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    SEC Tennis Report: Saturday

    Lady Vols Battle to Win Over Purdue

    CLEMSON, S.C.  – It all came down to No. 6 singles and freshman Laurence Guevremont did not disappoint helping the No. 32 Tennessee women’s tennis team to a 4-3 comeback victory over No. 27 Purdue Saturday in the opening round of ITA Kickoff Weekend. 
     
    Guevremont took to the court with the Lady Vols down 3-2 and after Victoria Olivarez captured a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles she fought to earn match point with a gritty 6-3, 6-2 win. 
     
    The Lady Vols began the day in a tough doubles battle with Purdue. Eve Repic and Laurence Guevremont fell 6-1 at No. 2 doubles to start the day off but the No. 3 doubles pair of Tiffany Tavares and Victoria Olivarez evened things up at one-all with a 6-3 victory. 
     
    The doubles point came down to a tiebreak on court one that Purdue eked out 6-5 to head into singles with the 1-0 advantage. 
     
    The Boilermakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Lindl fell on court three 6-2, 6-1, but Tennessee rallied to even it up with comeback victories by Tavares at No. 4 singles, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8), and Repic at No. 1, 6-3, 6-4. Repic came back from a 4-3 deficit to earn the win. 
     
    Purdue went ahead as No. 110 ranked Mara Schmidt defeated No. 99 Joanna Henderson, 6-3, 6-3 on court two but the Lady Vols tied things up as Victoria Olivarez came away with the singles win. 
     
    The Lady Vols will return to action in the Championship game of the ITA Kickoff Weekend when they face the winner/loser of the No. 13 Clemson vs. No. 56 Fresno State match up to be played Saturday afternoon. 



    No. 18 Gamecocks Fall to No. 21 Memphis

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 18 South Carolina rallied but came up just short in a 4-2 loss to No. 21 Memphis in the first match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend event hosted by Mississippi State at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. The Gamecocks (2-1) pushed past early deficits in singles but saw the Tigers deliver late to put South Carolina in Sunday’s consolation match.
     
    The doubles point came down to a tiebreak between the top two teams on the court. South Carolina opened with a 6-2 in in the No. 2 match from Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro, but the Tigers answered with a 6-3 win in the No. 3 match. At the top of the lineup, No. 24 Chip Cox and Kyle Koch were matching the nation’s No. 3 tandem of David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury game-for-game. Tied at 5-5, the match went into a tiebreak to settle the opening team point of the match. Again, the two ranked duos traded points evenly until 5-5 when the Memphis pair scored the last two points to secure the 6-5 (5) win.
     
    In singles, the Tigers came out strong, but the Gamecocks were up for the battle. While South Carolina freshman Andrew Schafer, ranked No. 91 in the country, stormed out to an early lead in his match, his teammates fell behind with early breaks on three of the other five courts. While the Tigers cruised to first-set wins in the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 matches, Koch and Cox both took their first sets into a tiebreak. No. 103 Koch fell behind No. 56 Salisbury early to drop his set 6-5 (3) in the No. 2 match, but Cox pushed past Ian Chadwell in the No. 5 match with 6-5 (4) first-set win.
     
    The set win on Court 5 and the point scored by Schafer with his 6-1, 6-1 close out of O’Hare in the No. 6 match re-energized the Gamecocks across the board. At the top of the lineup, No. 41 Mihov took the second set from No. 49 Connor Glennon 6-3 to force a third set on Court 1. Adam similarly turned the tables on No. 87 Johnny Grimal in the No. 3 match, claiming the second set 6-4 behind a late service break. 
     
    Memphis went up 2-1 with a win in the No. 4 match, as David O’Leary topped Pinheiro 6-2, 6-4. Glennon sprinted into his third set with Mihov, putting the Gamecock senior on the back foot early and putting the Tigers up 3-1 with a 6-1 third set victory. Cox and Chadwell went to another tiebreak in the second set, and again the Gamecock senior delivered in the clutch, making it a 3-2 match with a 6-5 (2) second-set win. 
     
    On the last two courts, Adams was up a break on Grimal in the No. 3 match, but Koch suffered a late service break to fall to Salisbury 6-4, which sealed the win for Memphis.
     
    The Gamecocks will be back on court Sunday at 11 a.m. (ET) to take on either No. 13 Mississippi State or No. 26 Harvard in the consolation match.



    No. 16 Vandy Advances to ITA Kickoff Championship

    LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 16 Vanderbilt women’s tennis team advanced to Sunday’s ITA Kick-off championship match with a 4-0 win over No. 18 Texas Tech, Saturday. The Commodores will play the winner of No. 25 Nebraska and No. 19 Georgia Tech. 
     
    “I’m really pleased with how we played,” said Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald. “We played on a really fast indoor court, which forced us to adapt, and we did which makes me happy. All day we competed and our effort level was where I wanted it to be.”
     
    Vandy won the doubles point quickly with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. No. 28 Sydney Campbell and Ashleigh Antal upset No. 25 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, 6-2, before Lauren Mira and Georgina Sellyn clinched the point, with a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles. 
     
    Frances Altick played one of the most impressive singles matches of they day in Coach Macdonald’s eyes.
     
    “Frances played a great match, beating a ranked player,” said Macdonald. “ She won convincingly 6-1, 6-0.”
     
    Altick defeated No. 92 Lynn Kiro in straight sets for the first singles win for the ‘Dores. Courtney Colton won at No. 2 singles before Antal clinched the match winning 10-5 in the third set tiebreak. 
     
    Though Vanderbilt was able to take advantage of the experimental rules, Macdonald said he doesn’t like the change.
     
