The Alabama women’s tennis team moved to 3-0 on the season after downing Georgia State, 6-1, last week. The Crimson Tide 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 Daines 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.
The No. 49 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team (5-2, 0-0 SEC) picked up two wins over the weekend hosting three dual matches in as many days at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. The Razorbacks earned 7-0 wins over both No. 63 North Texas and Southern Illinois, but fell to No. 31 Oklahoma State in a 6-0 loss. Freshman Shannon Hudson improved to 5-1 in singles play this season, while Brittany Huxley (4-2) and Kimberley-Ann Surin (4-3) each earned their fourth wins. Arkansas was scheduled to also host Oral Roberts on Sunday, but due to inclement weather the dual match was rescheduled for March 9. The Razorbacks enjoy a bye week before returning to action and hosting Oklahoma on Feb. 14.
No. 21 Auburn (2-1) posted a 7-0 home sweep of Troy on Saturday in its lone match of the week at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers continued to use strong doubles play to capture the doubles point for the third straight match. The No. 60 pair of Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller cruised to a 6-0 victory in No. 2 doubles, while the duo of Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler earned a 6-2 win in No. 3 doubles to secure the point. The win for Kasler marked the senior’s 129th career win in an Auburn uniform, the fifth-most in school history. No. 12 Pleun Burgmans made quick work in the No. 1 spot in singles, taking a 6-0, 6-0 win as the first Tiger off the court. No. 98 Emily Flickinger and Paula de Man battled back from early first-set deficits to pick up wins, while Kucharova and Muller also continued their strong play on the court in straight-set victories. Auburn hosts Georgia Southern and Samford in a Sunday doubleheader at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Play begins at 11 a.m. versus Georgia Southern and the Tigers wrap up the action against Samford at 5 p.m.
The Gators will compete at the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 7-10. The Gators have not competed in the event since the 2010-11 season, when they finished runner-up to Stanford. This is just the fifth time in 12 years under Coach Thornqvist UF will be competing in National Team Indoors. UF has won the event six times since its inception in 1988. During the Feb. 1 win at Baylor, Alexandra Cercone became the 26th Gator to win 100 career singles matches. Olivia Janowicz has won 18 consecutive singles matches in dual match play, while Brianna Morgan has won her last 14. Janowicz has won a team-best 22 singles matches this season, followed by Belinda Woolcock’s 20.
The fourth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team won 7-0 against No. 13 Clemson on Saturday in front of more than 300 fans. The win is Georgia’s sixth in a row over the Tigers. Last week’s SEC Player of the Week, Lauren Herring, who is ranked fourth in the country, avenged last year’s lost to Yana Koroleva with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Tenth-ranked Silvia Garcia picked up her first match clincher of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 51 Romy Koelzer. The Bulldogs prepare to head to ITA National Team Indoors this week for the 24th time in program history.
The No. 40 University of Kentucky women’s tennis team returned home with a 6-1 win over Penn State University on Saturday. This was the team’s first true road match. After a 4-3 loss last season to the Nittany Lions, the Wildcats came out firing on all cylinders. Winning the doubles point, the team got off to an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi expanded the lead to 2-0 with her win on court 2 and No. 108 Nadia Ravita followed with her first win the season. Junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff clinched the match for Kentucky for the second time this season. Her consistency on the court has led her to four singles wins, a team high. 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.
After Friday’s match against Rice was postponed due to inclement weather, the No. 60 LSU women’s tennis team traveled to No. 64 SMU on Sunday. SMU forfeited court three in doubles, and LSU quickly captured the point as Mary Jeremiah and Noel Scott won 6-2 on court one. Joana Vale Costa and partner Skylar Holloway then completed the doubles round with a 6-4 victory of their own. In singles, SMU forfeited courts five and six. Scott, Vale Costa and Ella Taylor each earned singles victories as the Lady Tigers defeated SMU 6-1 to improve their season record to 4-1.
