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    SEC Tennis Notebook: Sunday, January 19

    Rebels Win Eight Matches On Day Two At Michigan Invite

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Ole Miss women’s tennis team picked up eight wins in singles and doubles against South Florida and Georgia Tech, respectively, on day two of the Michigan Invitational here at the Varsity Tennis Center Sunday.

    On Saturday, the Rebels struggled to win the close sets, but Sunday was a different story with the Rebels claiming six of the eight singles matches against South Florida.

    “Overall, we played better than we did on Saturday,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “We were able to win a lot more close sets. Jason and I are excited about the improvements we are seeing from day to day.”

    At No. 1, Julia Jones defeated Kayla Rizzolo 6-3, 6-4 to win her 10th match of the year. Senior Caroline Rohde-Moe downed Loreto Alonso 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, also for her 10th win of the year. Freshman Zalina Khairudinova beat Fanny Fracassi 6-0, 7-5 at No. 3 for her first singles win as a Rebel, Erin Stephens got by Olga Martinez 7-6, 7-5, Marija Milutinovic took out Alessandra Bonte 6-4, 6-0 and Allie Robbins finished with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Hailey Grillo.

    Against Georgia Tech in singles, the Rebels were only able to come away with one win, but in doubles Sunday, Ole Miss took two of three against the Yellow Jackets. Switching up the order, 19th-ranked Rohde-Moe and Milutinovic downed Rasheeda McAdoo and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer 6-2 at No. 2. Jones and Khairudinova topped Kendal Woodard and Nicky Murillo 6-2 for the second win in as many days.

    Play will conclude Monday with the Rebels facing South Florida in doubles and Michigan in singles.

    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissWTennis and on Facebook at OleMissWTennis.





    Alabama Women’s Tennis Dominates Final Day at Wildcat Winter Classic

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Alabama women’s tennis team won nine of its 10 matches on Sunday against Iowa at the Wildcat Winter Classic, which is being played at the Combe Tennis Center on the campus of Northwestern University. In all, the Crimson Tide won 22 matches throughout the three-day tournament.

    In singles, five of Alabama’s players won matches against their respective Hawkeye opponents with each victory coming in straight sets. The Tide dominated doubles, coming away with a 6-2 win or better in all four matches.

    Next up, Alabama begins its dual match season on Saturday, Jan. 25, when it hosts William & Mary in its first match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. First serve is slated for 10 a.m. CT at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaWTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.





    Bulldogs Impress Again At MLK Invitational

    ATLANTA -- The third-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team won all six singles matches matches and two out of three doubles matches against No. 11 Ole Miss in the MLK Invitational at Georgia Tech’s Ken Byers Tennis Complex on Sunday.

    The MLK Invitational is a round-robin event featuring players from Georgia, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Memphis. The Bulldogs won five singles matches and one doubles match against Memphis on Saturday and will take on Georgia Tech Monday.

    “We had a great day today,” said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz. “Our guys were very impressive. They got a feel for the courts yesterday and came out much more comfortable today. We played at a very high level against a great opponent in Ole Miss. It was a pretty dominant performance by our guys.”

    In doubles, Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux cruised to a 6-1 win over the 51st-ranked tandem of William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark, while Austin Smith and Eric Diaz downed Vinod Gowda and Zach Wilder, 6-3. The only setback was a 6-4 loss by Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland to the Rebels’ Nik Scholtz and Johan Backstrom.

    Three Bulldogs picked up wins over ranked opponents in singles as Pasha defeated 15th-ranked Scholtz, 6-5, 6-3, Smith beat No. 104 Kallberg, 6-2, 6-5, and Wagland topped Lindmark, 6-4, 6-5. No. 47 Brasseaux claimed a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Backstrom, Pieters edged Gowda, 6-3, 5-6, 6-4, and No. 102 Nick Wood rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Wilder.

    Georgia is now a combined 14-5 in singles and doubles this weekend.

    Monday will mark the final individual singles and doubles competition of the regular season as the Bulldogs open dual match play against Columbia in the ITA Kickoff Jan. 25 in Athens.