    “I’m not a fan of these rules,” said Macdonald. “Tennis is an incredible sport. It’ a long sport, thats just want it is. I think these new rules are designed to make the game faster, but it takes away from what is beautiful about this sport.”



    Florida Men Down UNC-Wilmington

    GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The Florida men’s tennis team opened the 2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday with a 4-0 win over UNC Wilmington at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators will play on Sunday at 2 p.m. with a chance to earn a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas.
     
    Florida opened doubles play with a pair of wins on courts one and three. Seniors Mike Alford and Stephane Piro paired up to win on court one, then sophomore Diego Hidalgo and senior Spencer Newman clinched the doubles point minutes later with a victory on court three. Freshman Maxx Lipman and sophomore Gordon Watson fell behind early, but were tied at 5-5 when play was halted.
     
    In singles play, Piro picked up the win at No. 2 singles in straight sets and Lipman finished off a win a minute later to give UF a 3-0 lead. Watson and senior Florent Diep were both a game away from clinching the match, but Watson pulled out the win first for the Gator victory.
     
    Florida will play on Sunday at 2 p.m. against either Florida State or TCU (match still in progress). The winner of Sunday’s match will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston.



    Vandy Men Fall to No. 20 Texas

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 15 Vanderbilt men’s tennis team fell just short in the ITA Kick-off opener against No. 20 Texas, falling 4-0, Saturday, at the Currey Tennis Center.
     
    After getting down 1-4 at both two and three doubles, the Commodores were able to rally back to force tiebreaks at both positions. At No. 2 Rhys Johnson and Ryan Smith took the first match, cruising to a 7-2 win the breaker. 
     
    At No. 1 doubles, 2nd-ranked Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin had two match points, but 5th-ranked Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool were able to fight back to win 9-7 in the break.
     
    Shortly after their win at No. 1, the Longhorns clinched the doubles point with a 6-5 (7-5) win at No. 3 .
     
    Texas jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after doubles, with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Vandy’s Kris Yee. 
     
    No. 57 Rhys Johnson dropped his first set 6-4, to No. 24 George Goldhoff. Johnson and Goldhoff stayed on serve in the second set, forcing a tie-break at 5-all. The two went back-and-forth in the breaker until Goldhoff won three-straight points to take the match 6-4, 6-5 (7-3).
     
    Down 3-0, Lipman had his back against the wall at No. 2 singles. The redshirt senior dropped his opening set 7-5 in a tiebreak, and was down 0-5 in the second set. He was able to work the set back to 3-5 and then get a big break at 40-all forcing a chance to serve for a tiebreak. Texas’ Glasspool would, however, break to win the game and clinch the match for the Longhorns. 
     
    At the time of the clinch, 9th-ranked Austin was winning 3-1 in the third set at No. 1 singles, over No. 75 Hess-Olesen.
     
    Vanderbilt will resume action, Sunday at 10 a.m., against either No. 23 LSU or No. 19 Wake Forest.



    Arkansas Rallies, Defeats ETSU

    STILLWATER, Okla. – A come-from-behind victory in the last match pushed the Arkansas men’s tennis team ahead of No. 68 ETSU, 4-3.
     
    Playing at the No. 2 doubles position, seniors Hall Fess and Pete Thomason recorded an easy victory over ETSU’s Ordeig/Biosa, 6-1.
     
    The Razorbacks opened singles play down by one to ETSU before sophomore Santiago Munoz jumped out to a quick victory at the No. 5 position, defeating Ismael Merino 6-3, 6-1 and giving the Razorbacks a tying point. Senior Hall Fess defeated Sebastian Yllera in the No. 3 position 6-3, 6-4 which put Arkansas on top 2-1. ETSU squeezed out wins on courts 1 and 4, putting the Bucs back on top and putting the match on the shoulders of junior Jovan Parlic and freshman Juan Marino. 
     
    After dropping the first set 2-6, Parlic rallied to win his next two 6-4, 6-4 and tie the score at three all. Marino won a decisive first set 6-2 but fell in a close second, 6-4. With ETSU’s Pagon holding a 30-15, 5-4 lead, Pagon earned his third penalty point of the match, which swung the momentum back over to Marino. Marino ended up taking the third set and giving the Razorbacks the winning point.
     
    Saturday’s victory marked the first win over a ranked opponent this season for No. 58 Arkansas, moving the Razorbacks to 3-2 on the season.
     
    Arkansas will return to action in a week, facing Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Minnesota on Feb. 1-2.
     
    For more information on Arkansas tennis, follow @RazorbackMTEN on Twitter.



    Auburn Women Take Doubles Point, Fall at Texas A&M

    AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 23 Auburn women’s tennis team started strong, securing the doubles point against No. 17 Texas, but came up short in the match, falling 4-1 to the Longhorns on Saturday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
     
    The Tigers (0-1), playing in the ITA-Kickoff Weekend, went up 1-0 early on the Longhorns (2-0) behind a pair of thrilling doubles wins. Needing to win two matches, the Tigers rallied as No. 17 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger made it one match a piece with a 7-6 (3) victory over Texas’ No. 21 Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn in the No. 1 doubles spot.
                       
    Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller sealed the doubles point for Auburn, battling to a 7-5 win over the Longhorns’ Elizabeth Begley and Nada Koprcina. The Tigers went into singles play, riding momentum but were unable to come up with a victory as Texas rattled off four wins to clinch the match.
     
    “I felt we came out and played extremely tight from the very beginning and even though we were able to get the doubles point, it wasn’t the quality of doubles that we are used to putting on the court,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We didn’t take the momentum from that point into single and credit has to go to Texas for coming out and playing well in their singles.”
     
