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    SEC Tennis Report: Saturday

    Arkansas Downs Southern Illinois, 7-0

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Spring cleaning has already begun for the University of Arkansas women's tennis team (5-1), as the Razorbacks swept their second straight dual match in convincing fashion Saturday and earned a 7-0 victory over Southern Illinois (0-1) at the George M. Billingsley Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
     
    Entering the morning's dual match having just wrapped up a 7-0 victory over #63 North Texas nearly 12 hours earlier, the Razorbacks showed no signs of fatigue on their way to another sweep, this time of the Salukis.
     
    "We definitely competed well today and are looking good in numerous areas," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "I'm excited for how sharp our doubles continues to look, which bodes well as we move toward conference play."
     
    In repeat fashion from the night prior, Arkansas jumped out to an early 1-0 dual-match lead and secured the doubles point in swift fashion. Shannon Hudson and Sarah McLean earned a quick 6-2 win at No. 3, which was then followed by a win from Yang Pang and Sasha Shkorupeieva at court two.
     
    Kimberley - Ann Surin improved to 2-0 on the weekend in singles and got things rolling for the Razorbacks again with a 6-1, 6-0, win at No. 4 over Gisela Cairo Baza. Shkorupeieva defeated Lola Garcia, 6-1, 6-1, while Brittany Huxley clinched the 4-0 dual-match win at No. 5 in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Polina Dozortseva.
     
    Their second dual match in as many days, the Razorbacks continue their marathon weekend by hosting a pair of dual matches on Sunday. Arkansas looks for its third win over a ranked opponent this season and will begin the day squaring off against No. 31 Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. 
     
    The Razorbacks will wrap up their weekend's work against Oral Roberts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
     
    For up to date results and information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.



    Ole Miss Dominates Jacksonville State

    OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 35 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team dominated Jacksonville State 7-0 here Saturday at the Gillom Sports Center to improve to 3-1 on the year.
     
    The Rebels only allowed the Gamecocks 10 games total in doubles and singles combined on the way to their third shutout of the season.
    The day began with Ole Miss sweeping the doubles by a combined score of 18-0.  Among the winners, freshman Zalina Khairudinova and junior Julia Jones won their sixth consecutive match and improved to 4-0 in dual matches.
     
    In singles, the Rebels kept their foot on the gas pedal, winning easily in all six matches. Khairduinova won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3, Caroline Rohde-Moe won 6-2, 6-1 at the top spot, and Julia Jones beat her opponent 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2.  The bottom three matches went 6-0, 6-2 for Mai El Kamash, and shutouts for Marija Milutinovic and Iris Verboven.
     
    “We did a good job of taking care of business and staying focused,” head coach Mark Beyers said.  “We worked on some things and got better today. That is what you want to get out of these type matches.”
     
    Now the Rebels turn their focus to the outdoor season and a doubleheader on Feb. 21 against Lipscomb and Tennessee State.  
     
    “Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll be able to get outside and start practicing to get ready for Lipscomb, Tennessee State, Memphis and then the SEC schedule,” Beyers said.
     
    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissWTennis and on Facebook at OleMissWTennis.
     
    Doubles
    1. #19 Rohde-Moe/Milutinovic (OM) def. Guasti/Nguyen (JSU) 6-0
    2. Jones/Khairudinova (OM) def. Kerindi/Bizinos (JSU) 6-0
    3. Robbins/El Kamash (OM) def. Cmiljic/Knezevic (JSU) 6-0
    Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
     
    Singles
    1. #87 Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) def. Raisa Guasti (JSU) 6-2, 6-1
    2. #90 Julia Jones (OM) def. Olivia Nguyen (JSU) 6-2, 6-2
    3. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) def. Danielle Kerindi (JSU) 6-1, 6-0
    4. #57 Mai El Kamash (OM) def. Zoe Bizinos (JSU) 6-0, 6-2
    5. Marija Milutinovic (OM) vs. Claudia Marsalas (JSU) 6-0, 6-0
    6. Iris Verboven (OM) vs. Sadey St. Amant (JSU) 6-0, 6-0
    Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 5, 4, 6



    Alabama Women's Squad Handles Georgia State

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s tennis team collected a 6-1 victory over Georgia State on Saturday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 3-0 overall, while the loss drops the Panthers to 1-1 on the season. 
     
