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia blanked Caroline Schnell and Sonja Radosevic of Denver, 8-0. In the second flight, Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase, ranked No. 50, followed suit, beating Denver’s Kathryn Hughes and Maureen Slattery, 8-1. In the third flight, Mia King and Lilly Kimbell topped Charlotte Dervyshire and Evy Van Genechten, 8-1.
In singles, the Bulldogs only dropped 13 games. In flight one, third-ranked Herring beat Marshall’s Dana Oppinger, 6-2, 6-0. The junior is now 7-1 this year. In flight three, No. 14 Kowase beat Liza Fieldsend of N.C. State, 6-1, 6-1. In flight four, Kimbell, who is celebrating her birthday, continued her impressive fall campaign with a shutout of N.C. State’s Christy Sipes for her 11th win. In flight five, No. 101 Fuller beat the Wolfpack’s Sophie Nelson, 6-0, 6-1. In flight six, King ended the day with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win over N.C. State’s Natalia Janowicz.
“I thought we played some really great tennis today,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “We played really well in doubles and we’ve been focusing on that in practice so that good to see. Everyone also played at a really high level in singles. I’m looking forward to more great tennis over the next couple of days.”
The three-day tournament will be broken down in to seven flights with four players in each flight. Flight champions will be determined via a round robin format.
In addition to the host College of Charleston, N.C. State, Marshall and Denver are also participate in the Halloween Challenge. This is the last full team competition of the fall for the Bulldogs. Herring, Kowase and Garcia will travel to New York next week for the ITA National Indoors.
Tennessee Women's Tennis Wins Three on Day 1 in Tuscaloosa
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Two University of Tennessee women’s tennis players scored three victories on day one of the Roberta Alison Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Friday afternoon.
Ashlee Boles and Tiffany Tavares together garnered a doubles victory and each won a singles match on the first day of competition.
“They both competed hard today,” said co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick. “For playing for the first time together at doubles, they had good chemistry. Both girls had a tough first round but they bounced back strong for their second round match.”
The duo started the day with an 8-4 win in doubles defeating Joana Eidukowyte/Carola Pederzani (Clemson) to advance in the winners bracket.
In singles play, each Lady Vol fell in their first round action. Tavares dropped a 6-3, 6-1 match to Jessica Perez of Loyola Marymount while Boles fell 6-1, 6-3 to Perez’ teammate Lisa Piller.
The twosome bounced back in their second round singles action on Friday afternoon with Boles taking down Maggie Leavell of Vanderbilt 6-2, 6-1 while Tavares earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jesse Grace of Middle Tennessee State.
The Lady Vols will return to action on Saturday in the final day of the Roberta Alison Classic. The day will begin with two rounds of doubles, followed by the final round of singles.
Inclement Weather Shortens Day One at Bluewater Bay Championships
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Alabama’s Saxon Buehning dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision in round one of the Bluewater Bay Championships to Juan Rocka on Friday at the Bluewater Bay Tennis Center. Because of inclement weather, Buehning was the lone Crimson Tide representative to get his match in.
Daniil Proskura and Becker O’Shaughnessey, seeded sixth and 10th, respectively, both had first round byes, while Stuart Kenyon is slated to face Joseph Cadogan in the round of 128.
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Holloway Leads LSU Tennis with Two Main Draw Singles Wins
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Skylar Holloway led the LSU women’s tennis team and collected two singles matches Friday on the opening day of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
LSU concluded the first day of the tournament with eight wins.
“We had a slow start today, but with every set we played we really improved,” said LSU head coach Julia S. Sell. “The team showed a maturity today that only comes with a lot of hard work and a great attitude.”
Holloway dominated her first match in a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Clemson’s Carola Pederzani. Holloway took on Flavia Nagayama of Middle Tennessee State in the semifinals of the Mari Muller draw where she won 6-0, 6-3. Holloway will square off against Brooke Rischbieth of Northwestern on Saturday.
“Skylar (Holloway) played lights out tennis today,” Sell said. “I have to highlight her because while she has taken some tough losses this fall she really has improved with every match and not let a few losses discourage her overall goal.”