    Auburn will face Florida State (2-1) in Sunday’s consolation round match beginning at 10 a.m. The Seminoles fell 4-3 to Rice on Saturday afternoon and enter the weekend ranked No. 24 in the latest ITA rankings.
     
    “I have faith that this team will meet the challenge of stepping up and rebounding for tomorrow,” Meisner said. “Every team here is a top-ranked competitor and we will need to come out tomorrow and play to our potential.”
     
    For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AUWomensTennis.



    Alabama Women Dominate William & Mary

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 12th-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team posted a 4-0 win on Saturday over William & Mary in its first match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. The Crimson Tide advances to the championship match on Sunday where it will face Oklahoma at 2 p.m. CT for a spot in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
     
    Alabama was strong from the start, quickly grabbing the doubles point with wins on courts two and three where sophomore Maya Jansen and freshman Danielle Spielmann won 6-0, and junior Luicelena Perez and freshman Carmen Blanco, 6-1. The momentum continued in the Tide’s favor in singles as the bottom of the lineup gave up a combined eight games, winning all three matches in straight sets. First was junior Emily Zabor with a 6-0, 6-2 victory on court five, which was followed by a 6-2, 6-0 win on court six from sophomore Natalia Maynetto. Playing in her first dual match, freshman Erin Routliffe would provide the clincher, winning 6-3, 6-1 from the No. 4 position.
     
    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.



    LSU Women Fall to No. 9 Miami

    CORAL GABLES, FLA. – The LSU women’s tennis team (3-1) fell to No. 9 Miami (2-0) 4-0 on Saturday in the ITA Kickoff Weekend.  
     
    “I was proud of how we fought through the entire match, despite some slow starts,” LSU head coach Julia Sell said.  “We always talk about how important it is to compete for every point, and they did that today.”
     
    The match opened with doubles play.  Joana Vale Costa and Skylar Holloway battled hard, but ultimately lost to No. 29 Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque 7-6 (7-4).
     
    The duo of Ella Taylor and Ariel Morton fell to Melissa Bolivar and Kelsey Laurente 6-1. 
     
    Abigail Owens met defeat 6-3, 6-3 at the hands of Monique Albuquerque, while Noel Scott fell to No. 64 Kelsey Laurente 6-2, 6-3.
     
    LSU’s Holloway then fell victim to Melissa Bolivar 6-3, 6-1.  
     
    The Lady Tigers return to the court on Jan. 31 as they take on Rice in Houston, Texas at 1 p.m. CST. 
     
    Follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell, on Instagram @LSUWTen and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.



    Alabama Men Win Thriller, 4-3

    MALIBU, Calif. – Sophomore Becker O’Shaughnessey won a 6-5, 5-6, 6-5(3) battle to clinch Alabama’s 4-3 victory against San Diego in men’s tennis action on Saturday. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 4-1, while the Toreros drop to 0-2. 
     
    “This was a tremendous effort today by all the guys,” said Alabama head coach George Husack. “It’s so tough to come out a day after a physical and emotionally tough match like we had yesterday against Cal, but this is what builds confidence and belief. Today was about how we were going to respond, and we did just that. It feels great, and the guys should feel that way too.”
     
    Alabama had to overcome a 2-0 deficit after San Diego clinched the doubles point and won the first singles match. From there, senior Daniil Proskura and juniors Andrew Goodwin and Stuart Kenyon put the Tide on top, winning on their respective courts to give Alabama a 3-2 edge. Things would get interesting again as the Toreros’ Romain Kalaydijian won in a third-set tiebreaker on court three over freshman Saxon Buehning to even the score. All eyes would turn to court two where O’Shaughnessey would deliver for the Tide. 
     
    Next up, Alabama heads to Austin, Texas, to take on the Longhorns on Saturday, Feb. 1. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT.
     
    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaMTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.



    UGA Men Beat Columbia to Start Dual Match Season

    ATHENS-----The No. 3-ranked Georgia men's tennis team began the 2014 dual match season with a 4-2 victory over Columbia in the ITA Kickoff Saturday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility. 
     
    The Bulldogs (1-0) will take on Stanford - which defeated Washington earlier in the day - Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. The winner will advance to the ITA National Indoor Tournament Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.
     
    All matches in the ITA Kickoff use the new experimental format, which includes tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring. Doubles are played to six games. 
     
    Georgia jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saurday, but Columbia got to within 3-2 before senior Hernus Pieters clinched the match with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-5(3) win over Bert Vancura at No. 5.
     
    "As a coach during the season you want to find out what you have, and I think today it was evident," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "At the end with Hernus and the match on the line, all of the momentum was with the other player, and it was not looking good for us. It was not because of bad play on our part; Columbia is just a great team and better than their ranking. They were being just as tough as us and just as determined and turned a 3-0 lead into anybody's match.
     
    "We found out that we have a great group of guys that when the situation gets tough, they are going to respond and be tough to beat," Diaz said. "It's important for us to get some rest and come back tomorrow with that same energy."
     
    Georgia won the doubles point to go ahead 1-0. At No. 3, Eric Diaz and Austin Smith defeated Eric Rubin and Vancura, 6-3, then at No. 2, Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha edged Mike Vermeer and Winston Lin, 6-5(3). The match at No. 1 featuring the Bulldogs' No. 12 team of Ben Wagland and Pieters was suspended when the point was clinched.
     
    In singles, No. 47 Brasseaux claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Schnur at No. 4. followed by Smith's 6-3, 6-3 victory over Dragos Ignat at No. 2 to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.  
     
