Lady Vols Shut Out Belmont 4-0; Patrick Captures Win No. 499
KNOXVILLE -- In a brief one hour and 15 minute match, the University of Tennessee women’s tennis team swept Belmont (1-3) Sunday morning finishing with a 4-0 victory in part one of the doubleheader.
Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick got one win closer to 500 with the victory and currently holds a 499-294 career record, 443 of those wins coming while at Tennessee.
Tennessee (2-3) swept the doubles point in a quick 20 minutes as Eve Repic and Victoria Olivarez shut out their opponents of Kendall Warren and Laura Van Eeckhoudt at No. 1 doubles while Tiffany Tavares and Ashlee Boles notched a 6-1 win on court three.
The doubles point was the first one captured for Tennessee this season.
The Lady Vols momentum continued into singles where all six players earned a first set victory over the Bruins dropping just four games during the time and shutting out Belmont on three of the six courts.
Tennessee dropped just three more games during singles play as No. 63 Repic swept Sandra Kancheva 6-0, 6-0 from court one.
A few minutes later Olivarez added to the lead with a 6-1, 6-0 victory from court two and a mere seconds after that Brittany Lindl defeated Warren 6-0, 6-2 on court three to seal the victory.
The Lady Vols return to action later Sunday afternoon when they face Chattanooga at 4 p.m. at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
No. 9 MSU Upends No. 4 Georgia 4-3 To Close Out ITA Nat’l Indoors
HOUSTON, Texas -- Behind the clutch play of senior Zach White in the last match on court, the ninth-ranked Mississippi State men’s tennis Bulldogs (9-2) took down fourth-ranked Georgia (3-5) 4-3 Sunday night to close out play at the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
It was State’s first win over UGA since 2005 and also MSU’s first against a top five team since 2011, when coach Per Nilsson’s squad defeated No. 4 Tennessee 6-1 in Starkville.
Sunday’s match began with several lineup changes for the Bulldogs from Athens, Ga. Garrett Brasseaux (injury), Austin Smith (illness) and Ben Wagland (suspension) did not participate in the match, forcing UGA to forfeit the third spot in doubles, as well as courts five and six in singles.
Georgia, in need of wins on courts one and two in doubles, struck first. The UGA duo of Nathan Pasha and Nick Wood took down MSU’s Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid 6-5(1) on court two, turning the attention to court one.
After trading holds, the MSU team of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp, ranked 55th in the nation, and the UGA tandem of Hernus Pieters and Eric Diaz entered a tiebreaker to decide the doubles point. The teams again went back-and-forth in tiebreak play until Angus and Stropp earned a late mini-break and the win, 6-5(6). The win gave Stropp his 70th-career doubles win, while also giving the team of Angus and Stropp their 30th-career win together.
With the doubles point in hand and matches on courts five and six defaulted, the Maroon and White started singles with a 3-0 lead. UGA would not go down without a tremendous fight however, taking the first set on all courts except No. 4, and the Bulldogs from Athens would close out the top three spots in straight sets to tie the match at 3-3 and set up an exciting finish.
MSU’s No. 49 Stropp battled hard at the two spot, but fell to UGA’s No. 109 Wood 6-5(2), 6-2 to give Georgia their first point. UGA then pulled within one when the 20th-ranked Pasha defeated MSU’s 52nd-ranked Lakat 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot. Georgia leveled the score when Pieters fended off a furious second-set rally from State’s No. 115 Angus, winning 6-1, 6-5(5). With the score at 3-3, all eyes turned to court four, where the MSU senior White and UGA’s Diaz battled for the team victory.
After taking the first set 6-4, White dropped the second after Diaz earned a late break, 6-4. With both sides looking to capture the momentum in the final set, White landed the deciding blow early, opening the third by breaking Diaz. From there, White would hold serve to a 5-3 lead before ending the third the same way he started, breaking Diaz to clinch the match for MSU in a thrilling finish.
“Glad to close out play in Houston with a win against a top-five squad,” Nilsson said. “We worked hard to improve in doubles and it definitely showed this weekend. However, we did not perform well in singles and will have to address that before the Blue-Gray Classic.”