    MSU Women’s Tennis Claims Season Opener, 6-1

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In its first match of the 2014 dual season, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team cruised to a 6-1 opening win over Alabama State on Sunday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

    The Bulldogs kicked off the match by sweeping Alabama State in doubles action. The duo of Rosie Dion and Petra Ferancova was the first to finish, defeating Nathalie Lorenco and Giovanna Lombardi 6-0 on court 3. Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran quickly followed suit at the No. 2 slot, sealing the double point with a 6-0 decision over Hornets Brankica Orlovic and Irina Cvijovic. State’s Alexandra Perper and Timea Guibe closed out doubles action with a 6-1 victory over Arantxia Wijngaarde and Pauline Denis on court 1.

    Scoring in singles began on court 6, where an injury forced MSU’s Ferancova to retire in her match to Lombardi, trailing 2-1 in the first set. From there, it was all Mississippi State, as the senior Dion blanked ASU’s Nathalie Lorenco at No. 5. The true freshman Guibe grabbed her first career dual match victory as a Bulldog with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Cvijovic on court 3, while Tran and Perper also notched impressive wins, defeating Orlovic (6-1, 6-0) and Denis (6-2, 6-1) on courts 4 and 2, respectively.

    The most contested match of the day came from the 84th-ranked Patrasc and her opponent, Wijngaarde, at the No. 1 position. Patrasc won the first set, but fell behind early and dropped the second to force a super tiebreaker to decide the match. In the end, Patrasc survived her first test of the season, defeating Wijngaarde 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(4).

    “We played solid,” said Mississippi State head coach Daryl Greenan. “We started out well in doubles, we served well, and we executed. We carried our momentum into singles. Georgiana was challenged at number one, but she came out on top and won the tiebreaker. Overall, it was a great start to the season.”

    With the win, the Bulldogs move to 1-0 on the season, while Alabama State falls to 0-1. The Bulldogs will resume play next weekend in the ITA Kickoff Classic at Texas A&M, with matches scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. State will meet the seventh-ranked host Aggies on Saturday in the first round in College Station.

    For more information on Mississippi State women’s tennis, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateWT), Facebook (HailStateWT) and Instagram (HailStateWT).





    Rebels Continue Play At MLK Invitational

    ATLANTA -- The No. 11 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team faced No. 3 Georgia Sunday on the second day of the MLK Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech, but unfortunately, the Rebels couldn’t win any of the close matches.

    “We didn’t play as bad as it looks on the final tally,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We just didn’t win too many decisive points when we were tied in the games. We were in a lot of the matches. Nik played didn’t play that bad, Stefan’s match could have gone either way, and Backy was up 4-1 in his match. Vinod’s match was close, and he could have won.”

    The ITA has adopted an experimental format to be used in matches through the National Team Indoor. Doubles is played to 6 with a tiebreaker at 5 all and singles is also using a tiebreaker at 5 all. There is also no-ad scoring.

    Georgia won two of the three doubles matches. Nik Scholtz and Johan Backstrom, in their second match together, defeated 12th-ranked Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland 6-4.

    In singles, Georgia won all six matches. At the top spot, 21st ranked Nathan Pasha edged 15th-ranked Nik Scholtz 6-5, 6-3. At the No. 2 spot, 12th-ranked Austin Smith defeated William Kallberg 6-2, 6-5. In a tight battle at No. 3, Wagland escaped Stefan Lindmark 6-4, 6-5. Backstrom led Bulldog Garrett Brasseaux 4-1 in the first, but Brasseaux came back and won it 6-4 and then took the second set 6-2. In the only match to go three sets, freshman Vinod Gowda rallied to get his match against Bulldog senior Hernus Pieters to a third set, before dropping the contest 6-3, 5-6, 6-4.

    The Rebels will conclude the tournament Monday with doubles and singles against No. 21 Memphis. There is no team scoring in this event, only individual results count.

    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.