    Alabama took a 1-0 lead following doubles, posting a pair of 6-2 victories on courts two and three. In singles, sophomore Maya Jansen gave the Tide a 2-0 lead, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 win on court three. Freshman Danielle Spielmann followed that up with a 6-1, 6-3 victory on court two over Georgia State junior Masa Grgan, and moments later, fellow freshman Erin Routliffe provided the clinching win on court four with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over sophomore Linn Timmermann. 
     
    The remaining three matches were played out, allowing the Tide to pick up two more points with junior Emily Zabor winning 6-0, 6-4 on court five and sophomore Natalia Maynetto 6-4, 6-3 on court six. The matchup on court one went into a third-set tiebreaker where eighth-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah edged out senior Mary Anne Macfarlane 2-6, 6-4, 10-4. 
     
    Next up, Alabama heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will run Feb. 7-11. 
     
    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.



    Fouth-Ranked Lady Bulldogs Storm Past Clemson

    ATHENS, Ga.—The fourth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team remained undefeated Saturday, beating No. 13 Clemson 7-0 at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. The Bulldogs have now won six straight over the Tigers.
     
    “We did everything well today,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “We came out with good energy and played really great in the doubles in those critical junctures and then got off to some great starts in singles. I really felt like each person who came on the court did the things we’ve been working on and obviously the result showed that. We’re excited.”
     
    The Bulldogs won the doubles point with wins won courts one and three. The No. 5 duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase were first off the court with a 6-3 win over Clemson’s Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies. Georgia’s pair of Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell won the match’s final three games to beat Joana Eidukonyte and Romy Koelzer, 6-4. Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia led 5-1 when their match was suspended.
     
    In singles, No. 4 Herring overwhelmed No. 74 Koroleva, 6-1, 6-2 to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. A short time later, No. 33 Kimbell came from behind to win 1-6 , 6-2, 1-0 (10-3). Georgia clinched the match when No. 10 Garcia controlled No. 51 Romy Koelzer in a 6-3, 6-3 win. 
     
    With the match outcome decided, Mia King raced to a 6-2, 6-2 win against Jessy Rompies and Fuller rolled to a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ani Maio.
     
    Brinson played an exhibition singles match and beat Eidukonyte, 6-3, 6-1.
     
    Georgia will travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championships set to begin Feb. 7. The tournament will last through Sunday, Feb. 10 and will feature the top-ranked programs in the country.



    Alabama Men Fall to No. 14 Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas – The Alabama men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision at No. 14 Texas on Saturday. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 4-2 on the season, while the win brings the Longhorns to 6-0.
     
    Texas picked up a 6-3 victory on court three in doubles, however the point came down to the wire with the matches on court one and two playing out in a tiebreaker. The Longhorns would eventually grab the 1-0 advantage, winning 6-5(5) on court two. Once the point was secured, the matchup on court one was suspended with senior Daniil Proskura and freshman Nikko Madregallejo leading the No. 5 team in the nation, 6-4, in the tiebreaker.
     
    Texas got off to a quick start in singles, winning first sets on all six courts, and eventually the matches on courts two, four and five. The remaining three matches went unfinished, thus giving the Longhorns the 4-0 victory.
     
    Next up, Alabama plays a pair of matches at home, hosting Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9, respectively. 
     
    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.



    MSU Men Down Rice

    LUBBOCK, Texas – After a heart-racing comeback Friday against No. 53 Texas Tech, the No. 10 Mississippi State men’s tennis Bulldogs (6-0) took care of business Saturday, defeating the Rice Owls (2-3) 5-2 at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.
     
    State moves to 3-0 all time against Rice with the victory, including a 2-0 record on neutral courts against the Owls.
     
    The Bulldogs got off to a hot start, taking the doubles point for the first time in four matches. On court two, the freshman pair of Florian Lakat and Egbert Weverink made quick work of Rice’s Srikar Alla and Leif Berber, earning a 6-3 victory. The MSU tandem of Rishab Agarwal and Zach White clinched doubles play for the Bulldogs, defeating the Owl team of Adam Gustafsson and Zach Yablon 6-3 on court three, moving to 3-0 on the season.
     
    Play on court one was suspended after the clinch, as MSU’s No. 52 Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp and Rice’s Tommy Bennett and David Warren were heading to a tiebreaker at 5-5.
     
    In singles, MSU earned three straight-set victories early to clinch the win against the Owls. Freshman Robin Haden struck first for State on court six, earning an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory against Rice’s Henrik Munch in only his third match of the season. Following suit on court three was MSU’s Angus, who defeated Rice’s Gustafsson 6-4, 6-3 to put MSU up 3-0 in the match. The win also moved Angus to 6-0 to begin the season.
     