The Maroon and White will now travel to Montgomery, Ala., for the 2014 Blue-Gray National Collegiate Classic, from Feb. 21-23. It marks the first trip to the Blue-Gray since 2012, when MSU claimed the championship. Following the Blue-Gary, State will kick off SEC play as they host No. 36 Alabama (Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. CT) and No. 24 Auburn (Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. CT) at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
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Lady Tigers Tennis Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader
BATON ROUGE – The No. 58 LSU women’s tennis team went 2-0 on the day as they defeated No. 72 Northwestern State 5-0 and McNeese State 5-2 on Sunday in their second double header of the season.
The Lady Tigers improved to 7-2 on the season after these two matches, while Northwestern State fell to 2-3 on the season and McNeese State fell to 2-3.
“Northwestern State and McNeese State are both two very solid teams that I thought competed really well,” said LSU Head Coach Julia Sell. “We needed those kind of matches, our freshmen especially. I think they got better as the day went on. They need to learn how to maintain that level and that intensity for two solid matches.”
Skylar Holloway used momentum from her three-set match clincher on Friday to capture two victories on Sunday, defeating Northwestern State’s Daniela Simonova 6-1, 6-2 and McNeese State’s Annabelle Peacock 6-2, 6-2.
The Lady Tigers were once again strong in doubles as they captured the doubles point against Northwestern State.
LSU’s Abigail Owens and Gabrielle Otero got off to a slow start on court three, but the duo settled in to defeat Aliona Ladutska and Amy Williams 8-4.
On court one, Joana Vale Costa and partner Skylar Holloway captured a victory and secured the doubles point for LSU as they took down Northwestern State’s Polina Kolop and Tatiana Larina 8-2.
In singles play, LSU’s Otero topped Kateryna Piatakona in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 on court three, while Vale Costa secured another win on court one as she beat Tatiana Larina 6-1, 6-0.
On court five, Owens secured the match for LSU as she defeated Aliona Ladutska 6-2, 6-1 while Holloway increased the Lady Tigers’ score to 5-0 with her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Daniela Simonova.
The Lady Tigers returned to the court for a nightcap against McNeese State.
In doubles against McNeese State, LSU’s Holloway and Vale Costa defeated Klaudia Gawlik and Sara Castellano 8-5 while Scott and Taylor clinched the match for the Lady Tigers with a 8-3 victory over Vivien Borbely and Anastasia Surkova.
In singles, LSU’s Vale Costa defeated Gawlick on court one after the match was retired due to illness.
On court four, LSU’s Owens topped Borbely 6-2, 6-1, while Taylor took down Surkova 6-3, 6-1 on court five.
On court three, LSU’s Otero fell to Julia Kral in a third set tiebreaker 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (3), while Scott fell to Castellano on court two after the match was retired due to an injury.
The Lady Tigers take the court again on February 26 at 3 p.m. CST as they take on Tulane University in a Wednesday afternoon matchup in W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
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Joffe Earns 50th Win as A&M Cruises By Sam Houston State
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The 11th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team posted a 7-0 victory over Sam Houston State on Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, giving head coach Howard Joffe his 50th victory in the Maroon and White. The Aggies improve to 5-2 on the season while the Bearkats fall to 3-1.
“We’re a team that has very fine recruits so the outcome is not that surprising, but in terms of the substance of the match, I was pleased with the way our kids handled themselves,” Joffe said. “They were focused. It was a good match for us for sure.”
The Aggies got off to an extremely hot start on all doubles courts, dropping a combined two games in the three matches. The 18th-ranked duo of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu had no problem dispatching Olivia Battye and Natalie Petaia, 8-0, at the No. 1 line. It was a race to the finish on courts two and three as to who would claim the second victory for A&M. Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat downed Karen Martinez and Isabella Costa, 8-0, at the No. 3 line to secure the doubles point. The match between Ines Deheza/Saska Gavrilovska and Imke Jagau/Kayla Stevnson remained unfinished with A&M leading 7-2.