    The Lions (0-1) made it 3-1 when No. 125 Narayana defeated No. 48 Wagland, 6-5(5), 6-3. Georgia's lead was cut to 3-2 when eighth-ranked Lin outlasted No. 21 Pasha, 6-4, 3-6, 6-5(4). Pieters then won in the third set tiebreaker, and Nick Wood led 3-2 in the third set at No. 6 when the match was clinched.
     
    Sunday's schedule includes Washington vs. Columbia at 9 a.m., Georgia women vs. Arkansas at 1 p.m. and Georgia men vs. Stanford at 5 p.m.



    No. 13 Mississippi State into ITA Finals

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – For Mississippi State senior Zach White, it was another memorable moment added to career of the Bulldog veteran. Behind White’s third-set rally, the 13th-ranked Mississippi State men’s tennis squad (3-0) pulled off a thrilling 4-3 victory against the No. 26 Harvard Crimson (0-1) Saturday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
     
    With the win, State moves on to face No. 21 Memphis in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship match Sunday afternoon for the right to advance to Houston, Texas, and the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 13-16. The Tigers advanced to Sunday’s finale with a 4-2 upset victory against No. 18 South Carolina.
     
    “We knew it was going to be really difficult. We had a tough time with them (Harvard) last year and, with such a young team this year, I knew it was going to be a battle,” MSU coach Per Nilsson said. “But I’m really proud of the guys for the way they came out and what an amazing finish to the match.”
     
    White was key in delivering that amazing finish, putting together an impressive third set comeback to hand victory to the Bulldogs. Finding himself down 3-2 in the third set, and 40-15 in the next game, White fought tooth-and-nail with Harvard’s Alex Steinroeder, rallying to tie the set at 3-3. From there, White cruised, taking the match and delivering State the win 6-4, 5-6(1), 6-3 on court four. White had also overcome a 4-0 deficit to take the first set in his contest.
     
    The senior’s impressive finish was set up by a back-and-forth match that started with Harvard capturing the doubles point. Behind a 6-2 victory from HU’s No. 48 duo of Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung against MSU’s Egbert Weverink and White at the No. 2 position, the Crimson jumped out in front early. A 6-4 triumph from Harvard’s No. 17 tandem of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster against State’s 52nd-ranked team of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp at the top spot gave the Crimson the doubles point. Play on court three was suspended following the clinch, with the Bulldog pair of Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid leading 5-3.
     
    In singles, MSU struck first with straight-set victories by Schmid on court six, 6-1, 6-5(4) against the Crimson’s Hu and No. 39 Stropp on court two, 6-3, 6-2 against HU’s Shaun Chaudhuri. MSU would push its lead to 3-1 when the sophomore Angus downed Harvard’s 81st-ranked Sebastian Beltrame in a three-set rally, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
     
    Harvard would answer, however. The Crimson tied the match at 3-3 when the 44th-ranked Nguyen defeated MSU’s No. 63 Lakat 6-5(5), 6-2 on court one, followed by a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win from Harvard’s Andrew Ball against MSU rookie Rishab Agarwal on court five.
     
    From there, White put the team on his shoulders and carried the Bulldogs to victory in thrilling fashion.
     
    “It was a battle throughout the entire match,” White said. “I just came out on top because of everyone supporting me.”
     
    With the win, State moves to 5-0 all time against Harvard, while also starting the season 3-0 for the third-consecutive season. The victory also moves MSU to 6-3 in ITA Kick-Off Weekend matches, all coming under the leadership of Nilsson.
     
    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT).



    Rebels Drop Tight Match to Michigan at ITA Kickoff

    OXFORD, Miss. – Tennis is a game of inches where a few points here and there can make a difference, and that was the case for the No. 10 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team here Saturday against No. 26 Michigan in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.  The Wolverines won a key tiebreaker in doubles and two tiebreakers at No. 5 singles to come away with a 4-3 win in front a packed house (575) at the Gillom Sports Center.
    With the win, Michigan advanced to the championship match Sunday at 1 p.m., against Illinois, who downed Clemson 4-0 in the second match.  The Rebels and Tigers will square off at 9 a.m.  
     
    The match came down to No. 5 singles, where redshirt freshman Vinod Gowda was playing his first ever dual match against a senior in Michigan’s Barrett Franks.  After falling behind a break in the first set, Gowda broke back and actually held a set point up 6-5 in the breaker before Franks won three straight points for 6-5(6).  The second set was much like the first, with Franks going up an early break.  Gowda showed grit and fought back again to get to a tiebreaker, after Franks served for it at 5-4.  However, Franks won the tiebreaker 7-1 to clinch the match for the Wolverines.
     
    “Michigan is a fine indoor team,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “It comes down to the fact that they played two tiebreakers better than we did in Vinod’s match, and they came away with the victory.  Vinod is going to be a good position for us, but right now he is ‘green.’   He got a little tight, but he’ll get over that.  We definitely want to thank the tremendous crowd for coming out and supporting us.  We play again at 9 a.m., Sunday against another very good team, and we would love to have them come back out to watch.”
     
    The match began with Michigan taking a tight doubles point.  After the Wolverines won 6-0 at No. 3, all eyes turned courts one and two where each match was close.  William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark had just started a tiebreaker at two, when the Michigan duo of Franks and Alex Buzzi defeated Nik Scholtz and Johan Backstrom in a tiebreaker at one, 6-5(4).  
     
