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    SEC Tennis Today: Friday, February 21

    Fuller Sets Record in Georgia’s 7-0 Win Over Furman
     
    ATHENS, Ga. - The seventh-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team swept Furman, 7-0, on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia senior Kate Fuller won her 110th career doubles match, giving her the most in Bulldog history.
     
    “Furman is a great team,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “I was happy that the match turned out the way it turned out and I think it prepares us well for our big match [against Georgia Tech] in Atlanta on Sunday. Today we just kept fighting and kept doing the right things and good things happened. 
     
    Georgia (5-2) won an exciting doubles point and then cruised to six singles wins to secure the win over Furman (3-3).
     
    In doubles, Maho Kowase and Mia King quickly beat Margaret Boyette and Karlee Bryde , 8-2. Later, Fuller and Silvia Garcia rallied to an 8-6 come from behind win over Alex Moreno and Katherine Oudin to clinch the doubles point. Fuller and Garcia’s win was Fuller’s 110th of her career—a new Georgia record. In setting the record, she passes former Georgia players Naoko Ueshima (2007-10, 109-50), Chelsey Gullickson (2009-12, 106-42) and Cameron Ellis (2008-11, 103-54).
     
    “It’s really special,” Fuller said. “I’m really honored to have had the opportunity to even play that many doubles matches here. There have been a lot of great doubles players who have played here so it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as them.”
     
    In singles, Fuller was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Karlee Bryde. In similar form, freshman Caroline Brinson won her first career singles match 6-0, 6-2 over Kelly Sullivan. 
     
    “I couldn’t be happier,” Brinson said. “To be able to do it with this team especially after coming early [this semester], it’s a great feeling.”
     
    Georgia clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court one from Garcia. The win was Garcia’s 20th of the year. With the match outcome already decided, the Bulldogs won three more singles matches to complete the sweep. King topped Boyette 6-3, 6-2 to give Georgia 5-0 lead. A short time later, Maho Kowase topped Ansley Speaks 7-6(4), 6-0 and Lilly Kimbell outdid Katherine 7-5, 6-3 to complete the Bulldog sweep.
     
    Georgia will renew its annual rivalry with No. 25 Georgia Tech (3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Byers Tennis Center in Atlanta. The Bulldogs have won the previous three meetings with the Yellow Jackets, including 4-3 last year in Athens. Georgiadogs.com will have live scoring and a live match chat starting Sunday at 1 p.m.




    Alabama Women’s Tennis Blanks Illinois in Round One of the Blue Gray
     
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 14th-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team topped Illinois, 4-0, on Friday in the first round of play at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, which is being played at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 6-2 on the season, while the loss drops the Illini to 4-4 overall.
     
    Alabama, the top-seeded team in the tournament, came out strong and got in front quickly in doubles. On court two, senior Mary Anne Daines and freshman Danielle Spielmann dominated with a 6-0 victory putting the Tide halfway to the doubles point. Sophomore Maya Jansen and freshman Erin Routliffe would seal the deal shortly after, winning 6-3 over the Illini’s top duo of junior Melissa Kopinski and freshman Alexis Casati. 
     
    In singles, Alabama would go on to sweep all three courts to capture the team victory. First to finish was Routliffe on court four, beating senior Misia Kedzierski, 6-2, 6-3. Sophomore Natalia Maynetto would back that up with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on court six over freshman Jerricka Boone. For the second match in a row, junior Emily Zabor clinched the Tide’s victory, this time posting a 6-3, 6-3 win over freshman Louise Kwong on court five.
     
    Next up, Alabama will take on the winner of the match between Yale and Texas Tech on Saturday. 
     
    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.




    Alabama Men’s Tennis Topped by Boise State in the First Round at the Blue Gray, 4-0
     
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to Boise State in first-round action at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, which is being played at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 4-5 overall, while the win lifts the Broncos to 7-2 on the season.
     
    Boise State edged out Alabama in doubles, winning 6-3 on court one before topping the Tide in a tiebreaker to take the 6-5 victory on court two. The match on court three was suspended at 5-5 once the point was decided.
     