    No. 9 Kentucky Comes From Behind to Upset No. 7 Duke on Road

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 9 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team used a strong singles effort, winning four of the six matches after dropping a tight doubles point, to come from behind and record a 4-3 win at No. 7 Duke inside the SheffieldIndoor Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon, clinching Kentucky’s first win at Duke since 1974.

    “We wanted to come down here and test ourselves playing a top-10 team on the road,” UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. “We played really hard after losing the doubles point. In doubles, I thought we played well at one and two and had our chances with breaks to close things out. We got a little nervous, but kept our composure in the singles, which is something that I wanted to see. This is a top-10 team and we bounced back well and showed a lot of resilience on the road. I am really proud of the boys today.”

    The win over Duke (0-2, 0-0 ACC) revenged a 4-2 loss in last year’s 2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, and also marked the first time that Kentucky has defeated Duke since the 2002 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

    In the doubles point, the Wildcats got off to a quick start, as senior Tom Jomby and fellow 2013 All-American partner, Kevin Lai cruised to a quick 6-1 win on court one to give the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead in doubles play. Alejandro Gomez and freshman Jerry Lopez linked up on court three, and fell 6-1 as well, as the Blue Devils squared the point, and forced the doubles competition tocome down to court two.

    On court two, sophomore Beck Pennington and Ryuji Hirooka were leading the match 5-2 and only needed one more game to clinch the point against Raphael Hemmeler and Bruno Semenzato of Duke. Hemmeler and Semenzato rallied to win the lastthree games of the match and force a tiebreak. After falling behind a mini-break at 4-2, Pennington and Hirooka rallied to square the tiebreak at 4-4 before dropping the final few points to give Duke the tiebreak and the 1-0 lead in the match.

    Kentucky (3-0, 0-0 SEC) then exploded out of the gates in the singles, winning five out of the first six sets in singles to gain an early advantage. The quickest first set was capped off by Kentucky’s Grant Roberts, who was a late insert into the UK singles lineup by Kauffmann and assistant coach Matt Emery after doubles, as Roberts won his first set in 21 minutes, 6-2 on court five.

    Tom Jomby, ranked No. 68 in the nation, got Kentucky on the board first, recording a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set win over No. 52 Jason Tahir on court one. Jomby got up an early break in the first set, and then settled in and served out the 6-3 win in the opener, while picking up a later break in the second set to close out the 6-3, 6-3 win and square the match at 1-1.

    “Tom Jomby played some unbelievable tennis today against a quality opponent and showed the type of player that he can be on court one. He didn’t give up too much and played a really solid match.” Kauffmann said.

    The Wildcats took the lead for the first time in the match when Ryuji Hirooka took care of business on court six, with a 6-5 (2), 6-1 result. Hirooka found himself trailing 4-1 in the opening set, before coming from behind to force a first-set tiebreak at 5-5. Hirooka then took command of the tiebreak and won it going away at 7-2 to capture the opening set. The senior from Tokyo, Japan, had no such problems in the second set, winning it going away at 6-1.

    “We wanted to test Ryuji and he responded really well on court six for us, giving us a great effort when facing adversity.” Kauffmann said.

    The 2-1 Kentucky lead would quickly move to 3-1 as newcomer Jerry Lopez tallied his second-career NCAA win, 6-5 (4), 6-1. Like his teammate, Hirooka, Lopez wasdown a few games early in the first set, but rallied to force a tiebreak in the opening frame as part of four matches that went into first-set tiebreakers.Lopez served out a 7-4 tiebreak win to take the lead, and then played brilliant tennis down the stretch, earning a 6-1 second set result to take the 6-5 (4), 6-1 win and give Kentucky the two-point cushion.

    “I was also really happy for Jerry Lopez, getting the win as a freshman on theroad against a very, very tough opponent. This was a big spot for him coming in as a freshman and he did a great job.” Kauffmann said.

    With a 3-1 lead, senior Alejandro Gomez shined under pressure, clinching the 6-5(6), 6-5 (4) win on court three, and the win for the Wildcats. Gomez exchanged service breaks in both sets with Duke’s No. 95 Bruno Semenzato and outlasting him in both to record the win. After missing the entire second half of 2014, Gomez has returned to 100 percent health, and with the win records his first win over a ranked opponent since the 2013 ITA Kick Off Weekend.

