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    SEC Tennis Today: Friday, November 8

    Herring and Kowase Advance at National Indoors

    FLUSHING, N.Y. — Maho Kowase and Lauren Herring advanced to the doubles semifinals at ITA National Indoors Friday in Flushing, N.Y.

    The Georgia duo beat two-time champions and second-seeded Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of Southern California, 8-3. Herring and Kowase will try to punch its ticket to the national finals tomorrow at 9 a.m. versus Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine of Louisville.

    In singles, freshman Silvia Garcia advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 win against UNLV’s Lucia Batta, but later was upended by second-seeded Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-1, 6-2. Garcia finished her fall campaign with a 13-2 record, including seven wins over ranked opponents. Maho Kowase lost in her first match of the day to Jenny Jullien of St. Mary’s, 6-4, 6-3. Kowase finished her fall season with a 13-3 mark.

    In the consolation singles draw, Lauren Herring overwhelmed Baylor’s Kiah Generette, 6-0, 6-2. She will play tomorrow at 11 a.m.

    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.
     




    Pasha Edged In Round Of 16 At National Indoors

    FLUSHING, N.Y. - University of Georgia junior Nathan Pasha was outlasted by Oklahoma's second seeded Guillermo Alcorta, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the round of 16 of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Friday.

    Pasha ends the fall season with a 14-4 record. He won a pair of tournaments, including the Southern Intercollegiate Championships and the ITA Southeast Regional Championships.

    In the consolation draw, Austin Smith fell to Baylor’s Diego Galeano, 7-5, 6-4 to conclude his fall slate. Seven of Smith’s 15 wins this fall came against ranked opponents.

    “We struggled a little bit today,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “It was not the best of days, but both guys fought very hard. Nathan and Austin won a lot of matches over the last couple of months. I’m really looking forward to working not only with them, but the rest of our guys. The spring cannot get here fast enough.

    “We need to finish this semester strong academically and keep working to improve over the next few weeks. We have a tough schedule in the spring with early matches against USC and UCLA, and we are going to grow as a team. I am looking forward to it.”

    Meanwhile at the Bulldog Scramble in Athens, Georgia players went a combined 7-2 on the first day of the three-day round robin event at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Hernus Pieters and Garrett Brasseaux won two singles matches apiece, while Ben Wagland and Eric Diaz each won one. All six of the Bulldogs’ wins in singles were in straight sets.

    In doubles, Brasseaux and Diaz claimed a 6-3 win over Vanderbilt’s Kris Yee and Suresh Eswaran.

    "Overall it was a good day," said associate head coach Will Glenn. "Garrett and Eric got off to a good start in doubles and they showed great progress, as I think everyone has this fall. Garrett continues to get better with every match he plays. Hernus is back on track, and he probably played the two best matches today that he has played all fall."

    The Bulldog Scramble will resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with four doubles matches indoors. The tournament features players from Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Oklahoma, Furman and Vanderbilt.






    Kentucky Falls in First Round at ITA National Indoor Championships  

    FLUSHING, N.Y. - University of Kentucky sophomore women's tennis player Nadia Ravita fell in the first round at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

    Ravita took on Oklahoma State's Kanyapat Narattana at 1 p.m. ET in the first round of the tournament and fell after a well fought match. Losing 6-4 in the first set, Ravita tried to make a comeback, but lost the second set 6-4.

    Ravita, who was selected as an at large participant for the tournament, is only the second Wildcat to get a bid to the tournament since 2005.

    Ravita will face Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky in the singles consolation match. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET following practice at 1:30 p.m. ET.






    UF W-Tennis Ends Run at USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships

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

    Both Gators pushed their opponents to a third set, but were unable to pull out a victory, as they capped their fall season.

    Oyen lost to Columbia's Kanika Vaidya, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, while Cercone dropped a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1, decision to Auburn's No. 18-ranked Pleun Burgmans.

    No information was available on the results of the other five members of the team, who began action Friday at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic held at the Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

    This weekend's events are the final tournaments of the fall season.