    In singles, the Broncos earned their third point with a 6-0, 6-3 victory on court four as junior Garrett Patton defeated Tide freshman Saxon Buehning. From there, freshman Brendan McClain picked up a 6-2, 6-4 victory over freshman Nikko Madregallejo on court five shortly before senior Nathan Sereke clinched the victory for Boise State on court two over sophomore Becker O’Shaughnessey on court two. The remaining three singles matches went unfinished once the fourth point was awarded.
     
    Alabama will be back in action in the back draw on Saturday where it will take on either Princeton or Clemson. 
     
    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.




    Rebels Post Third Straight Shutout
                    
    OXFORD, Miss. - In their first outdoor match of the season, the Ole Miss women’s tennis team shut out Lipscomb University 7-0 here Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center to improve to 4-1 on the season. The Rebels will host Memphis Sunday at Noon.
                    
    Fans coming to Sunday’s match will enjoy free pizza between doubles and singles.  
                    
    “The most important thing is to get a win obviously,” said head coach Mark Beyers, who is now one win away from his 200th career victory. “When you make the transition from indoors to outdoors, it’s not that easy.  We did a good job of that.  Not only did we win all the matches, but we gained some confidence playing outside.  Hopefully it will help us on Sunday, because the level of the opponent will go up.” 
                    
    The day began with the Rebels taking the doubles point for the fourth time this year.  In a return to regular scoring, Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven took care of business at No. 1 8-1, and then Julia Jones and Zalina Khairudinova finished off the point 8-2 at No. 3 to remain undefeated at 7-0.
                    
    “They’re playing well,” Beyers said.  “You want to be in a situation where you have three doubles teams that give you a chance in any match to win two of them.   We feel like we have three good doubles teams and six singles players at 1-6 that give us an opportunity to win against the best teams in the nation.”       
                    
    The Rebels picked up three quick wins in singles to post their third consecutive shutout on the year.  Iris Verboven stepped in at No. 6 singles, and downed Sierra Troxel 6-2, 6-0.  Caroline Rohde-Moe dominated Melissa Kromer 6-1, 6-0 on court two and then Marija Milutinovic clinched it with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Lorena Djuknic at No. 5 singles.
                    
    For the first time in her young career, Khairudinova played No. 1 singles, and she defeated Lipscomb’s Deahna Welcher 6-0, 6-2.  
                    
    “She did a good job.  It’s great to have some different options at the top of the lineup,” Beyers said. “I wanted to give her an opportunity to play at the top of the lineup, because she’s had some great practices.  It’s nice to have three players [Zalina, Caroline and Julia] who I feel all have the ability to play No. 1 singles.”
                    
    Jones and Mai El Kamash finished out the scoring with straight sets wins at three and four.
                    
    Memphis, who played at Vanderbilt Friday, earned their first ever NCAA Tournament win in 2013 and come in ranked No. 32.  They are led by 99th-ranked Stefanie Mikesz, who owns a 13-5 overall record, 5-3 at No. 1 singles. The Rebels lead the series 22-3 and posted a 7-0 shutout in the last meeting in 2009.
                    
    “They have a great team, so we are going to have to play our best to get a win,” Beyers said. “I am excited to see how they respond against better competition.  We’ve had some amazing practices, so I am looking forward to seeing when that level of opponent goes up, if the response we show is what we’ve seen in practice against each other.”
                    
    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissWTennis and on Facebook at OleMissWTennis.




    No. 11 Bulldogs Edged By No. 37 VCU 4-3 To Open Blue Gray
     
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Despite solid showings from its three returnees, the 11th-ranked Mississippi State men’s tennis Bulldogs (9-3) fell to the No. 37 VCU Rams (9-4) 4-3 in the opening round of the 2014 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Friday afternoon.
     
    The Bulldogs will now face the loser of the match between No. 28 Auburn and No. 55 Texas Tech on Saturday, with the time to be determined. The Tigers and Red Raiders were scheduled to conclude tournament play on Friday evening.
     
    For the first time in seven matches, the Bulldogs did not come into singles with the lead, dropping the doubles point with losses on courts one and two. The VCU duo of Wilder Pimentel and Michal Voscek struck first for the Rams, downing MSU’s Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. VCU’s Alexis Huegas and Nick Jones took a 6-2 victory from State’s 55th-ranked tandem of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp at the top position to give the Rams the 1-0 lead.
     