    “This was a great win for Alejandro Gomez, and a great start to his senior season. We are expecting big things from him this season, so this was a great start.” Kauffmann said.

    The win over Duke marked the Wildcats’ first win in Durham since March 17, 1974, some 29 years ago, when the Wildcats knocked off the Blue Devils, 7-2. Sunday’s result also marked Kauffmann’s fifth win over a top-10 team in just his 35th match as Kentucky’s head coach.

    The Wildcats will return to Lexington on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET as Kentucky will host border rivals, No. 56 Indiana, at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on the UK campus. Admission to the match is free.

    “This was a great win for us, and now we will move forward with confidence and get ready for a good Indiana team on Tuesday.” Kauffmann said.





    UT WTENNIS GARNERS EIGHT WINS ON DAY TWO OF UVA INVITE

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- On day two of the UVA Winter Invitational, the Tennessee women’s tennis team walked away with five singles victories and a three doubles wins.

    The Lady Vols switched around the line up for the second day of competition as freshman Eve Repic moved up to No. 1 singles on the day where she fell in a close three set battle to Cindy Chala of VCU 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7).

    Tennessee went on to capture the remaining singles matches in the top-6 as junior Joanna Henderson downed Dana Oppinger of Marshall 6-2, 6-3, freshman Brittany Lindl took down Ludivine Burguiere of VCU 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, sophomore Tiffany Tavares beat Karli Timko of Marshall 6-1, 6-0, Victoria Olivarez bested Daria Yakauleva of VCU 6-4, 6-4 and Laurence Guevremont defeated Rachael Morales of Marshall 6-3, 7-5.

    Ashlee Boles fell in the No. 7 spot to Anne Gulsrud of Marshall 6-2, 6-4.

    The day began with doubles as Tavares and Olivarez combined to defeat the Marshall duo 6-2. Henderson and Repic fell at No. 1 doubles 6-3 while Guevremont and Lindl dropped a 6-4 match at No. 2 doubles.

    In the second round of doubles, Ambika Pande and Repic defeatd Anne Gulsrud and Kai Broomfeld 6-4 at No. 3 while Henderson and Lindl earned a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles.

    The Lady Vols will finish out the UVA Winter Invite on Monday morning vs. No. 58 Utah beginning at 8 a.m.





    Razorback MTEN Falls To No. 20 Texas On The Road

    The No. 58 University of Arkansas men's tennis team (2-1) fell to the No. 20 University of Texas team 7-0 on Sunday.

    The senior doubles pair of Hall Fess and Pete Thomason recorded the only victory of the day for the Razorbacks, defeating Texas’ No. 35 pair of David Holiner and Nick Naumann 6-5 (3). Fess and Thomason also won their doubles match on Friday, moving to 2-0 on the season.

    Arkansas travels next to face East Tennessee State and Dartmouth in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday and Saturday.

    First serve is scheduled for noon both days.

    For more information on Arkansas men's tennis, follow @RazorbackMTEN on Twitter.





    A&M Sweeps Season-Opening Doubleheader

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 12Texas A&M men’s tennis team won both contests on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center to begin the 2014 campaign 2-0. The Aggies were dominant early against Louisiana-Lafayette en-route to a 7-0 victory before cruising to a 7-0 victory against Texas-Pan American.

    “I was really pleased with how we came out today, you never know in the first match how the guys will come out,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “After seeing them play, I thought Louisiana-Lafayette and Pan American were better than I had anticipated coming into the day. Overall l thought our guys played really sharp for the first day.”

    In the opening contest against the Ragin’ Cajuns, the sophomore tandem of Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant earned the first doubles victory of the spring, downing Damian Farinola and Edgar Lopez, 6-0, from the No. 2 line. Adams, the nation’s 19th-ranked singles player, secured the match victory for the Aggies by downing Lopez, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 2 line, putting A&M up 4-0. Vinsant narrowly edged out Rick de Groot, 6-0, 5-6 (3), 1-0 (10-6), at the No. 1 position, pushing the A&M lead to 6-0.

