UF Women’s Tennis Sweeps Titles at Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. -- UF senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) won the singles title and the Gator pair of freshman Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) claimed the doubles championship at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic at the Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., on Sunday.
With an all-Gator semifinals, Florida was assured to come away with the singles title, it was just a matter of which Gator would hoist the trophy. Janowicz outlasted Morgan in a tough 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 final and captured her second singles title of the fall.
On the doubles court, the young Gator tandem of Keegan and Morgan posted a dominating 8-1 victory against Memphis’ Stesanie Mikesz and Anki Wind.
The was the final event of the Fall season.
Florida next turns its attention to the dual match portion of its schedule and plays host to Louisville on Sat., January 25 at 10 a.m. in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Classic which serves as the first two rounds of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Quotes from the Court:
“I am so proud of this team! Bringing home the singles and doubles titles is a perfect way to end our Fall. It’s a bi-product of all the hard work they’ve put in on the court and in the gym.” – UF associate head coach Dave Balogh on the Gators performance this weekend
Georgia Perfect On Final Day Of Bulldog Scramble
ATHENS -- The Georgia men’s tennis team closed out its fall schedule by going 5-0 on the final day of the Bulldog Scramble Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Garrett Brasseaux defeated Vanderbilt’s Rhys Johnson, 7-6(2), 7-6(5), to win his fourth match of the weekend. The senior from Mandeville, La., was named the tournament champion.
In other action, No. 19 Ben Wagland claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Anton Kovirgin of LSU, and No. 72 Hernus Pieters topped Vanderbilt’s Pen Binet, 6-2, 6-2.
Georgia won two doubles matches as the No. 2 team of Pieters and Wagland defeated LSU’s Chris Simpson and Boris Arias, 6-4, and Eric Diaz and Brasseaux downed LSU’s Andrew Korinek and Justin Butsch, 6-1.
“It was a good way for us to finish the tournament and the fall,” said associate head coach Will Glenn. “Our seniors Garrett and Hernus really finished the fall season on a good note. I’m really pleased with the way everyone competed and pleased with the doubles too. Eric Diaz is playing very well in doubles.”
The Bulldogs will return to action at the Georgia Tech Invitational Jan. 17-20 in Atlanta. The first dual match is slated for Jan. 26 against Columbia in Athens as part of the ITA Kickoff.
Gamecocks Wrap Up Fall Season
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The South Carolina women’s tennis team finished its fall season Sunday at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Gamecocks won a pair of singles matches on the final day of the event playing six contests against Virginia Tech. Elixane Lechemia picked up her second win in as many days against a ranked opponent with a 6-2, 3-6, (10-8) triumph over No. 112 Ilinca Stoica. Caroline Dailey snagged Carolina’s other win, defeating Kelly Williford in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, (10-6).
South Carolina will open the spring season Jan. 18 hosting a doubleheader against East Tennessee State and College of Charleston.
Texas A&M USTA/ITA National Indoors Recap
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov concluded the fall season over the weekend, competing in the talent-laden USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
“Obviously anytime we play in an event, the object of the exercise is to challenge to win it,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “In that respect, this wasn’t our best tournament. However, substantively, Stancu in singles and Stancu and Hristov in doubles played pretty good tennis and competed very hard. On that basis I am very pleased with what we got out of the event.”
Stancu, an automatic qualifier in singles after winning the ITA Texas Regional in Fort Worth last month, suffered a first-round loss in singles, falling to freshman Rachel Pierson of Virginia, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. A senior from Romania and listed 48th in the ITA preseason rankings, Stancu picked up a 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over 104th-ranked Bianca Sanon of Columbia in the consolation round of 16 but was eliminated in the quarterfinals after falling to 18th-ranked Pluen Burgmans of Auburn, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 8 in the preseason doubles rankings, Stancu and Hristov received an at-large entry into the doubles field and were issued a first-round bye. The Aggie tandem then fell to 46th-ranked Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan in the round of 16.
The Aggie tandem also fell to Hayley Cater and Jamie Loeb of North Carolina, 8-6, in the consolation bracket to conclude the tournament.
The tournament was the final competition of the fall season for Texas A&M, which resumes play January 17 at a tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. The Aggies then open dual match play January 25 as the 2013 NCAA runners-up play host to Mississippi State in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
“Our fall has been superb in so far as winning tournaments and matches are concerned,” Joffe said. “However, the bigger storyline for me has been the frustrating injuries that have held us back from having any sense of ‘team’. We have the opportunity to get healthy and strong over the break and if we can organize ourselves in such a way that we accomplish this, I fully expect the 2014 edition of the Aggie women’s tennis team to be the upstart team that our competitors have grown to detest.”
Complete results from the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships are available at ITAtennis.com.
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