The Alabama women’s tennis team went 1-2 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, falling to No. 6 USC, 4-3, beating No. 17 Texas, 4-1, and losing to No. 14 Virginia, 4-1. The Crimson Tide now stands at 4-2 heading into the week. Alabama nearly pulled the upset over the Trojans in the first round of the tournament, leading 3-1 overall. USC came back to take the match, winning the next three singles matches. The Tide bounced back on Saturday in its first consolation match, winning the doubles point handily before taking three of the four singles matches that finished. In Sunday’s loss to the Cavaliers, Alabama lost its first doubles point of the tournament, yet evened the match with a 0-6, 6-3, 14-12 victory from Maya Jansen on court three. Virginia went on to win on courts one, four and five to seal the team victory. Alabama will get another chance at the Cavaliers when it returns to the courts, only this time the match will be played in Tuscaloosa. The match is slated to begin at Noon CT on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility.
Coming off of a bye week in its scheduling, the University of Arkansas women’s tennis team resumes play this weekend with a pair of home dual matches at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. Arkansas closes out its non-conference schedule by welcoming a pair of ranked opponents to Fayetteville, beginning with No. 28 Oklahoma at noon on Friday and then No. 30 Purdue on Sunday at 11 a.m. Having already earned wins over ranked opponents in No. 55 Kansas State and No. 63 North Texas, the Razorbacks look to make their biggest statement yet before heading into conference play.
Auburn (4-1) earned a pair of wins in its final home non-conference doubleheader of the season on Sunday. In the morning session, the Tigers posted a 7-0 sweep of Georgia Southern outdoors at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. No. 60 Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller picked up their fifth straight win in doubles to help the Tigers secure the point. Muller and No. 98 Emily Flickinger added their third straight wins in singles to lead Auburn to the sweep over Georgia Southern. The Tigers moved indoors on Sunday night, topping Samford, 4-0. Auburn clinched the doubles points with three wins, while Flickinger and Muller recorded their second win of the day in singles. Junior Jen Pfeifler added a straight-set victory on court six to conclude the match. Auburn travels to New Orleans for four matches in two days. The Tigers face off against Southern and Tulane on Friday, before taking on Northwestern State and Nicholls State on Saturday.
The Gators have a full week off from competition and will return to the court on Tue., Feb. 18 when the team plays host to Florida State. Florida posted a 2-1 record last week at the National Team Indoor Championships, earning wins against Virginia and Southern California. Sophomore Brianna Morgan played and won her singles match against USC playing a career-high No. 2 in the lineup. Senior Olivia Janowicz has won a team-best 24 singles matches and is 4-1 playing the No. 1 singles spot – a career-high position for her.
The fourth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team went 1-2 at ITA National Team Indoors. The Bulldogs beat No. 9 Miami before falling just short against No. 8 Cal and No. 3 North Carolina, 4-3. No. 25 Maho Kowase went a perfect 3-0 in singles to remain undefeated this spring. Third-ranked Lauren Herring went 2-1, beating two top-35 opponents before falling to No. 2 Jamie Loeb in a ten-point super tiebreaker. The Bulldogs will have ten days off before hosting Furman in Athens next Friday to kick off its outdoor season.
The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team went 2-0, Saturday in a doubleheader against Marshall University and Morehead State. Kentucky won both matches, 6-1. Sophomore Kirsten Lewis was consistent in both her singles matches. Lewis competed in the No. 4 singles position and defeated Marshall’s Anna Pomyatinskaya, 6-2, 6-1, and Morehead State’s Sandrine Beaule, 6-0, 6-0. Aldila Sutjiadi came from 5-1 deficit to beat Morehead State’s Briar Preston, 7-5 in the second set, tying her match on court one. In the tiebreak, Sutjiadi demanded the floor, beating her opponent, 6-2, 7-5 (7). Kentucky moves to 6-1 on the season and will be back in action Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky University and East Tennessee State University. The first match against EKU will begin at 10 a.m. ET followed by ETSU at 6 p.m. ET.