Ole Miss dominated Jacksonville State 7-0 Saturday to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Rebels only gave up 10 games total in doubles and singles to the Gamecocks. They outscored JSU 18-0 in doubles. Zalina Khairudinova and Julia Jones won their sixth in a row and improved to 4-0 in dual matches. Mai El Kamash picked up her team-leading 14th win, while Jones earned her 13th win of the year. The Rebels have now posted three shutouts this year in their first four matches. Senior Caroline Rohde-Moe was one of nine Ole Miss student-athletes inducted into the Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities last Friday. The two-time All-SEC honoree is an outstanding student in the Honors College. The Rebels are off until Feb. 21 when they host a doubleheader against Lipscomb and Tennessee State.
After a 2-1 start to the season, the Bulldogs took a break from action this past week. During the week, the Bulldogs also entered the ITA Rankings for the first time this season, coming in at No. 75 in the latest poll. MSU was last ranked following the 2013 SEC Championships, where they earned a No. 74 spot after defeating Missouri in the first round, which was ranked No. 60 at the time. Mississippi State will be back in action on Saturday, when they host a doubleheader slate of UAB and UT-Martin, with the first match scheduled for an 11 a.m. start at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
The Mizzou tennis team suffered 5-2 road losses to both No. 47 North Carolina State and Wake Forest last week. Seniors Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann, sophomore Kelli Hine and freshman Tracy Dong all picked up singles wins over the weekend. The Tigers are idle until Feb. 16, when they travel to face Wichita State.
The No. 33 South Carolina women’s tennis team posted a 1-1 record last week with a split of matches against VCU and Virginia. Both matches were played in Charlottesville, Va., with the Gamecocks picking up a 4-3 victory over No. 44 VCU first and then suffering their first loss of the season to No. 14 Virginia. South Carolina is 3-1 this season heading into Wednesday’s match-up versus Furman. Carolina then hosts a doubleheader against Charleston Southern and Davidson on Feb. 9. Against UVa, senior Katerina Popova scored the highest ranked win of her career with a win against No. 28 Danielle Collins at No. 2 singles. In the win over VCU, freshman Caroline Dailey won her match in three sets to take over the team lead in singles victories this season with 10.
The Lady Vols took part in just one match this week as they faced No. 11 Michigan in their home opener at the Goodfriend Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 2. Michigan edged by in doubles play and went on to earn a 6-1 lead, their first victory in Knoxville in the series history. Freshman Laurence Guevremont tallied Tennessee’s lone point on the day earning a 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (3) victory from No. 5 singles. The Lady Vols have the upcoming weekend off but will return to action vs. Georgia Tech at Noon on Feb. 15 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
In its first top-10 match up of the season, No. 7 Texas A&M faces No. 3 North Carolina Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The match against the 4-0 Tar Heels is a prelude to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, fielded by 16 of the 17 top-ranked teams in the country, including five teams representing the SEC. The tournament begins Friday at the Boar’s Head Tennis Club in Charlottesville, Va. Senior Cristina Stancu is the Aggies’ top-ranked player, entering the week No. 14 in the national singles rankings and No. 22 in doubles with sophomore Stefania Hristov. Stancu is 2-0 in dual singles matches at the No. 1 line, and she is 18-4 overall, including 11-2 against ranked opponents. Stancu and Hristov are 2-0 at No. 1 doubles, and the Romanian duo is 13-5 overall. Sophomore Ines Deheza and freshman Rutuja Bhosale also are ranked in doubles at No. 51.
The No. 15 Vanderbilt women’s tennis team picked up its third-straight win over a top 20 team, with the 5-2 win over No. 16 Northwestern, Sunday. The Commodores swept the doubles point, with wins at all three doubles positions. In singles, Vandy suffered losses at No. 1 and 2, but took care of business at the bottom of the lineup. Frances Altick clinched the match at No.4, while Marie Casares picked up a win at No. 5. The two have combined to win all 11 matches this spring, and have won 22 of 23 sets played over that time. Vanderbilt will now prepare for its second-straight National Team Indoor Championship, beginning on Friday.