    The clincher came on court five, as the Bulldog freshman Agarwal used back-to-back tiebreakers to defeat the Owls’ Gustavo Gonzalez 6-5(2), 6-5(4), giving MSU the overall match. The win was Agarwal’s second match-clinching victory of the year.
     
    Play continued following the clinch, with matches remaining on court one, two and four. MSU’s 63rd-ranked Lakat was forced to a third set by Rice’s Alla, but took the victory, picking up a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 triumph on court one. On court two, No. 39 Stropp fell to Rice’s Bennett in a third-set super tiebreaker, 6-5(6), 2-6, 1-0(8), while State’s White dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 6-5(5) decision to the Owl’s Warren on court four.
     
    “We had two really good wins this weekend and I am proud of how our guys fought,” coach Per Nilsson said. “Really great seeing this team improving with each match and looking forward to heading back home for the next two contests.”
     
    The 10th-ranked Bulldogs return home to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre for their next two matches, as they face No. 66 Samford and Alcorn State in a Sunday doubleheader on Feb. 9 starting at 12 p.m. CT. Following the quick homestand, MSU will travel to Houston, Texas, for the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Feb. 13-16.
     
    For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT).



    Gators Fall to UCLA in Pac-12/SEC Challenge

    LOS ANGELES—The Florida men’s tennis team suffered its first defeat of the season, falling 4-1 to No. 2 UCLA in the first match of the Pac-12/SEC Showdown, hosted by Southern California in Los Angeles. The Gators will face the host Trojans on Sunday afternoon.
     
    Florida (3-1) fell behind UCLA (4-0) in doubles early, as the Bruins’ duo of Joseph DiGiulio and Clay Thompson beat UF’s Maxx Lipman and Gordon Watson on court two. The Gators battle back though, taking the match at No. 3 doubles with Diego Hidalgo and Spencer Newman beating Dennis Mkrtchian and Karue Sell.
     
    Court one became the deciding factor, and it was a tight match all the way. UCLA’s Marcos Giron held serve at 4-5 to force a tiebreaker. Florida’s Stephane Piro and Mike Alford pulled out the tiebreaker, 9-7, and clinched the doubles point for the Gators.
     
    In singles, things got off to a rough start. At the No. 1 spot, Newman retired due to injury midway through the first set, giving UCLA a point to even the match.
     
    The Bruins’ Gage Brymer then gave them a lead with a straight set win on court four over UF’s  Elliott Orkin. UCLA finished off the victory with wins on courts three and six.
     
    Sunday’s matches are scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Network. The Georgia-UCLA match will begin at 1 p.m. ET and the Florida-USC match is scheduled to start 15 minutes after the conclusion of the first match. Fans can also check out the online stream.



    Gamecocks Stay Unbeaten

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Feb. 1, 2014) – The No. 33-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team improved to 3-0 in 2014 with a 4-3 victory over No. 44 VCU on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. It was the Rams’ fourth straight loss, dropping their record to 2-4.
     
    The Gamecocks claimed the doubles point, which proved to be the difference in the match, with victories at the top two positions. Meghan Blevins and Elixane Lechemia finished first with a 6-4 victory against Ludivine Burguiere and Cindy Chala on court one. Brigit Folland and Katerina Popova secured the point at the No. 2 spot with a 6-3 triumph against Olga Barscheuskaya and Daria Yakauleva.
     
    The No. 3 doubles match between South Carolina’s Caroline Dailey and Ximena Siles Luna, and the Rams’ Salome Kvitashvili and Olga Terteac was abandoned once the point had been decided.
     
    Chala tied the team score in singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Popova at the No. 1 singles position, but Lechemia put Carolina back on top with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Burguiere on court two. Yukako Noi tied the score again when she upended Folland at the third singles slot by scores of 6-2, 6-3. Dailey pulled the Gamecocks within a point of winning the match when she dispatched Barscheuskaya 6-2, 2-6, (10-8) at six, and Siles Luna provided the clincher with a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Kvitashvili at four.
     
    Blevins nearly made the score a 5-2 final for the Gamecocks when she took a 6-1 lead in a third set super tiebreaker against Yakauleva on court five, but she was unable to hang on and suffered a 3-6, 6-3, (11-9) setback.
     