A&M wasted no time in expanding the lead in singles, losing a combined nine games in the first two sets on all six courts. Gavrilovska, the 47th-ranked player nationally, had no problem with Stevenson at the No. 1 line, 6-0, 6-1. The freshman was up 3-0 in her second set before losing her first game. Hristov defeated Jagau, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 4 line to stake the Aggies a 3-0 lead before No. 103 Mamalat posted a victory in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, to secure the A&M win.
Mason Strickland and Bhosale, both freshmen, earned victories on the afternoon. Strickland, making her spring season debut, earned her first victory in the Maroon and White after besting Costa, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 6 line while Bhosale posted her second win on the spring by defeating Martinez, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 5 slot.
“Probably the most exciting thing for us today was Mason Strickland earning her first victory for A&M,” Joffe said on the freshmen. “She’s really outworked our entire team in the weight room and practices. I thought she performed great in her first match. It’s nice to see her get the win.”
A&M completed the sweep when Deheza topped Stevenson, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 2 line.
The women’s tennis team will be in action again on Thursday, Feb. 20, as it welcomes former Big 12 foe, Baylor to the Mitchell Center for a 4 p.m. matchup. To learn more about the women’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWTEN on Twitter.
Patrick Earns No. 500 As UT Rolls UTC 7-0
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick earned career victory No. 500 as the University of Tennessee women's tennis team rolled over Chattanooga 7-0 on Sunday afternoon to complete the doubleheader sweep.
"It is fun. You don't get 500 wins without having good players," said Patrick. "I am happy to have these guys here in my umpteenth years of coaching. It has been fun."
Patrick, who is officially in his 30th season as a head coach, 27th at Tennessee, becomes just the 10th ever Division I tennis coach to hit the 500-win mark. He currently boasts a 500-294 career record.
The veteran earned his 444th career win while at the University of Tennessee, he previously accumulated 47 wins as the women's head coach at Kentucky (1984-86) before leaving to become the head coach of the Arkansas men for one season (1987, nine wins). Patrick began his career at Tennessee in the 1988 season.
"To play twice in a day and really execute well and bring home a couple wins," said Patrick, that is just great."
The Lady Vols did not give up a single point on the entire day. UT combined for a 4-0 victory over Belmont earlier Sunday.
The Lady Vols swept Chattanooga on the court with Eve Repic and Victoria Olivarez combining for a 8-2 No. 2 doubles victory while Brittany Lindl and Ambika Pande solidified the point with a 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles to give UT a 1-0 edge heading into singles play.
Tennessee continued to roll in singles action. Lindl added to the lead with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 5 singles.
Repic followed suit with a 6-4, 6-2 victory of her own from court one and Laurence Guevremont captured the match winning point with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles.
Tennessee completed the sweep as Tiffany Tavares went 6-2, 6-2 from court six, Victoria Olivarez came back in the second set for a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles and Henderson rounded out the match with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles.
The Lady Vols will return to action on the road next weekend beginning on Friday, February 21 at Ohio State at 4 p.m. The weekend road trip will conclude at No. 36 Indiana with an 11 a.m. match on Sunday, February 23.
Vandy completes weekend sweep with win over No. 17 Texas
AUSTIN, Texas -- The 15th-ranked Vanderbilt women’s tennis team capped off a perfect weekend in the Lone Star State with a 4-3 win over No. 17 Texas, Sunday, at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Junior Marie Casares clinched the match for the ‘Dores winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles in a match that lasted nearly three hours.
The Commodores close out their eight-match road swing with a 5-3 record. Vandy returns to Nashville after having played eight top 20 teams on the road or at a neutral site.
Vandy started the afternoon winning a tough doubles point over the Longhorns. Casares and Courtney Colton took the first doubles match, 8-3, over UT’s Begley and Horn. Georgina Sellyn and Frances Altick were able to clinch the point with a hard fought 9-7 win at No. 3.
The Commodores saw their early 1-0 lead disappear as the Longhorns won three straight singles matches to go up 3-1.
Texas knocked off No. 48 Georgina Sellyn at one, Ashleigh Antal at six and Lauren Mira at two.
The ‘Dores got back some momentum when No. 124 Colton won easily at No. 4 over Lina Padegimaite. Colton breezed to a 6-0, 6-3 win, to cut the Texas lead to 3-2.