    The Rebels fell behind 2-0 when Kallberg dropped his singles match to Alex Petrone 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.  But, the Rebels weren’t done.
    Scholtz, ranked No. 15 in the nation, put his team on the board with a solid 6-4, 6-2 win against Vlad Stefan at No. 1 singles.  Lindmark evened up the overall score with what Chadwick called the best match of the day, winning in three sets.  After dropping the first set, Lindmark came back to defeat Justin Rossi 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
     
    Backstrom, the Rebels’ lone senior, played a solid match in defeating Michigan’s Alex Buzzi 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead.
    “Nik is one of the best players in the country, and he showed that today,” Chadwick said. “That was impressive.  I felt like the best match played that we won, was Stefan’s.  Stefan played really well against an opponent that was playing well.  Johan is one of our really solid positions, and he showed that today.”
     
    “It’s always disappointing to lose, especially at home,” Scholtz said. “We had a really good crowd.  We didn’t win any of the close points out there today, and time and time again that ends up being the difference. That’s the first time for Zach and Vinod to be in that situation, and hopefully they’ll learn from it.
     
    Michigan tied the match when Michael Zhu defeated Oxford native Zach Wilder 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 singles moments before the matter was decided at No. 5.
     
    “We have to do a better job of taking care of some positions.  We had a look at No. 1 doubles to possibly get the doubles point and didn’t get it.  William has been struggling a little bit as of late, and we need him to step up and play like he is capable of playing.  We need to get more competitive at three doubles, because it puts too much pressure on one and two doubles.  It’s inexperience at that position.  What you are going to see early is that we’re going to struggle there, but if we work hard, we can be competitive as the season goes along.”
     
    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.



    LSU Men Fall in Opener

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 23 LSU men's tennis team (1-1) fell 4-1 to No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0) in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday.
     
    “There are a few details here and there that are a still work in progress,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “One thing that is a really high level is this team’s fight. I’m extremely comfortable taking these guys into any match because of how hard they fight. I know that they are working to improve.”
     
    Sophomore Boris Arias secured LSU’s lone point of the match winning on court four, 6-5, 1-6, 6-4. In doubles, No. 60 junior Chris Simpson and Arias cruised to a 6-0 win over Adam Lee and Pedro Dumont.
     
    The Deacons won two of the three doubles matches and took the doubles point. No. 46 freshman Eric Perez and sophomore Tam Trinh fell 6-0 to Romain Bogaerts and Max Kan. Sophomore Andrew Korinek and freshman Justin Butsch fell 6-4 to Aws Laaribi and Anthony Delcore. 
     
    Butsch pushed his singles match to three sets winning the first set 6-5, but ultimately lost the second and third sets 6-3, 6-3. Trinh lost his singles match 6-4, 6-1 to Kan on court three, and Korinek fell to No. 59 Lee 6-3, 6-2.
     
    No. 72 Simpson and sophomore Harrison Kennedy did not finish their singles matches to No. 20 Bogaerts and Laarbi, respectively. Simpson was at a third-set tiebreaker before his match was cut short.
     
    LSU takes on No. 15 Vanderbilt (2-1) on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the consolation match. Vanderbilt is coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 20 Texas.
     
    “Hopefully we can play a little better tomorrow against Vanderbilt, who is a very good team,” Brown said. “Vanderbilt is coming off a tough match that was closer than the score. I look forward to watching my team grow and continue to evolve.”
     
    For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's team on Twitter and Instagram @LSUTennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
     

     

    Aggies Men’s Tennis Sweeps Twin-Bill With 6-1 Victories

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team improved to 4-0 on the young season with victories over UTSA and Lamar at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies failed to claim the doubles point against the Roadrunners but won all 12 sets in singles on their way to the 6-1 victory.

    “Starting with the doubles against UTSA, we put ourselves behind the eight ball which forced us to deal with some adversity for the first time this season and I felt like our guys responded well to that,” A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “Both matches were really competitive today and I liked the way our guys took care of business.”

    The sophomore tandem of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant improved to 4-0 on the young season with two victories at the No. 1 line on Saturday. The pair downed Yannick Junger and Diogo Casa, 6-0, in the first match against UTSA and later ousted the duo of Nikita Lis and Steven McMullan, 6-2, of Lamar. Last season, both Adams and Vinsant were named to the All-SEC Freshmen team during their first season in Aggieland.

    Junior Jeremy Efferding bolstered his early-season resume by improving to 4-0 in singles. The nation’s 13th-ranked player defeated UTSA’s Junger, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 singles position before besting Michael Feucht, 6-3, 6-2, of Lamar at the top line.

    “Jeremy is becoming one of the real stalwarts for this team after he picked his game up moving from the No. 4 line to the No. 1 position for us,” Denton said on his top-singles player. “He is really starting to enforce his will in these matches and he is learning that every point is really valuable.”

    Freshman Max Lunkin continues to impress early in his Aggie career by starting the season 3-0 after arriving in Aggieland in early January. The Russian downed Eric Buchalter, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 5 line to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead against the Roadrunners. Later in the afternoon, Lunkin showed tremendous poise as he rallied through two tiebreaking points to secure the 5-6 (10), 6-0, 1-0 (8), victory at the No. 4 line.

    “It was good for Max to face a couple tough opponents in a new environment and get two quality matches under his belt,” Denton said on his Russian freshman. “This competition will go a long way to help him with his confidence and get him acclimated to this new format. I was pleased with how he responded after being down 5-1 in the first set against Lamar, he really came back and competed there when a lot of guys would go away after a disappointing first set.”

    Texas A&M will be back in action again next Sunday, Feb. 2, as it welcomes SMU and Nicholls State to the Mitchell Tennis Center at noon and 4 p.m., respectively. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
     




    MSU Women’s Tennis Drops ITA Kick-Off Opener To No. 7 Texas A&M

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Despite a late comeback effort, the fourth-seeded Mississippi State women’s tennis team fell in its opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday, falling 4-1 to seventh-ranked and top-seeded host Texas A&M.