    Jeremy Efferding, Junior Ore and Jordan Szabo earned victories in both contests, helping clinch eight points total on the afternoon. All three players played singles and doubles in both contests. Efferding, the No. 13 player in the country, bested Damian Farinola of UL (6-1, 6-3) and later defeated Ivar Aramburu of Pan American (6-2, 6-3). Ore downed Jake Wynan of UL (6-4, 6-4) before dropping Juan Cruz-Soria of UTPA (6-1, 6-1). Szabo rolled over both his competitors, winning by a combined 24-4 in both matches. The sophomore beat Will Huyton (6-1, 6-2) in the first match and Mauricio Fosado (6-0, 6-1) in the second contest.

    “Our guys really took it to our opponents in the doubles matches today, securing that vital point early,” Denton said. “We have to be ready to play and win the double point and not make any mental errors because if you do it is hard to recover.”

    The Texas A&M men’s tennis team will be in action again next Saturday, January 25, when it hosts UTSA and Lamar at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. First serve is slated for noon against the Roadrunners and 4 p.m. against the Cardinals. To learn more about the team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.





    No. 18 South Carolina Sweeps Season-Opening Doubleheader

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 18 South Carolina did not drop a match in a pair of 7-0 wins over Furman and The Citadel in Sunday’s doubleheader at Carolina Tennis Center. The Gamecocks established themselves early with great doubles play in both matches en route to a 2-0 start to their 2014 season.

    Against Furman, the Gamecocks yielded just three games in the two doubles matches they won with No. 24 Chip Cox and Kyle Koch overpowering Furman’s Alex Christ and Joel Cook 6-1 to start things off. In the No. 2 spot, Thiago Pinheiro and Tsvetan Mihov were efficient in a 6-2 effort against Jacob Behal and Adam Steryous that clinched the doubles point.

    Ranked No. 41 in singles, Mihov wasted little time doubling the Gamecocks’ lead with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Christ. Andrew Adams returned to competition for the first time since last year’s NCAA Tournament and needed little time to knock the rust off. Matt Browne dropped his opening service game to the Gamecocks’ junior and could not recover in a 6-3 first set. Adams needed five games in the second set to score his first service break, but got it to go up 4-2 and cruise to the 6-3 second-set victory.

    Cox clinched the team victory with his 6-2, 6-4 win over Behal in the No. 4 match, holding off a late surge from Furman’s junior. Freshman Sam Swank finished closely behind Cox thanks to a dominant second set. Both Swank and Ben Horst struggled to hold serve through the first set, but once it went to the tiebreak, Swank delivered 7-2. The freshman dropped his serve to start the second set, but quickly recovered and did not lose another game in the 6-1 victory.

    On Court 3, Pinheiro came and Steryous were both struggling to hold serve. After both players held, Pinherio took control and finished out the first set 6-3. In the second, Pinherio came out firing on all cylinders taking a 4-1 lead. Furman’s freshman rallied back from the deficit, narrowing the lead to 5-4. Despite his efforts, Pinheiro regained control to finish off a 6-4 victory.

    In his dual-match debut, No. 91 Andrew Schafer battled throughout the contest. The freshman earned his first set point with a 6-4 win, and then fell in his second set to Juan Sheppard, 3-6, forcing a third set. Schafer persevered to complete the sweep over the Paladins with a 6-3 victory.

    In the afternoon match, South Carolina overpowered The Citadel in the Nos. 2 and 3 spots as Mihov and Pinherio escaped unscathed with a score of 8-0. Adams and Schafer didn’t give up a point in the set until the sixth game, tallying a score of 8-1 to deliver the doubles point for the Gamecocks.

    In the No. 6 singles match, junior Ben Barnett was nearly perfect against the Bulldogs’ Joe Bove. Barnett was especially effective on Bove’s serve to score a 6-0, 6-0 victory and double the Gamecocks’ lead.