    The 4-3 final score marked the fourth time in the last five meetings the Gamecocks and Rams have played a match decided by one point. South Carolina has won all four of those decisions and has now claimed five straight against VCU.
     
    The Gamecocks will return to the courts Sunday when they take on the 14th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers at noon at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville. UVa is 2-0 this season and coming off a 6-1 win over VCU on Friday.



    Bulldogs Fall to Southern Cal

    LOS ANGELES --- The third-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 4 Southern California in the Bulldogs’ first match of the inaugural SEC/Pac-12 Showdown on Saturday at the Trojans’ Marks Tennis Stadium.
     
    Georgia (2-1) came close to capturing the doubles point, but host USC (3-0) went on to claim the early lead and never surrendered control.
     
    “USC played a great match against us, and unfortunately we didn’t play well enough to won today,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “That’s the bottom line. They’re a great team. Our guys fought hard, and did a great job at No. 3 doubles. We led with a break at No. 2 and couldn’t finish them off, and that was the difference in the doubles point. In singles we were competitive at No. 1, and I was most impressed with their No. 2 singles player. He played a great match, and Nathan [Pasha] fought well in the first set but didn’t play well in the second. When they took a 3-0 lead, that changed the flow of the match. We can play better than we did today. All the credit to USC because they certainly played more assertive in singles and really took it to us. Hopefully we show more mettle in the future than we did today. It doesn’t get any easier. The guys will be ready for a good battle (tomorrow vs. UCLA).”
     
    After the Trojans’ team of Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento defeated Georgia’s 12th-ranked Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland by a 6-2 score at No. 1 doubles, the Bulldogs responded with a 6-5(0) decision at No. 3 for Eric Diaz and Austin Smith over Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson. USC eventually won the deciding match on court No. 2, with Connor Farren and Roberto Quiroz besting Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha, 6-4, to take the 1-0 lead in the team match into singles play.
     
    The Trojans went on to win five of six first sets in singles, before taking a 2-0 lead with a 6-5(0), 6-1 win for No. 32 Hanfmann over No. 21 Pasha at No. 2. It moved to a 3-0 lead as 67th-ranked Johnny Wang posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Pieters at No. 5, and the clinch came at No. 1 as No. 10 Sarmiento beat No. 12 Austin Smith, 6-4, 6-4.
     
    The Bulldogs were in good shape in two of the suspended matches, as Brasseaux was one game away from giving Georgia its first point at No. 4, and Wagland was up a break looking to force a third set at No. 3.
     
    Georgia is back in action in the tournament tomorrow, taking on second-ranked UCLA (4-0) at 1 p.m. ET. The defending national runner-up Bruins defeated Florida today. The Pac-12 Network will televise the Sunday matches, including a video stream with a subscription to a participating cable provider, with Paul Sunderland and Paul Goldstein on the call. The ITA’s experimental scoring format is in place for the duration of the weekend, with sets in all matches played to six games, tiebreakers at five-all, and no-ad scoring.


     

    Kentucky Rolls over Penn State

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A strong performance in doubles and exceptional singles play led the No. 40 University of Kentucky women's tennis team to its fourth win of the season. The Wildcats downed No. 50 Penn State University, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center.

    "I am very excited for our team," Kentucky head coach Carlos Drada said. " They have really bought into our process and it's great to see how much they've grown on the court as a result of their commitment."

    In Kentucky's first true road match, they lead early getting the doubles point with Cece Witten and Caitlin McGraw's, 6-1, win over Carmen Sandor and Taylor Shukow in the No. 1 doubles slot. Edmée Morin- Kougoucheff and freshman Aldila Sutjiadi followed with a 6-4 win over Katia Blik and Dasha Sapogova to clinch the point.

    Sutjiadi expanded the lead beating Sandor, 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play. No. 108 Nadia Ravita notched her first singles win of the season, beating Blik 7-5, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles position. McGraw and junior Stephanie Fox both tallied wins after Morin-Kougoucheff's match against Marie Bedard secured the win for the Wildcats. She beat Bedard, 6-3, 7-5.

    "I am so excited about our win today," Morin- Kougoucheff said. "We've all worked extremely hard so it was rewarding to get the win. I can't wait for the rest of the season."

    The junior is now 4-0 in singles play and this is her second time clinching the win for the team. UK is now 4-1 to begin the dual-match season and has tied the series with the Nittany Lions, 1-1.

    "They were disciplined during key moments and that helped us win the match," Drada said. "This was a big win for our team."