    With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 1-1 on the season and will face 68th-ranked San Jose State tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the consolation match. As the second seed, San Jose State fell earlier in the day to third-seeded DePaul 4-1.

    The Bulldogs battled close with the seventh-ranked Aggies in doubles action to start the match Saturday. Timea Guibe and Alexandra Perper went back and forth on Court 1 with the 22nd-ranked A&M tandem of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu, but ultimately fell 7-5. The Aggies would clinch the doubles point a few minutes later on No. 3, as Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran were defeated 6-3 by the 51st-ranked duo of Rutuja Bohsale and Ines Deheza.

    In singles action, the scoring began on Court 6 with Hristov defeating Bulldog newcomer Rosalinda Calderon 6-2, 6-0. Then, MSU’s 84th-ranked Patrasc fell on Court 1 to 14th-ranked Stancu 6-0, 6-2 to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead.

    The Bulldogs got their first point of the day when Dion defeated Bohsale 6-1, 6-2 in an impressive performance at No. 5.

    The Aggies then clinched the victory, with Saska Gavrilovska defeating Guibe 6-3, 6-0 on Court 3 to win the match, and play was suspended at that point with State holding leads in the last two contests.

    MSU was just a point away from claiming victory on court 2, where Perper led 6-4, 5-4, while Tran was up 4-2 in a third-set supertiebreaker on court 4 that would decide the match.

    “We had a great battle with a very good team today,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “We had our chances to get the doubles point, and Rosie did a great job in her win. This could have been a 4-3 match either way and that’s a good sign for us early in the season. Tomorrow’s going to be another tough match, but if we compete like we did today, I like our chances of getting a solid win.”

    Live stats will be provided for Sunday’s match with SJSU on AggieAthletics.com.

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



    No. 42 Kentucky Falls to No. 10 Duke in Regional Championships

    DURHAM, N.C. – The University of Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 10 Duke, 4-0, in the regional championship match on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend hosted by Duke University in Durham, N.C.

    "We faced a high level team today that was more consistent at making disciplined choices during the match and closing out their leads," Kentucky head coach Carlos Drada said. "My team showed great effort today and we are hungry to get back onto the courts."

    No. 56 CeCe Witten and Kelsey Dieters fell in No. 1 doubles to Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar, 6-2. Duke claimed the doubles point after a well-fought match between Marianna Jodoin and Alyssa Smith, and Kentucky's Kirsten Lewis and Stephanie Fox. Jodoin and Smith won 6-4.

    The Wildcats hoped to have better luck in the singles competition, but Duke controlled the courts. Dieters and Fox tried to spark a comeback, winning the first set in their singles matches, but their effort wasn't enough.

    Freshman Taylor Lederman dropped her match in the No. 5 singles position to Jodoin, 6-0, 7-5, and Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Smith expanded Duke's lead to 3-0 after her 6-2, 6-3 win over senior Caitlin McGraw. Court No. 3 clinched the match for the Blue Devils as Dieters lost to No. 45 Ester Goldfield.

    "Everyone fought very hard this weekend and had a lot of energy from court to court," Dieters said. "Each match was a great learning experience and we are looking forward to applying what we've learned to help us succeed in future matches."

    No. 42 Kentucky falls to 3-1 on the season. The Wildcats will travel to Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 1 before returning home for a doubleheader against Marshall University and Morehead State, Feb. 8.



    No. 8 Kentucky’s Comeback Falls Short to No. 29 Notre Dame

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 29 Notre Dame Fighting Irish claimed the Lexington Regional Championship of the 2014 Intercollegiate Kick-Off Weekend by knocking off the No. 8 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team on Saturday afternoon in a wild 4-3 affair at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center.

    The Wildcats were unable to secure the doubles point for just the second time all season on Saturday night, as the Fighting Irish picked up wins on courts one and two to take the early 1-0 lead in the match. Kentucky’s Nils Ellefsen and Ryuji Hirooka were the lone winners for UK in the doubles, as they secured a 6-2 win on court three.

    UK’s Beck Pennington and Alejandro Gomez had a pair of match points on court two to give the doubles point to Kentucky, but lost both of them, and ended up losing the deciding tiebreaker.

    In singles, Kentucky (5-1) won the matches on courts one, three and five to keep the match close, but the deciding factor was court six, as Notre Dame’s Eddy Covalski knocked off Hirooka in three sets, 6-3, 5-6 (5), 6-4.

    Hirooka battled to the end, trailing early and forcing a deciding third set after winning a second-set tiebreaker. In the third set, which was the only courtplaying, Hirooka broke at 2-1 to take the 3-1 lead in the set, but Covalskitook five of the final six games to clinch the match.

    With the win, Notre Dame (5-0) advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas, in mid-February.

    Kentucky got singles wins from Jomby, Gomez and Grant Roberts, who tied the match at 3-3 and forced the deciding match on court six.

    The Wildcats are back in action on Feb. 2, as Kentucky faces Notre Dame again in a regular-season match in South Bend, Ind. The action will commence at 1 p.m. ET.



    No. 28 Auburn downs No. 32 Drake at ITA Kick-Off Weekend

    WACO, Texas – Auburn’s 28th-ranked men’s tennis team used strong doubles play and picked up a trio of three-set victories to continue its unbeaten start to the season, knocking off No. 32 Drake 4-1 on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

    The Tigers (4-0) moved to 8-0 in doubles play this season with a pair of 6-3 victories and won three of the four singles matches, with all four going to three sets. Drake fell 2-2 to this season.

    “It was a tough match tonight, but we found a way to win,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “The top of our lineup stepped up tonight. Dennis Lengsfeld was a warrior tonight, winning from a set and two match points down to clinch the match for us by winning his match.”