After winning her first set convincingly, Altick had to fight in the second set to avoid going to a third. She hung on for a 6-1, 7-5 win to set up a clinching situation for Casares at No. 5.
Casares won a long first set 7-5 before dropping her second 3-6 to UT’s Pippa Horn. In the third set Casares jumped out to the early lead, earning a break on Horn’s first serve. From there on it was smooth sailing, as the Vandy junior never allowed Horn to break back, eventually breaking Horn’s serve to take the match 6-2 in the third.
Casares improves to 6-0 in dual play and has won 10-straight matches.
Vanderbilt will now look ahead to four-straight matches at the Currey Tennis Center, beginning Friday with a match against No. 31 Memphis. The Commodores will then be back in action on Sunday for a match with No. 39 Pepperdine.
MSU Women’s Tennis Falls At Houston, 5-2
HOUSTON, Texas -- Alexandra Perper and Rosie Dion both picked up singles victories to remain undefeated on the season, but Mississippi State’s women’s tennis team was unable to pick up the team win, as MSU dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 66 Houston Sunday to close out a weekend road trip.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 4-2 on the season and 1-2 against ITA-ranked opponents.
The Cougars set the tone early, claiming the doubles point. MSU’s Dion and Petra Ferancova dropped their match 8-4 on court 3 to Celia Fraser and Charlotte Phillips. Despite an 8-5 win on court 2 by State’s Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran over Maria Andrea Cardenas and Rocio Martin, Houston would clinch the doubles point on court 1, as Timea Guibe and Alexandra Perper dropped their match 8-5 to Elena Kordolaimi and Despoina Vogasari.
Houston would carry its momentum into singles play, as the Cougars picked up three straight singles victories to clinch the win. The 72nd-ranked Patrasc would be the first Bulldog to fall, dropping a 6-1, 6-2 decision on court 1 to Vogasari. Guibe followed with a 6-0, 6-2 setback on No. 3 to Fraser. The match would be clinched on Court 5, as MSU’s Tran fell 6-0, 6-3 to Phillips.
“We let the doubles point slip away,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “That affected us at the beginning of singles. Houston took advantage of the momentum and we were just couldn’t recover.”
The Bulldogs did pull out two of the last three matches on court, as seniors Rosie Dion and Alexandra Perper won their matches on courts 2 and 4, respectively, each to remain unbeaten this spring. Perper ousted UH’s Kordolaimi 7-5, 6-2 while Dion rallied from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6, 1-0(9) over Cougar Cardenas.
“In the end, our seniors played like seniors,” said Greenan. “They’re doing a great job this season and are finding ways to win.”
The Bulldogs will return home to host Jackson State in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The first match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., with the second match slated for a 6 p.m. start. Live stats will be available on hailstate.com.
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No. 12 Clemson Downs SC Women’s Tennis 5-2
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The No. 32 South Carolina women’s tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 12 Clemson on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks dropped to 6-2 on the year with the loss, while the Tigers improved to 7-2.
Clemson came away with the doubles point after taking courts one and three. The Tigers’ first win came at three with Yuilynn Miao and Jessy Rompies defeating Ximena Siles Luna and Dominika Kanakova 8-3. Miao and Rompies jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Siles Luna and Kanakova managed to win the next two games to cut the deficit to just one. The Tigers then closed out the match winning five of the next six games for the win.
At No. 1 doubles, the Tigers’ 55th-ranked duo of Beatrice Gumulya and Yana Koroleva built a 7-4 lead on Meghan Blevins and Elixane Lechemia and had double match point with Blevins serving 15-40. The Gamecock junior served up an ace and a Tiger miscue on the ensuing rally got the game to deuce. Blevins went on to serve out the game to make the score 7-5. Koroleva, though, managed to serve out the match in the next game to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead heading to singles play.
The Gamecocks’ Katerina Popova and Brigit Folland had a commanding 7-2 lead on Tristen Dewar and Romy Koelzer on court two. Clemson came charging back and won three straight games to make the score 7-5. Play was then suspended once the Tigers had clinched the doubles point.