    Adams established a quick lead in his No. 2 contest with Peter Bleach, despite falling behind in several games. He delivered when it counted with a 6-1 first-set win, then proved dominant in his second set, breezing to a 6-1 win.

    In the No. 4 match, The Citadel’s Jackson Pride battled against No. 91 Schafer, but the Gamecocks’ freshman was too much to handle. Schafer followed his hard-fought win in the first half of Sunday’s doubleheader by cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 victory that clinched the team win for South Carolina.

    No. 41 Mihov dominated his second singles match of the day against the Bulldogs’ No. 1 player, senior Elliot Speer. Coming out on fire after winning his first set 6-1, Mihov began moving his opponent from side-to-side, generating point after point in his 6-2 second-set victory.

    Cox generated the sixth team point for the Gamecocks after a 6-2, 6-1 win over senior Dillon Berkabile in the No.5 match. Cox got a break early and another one late in the first set for a 6-2 win and continued to power past Berkabile in the second, 6-1.

    Early service breaks set the tone for Swank in both his sets against Oliver Dedding in the No. 5 match. The Gamecocks’ freshman jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set en route to a 6-2 win. Dedding battled back in the second, but could not get past Swank’s serve in a 6-3 second-set loss to secure the sweep for the Gamecocks.

    South Carolina returns to action on Sat., Jan. 25, at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Starkville, Miss. The Gamecocks take on No. 21 Memphis at 10 a.m., and will play either No. 14 Mississippi State or No. 27 Harvard on Sunday.





    UF Women’s Tennis Completes Play at Freeman Memorial

    LAS VEGAS -- The Florida doubles team of Kourtney Keegan and Sofie Oyen dropped its semifinal match at the 12th annual Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships Sunday during the final day of play held at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the UNLV campus.

    The Gator tandem dropped a tough 7-5 decision to Southern California’s third-seeded and seventh-ranked Zoe Scandalis and Giuliana Olmos.

    In non-tournament singles matches, Olivia Janowicz defeated Stanford’s No. 41 Taylor Davidson, 6-4, 6-4, while Oyen lost to Duke’s No. 45 Ester Goldfeld, 6-2, 6-0, and Keegan dropped a hard-fought 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) match to Scandalis.





    LSU WOMEN’S TENNIS DEFEATS NICHOLLS AND SOUTHERN

    BATON ROUGE -– The LSU women’s tennis team (2-0) earned two victories as they defeated both Nicholls (0-1) and Southern (0-1) in their home opening double header.

    “I thought we did really well today,” said LSU head coach Julia Sell. “It was the first match, and we have a lot of freshmen and a lot of new faces so we were a little nervous at times, but we competed hard. We got better and better with each set. It was a great opening day.”

    No. 66 LSU defeated Nicholls 4-2 in the first match and followed with a 5-1 victory against Southern.

    Newcomer Joana Vale Costa and Skylar Holloway won their first doubles match in dominating fashion as they knocked off Isla Brock and Emma Kranendonk of Nicholls 6-1.

    Abigail Owens and Mary Jeremiah clinched the doubles point for the Lady Tigers as they beat Marie Aubert and Klara Scopac 6-2.

    Jeremiah met defeat 6-2, 6-2 at the hands of Stephanie Barnett while Ella Taylor fell to Marie Aubert 6-3, 6-3.

    Vale Costa earned her first singles victory as she defeated Nicholls’ Kateryna Nakonechna 6-1, 6-3.

    Holloway posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Emma Kranendonk of Nicholls. Owens then secured LSU’s victory over Nicholls as she defeated Klara Skopac 6-4, 6-4.

    LSU returned to the court for an evening match as they defeated Southern 5-1.

    Vale Costa and Holloway notched another doubles victory as they beat Darnesha Moore and Gabrielle Moore 6-0.

    Owens and Jeremiah secured the doubles point as they topped Morgan Taylor and Camara Davis 6-2.

    Holloway downed Kendall Bunch 6-2, 6-0 while Vale Costa earned her fourth victory of the day as she topped Laura Syori 6-0, 6-1.

