UK's Hirooka and Ellefsen Win Doubles Title in Louisville Invitational
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior Ryuji Hirooka and freshman Nils Ellefsen combined to take the 2013 Louisville Invitational ‘A’ Doubles Championship on Sunday afternoon, claiming the first doubles title of the fall season for the University of Kentucky men’s tennis team.
“Ryuji and Nils did a great job of taking care of business today,” UK assistant coach Matt Emery said after the win. “This was their first tournament playing together, and they showed significant improvement each match they played. They beat a very tough Louisville team in the final by executing a very simple gameplan.”
The Wildcat duo started their run to the title on Friday afternoon, recording an 8-2 win over Edward Becker and Daniel Elston on Longwood College in the opening round of the top doubles flight.
In the second round of the event, Ellefsen and Hirooka took down the No. 1 seed in the doubles championship, Yannick Born and Ettore Zito of Middle Tennessee State University. Hirooka and Ellefsen won that match 8-5 to move into the semifinal round.
In the semifinals, Hirooka and Ellefsen made easy work of Jeffrey Brown and Michael Lippons of the University of Louisville to advance to the finals onSunday morning.
In the finals, Hirooka and Ellefsen knocked off another Cardinals duo, as the Wildcats defeated Luis Elizondo and Amaury Derognat of Louisville to claim the doubles title on Sunday afternoon in Louisville.
On the other side of the draw, Kentucky had a great performance by Charles Minc and Maks Gold, who also advanced to Sunday action, winning their first two matches to advance to the semifinals.
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Georgia Heads Home After Perfect Weekend
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia sealed a perfect weekend with three doubles wins and four singles wins on Sunday at the College of Charleston Halloween Challenge.
“What a great weekend for the team,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “Everyone played outstanding doubles and singles and really performed at a high level all weekend. I’m really proud of how they competed.”
All three of the Bulldog doubles teams and five Georgia singles players were crowned flight champions.
In doubles, the second-ranked pair of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia beat Rachel Baker and Sophie Nelson of N.C. State, 8-1. Both Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase, ranked 50th in the country, and Mia King and Lilly Kimbell won 8-2, beating Kai Broomfield and Rachael Morales (Marshall) and Natalia Janowicz and Liza Fieldsend (N.C. State), respectively.
In singles, No. 14 Kowase won the flight three title after beating Mara Argyriou of College of Charleston, 6-3, 6-0. In flight four, Kimbell won the flight, topping Marshall’s Kai Broomfield, 6-3, 6-3. She finished the fall with 13-2 mark. In flight five, Fuller picked up her seventh win of the fall, beating Samantha Maddox of College of Charleston, 6-2, 6-4[. In flight six, King concluded the fall with a 7-2 record after overwhelming Marshall’s Rachael Morales, 6-1, 6-0. Herring’s Sunday scratched but won flight one after going 2-0.
This was 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.\
Auburn Men's Tennis Sweeps Larry Easley Memorial
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Daniel Cochrane and Dante Saleh picked up wins in their respective flights to earn singles titles on Sunday, while the doubles duo of Lukas Ollert and Dennis Lengsfeld teamed together to take the doubles championship at the Larry Easley Memorial hosted by UNLV.
Auburn’s four players combined to win 15 matches in their final action of the fall along with three titles.
En route to the tournament championship in flight one, Cochrane fell behind for the second straight match, losing the first set before rallying to knock off Oregon’s Kevin Fanin 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. The senior overcame an early deficit on Saturday to knock off Robin Cambier of Oregon, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to Sunday’s final round.
“Dan has worked hard in all areas of his game and really stepped up this weekend. I was glad to see him raise his level of play after he and (assistant coach) Martin (Stiegwardt) spent time working on some things to improve his play,” Auburn coach Eric Shore said.
Saleh made quick work of UNLV’s Willie Sublette, 6-1, 6-2, to take to the title in flight two. The freshman did not drop a set during the three-day tournament en route to his first title in his Auburn career. The Newport Beach, Calif. Native finished 4-0 at the tournament to wrap up his first fall competition with the Tigers.
“We wanted to Dante to step up and play through some tough matches,” Shore said following the newcomer’s win on Sunday. “He has a good fall and we feel good about how he can step up for us in the spring.”
Auburn’s pair of Ollert/Lengsfeld gave the Tigers their first championship of the day with a hard-fought win over Oregon’s Kevin Fanin and Robin Cambier. The tandem posted an 8-7(3) win in a tiebreaker to claim the doubles’ crown.
“It was a solid weekend for both of them. With what they’ve done this weekend, we feel really confident that we have one of our three teams solidified for the spring season,” Shore said.
The Tigers now turn to prepping for the 2014 season and SEC play. Auburn opens up its spring schedule on Jan. 18, 2014 against in-state foe Jacksonville State and Mercer at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
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Mizzou Finishes Fall Play at Midwest Blast
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Mizzou women's tennis team concluded its fall schedule on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the three-day Midwest Blast in Champaign, Ill. Junior Elisha Gabb went a perfect 3-0 in singles play during the event.
The Tigers ended the three-day event as the team won four of six singles matches against Wake Forest on Sunday morning. Freshman Cassidy Spearman won in straight sets, 7-6 (7), 6-0, to get Missouri off to a good start. At No. 1 action, Senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach ousted Andrea Retolaza Andrade, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, while Gabb was victorious over 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, against Kimmy Guerin at No. 2.
Kelli Hine also won her Sunday match, with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Luisa Fernandez.
On Saturday, the Tigers opened competition with a doubles match against Purdue. The Mizzou duo Gaytan-Leach and Spearman earned a hard-fought 8-7 (4) victory over Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt. The Tigers' other doubles teams suffered 8-2 losses.
Against Illinois in singles play Saturday afternoon, Gabb was the lone Tiger to record a victory. The junior easily ousted Allison Falkin, 6-2, 6-0 for the win.