In singles, the Tigers swept the first sets in singles to put Carolina in an uphill battle. No. 54 Koelzer ended up winning 6-1, 6-1 over Lechemia on court three for Clemson’s second point of the match and Rompies made it 3-0 after she defeated Caroline Dailey at six singles 6-1, 6-3. Minutes after her win, No. 40 Koroleva secured the win for Clemson, holding off No. 112 Folland 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position.
The remaining matches on courts two, four and five saw the Gamecocks recovering nicely in the second sets. After losing the first 6-3, No. T-69 Popova gained a 2-0 advantage on No. T-90 Gumulya on court two, and Blevins grabbed a 4-2 lead after losing the first set 6-4 to Miao at No. 4 singles. Siles Luna stormed out to a 3-0 advantage in the second against No. 85 Dewar at five after falling 6-2 in the first.
Blevins eventually split sets with Miao, winning the second 6-2 to force a super tiebreaker for the third. At the time, Popova was tied 4-all with Gumulya and Siles Luna led Dewar 5-2. As Blevins took a 5-3 lead in the breaker, Popova held serve to beat Gumulya 6-4 in the second to force a super tiebreaker of her own. Blevins raced ahead 7-3 and later gave herself several match points up 9-5 and ended up with a 10-6 triumph.
Popova had a 4-2 lead in her breaker when Blevins collected the Gamecocks’ first points of the contest. She still had a two-point advantage at the second changeover, which is when Siles Luna and Dewar entered a tiebreaker for their second set. Popova held on for a 10-7 victory to make the score 4-2.
The remaining match on court five saw Siles Luna take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker with the serve. Dewar, however, got two mini breaks for a chance to serve for the match. Siles Luna fended off match point to make it 6-all at the second changeover and then got another mini break for a chance to force a third set. Once again, Dewar got two more mini breaks for another match point, which she capitalized on for a 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) final.
South Carolina hosts its final doubleheader of the season Friday taking on South Carolina State at 1 p.m. followed by North Florida at 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 Florida Drops Final Match of 2014 ITA Team Indoors to No. 16 Notre Dame
HOUSTON, Texas -- No. 16 Notre Dame blanked the No. 12 Florida men's tennis team 4-0 this afternoon as the Gators finished up their trip to the 2014 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship with a 1-2 record.
Gordon Watson and Maxx Lipman played competitively at No. 2 doubles against the No. 46 duo of Josh Hagar and Billy Pecor, but were unable to finish the match as The Fighting Irish took the lead early with the doubles point at Nos. 3 and 1.
Florida then lost at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and was down 3-0 to Notre Dame. Seniors Florent Diep and Michael Alford, and freshman Lipman were all fighting to keep their team alive in singles play, but Notre Dame's No. 121 Ryan Bandy won a tiebreak over Watson at No. 3 singles and the Fighting Irish took home the win.
The ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship game takes place tomorrow as No. 5 Ohio State faces the winner of No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 USC. For more information on the tournament, click here.
Head Coach Bryan Shelton Says: "Notre Dame played very well today. Our team did not respond when the bell went off. We have to do a better job than we did today. Our focus is to get home and to use the next 10 days to get better. It was a good experience to play this tournament indoors and our guys understand better what it takes to reach the top. We aren't there yet, but we'll get there."
No. 38 Kentucky Falls to No. 36 Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 38 University of Kentucky women's tennis team was handed its second loss of the spring season when the team competed against No. 36 Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday afternoon. Indiana edged the Wildcats in a tough match, 4-3.
Kentucky got off a to a strong start claiming the doubles point and early 1-0 lead. UK senior twosome, CeCe Witten and Caitlin McGraw, notched a win over Katie Klyczek and Carolyn Chupa, 8-7 (7-5). The Jakarta, Indonesia natives Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi clinched the point with an 8-3 win over Sophie Garre and Kayla Fujimoto.
McGraw extended Kentucky's lead with a win over Paula Guttierrez in the No. 5 singles position. She won decisively 6-1, 6-2 over the freshman. No. 56 Nadia Ravita was the last Wildcat to score with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 65 Katie Klyzcek. Indiana tallied four straight points to take the match over the Wildcats.
Kentucky drops to 9-2 for the season, both losses coming from ranked opponents. They return to Lexington, Saturday, Feb. 22 to take on Kansas before entering conference play against Louisiana State University.