    Auburn continued with its unbeaten mark in doubles this season and began play with a 6-3 victory by the No. 37 pair of Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert over Drake’s Ben Lott and Alen Salibasic. Joseph Van Dooren and Dante Saleh picked up the doubles point for the Tigers with a 6-3 win against Drake’s Matt Frost and Ben Mullis.

    The Tigers won the first set in all six singles matches, but had to battle back after dropping the second set in each match. Lukas Ollert, playing in the No. 1 spot, posted a 6-5 (7-0), 1-6, 6-2 win for Auburn giving the Tigers their first win in singles of the night. No. 112 Daniel Cochrane picked up the win in the No. 2 spot in the lineup by taking down Drake’s Ben Lott 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

    The Bulldogs got on the board and cut Auburn’s lead to 3-1 with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win by No. 123 Matt Frost in the No. 4 spot over the Tigers’ Petar Tomic. The loss marked the first defeat for the freshman this season.

    Lengsfeld claimed the match for Auburn with a gutsy performance in the No. 3 spot. The senior battled from a set down and survived a pair of match points against Drake’s Robin Goodman to win 2-6, 6-5 (9-7), 6-4.

    Auburn will face No. 7 Baylor in the championship round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Sunday at 3 p.m. The winner advances to February’s National Indoor Team Championship in Houston.

     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.



    Rebels Drop Opening Match At ITA Kick-Off

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 35 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 34 Oklahoma in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend here Saturday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility.  With the loss, the Rebels (1-1) will face William & Mary in the consolation match Sunday at 10 a.m.  

    The Sooners jumped on the Rebels early in doubles, winning the No. 1 match 6-0.  After Julia Jones and Zalina Khairudinova won 6-2 at No. 3 doubles, all eyes turned to court two, where the match ended in a tiebreaker.  The Sooner pair of Emma Devine and Morgan Chumney forced a tiebreaker to defeat Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven, 7-6(5), and clinch the doubles point for Oklahoma.

    Stephens was first off the court in singles, losing to Devine 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 as the Sooners went ahead 2-0.

    The Rebels won three first sets, but in one of those, they weren’t able to win the match and two of them didn’t finish.  Khairudinova won the first set against Chumney 6-3, but the Sooner came back to win the second set 7-5 and force a superbreaker for the third set, which she won 10-6 to give Oklahoma 3-0 lead.

    The match ended when Sooner Whitney Ritchie finished off a 6-0, 7-5 win against 90th-ranked Jones at No. 2 singles.

    “This was a disappointing loss today,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Oklahoma is a good team and when we are unable to win close sets, tiebreakers and supertiebreakers, we are not going to win a match like this.  We have to regroup and be ready to battle William & Mary tomorrow.

    The Rebels will look to avenge a 4-3 loss to William & Mary last year in the first dual match of the year.



    Bulldogs Beat Columbia To Start Dual Match Season

    ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 3-ranked Georgia men's tennis team began the 2014 dual match season with a 4-2 victory over Columbia in the ITA Kickoff Saturday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.

    The Bulldogs (1-0) will take on Stanford - which defeated Washington earlier in the day - Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. The winner will advance to the ITA National Indoor Tournament Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.

    All matches in the ITA Kickoff use the new experimental format, which includes tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring. Doubles are played to six games.

    Georgia jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saurday, but Columbia got to within 3-2 before senior Hernus Pieters clinched the match with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-5(3) win over Bert Vancura at No. 5.

    "As a coach during the season you want to find out what you have, and I think today it was evident," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "At the end with Hernus and the match on the line, all of the momentum was with the other player, and it was not looking good for us. It was not because of bad play on our part; Columbia is just a great team and better than their ranking. They were being just as tough as us and just as determined and turned a 3-0 lead into anybody's match.

    "We found out that we have a great group of guys that when the situation gets tough, they are going to respond and be tough to beat," Diaz said. "It's important for us to get some rest and come back tomorrow with that same energy."

    Georgia won the doubles point to go ahead 1-0. At No. 3, Eric Diaz and Austin Smith defeated Eric Rubin and Vancura, 6-3, then at No. 2, Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha edged Mike Vermeer and Winston Lin, 6-5(3). The match at No. 1 featuring the Bulldogs' No. 12 team of Ben Wagland and Pieters was suspended when the point was clinched.

    Sunday's schedule includes Washington vs. Columbia at 9 a.m., Georgia women vs. Arkansas at 1 p.m. and Georgia men vs. Stanford at 5 p.m.



    Auburn women's tennis takes doubles point, falls to No. 17 Texas 4-1    

    AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 23 Auburn women’s tennis team started strong, securing the doubles point against No. 17 Texas, but came up short in the match, falling 4-1 to the Longhorns on Saturday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

    The Tigers (0-1), playing in the ITA-Kickoff Weekend, went up 1-0 early on the Longhorns (2-0) behind a pair of thrilling doubles wins. Needing to win two matches, the Tigers rallied as No. 17 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger made it one match a piece with a 7-6 (3) victory over Texas’ No. 21 Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn in the No. 1 doubles spot.

    Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller sealed the doubles point for Auburn, battling to a 7-5 win over the Longhorns’ Elizabeth Begley and Nada Koprcina. The Tigers went into singles play, riding momentum but were unable to come up with a victory as Texas rattled off four wins to clinch the match.

    “I felt we came out and played extremely tight from the very beginning and even though we were able to get the doubles point, it wasn’t the quality of doubles that we are used to putting on the court,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We didn’t take the momentum from that point into single and credit has to go to Texas for coming out and playing well in their singles.”