    The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8, with a doubleheader against Marshall University at 10 a.m. ET and Morehead State at 6 p.m. ET.
     




    Cercone Wins 100th Career Singles Match, Clinches Florida Sweep at No. 19 Baylor

    WACO, Texas - Senior Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) became the 26th Gator to win 100 career singles matches as she also provided Florida's clinching dual match victory in a 7-0 decision against No. 19 Baylor at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.

    The second-ranked Gators took control from the start of the doubles matches, winning on courts one and two to secure a quick 1-0 lead.

    In singles action, freshman Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) got her first taste of a road dual match and didn't show any jitters in front of a large, hostile crowd as she was the first off the court with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Alex Leatu.

    Senior Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Blair Shankle on court four, before Cercone dropped Victoria Kisialeva, 6-2, 6-2 on court two to secure Florida's fourth win of the season and her career milestone victory.

    Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) added more points to the final score with wins on their respective courts, before senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) polished off the sweep with a thrilling rally, where she overcame a couple match points in the second set which she took in a tiebreaker and forced a third set, which she won 10-3 in the new format.



    Missouri Tennis Suffers 5-2 Loss to North Carolina State

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The Mizzou tennis team suffered a 5-2 road loss at the hands of North Carolina State on Saturday, Feb. 1 in Raleigh, N.C. The Tigers fell to 2-3 on the year, while the Wolfpack improved to 3-0.

    North Carolina State swept all three doubles matches to take the doubles point. At No. 1, senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach and freshman Cassidy Spearman fell to Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez, 6-3. The Wolfpack also won at No. 2 with 6-1 victory from Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson over senior Rachel Stuhlmann and sophomore Madison Rhyner, and posted a 6-2 win at No. 3 as Liza Fieldsend and Rachael James-Baker defeated sophomore Kelli Hine and freshman Tracy Dong.

    Gaytan-Leach knotted the match at 1-1 with a victory at No. 1 singles. The senior dropped the first set but came back to post a 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 win over Kissell.

    North Carolina State earned wins at No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles to clinch the match. Hine fell to James-Baker, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2, Rhyner suffered a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 loss to Martinez at No. 3 and Stuhlmann was bested by Liza Fieldsend, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, at No. 4 action.

    At. No. 5 singles, Dong posted her third dual match victory of the season in a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 win over Natalia Janowicz.

    Mizzou returns to the court on Sunday, Feb. 2 when the squad takes on Wake Forest at Noon ET.



    Auburn sweeps Alabama A&M and Davidson, moves to 6-1

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn men’s tennis recorded its second home doubleheader sweep of the year, taking down Alabama A&M 7-0 and Davidson 5-2 on Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

    “This morning we had a job to do and we went out and did it. Alabama A&M was playing two players down, but our guys didn’t let up and accomplished the job,” Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. “Against Davidson, we had several of our young players step up and we really challenged them. I liked how they played and that will help us build depth down the road for us.”

    The Tigers quickly dispatched Alabama A&M in the morning session in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs were down two players so Auburn clinched the doubles point promptly with 6-0 victory by the tandem of Oliver Plaskett and Petar Tomic. No. 3 doubles was won by the Tigers due to forfeit, while Dante Saleh and Joseph Van Dooren were up 4-2 when play was stopped.

    Auburn continued to dominate play winning the four singles match that were played, dropping a combined four games between the matches. Van Dooren took the win on court three after Alabama A&M’s Farai Chiridiza retired in the first set down 5-1 to put the match away. Plaskett was the first Tiger to complete his match for the Tigers with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

    Saleh also picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory on court two, while Tomic won 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 singles.

    Auburn started off the day’s second match by clinching the doubles point with wins by its top two teams. Dante Saleh and Joseph Van Dooren picked up a 6-4 win on court won to clinch the match after Oliver Plaskett and Petar Tomic were the first team off the court with a 6-2 victory.

    Davidson tied the match 1-1 Jordan Hart downed Auburn’s Jack Nicholas 6-2, 6-3 in No. 5 singles. The Tigers quickly regained the lead as Dante Saleh provided Auburn with a straight set 6-3, 6-4 win on court two. Saleh moved his winning streak in singles to nine straight matches and is a perfect 5-0 in dual match play this year.

    Joseph Van Dooren’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Davidson’s Ethan Kallick on court three. Oliver Plaskett clinched the match for Auburn behind a strong performance in No. 4 singles with a 6-1, 6-5 (5) win.

