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    SEC Tennis Notebook: Thursday, November 7

    Pasha Advances To Second Round At National Indoors

    FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Georgia junior Nathan Pasha won his opening round match of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday, defeating Tennessee’s 24th-ranked Hunter Reese, 6-2, 6-4, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

    No. 32 Pasha will face Oklahoma’s No. 2 seed Guillermo Alcorta in the round of 16 on Friday, and the winner will play again Friday in the quarterfinals. Pasha is riding a seven-match winning streak that started with his run to the ITA Southeast Regional title last month in Atlanta.

    “Nathan was in control even though he got behind a little in the second set,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “It was a good day for him. We’re looking forward to seeing how he plays tomorrow in the round of 16.”

    In other action, Bulldog sophomore Austin Smith was edged by Notre Dame’s 31st-ranked Greg Andrews, 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-2. The Cumming, Ga., native will play in the consolation draw on Friday.

    “Austin played well, but his opponent just won a couple of crucial points late in the second set and then won a long tiebreaker,” Diaz said. “It was Austin’s first match in about a month, not to take anything away from Greg; he played a great match. I think Austin will be ready to go again tomorrow.”

    Garrett Brasseaux, Eric Diaz, Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland will be in action Friday at the Bulldog Scramble in Athens. Play is scheduled to begin with four doubles matches at 9 a.m. The three-day event will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, and admission is free.



    MSU Singles Player, Doubles Team Advance To Round of 16 In Jack Kramer

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – As the Jack Kramer Invitational got underway on Thursday, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team advanced a singles player and a doubles team into the round of 16 of the tournament.

    Third-seeded Georgiana Patrasc notched a win for State in her first singles action, as she rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 blanking over Melissa Baker of Cal Santa Barbara. Patrasc had received a first-round bye in the tournament and the victory launches the All-SEC and 76th-ranked sophomore into the round of 16 on Friday.

    In first round doubles action Thursday, Patrasc and partner Roseline Dion snatched an 8-3 victory over the doubles team of Baker and April Scatliffe UCSB. That win advances the MSU duo into the round of 16 of that draw as well.

    In State’s only other singles action Thursday, the senior Dion dropped a tough match against Kristine Kouyoumjian of Loyola Marymount 6-4, 6-0 in the first round. Dion went on to play first round consolation singles but fell in a heartbreaker to Mikayla Morkel-Brink of San Diego 6-2, 1-6, 1-0(7) in a hard-fought battle.

    Action in the Jack Kramer Invitational will continue on Friday with doubles, as Dion and Patrasc will play against fourth-seeded Simona Parajova and Stefanie Tan of TCU at 11 a.m. CT. Patrasc will then play against Mimi Fotopoulos, also of TCU, in the singles round of 16, beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

    Also beginning Friday is the Lakewood Ranch Invitational in Sarasota, Fla., where the remainder of MSU’s squad will be competing this weekend.

    For more information on Mississippi State women’s tennis and updates throughout the Jack Kramer Invite and the Lakewood Ranch Invite, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateWT), Facebook (HailStateWT) and Instagram (HailStateWT). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.



    Three Bulldogs Advance at National Indoors

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia saw two singles players and one doubles pair advance on the first day of the ITA National Indoor Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

    “We played a lot of really good tennis today,” said assistant coach Drake Bernstein. “We beat two good teams in doubles and [Lauren and Maho] had a great comeback in their second match. They really fought hard. Everyone played well in singles too. When you come to a tournament like this, you know that you’re going to have a lot of close matches and we handled it well.”

    In doubles, Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase advanced to the quarterfinals after coming from behind to beat Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb, 8-6. The Georgia duo won seven straight games to rally for the win. Earlier in the day, Herring and Kowase topped Columbia’s No. 29 pair of Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya, 8-6.

    In singles, eighth-seeded Silvia Garcia overcame an early first set break to win 6-4, 6-0 over Kiah Generette of Baylor. Garcia will face UNLV’s Lucia Batta tomorrow. Maho Kowase, ranked 14th in the country, upended fifth seed Zsofi Susyani of Cal 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Kowase will match up with Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine. Sixth seed Lauren Herring fell in a tight, three-set match to Virginia’s Julie Elbaba, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2. Herring will play Generette tomorrow in the consolation draw.

    Georgia players have four titles in program history. Former Bulldog All-American Agata Cioroch captured a pair of ITA National Indoor titles in 2002-03. In doubles, All-Americans Michelle Anderson and Angela Lettiere won it in 1994 and All-Americans Vanessa Castellano and Marissa Catlin claimed the 1999 title.

    Georgia is one of 21 schools represented in the women's singles draw and one of only three teams with three players represented in the draw.

    The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. The championship features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women. For updated results and draws, click here.



    UF Women’s Tennis Pair Falls in USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Opening Round

    FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Gators Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) and Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) lost their respective opening-round singles matches at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

    Oyen drew the No. 1-seed in the 32-player event and dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to North Carolina’s Jammie Loeb, while Cercone fell to Michigan’s Emina Bektas, 7-6, 6-1.

    Both Gators return to the court on Friday in consolation action.

    The other five members of the team begin play on Friday at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic held at the Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.



    MSU’s Stropp Falls In Opening Round Of National Indoors

    FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Despite a thrilling comeback after dropping the first set, Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp ultimately fell in three sets to North Carolina’s Brett Clark in the first round of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday.

    Stropp and Clark battled back and forth in the first before the UNC freshman earned a break to go up 3-2. Stropp broke back to put the match back on serve, but Clark earned two more breaks to take the first 6-3. Stropp battled back in the second, taking an early break and holding serve for the remainder of the set to force a third, winning 6-4.

    The third set saw both players battling back-and-forth, with Clark fending off three break chances by Stropp to take a 4-3 lead and then taking a late break to go up 5-3. Clark then earned a hold to take the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, knocking Stropp out of main draw play.

    Despite being eliminated from main draw play, Stropp’s time in the Big Apple is not yet over. The Dusselfdorf, Germany, native will face No. 44 Dane Webb of Oklahoma in the opening round of consolation play Friday, with the match scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. CT.

    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis and updates on MSU throughout the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships 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/.