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A&M Tops Illinois 4-2 in Thriller
HOUSTON, Texas -- The No. 8 Texas A&M men’s tennis team ended their participation in the ITA Indoor Tennis Championships with a thrilling 4-2 victory over No. 22 Illinois. Junior Ore won a third set tiebreaker 13-11 to clinch the match for the Aggies.
The maroon and white captured the doubles point to begin the match; the Aggies have only lost the doubles point one time in 11 matches this season. The 29th ranked duo of Jeremey Efferding and Jordan Szabo put away Brian Page and Julian Childers of the Fighting Illini 6-3 on court three, Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant matched that score on the second doubles court over Jared Hitzik and Blake Bazarnik.
“I felt like our guys played well in the doubles to set the tone,” head coach Steve Denton said. “Our guys played really hard today and a couple matches went our way this time, whereas a week ago Illinois took the advantage.”
Once the match flipped to singles the Aggies momentum slowed a bit as they were only able to capture the first set on three courts. No. 22 Adams toppled No. 8 Hiltzik (6-3, 6-4) on court one, but Illinois pulled the score even at two apiece after Ross Guignon defeated Szabo (6-1, 6-5(3)) on court six and No. 30 Farris Gosea bested No. 43 Vinsant (6-3, 6-4) on court two.
“Harry winning against one of the top players in the country was huge for us,” Denton said. “He has been struggling a little bit lately and for him to come out and play lights out was big for us today and going into the rest of the season.”
Texas A&M reeled off the next two points to clinch the match 4-2, both matches took three sets to determine a victor. Withrow gutted out the win over Bazarnik on court five to set up the drama for Ore on court four.
“Jackson (Withrow) really battled to defeat (Blake) Bazarnik today,” Denton said. “Last Friday he lost in two sets, his point ended up being a key point for us today.”
Ore faced match point several times before prevailing 13-11 in the third set tie-breaker over Page (6-2, 4-6, 6-5(11). No. 25 Efferding was leading No. 24 Jared Kopinski (6-4, 3-6, 5-2 uf) in the third set, but the match was abandoned once the Aggies clinched the victory.
“Junior (Ore) battling through the set was good for his mental toughness,” Denton said. “He has been in a lot of tie-breakers lately that haven’t gone his way. I am really proud of him gutting it out today.”
The Aggies will head to Oklahoma next weekend for a Friday night match up with No. 34 Tulsa followed by a Sunday afternoon showdown with No. 7 Oklahoma. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M men’s tennis.
No. 30 Purdue Rallies To Defeat No. 44 Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE -- It was early deja vu inside the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center as Kimberley - Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley led the day with a doubles upset victory, but the No. 44 University of Arkansas women's tennis team (5-4, 0-0 SEC) could not withstand a rally from No. 30 Purdue (4-3, 0-0 Big Ten) and was defeated in a 5-2 loss Sunday.
After Surin and Huxley upset the ITA National Rankings No. 51 doubles pairing of Mara Schmidt and Krizstina Kapitany, the Razorbacks went on to win the doubles point and take an early 1-0 lead in the dual match. The Boilermakers countered and went on to win five-of-six singles matches, however, which sealed the 5-2 defeat of the Razorbacks.
"Both teams put together an excellent college tennis match out there today," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "By winning the doubles point plus four first sets we put ourselves in position to come out winners. But, full credit to Purdue and their staff as they found the ways back to the victory."
Surin and Huxley earned their second doubles victory of the weekend and second upset of a nationally-ranked pairing, as each improved to 4-2 individually in doubles play. The sophomore duo also improved to 2-1 this season against ranked opponents, having defeated No. 31 Whitney Richie and Mia Lancaster of Oklahoma on Friday.
Yang Pang was the lone victor in singles for Arkansas at the No. 1 spot, defeating Schmidt to improve to 4-5 this season. The sophomore from Nanjing, China, fell behind early by dropping the first set 2-6, but rallied and lost just four of the final 12 games to complete the 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 comeback.