    Play on court three was suspended at the clinch, with VCU’s Alejandro Argente and Jean Baptiste Mateo leading MSU’s Rishab Agarwal and Zach White 5-2.
     
    Singles looked to be the Bulldogs’ strong point once play got underway, with MSU taking four of the six first sets. However, the Rams were able to split sets on the last three courts to put the pressure on State.
     
    The MSU sophomore Angus, ranked 115th nationally, put the first point on the board for State, defeating VCU’s Voscek 6-5(7), 6-3 on court three to tie the overall match at 1-1. VCU responded quickly with a straight-sets win on court one, with Alexis Huegas defeating MSU’s 52nd-ranked Florian Lakat 6-5(3), 6-3.
     
    The Bulldogs seemed to be swinging the momentum when their two seniors picked up victories to earn a 3-2 MSU lead. No. 49 Stropp came back from a dropped first set, defeating VCU’s Jones 4-6, 6-5(3), 6-4 on court two. State’s White gave the Maroon and White the lead with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 triumph on court four against the Rams’ Argente.
     
    Play then came down to the last two courts, where State had taken the first set but the Rams rallied for wins. VCU’s Pimentel defeated MSU’s Schmid 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 6 position to tie the match at 3-3, leaving the MSU freshman Agarwal to try and clinch the match for State. After a hold, Agarwal needed a break to force a deciding tiebreaker, but fell to VCU’s Mateo 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to give VCU the win.



    Gamecocks Take First Match of Doubleheader 6-1 Over SC State
     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 21, 2014) — The 33rd-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team recorded a 6-1 victory against South Carolina State on Friday in the first match of a doubleheader at the USC Field House in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks improved to 7-2 on the year and will next face North Florida at 5 p.m. at the Field House. South Carolina State fell to 1-2 with the loss.
     
    The Gamecocks snagged the doubles point from the Bulldogs with wins on courts two and three. Brigit Folland and Katerina Popova had little trouble defeating Dakota Brown and Nynke Van Der Goot by an 8-2 score at No. 2. Meghan Blevins and Caroline Dailey secured the point on court three after pushing ahead to beat Victoriia Khatcei and Marketa Marcanikova 8-3. The No. 1 doubles match between Dominika Kanakova and Elixane Lechemia of South Carolina and Intissar Rassif and Klara Dohanlova of the Bulldogs was suspended with the Gamecocks ahead 5-4.
     
    The Gamecocks got off to a hot start in singles, taking courts two through four by 6-0 scores for the first sets. At one, Folland won 6-3 over Dohanlova. Lechemia ended up finishing first with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Khatcei at No. 2 singles and Blevins followed quickly afterward, winning 6-0, 6-2 on court four versus Marcanikova.
     
    South Carolina had to wait for a little while after earning two quick points in singles to go ahead 3-0 before it could clinch the match. Popova seemed like the best candidate after going ahead 4-1 in the second against Rassif on court three. Rassif, though, battled back to make the score 4-all, but Popova countered to take the next game for a chance to close out the match with a break of serve. Raffif held for 5-all, but Popova wasted no time holding her serve and then broke Rassif to clinch the Gamecocks’ seventh win. With the victory, Popova improved to a team-best 7-1 in dual matches this year.
     
    Prior to Popova’s win, Folland ended up losing the second set to Dohanlova 6-3 to force a full third set. At five, Dailey earned the first set 6-1 over Van Der Goot and Natalie Looney came back from a 3-1 deficit to Brown to win the first 6-4 at No. 6 singles. Folland snatched a 4-2 lead on Dohanlova after six games in the third, but Dohanlova kept fighting and found a way to win four straight games to give the Bulldogs their lone point of the day.
     
    Dailey led 3-0 to start the third set, but Van Der Goot crept back into the contest and eventually made the score 4-3. The Gamecock freshman took the next game for a 5-3 advantage, but Van Der Goot survived the next game to stay alive. Dailey managed to put her opponent away in the next game for a 6-1, 6-4 final. Dailey now leads the Gamecocks in overall singles wins this season with a 13-6 record.
     