In doubles, three pairs from LSU took on players from Middle Tennessee State and Northwestern.
Noel Scott and Abigail Owens began the day on a strong note as they defeated Nayara Moraes and Irina Constantinide of Middle Tennessee in a hard fought match that ended in a tiebreaker, 8-7(3). Scott and Owens advance to the semifinal of the Bianca Svensson draw on Saturday as they take on Stephanie N’tcha and Yasmeen Ebada of Samford.
Ariel Morton and Ella Taylor fought hard, but lost in a tiebreaker to Northwestern’s Veronica Corning and Lissie Barnett, 9-8(2). The Robin Stephenson draw consolation round on Saturday will feature Morton and Taylor as they face Laura Mueller and Kristine Kouyoumjian from Loyola Marymount.
Gabrielle Otero and Skylar Holloway dropped an 8-2 decision to Jillian Rooney and Manon Peri of Northwestern. Otero and Holloway will play Karlee Bryde and Amanda Murray from Furman in the Melissa Day draw consolation round on Saturday.
In singles, Scott defeated No. 111 Veronica Corning of Northwestern in a thrilling three-setter 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. Scott then lost to No. 76 Georgiana Patrasc of Mississippi State 7-6(5), 6-2 in the semifinals of the Meritt Emery draw. Scott will compete against Stephanie N’tcha on Saturday.
Owens fell to Clemson’s Jessy Rompies, 6-2, 6-3. Owens then squared off against Steph Falcon from UNC Greensboro where she won 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Owens will face Timea Guibe of Mississippi State in the consolation final of the Rebecca Baum draw on Saturday.
Morton fell to Clemson’s Annie Lynn Miao in the first round of the Ashley Bentley draw 6-0, 6-1. Morton defeated Laura Mueller from Loyola Marymount 6-2, 6-0. Morton will face Jessica Northcutt of Samford on Saturday.
Taylor lost to Ansley Speaks of Furman 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Weyli Chang draw. She bounced back to defeat Miya Jin of Loyola Marymount in the second round 6-2, 6-0. Taylor will play UAB’s Rachel Daniell on Saturday.
Otero fell to Furman’s Katherine Oudin 6-3, 6-4 but then came to back to beat Samford’s Kristin Lewis 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the Jenny Ketchum draw. Otero will compete against Kristine Kouyoumjian from Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
MSU Doubles Team, Two Singles Players Advance At Roberta Alison
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – As the first day of the 2013 Roberta Alison Fall Classic got underway Friday, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team found success, as a doubles team and two singles players claimed victories to advance them in the event.
All-SEC and 76th-ranked MSU sophomore Georgiana Patrasc led the way in singles. She began the tournament with a defeat over Courtney Colton of Vanderbilt 6-4, 6-2. The victory moved her into the semifinals of the Meritt Emery Draw, where she defeated Noel Scott of LSU 7-6(5), 6-2 to advance to Saturday’s title match.
Junior veteran Naomi Tran also advanced to the finals of her draw in the event, defeating Jessie Grace of MTSU 6-2, 6-2 to open the day. In the semifinals of the Courtney McLane Draw, she then claimed another win over Jessica Perez of Loyola Marymount 6-3, 7-5.
State’s 48th-ranked doubles team Alexandra Perper and Tran swiped a win over Kristin Lewis and Carita Moolman of Samford 8-6 in the lone round of doubles that was played Friday. The victory placed the Bulldog duo in the semifinals of the Robin Stephenson Draw on Saturday.
In Perper’s first singles action on Friday, she dropped a tough match to the nation’s No. 7-ranked Yana Koroleva of Clemson 6-1, 7-5. But Perper rebounded very well, coming back with a upset over No. 51 Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation semifinals of the Taylor Lindsey Draw.
True freshman Timea Guibe started off the tourney with a loss against Jillian Rooney of Northwestern 6-3, 6-2. In the consolation semifinals of her draw, the Rebecca Guide, she won by default against Ipek Birol of Tulane, who withdrew from the tournament.