    Taylor blanked Gabrielle Moore 6-0, 6-0 while Abigail Owens clinched the match as took down Morgan Taylor 6-2, 6-2.

    The Lady Tigers return to the court on Jan. 24 for the ITA Kickoff Weekend as they take on USF in Coral Gables, Fla. at 1 p.m. CT.

    Follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell, on Instagram @LSUWTen and on www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.





    Vanderbilt Men's Tennis sweeps Marquette, Belmont to open season

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 16 Vanderbilt men's tennis team got the season off on the right foot, sweeping both Marquette and Belmont in Sundays season-opening doubleheader at the Currey Tennis Center.

    The Commodores started off the afternoon winning all three doubles matches. Second-ranked Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin won the first match over the Golden Eagles' top doubles team, 6-4.

    Suresh Eswaran and Kris Yee clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at the No. 3 position. After getting up 4-1 early in the match, Eswaran and Yee let Marquette back in, as the Golden Eagles won the next three games to make it 4-4, but the Vandy duo was able to bear down and win the next two games and take the match.

    The bottom of the Commodores singles lineup was able to make quick work of the Golden Eagles, as Yee, at No. 5, Anton Kovrigin at No. 4, and Jeffrey Offerdahl at No. 6, picked up wins in straight sets.

    With Yee and Kovrigin's wins giving Vandy a 3-0 lead over Marquette, it was No. 57 Rhys Johnson at No. 3 singles who clinched the match for the 'Dores, breaking Logon Collins' serve, for the 6-2, 6-2 win.

    Perhaps the most thrilling matches of the day came at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

    After winning the first set 6-3, ninth-ranked Austin dropped the second set and trailed 0-3 early in the third to Marquette's top player, Vukasin Teofanovic. However, the junior from Miami was able to fight back and win six straight games to take the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

    Lipman got his first taste of singles action in over three months playing out of the No. 2 position. The redshirt senior got all that he could ask for in MU's Dan Mamalat. After dropping the first set 8-6 in the breaker, Lipman was able to even things up by winning the second breaker 7-2, before taking the third set ten point tie-break, 10-7.

    The win was the first for the Nashville native this season.

    The second match of the day against Belmont was much of the same for the Commodores.

    Vandy quickly took the doubles point, as Kovrigin and Offerdahl won 6-1, and Eswaran and Yee, clinching, 6-2.

    The bottom of the Vandy lineup once again made quick work of the opponent, with Offerdahl at No. 4 and Eswaran at No. 5, winning in straight sets.

    Yee clinched the match for the 'Dores at No. 2 singles, with a 6-1, 6-5 (7-4) win over Belmont's Marko Lovrinovic.

    Kovrigin won in three sets at the No. 3 position, while No. 57 Johnson made his debut at No. 1 singles for the Commodores, winning 6-4, 6-4.

    Vanderbilt will host the ITA Kick-off next weekend, beginning Saturday, January 25. The Commodores will host Texas, Wake Forest and LSU, with a chance to go to February's National Indoor Championships on the line.

    Vandy, the top-seed, will face the fourth-seeded Longhorns, Saturday at 10 a.m. Second-seed Wake Forest will take on No. 3 LSU, starting at 2 p.m.





    Tigers sweep Jacksonville State and Mercer to open season

    AUBURN, Ala. --- The No. 28 Auburn men’s tennis team cruised to a pair of 7-0 wins on Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, sweeping both Jacksonville State and Mercer in the Tigers first action of the 2014 dual match season.

    “I thought starting outside was good for us, we need outdoor matches and I thought our guys did a pretty good job this afternoon,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “Tonight, our doubles (teams) came out with good energy and singles followed up playing well. It was good start.”

    Auburn (2-0) opened up Sunday’s action with a 7-0 sweep of Jacksonville State (0-1). The Tigers sealed the doubles point quickly with wins from Daniel Cochrane/Petar Tomic in the no. 1 spot and the 37th-ranked duo of Dennis Lengsfeld/Lukas Ollert at no. 2.