    Once Dailey upped the margin to 5-1 for South Carolina, Looney found herself tied 2-all in the second with Brown at six. Looney scored three straight games in her favor for a chance to serve out the match up 5-2, but Brown posted a break after several deuces to extend the match. Looney bounced back with a break of her own in the ensuing game to pick up the 6-4, 6-3 triumph.

    South Carolina Women’s Tennis Beats North Florida 7-0
     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The 33rd-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team capped off its Friday doubleheader with a 7-0 victory against North Florida at Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C. The win upped the Gamecocks’ record to 8-2 while handing the Ospreys (3-1) their first loss of the season.
     
    South Carolina claimed the doubles point from the Ospreys by taking courts one and two. Court three, however, finished first in favor of UNF. Marina Cunningham and Taylor Hollander raced ahead of the Gamecocks’ Meghan Blevins and Caroline Dailey 5-2 and later led 7-3. Blevins and Dailey refused to go down without a fight and won three games in a row to cut the deficit to just one, 7-6. UNF, though, managed to snag the next game for an 8-6 victory.
     
    Soon after court three exited, Dominika Kanakova and Elixane Lechemia dispatched Rebeca Pereira and Michelle Valdez by an 8-3 score at No. 1 doubles. All eyes then turned to court two where Brigit Folland and Katerina Popova secured a 7-5 advantage with the serve. The Gamecock duo had led 7-2 before Esther Zuniga and Simona Weymar claimed three straight games, but Folland and Popova closed it out in the 13th game for an 8-5 victory.
     
    The Gamecocks had little trouble taking care of the Ospreys in singles. Meghan Blevins cruised by Pereira at No. 4 singles to put South Carolina ahead 2-0, winning 6-3, 6-0 to improve to 7-1 on the year in dual match play. Soon afterward, Folland made the score 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-0 decision of her own over Zuniga at the second spot. Siles Luna provided South Carolina with the clincher on court five, downing Valdez 6-1, 6-2.
     
    Popova added to South Carolina’s total with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Cunningham on court three to make it 5-0. For the senior, it was her team-leading eighth dual match win of the year. Lechemia added another win at No. 1 singles 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to improve to 13-6 on the season overall and 7-2 in duals. Dailey completed the singles sweep for the Gamecocks with a three-set triumph versus Hollander on court six 4-6, 6-4, (10-4).
     
    South Carolina returns home to face No. 55 William & Mary on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Carolina Tennis Center in its final regular-season non-conference match of the spring.
     

     




    No. 31 Gamecocks Post Decisive Win Over No. 56 USF
     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 31 South Carolina picked up a 6-1 win over No. 56 USF Friday afternoon at Carolina Tennis Center as the Gamecocks (6-4) delivered points when they mattered most across the board. Senior Chip Cox clinched the team win after senior Tsvetan Mihov and Andrew Adams added onto the doubles-point win.
     
    “The last two weeks of practice have been great with each guy working on a lot of different things, and it showed today,” South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi said. “We came out focusing on one thing at a time – put three solid doubles teams out there to have a good doubles point, then have six guys playing singles who were going to fight until the end and take care of their court. We haven’t done a great job this year of playing strong as individuals in a team environment. We’ve been relying on the team too much, but today we did a much better job of that.”
     
    The Gamecocks top doubles team of Cox and Kyle Koch wasted little time establishing themselves against the nation’s 22nd-ranked tandem from USF, Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez, jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind a pair of service breaks. In the second of them, Cox set up break point with a pair of great plays at the net then closed it out with a backhand service return up the line for a clean winner. Pramming and Gonzalez looked to get one of the breaks back late, stretching Koch’s service game to a pair of deuce points, but an ace ended the threat, and the Gamecocks broke at love behind great service returns in an 8-3 victory. After dropping the No. 2 doubles contest, the Gamecocks looked to the newly formed tandem of Adams and freshman Sam Swank against USF’s Paul Polarczyk and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy. The Gamecocks were up a break after a long game six gave them a 4-2 lead, which they carried into the final game. Swank was serving and delivered on every challenge the Bulls presented, punctuating the game witha service winner on match point for an 8-5 victory.
     