Senior Bulldogs Rosie Dion and Petra Ferancova both dropped their first matches Friday, Dion falling to Flavia Nagayama of MTSU 6-2, 6-4 in the Mari Muller Draw and Ferancova falling to Tarani Kamoe of Georgia State 6-2, 6-4 in the Dominique Glinzler Draw. Dion defeated Carola Pederzani of Clemson 6-1, 6-3 in the consolation semifinals of her draw to move into the finals Saturday. Ferancova dropped a very tough consolation match to Caroline Faught of UAB 7-5, 7-6(3).
In other doubles action, Mississippi State’s duo of Ferancova and Patrasc fell to Tulane’s Klara Vyskocilova and Jacqui Katz 8-6 in the Melissa Day Draw. Also dropping their first-round match was the Bulldog duo Dion and Guibe, who fell to Northwestern’s Maddie Lipp and Belinds Niu 8-3 in the Bianca Svensson Draw. Both doubles teams will play in consolation action Saturday.
Action will continue on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. CT.
Alabama Women’s Tennis Enjoys Solid Start to Roberta Alison Fall Classic
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s tennis team picked up 10 wins on Friday at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic. The Crimson Tide has one doubles team remaining in main draw action as well as four singles players.
In the morning doubles session, Alabama went 1-1 with Carmen Blanco and Emily Zabor getting the win for the Tide, outlasting Loyola Marymount’s Jessica Perez and Julia Norlin, 8-7(6). Alabama then went on to dominate its singles matches, winning nine of the 10 contests it played in. Mary Anne Daines, Danielle Spielmann, Natalia Maynetto and Zabor will each compete for her respective draw title.
Match play resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT with the final two rounds of doubles followed by the last round of singles.
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Razorbacks Record Perfect First Day At Cougar Classic
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas women's tennis team put together a perfect day's work to open competition at the Cougar Classic in Houston on Friday, as Yang Pang, Shannon Hudson and Brittany Huxley combined for a total of four wins.
"It's great to go unblemished on day one," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "Everybody came ready to play today. The key now is to use this good start effectively into improvements tomorrow."
Pang defeated Jessica Kahts of Texas State, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, while Huxley made quick work of Texas State's Katy Collins with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Hudson defeated Liat Zimmeran of Rice in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, as the freshman continued her impressive debut and improved to 6-1 this fall season.
The fourth win of the day for the Razorbacks came from Pang and Huxley teaming up for doubles play and defeating Kahts/Beckett of Texas State, 8-5.
Auburn Men’s Tennis Wins Nine Matches to Open Larry Easley Memorial
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Auburn men’s tennis team won seven of eight singles matches and earned a pair of wins in doubles on the first day of the Larry Easley Memorial hosted by UNLV on Friday.
Both Auburn doubles teams posted wins in the first round to begin play Friday morning at the Fertitta Complex. The 23rd-ranked tandem of Lukas Ollert/Dennis Lengsfeld breezed past Norther Arizona’s Alan Berrios/Alexandre Locc, 8-1, while the duo of Daniel Cochrane/Dante Saleh used a break to knock off Grand Canyon’s Ahmad Saleem/Adrian Legaretta, 8-6.
In singles, Ollert earned a pair of wins for Auburn in flight one. Ollert sprinted past Fabio Tomasetti of Northern Arizona, 6-0, 6-1. In his second match of the day, Ollert breezed to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Idaho’s Artemly Nikiti to advance to the semifinals on Saturday.
Cochrane joins Ollert in the semifinals of flight one after two straight-set wins. Cochrane cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Grand Canyon’s Felix Schueller to start play before taking down UNLV’s Tamas Batyi, 6-4, 6-2 to advance into the semifinals.
Lengsfeld finished 1-1 on Friday, posting a 6-2, 6-4 win over Denys Pume of UNLV in the first round, before falling to Oregon’s Robin Cambier 6-2, 7-6(6) in the quarterfinals of flight one.
In the second flight, Saleh added two wins for Auburn. Saleh quickly defeated Alex Roggenkamp of Grand Canyon, 6-2, 6-1. Saleh fought off Oregon’s Daniel Sardu in a first-set tiebreaker to pick up the victory 7-6(4), 6-1.
Play resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the quarterfinals of the doubles draw followed by semifinals in singles. Saturday’s action concludes with the doubles semifinals.