The women’s tennis team won a combined 22 matches against opponents from DePaul, Iowa and Northwestern at the Wildcat Winter Classic, which was played at the Combe Tennis Center on the campus of Northwestern University last weekend. Sophomore Maya Jansen earned singles championship honors at the tournament, winning all three of her 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.
The No. 51 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team began 2-0 for the second straight season, sweeping Wichita State in a doubleheader with 4-2 and 4-3 wins at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday. No. 115 Shannon Hudson and Kimberley-Ann Surin led the Razorbacks, as each recorded 3-0 individual records against WSU. Hudson and Surin each earned two wins in singles play and another victory in doubles play. It was the first-career dual match for freshman Hudson. Hudson and Sarah McLean teamed up in doubles play, earning their first victory of the spring season by defeating the ITA Central Region No. 7 pairing of Julia Schiller and Abby Stevens (WSU). The Razorbacks compete next at ITA Kickoff Weekend (Jan. 24-26) in Athens, Ga., where they will open against No. 55 Kansas State on Friday.
The No. 23 Auburn women’s tennis team opens up the 2014 dual match season at No. 17 Texas on Jan. 25 as a part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Tigers are looking to ride momentum from a successful fall season that saw Auburn place four participants in the USTA/ITA Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Auburn returns seven players from last season’s 19-9 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida begins its dual match schedule this weekend, when the second-ranked Gators play host to the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Jan. 25-26. Florida faces Louisville in the first round on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Florida was selected to successfully repeat as Southeastern Conference champions in preseason poll of the league’s coaches. The Gators finished as tri-champions last season when the captured at least a share of the SEC regular title for the fourth consecutive year and for the 26th time in the 33 years the conference has sponsored the sport. Six Gators are ranked in the ITA national singles rankings, all in the top-40, headlined by senior Olivia Janowicz at No. 17 and sophomore Brianna Morgan at No. 18.
The No. 4 Georgia women’s tennis team started its 2014 campaign with singles and doubles titles in season-opening competition in Hawaii. In singles, the Bulldogs swept the podium. Junior Lauren Herring, who is ranked fourth nationally, won the title after notching 24 points. Tenth-ranked sophomore Silvia Garcia was runner-up with 20 points. No. 25 Maho Kowase rounded out the top-three with 19 points. In doubles, the No. 5 tandem of Herring and Kowase took home the titles with 11 points. The duo of Garcia and Fuller finished second with ten points and Oklahoma State’s doubles pair of Kanyapat Narattana and Carla Tur Mari finished third with eight points. Georgia will travel back to Athens on Monday before hosting ITA Kickoff Weekend Jan. 24-26. The Bulldogs will square of with Elon (0-1) on Friday at 1 p.m.
The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team started its 2014 season Saturday, Jan. 18 with a 7-0 win over Cincinnati in the morning and a 4-2 win over Ball State in the evening at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi is 2-0 in the No. 1 singles position after defeating Cincinnati’s Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 7-5, 6-3 and Ball State’s Coutney Wild, 7-6, 6-2. Sutjiadi’s win over Poggensee-Wei clinched the overall match for the Wildcats. Kentucky moves to 2-0 on the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 24 against Tulane at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend in Durham, N.C.
The LSU women’s tennis team (2-0) won both matches of their home opening double header against Nicholls (0-1) and Southern (0-1) on Sunday. Three players went 2-0 for the day. Freshman Joana Vale Costa, who played on court 1, won both singles matches and partnered with freshman Skylar Holloway to win both doubles matches. Holloway also notched two singles victories while freshman Abigail Owens added two singles wins of her own. The Lady Tigers defeated Nicholls 4-2 and went on beat Southern 5-1.
Ole Miss wrapped up play at the Michigan Invitational Monday. Junior Julia Jones and sophomore Marija Milutinovic finished the weekend 2-1 in singles and Jones teamed with freshman Zalina Khairudinova for a 2-0 record in doubles. The Rebels have their home and dual match opener Wednesday against Jackson State. Following that match, the team heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Rebels will face Oklahoma in the first round Saturday at 2 p.m. Host Alabama and William & Mary are the other two teams in the draw. The Rebels are seeking to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor for the second time in three years.