    Singles got off to a more even start, except for Adams who barreled past No. 99 Sasha Gozun 6-0 in his first set. As he closed out his set, Cox had gone up a break on Finn Meinecke in the No. 5 match, Thiago Pinheiro dropped his first set to No. 64 Roberto Cid in the No. 2 spot, and Mihov was down a break at 2-3 against Oliver Pramming at the top of the lineup.
     
    The Gamecocks often take the cues of their leaders, and Mihov rose to the challenge as Koch and No. 88 Andrew Schafer were battling on Courts 4 and 6. South Carolina’s senior, ranked No. 75 in the nation, won four of the next five games against Pramming, winning the set one a lengthy point that eventually saw Pramming sail a forehand long for a 6-4 Mihov victory. Cox followed shortly after with a 6-3 first-set win over Meinecke to give the Gamecocks three first-set wins with two ongoing. Schafer and Gonzalez were both struggling to hold serve in their first set with the Gamecocks’ 88th-ranked freshman coming up just short at 6-4. Koch and Kalyuzhnyy each broke once early in a set that was then destined to go to a tiebreak, which Koch powered through 7-6 (2).
     
    Mihov’s first-set rally appeared to have broken Pramming’s spirit, and the Bulgarian doubled the Gamecocks’ lead to 2-0 with a decisive 6-1 second-set victory. Adams was not long behind with a 6-2 second set over Gozun to make it 3-0 in South Carolina’s favor. Pinheiro was battling Cid in the No. 2 spot in the order, but could not rally past him, falling 6-4 in the second set to put the Bulls on the board.
     
    Cox has sprinted out to a 5-1 lead in his second set, but Meinecke has one last surge left with a break as the Gamecocks’ senior was serving for the match to make it 5-3. Cox returned the favor in the next game, punctuating his command of his opponent on match point with a beautifully placed cross-court forehand on the run that sent Meinecke sprawling to his right for a ball that was just out of reach, for a 6-3 victory that clinched the team win for the Gamecocks.
     
    After Schafer forced a third set with Gonzalez with an efficient 6-1 second set, Koch and Kalyuzhnyy were again locked in a battle in their second set. Koch got an early break only to see Kalyuzhnyy take it back in the next game. The Gamecock junior fell behind 4-0 in the tiebreak, but saw a Kalyuzhnyy double fault as a rallying point for a comeback that saw him win the set 7-6 (6) on a service winner. Schafer later closed out Gonzalez 6-3 in the third set for the final tally of the Gamecocks’ win.
     
    “A lot of good things happened for our team today,” Goffi said. “Tsvetan Mihov was down in his first set, then lost just two games the rest of the way. That’s the player we know, and we need to see more of that. Andrew Adams went out and didn’t just get a ranked win, he dominated that match. Kyle Koch has been playing good tennis, but was coming up just short. It was good to see him get on the board today against a good player. With Mihov and Adams, especially, firing the way they are, that gives our team confidence going forward.”
     
    South Carolina is back in action on Sun., Feb. 23, hosting San Diego at 11 a.m. at Carolina Tennis Center.




    No. 19 Auburn moves to 9-1, sweeps Tulane at Blue Gray Classic
     
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The No. 19 Auburn women’s tennis team defeated No. 75 Tulane for the second time in a week, topping the Green Wave, 4-0, in the opening round at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday.
     
    Auburn has won eight straight matches and is out to a 9-1 start for the second straight season.
     
    “From the very beginning, our energy and focus was on point like I wanted. We knew what to expect since we had just played Tulane, but we also know how tough it is to face people back-to-back,” Auburn head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “Tulane was up for the challenge again, but from top to bottom we fought for every point and left it all out there.”
     
    Auburn made it 9-for-9 this season by securing the doubles point as the Tigers have won the point in each match. The No. 15 pair of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger wasted little time, cruising to a 6-1 win on court one to stay undefeated in dual matches. 
     
    Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfefiler added their sixth straight win to improve their record to 6-2 dual matches, taking a 6-2 victory on court three to secure the point against Tulane. As a team, Auburn is now 21-2 in doubles play as Burgmans/Flickinger and Michala Kucharova/Reka Muller are a combined 11-0 playing at the top-two spots in the lineup.
     