The LSU women’s tennis team is 4-2 after playing No. 27 Florida State on Saturday during ESPN’s College MatchDay on ESPN3. Due to the ITA’s women’s experimental format used for all matches played on ESPN3, singles matches were played first. Abigail Owens, playing on court five, notched a victory for LSU as she defeated Laurence Porry 6-3, 6-4. On court six, Skylar Holloway was down 3-1 in the third set when Florida State secured their fourth point to defeat the Lady Tigers 4-1.
The Rebels (3-1) were off last week. The team returns to action Feb. 21 hosting a doubleheader against Lipscomb and Tennessee State.
After an almost two-week break from action, the 75th-ranked Mississippi State women’s tennis team resumed their 2014 slate, with an impressive 7-0 win over UAB. Freshman Rosalinda Calderon picked up her first collegiate win, with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over UAB’s Paula Castro, and Roseline Dion also remained undefeated in 2014, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Catherine Ragon. 84th-ranked Georgiana Patrasc clinched the match, by taking a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Amy Lowther. With the win, the Bulldogs move to 3-1 overall and will travel to Houston, Texas this weekend to face Stephen F. Austin in a neutral match on Friday, Feb. 14 and the University of Houston on Sunday, Feb. 16.
Idle last week, the Mizzou tennis team returns to the court on Sunday, Feb. 16 in a road match against Wichita State at 11 a.m. CT.
The No. 33 South Carolina women’s tennis team picked up a trio of 7-0 victories last week over Furman, Charleston Southern and Davidson to improve to 6-1 this season. The Gamecocks are riding a three-match winning streak heading into Sunday’s showdown with instate and No. 13-ranked Clemson. Two freshmen currently lead Carolina in singles victories this year with 12 coming from both Caroline Dailey and Brigit Folland. Folland is the only Gamecock with a national ranking as well at No. 113. Elixane Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna both have 11 wins and Katerina Popova reached double digits in wins for the season last week as well with 10. In doubles, Meghan Blevins as the top overall mark as an individual with a 12-4 record. She and Lechemia comprise South Carolina’s most productive duo this season with an 8-3 record.
The Lady Vols are coming off of an off weekend and will play host to No. 20 Georgia Tech, Chattanooga and Belmont this upcoming weekend. UT and GT will face off on Saturday afternoon beginning at Noon while Tennessee hosts a Sunday double header against in state competition in the Mocs and the Bruins beginning at 11 a.m.
Texas A&M pulled off the highest ranked win in program history last week as the Aggies came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat No. 3 North Carolina, 4-3, in Chapel Hill. Freshman Saska Gavrilovska overcame two match points to defeat fifth-ranked Hayley Carter in the last match standing to record what is believed to be the highest ranked singles win in school history. A&M then took its 3-0 record into the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., and went 1-2 at the tournament. The Aggies opened with a 4-3 loss to tournament semifinalist and 16th-ranked Northwestern. A&M then fell to host and 14th-ranked Virginia before closing out the tournament with a thrilling 4-2 victory over former Big 12 Conference rival and 17th-ranked Texas to improve to 4-2. Gavrilovska and sophomore Stefania Hristov both posted singles wins against the Longhorns -- along with Cristina Stancu – as each improved to a team-leading 4-1 in singles dual matches. The Aggies return home Sunday, Feb. 16 to play host to Sam Houston State. The match against the Bearkats begins at 1 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The 15th-ranked Vanderbilt women’s tennis team had a tough weekend at the National Team Indoor Championship this past weekend. The ‘Dores left Charlottesville without a win, but gave both No. 3 North Carolina and No. 9 Miami and run for their money. In their first match of the weekend Vandy fell 4-3 to the defending champ Tar Heels and again by the same score to the Hurricanes in the first round consolation. On the final day of acton VU fell 4-0 to No. 13 Clemson. Marie Casares extended her match win-streak to eight with wins against UNC and Miami. Vanderbilt will continue play this weekend in Texas, as the ‘Dores are scheduled to take on No. 19 Baylor on Saturday, and No. 17 Texas on Sunday.