    Davidson picked up its other win in singles by knocking off Auburn’s Nicholas Kiger in three sets 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. Petar Tomic dropped the first, but battled back to knock off the Wildcats’ Robert Lightbourn at the top of the lineup 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

    Auburn faces a quick turnaround and hosts UAB on Tuesday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match is set to begin a 2 p.m. and admission is free.

    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.




    No. 21 Auburn sweeps Troy 7-0

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s tennis clinched the doubles point for the third straight match and swept each singles match to defeat Troy 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

    “Troy’s a very aggressive team so you have to start hot and go after them. We knew they were scrappy and would make us play and they did that,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I’m very proud of how we started out with doubles and we transitioned well into singles, coming up hot in most of our spots.”

    The 60th-ranked duo of Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller made quick work of Troy’s (1-4) Anja Cosovic and Trang Huynh 6-0 in No. 2 doubles. Auburn’s (2-1) Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler posted a 6-2 victory over Troy’s Lyubov Dorofeeva and Brooke Durden to secure the point for the Tigers in the No. 3 spot. Kasler earned her 128th career win in an Auburn uniform, which ranks fifth in school history for combined victories.

    The No. 17 tandem of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger were up 5-2 when play was abandoned. Auburn has won the doubles point in all three matches to begin the dual match season.

    In singles, it was Burgmans who got off the court first. The 12th-ranked sophomore did not drop a game, winning 6-0, 6-0 against Troy’s Dorofeeva. Kucharova posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over the Trojans’ Monica Gonzalez. Auburn clinched the match as Muller defeated Troy’s Margot De Haan 6-3, 6-0.

    “Pleun played excellent. She played stellar tennis and got the job done. I’ve got to give credit to Troy, they came out swinging on courts two and three, but we told our girls to weather the storm and play some close points. Both (Emily Flickinger and Paula de Man) came back from down 4-1 and showed mental toughness to win the first set 6-4,” Meisner said.

    “On courts four through six, we still had great intensity and our players played to their potential. This was a good 7-0 win. I’m happy to get out first home win and we are going to keep working towards next weekend,” Meisner said.

    Ashley Kitchen picked up her first dual match win of the season, taking a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Troy’s Brooke Durden on court six. Flickinger rallied from an early first-set deficit to win in straights, 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles. Paula de Man took the win on court three, earning a 6-4, 6-4 against Anja Cosovic.

    “Credit to her (Trang Huynh) she came out and painted lines early on. I didn’t have my best in the beginning, but I started to get a lot more balls in the court and began to break her game down,” Flickinger said following Auburn’s second victory of the year.

    The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 9 with a doubleheader against Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. and Samford at 5 p.m. Admission is free to all home Auburn tennis matches.

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    No. 49 Razorback Women's Tennis Sweeps SIU

    FAYETTEVILLE -- Spring cleaning has already begun for the University of Arkansas women's tennis team (5-1), as the Razorbacks swept their second straight dual match in convincing fashion Saturday and earned a 7-0 victory over Southern Illinois (0-1) at the George M. Billingsley Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

    Entering the morning's dual match having just wrapped up a 7-0 victory over #63 North Texas nearly 12 hours earlier, the Razorbacks showed no signs of fatigue on their way to another sweep, this time of the Salukis.

    "We definitely competed well today and are looking good in numerous areas," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "I'm excited for how sharp our doubles continues to look, which bodes well as we move toward conference play."

    In repeat fashion from the night prior, Arkansas jumped out to an early 1-0 dual-match lead and secured the doubles point in swift fashion. Shannon Hudson and Sarah McLean earned a quick 6-2 win at No. 3, which was then followed by a win from Yang Pang and Sasha Shkorupeieva at court two.

    Kimberley - Ann Surin improved to 2-0 on the weekend in singles and got things rolling for the Razorbacks again with a 6-1, 6-0, win at No. 4 over Gisela Cairo Baza. Shkorupeieva defeated Lola Garcia, 6-1, 6-1, while Brittany Huxley clinched the 4-0 dual-match win at No. 5 in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Polina Dozortseva.

    Their second dual match in as many days, the Razorbacks continue their marathon weekend by hosting a pair of dual matches on Sunday. Arkansas looks for its third win over a ranked opponent this season and will begin the day squaring off against No. 31 Oklahoma State at 11 a.m.

    The Razorbacks will wrap up their weekend's work against Oral Roberts at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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