    In singles, No. 65 Flickinger posted a 6-2, 6-1 over Tulane’s Ipek Birol on court two to move to 11-2 overall and taking her winning streak to six straight matches on the singles side. 
     
    Reka Muller took care of business on court five, quickly taking down Sophie Blom 6-0, 6-0 to pick up her 17th win of the year. The freshman leads the Tigers in singles wins, taking eight out of her last 10 matches and currently has won five straight.
     
    Pfefiler capped off the match with the clinching victory on court six recording a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win against Tulane’s Marqaux Hyman. The junior now holds a six-match winning streak, which is the longest active streak of any player on the team.
     
    Michala Kucharova was leading her match 6-2, 5-4 on court five before play was halted along with Paula de Man who had a 6-4, 6-5 advantage on court three. No. 21 Burgmans was in a three-set match on court one against Tulane’s Klara Vyskocilova 2-6, 6-2, 0-2 when play was abandoned..
     
    With the opening round win in the books, Auburn takes on Rice in semifinals at the Blue Gray Classic on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For live results, head to BlueGrayTennis.com.




    Tennessee Women's Tennis Drops Close Match to Ohio State, 4-3
     
    COLUMBUS, Ohio  – It came down to the final two courts as Ohio State narrowly beat the University of Tennessee women’s tennis team 4-3 Friday night. 
     
    The victory for Ohio State (4-4) was just the second in the 18 match series history with the Lady Vols (3-4), the first since 1986 and Tennessee’s first loss in six tries in Columbus. 
     
    Tennessee battled to the end but fell in the doubles point dropping an 8-3 decision at No. 1 doubles followed by an 8-4 match at No. 3 doubles. 
     
    The Buckeyes added to their lead as Miho Kowase defeated Joanna Henderson 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. But UT cut into the lead with a tough 7-6, 6-3 victory on court five for freshman Brittany Lindl who fought her way to the first set victory and cruised to the win. 
     
    Ohio State regained the two point lead when Sandy Niehaus earned a comeback 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 win over Victoria Olivarez at No. 4 singles. But another three-set comeback win, this time in the Vols favor brought the match back to a single point. 
     
    Tiffany Tavares fell in the first set 6-3, but rallied back to finish with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Noelle Malley on court six. 
     
    Ohio State sealed the victory on court three as Ferny Angeles Paz beat Laurence Guevremont 6-3, 7-5, Guevremont’s first loss of the spring season. 
     
    No. 63 Eve Repic finished the match out against No. 79 Gabriella De Santis with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win, her fourth win over a ranked opponent this year. 
     
    The Lady Vols will return to action on Sunday, February 23 when they face No. 37 Indiana in Bloomington at 11 a.m.



    No. 5 Oklahoma Knocks Off No. 17 Kentucky in Outdoor Opener
     
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s tennis team dropped the first four singles matches that were completed on Friday afternoon after capturing thedoubles point over No. 5 Oklahoma, as the Sooners held on for a 5-2 win over Kentucky in Norman, Okla. 
     
    No. 19 Tom Jomby collected a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 win over No. 2 Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma in singles, highlighting the evening for the Wildcats. The win forJomby marks the highest-ranked player that Jomby has ever beaten in his career at Kentucky. Alcorta forced a third set after Jomby took the first, 6-3, and Jomby won the 10-point super tiebreak, 10-7. 
     
    This match marked the opener of the 2014 outdoor season, as the Wildcats got one outdoor practice day in Lexington and one in Norman before taking on the fifth-ranked Sooners on Friday afternoon. 
     
    Kentucky got off to a great start in doubles, with courts two and three both leaningUK’s way as the Wildcats won the doubles point with wins on those two courts. Once the match turned to singles, Oklahoma took control of the contest, winning four of the six first sets and fighting to hang on to win all four of thosecourts in straight sets to clinch the match.
     
    In doubles, the first UK win was collected on court two by sophomore Beck Pennington and senior Alejandro Gomez, as they tallied an 8-5 win. The match was on serve and all square through ten games at 5-5 before Pennington and Gomez broke to take the 6-5 lead late in the match. After another quick hold, Pennington and Gomez fought off a late charge from OU and took the match.
     