    Auburn will face Florida State (2-1) in Sunday’s consolation round match beginning at 10 a.m. The Seminoles fell 4-3 to Rice on Saturday afternoon and enter the weekend ranked No. 24 in the latest ITA rankings.

    “I have faith that this team will meet the challenge of stepping up and rebounding for tomorrow,” Meisner said. “Every team here is a top-ranked competitor and we will need to come out tomorrow and play to our potential.”

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    Vols Open ITA Kick-Off with 4-1 Win

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The sixth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers opened the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-1 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at Goodfriend Tennis Center.

    The Vols (5-0) will play VCU on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the final of the two-day event. The winner advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month.

    Tennessee clinched the doubles point on near simultaneous aces by junior Mikelis Libietis on court 1 and junior Andrew Dromsky on court 3. In singles, freshman Markus Kerner dropped just two games on his way to victory on court 6, and Libietis picked up a straight-set win to put the Vols ahead 3-0.

    Junior Hunter Reese clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-5 (5) victory on court 2.

    Now the Vols have an opportunity to qualify for the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the sixth consecutive season.

    The doubles point was close from the start. Libietis and Reese, the Vols' No. 1-ranked team broke Michigan State's serve early, but Brandon Fickey and Jarryd Chaplin fell behind early on court 2.

    Tennessee swung the momentum in its favor with performance of its new doubles team of Dromsky and Kerner on court 3. Libietis served out the 6-3 win on court 1, and Dromsky followed suit a second later with an ace to secure a 6-4 win and the doubles point.

    In singles, Kerner paced the Vols on court. He was on and off court 6 quickly with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mac Roy, good for his 10th victory of the season.

    Libietis came out playing his best tennis of the spring. After picking up a rare loss last week at No. 2 singles against ETSU, the Vols' ace pulled away from Aaron Pfister for a 6-4, 6-1 victory on court 1.

    "Mikelis know what he means to this program; he know what the coaches and his teammates expect of him," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "Today was quite honestly par for the course. ... When you have that kind of attention on you, people look around and wonder `what's going on?' He's still a young kid who's still growing, still maturing. I thought today was a great performance by him because he knew he needed to be better."

    Libietis hit 11 aces in the match.

    "I've been trying all week in practices to get my momentum back," Libietis said. "My serve was there, and that helps me a lot."

    After Libietis' victory, junior Brandon Fickey lost his first full match back in action 6-1, 6-3 to John Patrick Mullane on court 3. Play on the remaining three matches was close.

    Chaplin and Dromsky both split sets with their opponents on courts 4 and 5 when Reese had a chance to put the match away. An up-and-down second set went into a tiebreaker and Reese won a double fault by Lied to record his team-leading 16th victory of the season.

    With a team a near-even mix of returners and newcomers, Winterbotham said the team as a whole is still working on defining its on-court identity for the season.

    "Our identity the last seven years of our program is that we have players go out and give everything they have and leave it all out on the court," Winterbotham said. "There's no drama. They fight for every point. ... We're not there right now. Do I expect us to be there right now? Probably not, but but I would like to see more consistency from top to bottom."



    Missouri Tennis Falls to Harvard in ITA Kick-Off Opener

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Mizzou tennis team suffered a 4-0 loss to Harvard in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Saturday at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers will now face Louisville in the consolation match on Sunday at 8 a.m. CT.

    The Crimson barely won the doubles point as the final match came down to a tiebreaker. Harvard opened doubles action with a 6-0 win at No. 3 as Amy He and Amanda Lin defeated sophomore Kelli Hine and freshman Tracy Dong. The Tigers evened it up when senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and freshman Cassidy Spearman earned a 7-5 win over Spencer Liang and Monica Lin at No. 1 play.

    At No. 2 doubles, Mizzou's tandem of senior Rachel Stuhlmann and sophomore Madison Rhyner stormed back from 5-1 down to tie the match at 6-6. However, Harvard's June Lee and Hannah Morrill recovered to win 7-6 (7-5) and give the Crimson the doubles point.

    Harvard earned a 2-0 lead when Rhyner suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Lee. Hine then suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Monica Lin as the Crimson took a 3-0 advantage. Harvard clinched the win after Amanda Lin notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dong.

    Following Sunday's match against Louisville, Missouri travels to North Carolina to take on North Carolina State (Saturday, Feb. 1) and Wake Forest (Sunday, Feb. 2).




    Gators Defeat Louisville, 4-0, in Season Opener

    Gainesville, Fla. - Kourtney Keegan, Sofie Oyen and Stefani Stojic each won both their doubles match and a singles match to help Florida win its 30th consecutive season-opener with a 4-0 victory against Louisville on Saturday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The match was part of the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

    Louisville won the first doubles match, but the tandems of Keegan and Oyen along with Alexandra Cercone and Stojic took the final two doubles matches to win the doubles point for the Gators.
     
    In singles competition, Florida won three of its matches in straight sets to seal its first dual match victory of the season. Keegan finished her match first, defeating Louisville’s Elle Stokes, 6-0, 6-3, and pushing Florida to a 2-0 advantage.

    Oyen took the third point of the match after beating Rebecca Bodine, 6-1, 6-2, on court four. Stojic defeated Olivia Boesing, 6-4, 6-1, and narrowly beating Cercone for bragging rights as the clinch point for the Gators’ victory. Cercone, who played the No. 1 spot for the first time in her career as a Gator, was in the middle of a tiebreak that would have decided the outcome of her match when Stojic won her single match and sealed the win for Florida.

    The Gators will face Harvard in the championship final on Sunday at 10 a.m. to conclude the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.