    Cochrane/Tomic cruised to a 6-2 win over Jacksonville State’s Jaryd Reese/Pedro Wagner. The tandem of Lengsfeld and Ollert did not drop a game, winning 6-0 over the Gamecocks’ Mathis Chaim/Jeff Wendler-Filho.

    The Tigers turned in several dominating performances in singles as to sweep the first five matches in straight sets. Playing his first single match for Auburn, Petar Tomic picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 4 singles spot, while No. 89 Dante Saleh posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 3 single position.

    No. 112 Daniel Cochrane clinched the win for Auburn with a 6-2, 6-1 win for the Tigers in the No. 1 spot. Oliver Plaskett, playing at No. 6, recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory in his first match for the Tigers.

    Joseph Van Dooren battled through a tough three-set match with JSU’s Wendler-Filho, but ultimately came out on top 6-2, 3-6, 6-5 (10-8) battling back after dropping the second set. The sophomore fell behind early in the third-set tiebreaker, but recovered to pick up the final three points to earn the win.

    The Tigers moved indoors and returned to the floor against Mercer (1-5) on Sunday night, downing the Bears, 7-0. In doubles, the team Plaskett/Saleh recorded a 6-4 victory against Mercer’s Austin Emmet and Snaider in the No. 3 spot. Auburn clinched the doubles point behind Lengsfeld/Ollert’s 6-1 win over Mercer’s Arsav and Arnav Mohanty.

    Auburn continued its success in singles from earlier in the day, closing out the day with their second win. Peter Tomic just need 55 minutes to dispatch Mercer’s Manuel De Luis 6-0, 6-1. Ollert clinched the match by posting a 6-2, 6-2 win.

    89th-ranked Dante Saleh cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Austin Emmet, while No. 112 Daniel Cochrane took down Anderson Scarpa with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

    The Tigers return to action Tuesday, Jan. 22, with a 2 p.m. home match versus Troy at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Admission is free to all home matches.

    For complete coverage on the Auburn men's tennis team, visit AuburnTigers.com, follow @MensTennisAU on Twitter and `like' the Auburn Men's Tennis page on Facebook.





    Razorbacks Begin Spring With Pair Of Home Wins

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas women's tennis team (2-0) got its spring season off to the right start with a doubleheader sweep of Wichita State at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday.

    Led by No. 115 Shannon Hudson and Kimberley-Ann Surin each going 3-0 individually on the day, the Razorbacks began with a 4-2 dual-match win and then locked up the sweep with a 4-3 win over the Shockers.

    It marked the second straight season in which Arkansas has opened 2-0, as the Razorbacks went match-for-match against a formidable foe in Wichita State that has won five straight Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships.

    "It was a total team effort out there today," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "I know the team is excited about the growth that we are already seeing in our team. It is also definitely a confidence builder to get two good wins today. Wichita State is even better than we already knew and they will be in the NCAA Tournament."

    Four Razorbacks opened the day with singles wins to clinch the first dual-match win, as both coaches decided to lead the first match with singles and have doubles play be determinate upon a potential 3-all situation. No. 71 Yang Pang, Hudson, Surin and Oleksandra Shkorupeieva each opened their year with wins, combining for a 4-2 Arkansas victory. Freshmen Hudson and Shkorupeieva earned their first career spring wins as Razorbacks.

    Hudson teamed up with Sarah McLean in the second dual match and defeated the ITA Central Region No. 7 doubles pairing of Schiller/Stevens, 6-4.

    In the second dual match, Surin and Hudson kept their runs going by earning doubles wins and helping Arkansas take an early 1-0 lead. Surin and Hudson struck again for their second singles wins of the day, closing out what was an undefeated (3-0) individual day of competition for the pair. Up 3-1, Brittany Huxley provided the dual-match point for the Razorbacks with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul.

    Its home opener a success, Arkansas prepares next for ITA Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga., where the Razorbacks will first face off against No. 55 Kansas State on Friday, Jan. 24.

    For more information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.