    The doubles point was clinched on court three as freshman Nils Ellefsen and senior Ryuji Hirooka collected an 8-6 win on court three to give Kentucky the 1-0 lead overall in the match. Hirooka and Ellefsen collected the break at 3-2 to take the 4-2 lead and held serve the rest of the way home, serving out an 8-6 win. The win for Hirooka and Ellefsen pushes their season record to 12-0 all-time as a duo.
     
    In singles, Oklahoma, which has four ranked players inside the IntercollegiateTennis Association’s top 50, including two players in the top five, came out strong, winning four of the six first sets. The Sooners then went on to take singles wins in straight sets on courts two, three, four and six to end thematch and clinch it.
     
    After the clinch occurred, the matches on courts one and five were played out with UK and OU splitting them.
     
    UK kicks off SEC play next Friday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La., with a test against the LSU Tigers. Kentucky finishes the non-conference with a 7-4 overall record.



    LSU Men's Tennis Falls in Close Match to Michigan
     
    Ann Arbor, Mich. – After a close, back-and-forth match, the No. 30 LSU men’s tennis team fell 5-2 to No. 33 Michigan on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor.
     
    The match was tied twice and had two lead changes. LSU now leads the dual match series 5-3.
     
    “We played very good in doubles as a team,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “In singles we played well in a few spots. You have to be in every match to not allow the momentum to shift.”
     
    LSU took the doubles point to begin the match after winning on courts one and three. No. 30 doubles team of junior Chris Simpson and sophomore Boris Arias defeated No. 13 Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi, 8-3. Sophomore Tam Trinh and freshman Justin Butsch secured the doubles point after grinding out a close 8-7(3) win over Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu.
     
    The Tigers got off to a slow start in singles with Michigan winning five of the six first sets. Michigan tied the match at one after Butsch fell on court five to Justin Rossi 6-2, 6-2.
     
    On court one, No. 102 Simpson regained a 2-1 lead for the LSU after defeating Vlad Stefan 6-3, 6-3. Trinh fell 7-5, 6-3 to Buzzi on court four, which tied the match at two.
     
    LSU fell on courts two and six, which clinched the match for Michigan at 4-2. In two close sets on court six, Kennedy fought hard but ultimately fell 6-4, 7-5 to Barrett Franks. Korinek fell 6-2, 7-6(1) to Alex Petrone on court two.
     
    Arias was the last man standing on court three. In the first set, Boris fell 6-4, but took the second set 6-4. Arias eventually fell to Shaun Bernstein 10-5 in the tiebreaker. 
     
    LSU returns to action in one week when it welcomes No. 17 Kentucky and the University of New Orleans to Dub Robinson Stadium for a Friday doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
     
    “We are ready to play some home matches next weekend,” Brown said.
     
    For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s tennis team on Twitter and Instagram at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.



    No. 8 Texas A&M Defeats No. 32 Tulsa
     
    TULSA, Okla. – The eighth-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team continued its winning ways with a 6-1 victory over No. 32 Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center Friday evening.
     
    The Aggies (9-3) captured the doubles point with wins from No. 3 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow and No. 29 Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo. The Tulsa (8-6) doubles tandem of No. 47 Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo outlasted Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant 8-3 on doubles court number two. The Ore and Withrow duo bested No. 20 Clifford Marsland and Dylan McCoskey 8-5 on court one to clinch the point. 
     
    The Aggies held on to the momentum capturing the first set on all but one court. Ore raced through a 6-2, 6-2 win on court four over Carlos Bautista and No. 22 Adams defeated No. 74 Marsland 6-4, 6-4 not too long afterwards to put the Aggies ahead 3-0.
     
    Withrow clinched the maroon and white victory on court five ousting McCloskey 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Max Lunkin was victorious on court six over Daniel Santos 6-4, 6-4 followed by A&M’s only defeat on court three of Espejo over No. 25 Efferding. 
     
    Rounding out the scoring on the first court was No. 43 Vinsant over No. 106 De Klerk 7-5, 6-3.
     
    The Aggies will remain the Sooner State for 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.



    Vandy knocks off Indiana in first road match of 2014
     
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 18th-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team extended its win streak to six with a 4-2 win over No. 58 Indiana at the IU Indoor Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind., Friday.
     