The Mississippi State women’s tennis team kicked off its 2014 season, with a 6-1 home victory over Alabama State Sunday. The Bulldogs started the match on a high note, sweeping the Hornets and earning the doubles point. MSU’s Petra Ferancova was forced to retire due to injury, trailing 2-1 in the first set of her match against Giovanna Lombardi. From there, however, it was all Mississippi State. Freshman Timea Guibe notched her first career dual match win in a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Irina Cvijovic. 84th-ranked Georgiana Patrasc survived her first test of the season, defeating Arantxia Wijngaarde 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(4). MSU’s Alexandra Perper, Naomi Tran, and Rosie Dion also picked up wins. State will now travel to Texas A&M this weekend to participate in the 2014 ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Bulldogs will face the seventh-ranked Aggies on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first round. Other teams included in this weekend’s action in College Station are DePaul and San Jose State.
The Mizzou tennis team opened its spring season with a pair of 6-1 victories at home on Monday, defeating Saint Louis and SIU-Edwardsville. Senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and teamed with freshman Cassidy Spearman for a 2-0 mark at No. 1 doubles. Also 2-0 singles on the day were sophomore Kelli Hine at No. 2, freshman Cassidy Spearman at No. 5 and freshman Tracy Dong at No. 6. Missouri returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 25 against Harvard in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The No. 33 South Carolina women’s tennis team opened its season with a pair of wins in a doubleheader against East Tennessee State and College of Charleston on Jan. 18 at the USC Field House. The Gamecocks actually won the match versus ETSU before it even began since the Buccaneers only had three healthy players, so the two teams agreed to play just three singles matches. Against College of Charleston in the second match, both teams fielded full lineups. South Carolina won the doubles easily with a pair of 6-1 wins on courts one and two and then swept through singles positions one through five for a 6-1 victory. Newcomer Meghan Blevins clinched the match at No. 4 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph. The Gamecocks return to action Jan. 28 hosting Furman at 4 p.m.
The Lady Vols began their 2014 campaign this past weekend at the Virginia Winter Invitational where they faced off against No. 13 Virginia, No. 39 VCU, No. 58 Utah and Marshall University. Freshman Eve Repic, ranked No. 53 entering the season, earned tournament runner up honors after capturing two wins on the weekend including an upset victory over host team Virginia’s No. 28 Danielle Collins on day one of competition. The weekend did not count towards the team’s record. Tennessee will begin dual action this weekend against Purdue during the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Clemson, S.C. at 9 a.m.
No. 7 Texas A&M opens its 2014 dual season this weekend as the Aggies host Mississippi State, DePaul and San Jose State in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The winner of the four-team tournament advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va. Last weekend, the Aggies competed in the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Freshman Saska Gavrilovska reached the semifinals in singles. Rankings-wise, the Aggies are led by lone senior Cristina Stancu, who enters the spring ranked a career-high No. 14 in the ITA singles rankings released Jan. 3. She is No. 22 in doubles with sophomore partner Stefania Hristov. In addition, sophomore Ines Deheza and freshman Rutuja Bhosale are No. 51 in the preseason doubles rankings. Also returning from last year’s NCAA finalist team are sophomores Paula Deheza and Anna Mamalat. Freshmen Gavrilovska, Jana McCord and Mason Strickland round out the 2014 squad.
The No. 16 Vanderbilt women’s tennis team opened 2014 at the Miami Spring Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla. The Commodores finished the weekend winning 21 of 31 matches over Miami (Fla.), Texas and Memphis. No. 48 Georgina Sellyn was perfect in singles play, and alongside Lauren Mira, upset No. 55 Dubins and Wagner of Miami in doubles. Freshman Astra Sharma made her collegiate debut, going 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles play. No. 48 Sydney Campbell dropped her first two singles matches before defeating Neda Kopricina of Texas, 6-3, 6-2, on Sunday. Vandy will be off to Lincoln, Neb., next weekend for the ITA Kick-off hosted by the University of Nebraska.