Purdue held a 3-2 lead over Arkansas, as the dual match came down to the deciding No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches. Shannon Hudson took Daniela Vidal to a back-and-forth third set, but ultimately fell 4-6, 6-0, 6-4. Surin showed signs of her own rally, but was unable to complete the comeback bid and was defeated 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 by Nicole Robinson.
Wrapping up the non-conference portion of its schedule, the Razorbacks shift their focus to the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas opens conference play with back-to-back road trips, beginning Feb. 28 at No. 15 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., and then followed by a journey to Lexington, Ky., to face No. 38 Kentucky.
Arkansas has faced current, nationally-ranked opponents in eight of its first nine dual matches so far this season. The Razorbacks earned ranked wins over No. 55 Kansas State and No. 63 North Texas, plus a pair of victories in a doubleheader sweep of current No. 62 Wichita State. The Shockers were unranked when facing Arkansas in the Razorbacks' season opener.
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No. 24 Auburn men's tennis falls to No. 23 Clemson in top-25 matchup
CLEMSON, S.C. -- No. 24 Auburn men’s tennis had its five-match winning streak snapped on Sunday, falling to No. 23 Clemson, 6-1, at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
Auburn (9-2) dropped the doubles point as Clemson’s (10-1) Hunter Harrington and Dominique Maden defeated Lukas Ollert and Dennis Lengsfeld 6-2 in No. 1 doubles. Clemson’s Austin Ansari and Luke Johnson then took down Auburn’s tandem of Dante Saleh and Petar Tomic 6-2 on court three to take the point.
Playing together for the second time in dual match play, Auburn’s Daniel Cochrane and Oliver Plaskett were leading 5-3 on court when play was suspended.
Lengsfeld provided Auburn with its lone win in singles, posting a three-set win in No. 2 singles, 1-6, 6-5, 6-3 over Clemson’s Maden.
Two of the nation’s longest winning streaks in singles were snapped on Sunday. Freshman No. 85 Saleh’s 12-match streak was snapped as the Newport Beach, Calif., native fell 6-4, 6-4 to Clemson’s Ansari.
No. 112 Cochrane was defeated by Clemson’s Alejandro Augusto 6-3, 6-2 on court three. The loss also ended Cochrane’s 10-match winning streak that dated back to the fall season.
Ollert fell to Clemson’s No. 67 Hunter Harrington in a tough three-set match. Despite taking the first set on court one, the junior fell in tiebreakers during the final two sets 6-4, 5-6, 1-0 (6). Plaskett dropped his match on court six 6-3, 6-4, while Tomic was downed by Clemson’s Luke Johnson 6-5, 6-3.
Auburn returns to action on Friday and wraps up its non-conference slate at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
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Mizzou Tennis Falls to Wichita State, 6-1
WICHITA, Kan. -- The Mizzou tennis team fell to the Wichita State Shockers, 6-1, on Sunday, Feb. 16 in Wichita, Kan. The Tigers fell to 2-5 on the year, while the Shockers improved to 5-2.
Wichita State recorded wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to claim a 1-0 edge in the match. First, Rebecca Pedrazzi and Montse B. Fernandez posted an 8-3 win over junior Alex Clark and freshman Cassidy Spearman at No. 2 play. The Shockers clinched the point at No. 1 action, Lucia Kovalova and Veronika Blaskova defeated seniors Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann, 8-3.
Mizzou knotted the match at 1-1 when sophomore Kelli Hine notched a win at No. 2 singles. Hine earned her team-leading fourth singles win of the spring after a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Wichita State's Pedrazzi.
The Shockers then won the five remaining singles matches for the 6-1 win. At No. 1, Julia Schiller posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Gaytan-Leach, then Clark suffered a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 loss to Blaskova at No. 5 singles.
Stuhlmann was defeated by Kovalova, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, at No. 3 action, sophomore Madison Rhyner lost to Abby Stevens, 6-0, 2-6, 7-5, at No. 4, and Spearman suffered a 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 loss to Fernanez at No. 6 singles.
Missouri stays on the road for three duals in Florida. The Tigers first take on Central Florida on Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Mizzou then plays a double header on Sunday, Feb. 23, with a matchup at South Florida at 11 a.m. ET and a 6 p.m. ET dual against Oakland in Orlando, Fla.