    Patrasc Into Singles Semis At Jack Kramer; Quarters In Doubles With Dion

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – As the 2013 fall campaign nears a close, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team continues to find success in the final days of the semester, playing in two different tournaments this weekend to close out action.

    On the second day in the Jack Kramer Invite in Los Angeles, State’s Georgiana Patrasc, seeded third in the event and ranked 76th nationally, defeated Mimi Fotopoulos of TCU 6-3, 7-5 in the round of 16 Friday. Patrasc then went on to play seventh-seeded and 79th-ranked Kaitlin Ray of UCLA in the quarterfinals, where the Bulldog notched another impressive win, 7-5, 6-4. With the two victories, Patrasc advances into the semifinals on Saturday where she will take on 56th-ranked Gabby Desimone of Southern Cal.

    In doubles, Patrasc teamed with Rosie Dion to notch an exciting 8-7(9) win in the round of 16 Friday against TCU’s pair of Simona Parajova and Stefanie Tan. State fended off seven match points to finally claim the victory. The Bulldog duo will moves into the quarterfinals of the event, where they will play Ferny Angeles Paz and Noelle Malley of Ohio State.

    Other singles action of the Jack Kramer Invite included Dion’s win against Priscila Garcia of UCSB 6-3, 6-3 in her second consolation match of the event.

    Across the country at the 2013 Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Sarasota, Fla., the Bulldogs came away with some highlights in both singles and doubles action.

    True freshman Timea Guibe notched the biggest win of her young career to date, stunning 35th-ranked and top-seeded Britney Sanders of Notre Dame 6-4, 7-6(3) to claim her first career victory over a ranked opponent. Guibe then advanced to the second round, falling in a hard-fought match to Princeton’s Alanna Wolff in three sets 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

    Guibe shined in doubles action as well. Paired with Petra Ferancova, the duo rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Marta Morga and Liza Tymchenko of Memphis 8-5. They later faced third-seeded Courtney Colton and Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, where they dropped a tough match 8-3.  

    Meanwhile, the top-seeded and 48th-ranked duo of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran received a bye in the first round, before facing Stesanie Mikesz and Anki Wind of Memphis in the quarterfinals. Perper and Tran dropped the hard-fought match 8-7(4).
     
    In other singles’ action on Friday at Lakewood Ranch, Perper defeated Auburn’s Lindsey Whitehead 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. She then advanced into the second round of action, falling to second-seeded and 64th-ranked Brianna Morgan of Florida 6-3, 6-1.

    Ferancova dropped her first round match to sixth-seeded Caroline Wegner of Memphis 6-2, 6-2, but rebounded nicely in the first round of the consolation draw, defeating Maria Alvarez of Oklahoma State 6-2, 6-3. Ferancova will have a bye tomorrow, before facing Julie Sabacinski of Notre Dame in the consolation quarterfinals.

    Tran fell in her first round match to fifth-seeded Belinda Woolcock of Florida 6-2, 6-0. Later, Tran would fall again in the first round of the consolation draw, dropping a nailbiter to Paula De Man of Auburn 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(9).






    Gamecocks Open Play at Kitty Harrison Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The South Carolina women’s tennis team opened play in the Kitty Harrison Invitational on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    South Carolina started the day with doubles matches against Elon and William & Mary. The Gamecocks took two of three versus the Phoenix and registered one victory over the Tribe.

    Elixane Lechemia and Meghan Blevins beat Jansaker and Johnston from Elon by an 8-7 (7-1) score, while Caroline Dailey and Brigit Folland upended Casey and Camara Ruiz 8-4. Dailey and Folland also won 8-6 versus Casselbury and Roy of William & Mary.

    Alex Martin and Natalie Looney suffered an 8-7 (7-4) setback to Khoury and Stavreva from Elon and then fell 8-3 to Farah and Smith from the Tribe. Lechemia and Blevins also lost by an 8-3 score to No. 7-ranked Belaya and Loomans of William & Mary.

    Play at the Kitty Harrison Invitational continues Saturday morning.