    The Commodores (8-1) started the day dropping the doubles point, with losses at No. 2 and 3. Vandy's top team of 6th-ranked Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman improved to 6-1 in dual play with an 8-7 (5) tiebreak win over Daniel Bednarczyk and Same Monette.
     
    The `Dores No. 2 squad of Ryan Smith and Rhys Johnson dropped their match, 8-6, with Vandy's No. 3 team of Anton Kovrigin and Jeffrey Offerdahl falling by the same score.
     
    Offerdahl got the `Dores on the board quickly, winning 6-3, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.
     
    Indiana (6-5) picked up its second and final point of the afternoon with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 upset win at No. 1 by Monette over 10th-ranked Austin. Austin's loss is just his first in dual play.
     
    Vandy would win the next three points with wins at No. 2, 3 and the clinch at 5.
     
    At No. 2, Lipman won in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, while No. 82 won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) at No. 3 to set up the clinch.
     
    Kovrigin was able to clinch the match for the `Dores with a 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 5. His win keeps him undefeated in dual play with a 7-0 record.
     
    Vanderbilt will keep its road trip going Sunday with a noon match against No. 33 Michigan.




    Vanderbilt sweeps No. 32 Memphis to open home slate
     
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt has spent the first month of the season on the road and at neutral sites playing some of the top teams in women's tennis. Finally on Friday, the Commodores got to play at home, but it didn't mean that the competition level wouldn't remain high. 
     
    Head Coach Geoff Macdonald has made it a point to annually play one of the most challenging schedules in college tennis, and this season hasn't disappointed. All nine of Vanderbilt's opponents have been ranked in the top 32 with Friday's opponent, Memphis, ranking the lowest. 
     
    With Nashville at least temporarily experiencing spring-like weather, the 12th-ranked Commodores were greeted by a good crowd, which they rewarded with a 4-0 sweep of the Tigers to improve to 6-3 on the season. Memphis dropped to 6-3 with the loss. 
     
    The match appeared to be shaping up to be much closer, as Memphis built an early lead in five of the six singles matches. However, the Commodores rallied to claim three opening sets in singles, and took control of the match from that point on. 
     
    "This was a really good Memphis team," Macdonald said. "We know they are good and they are so talented, and they play really offensive tennis. We were down early on nearly every court except for on Frances' (Altick). We had to hang in there and show very good poise when down and we didn't go away." 
     
    A key portion of the match came at No. 1 singles, where Georgina Sellyn trailed Stefanie Mikesz, 4-1 and 5-2 in the first set, only to rally to win the set 7-5 and eventually the match, 6-1, in the second set. 
     
    "You go down a set there and all of a sudden you go down four first sets and the match can turn against you," Macdonald added. "But one of the reasons we play such a hard schedule is that you have to learn how to battle through and you don't face that when you play easy competition." 
     
    Sellyn's point gave Vanderbilt a 3-0 lead in the match. 
     
    After winning the doubles point, Vanderbilt took a 2-0 lead in the match when Frances Altick defeated Skylar Kuykendall, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 2 singles position. 
     
    Clinching Vanderbilt's sixth win of the season was Marie Casares. Casares defeated Alyssa Hibberd, 7-6(3), 6-2, at the No. 4 position. The remaining matches went unfinished with Vanderbilt leading in the third set at Nos. 3 and 6 and trailing at No. 5 in the second set after also losing the first. 
     
    Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead in the match by easily claiming all three doubles matches. Memphis won no more than three games in all three matches with the Commodores winning 8-3, 8-3 and 8-2 at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 doubles positions. 
     
    "I had a feeling we were better than them in doubles," Macdonald admitted. "We got that point, but that kind of lulls you into a funny false sense of security where you think you are better. We were down on five of six courts and I'm really pleased with the comebacks." 
     
    Casares and Antal won the first doubles match, 8-3, at the No. 2 position over Mikesz and Wind. The duo led 4-1 before Memphis won two straight games to make it close. VU took the next four games. 
     
    Clinching the doubles point was the No. 1 duo of Colton and Mira, who defeated Hibberd and Wegner, 8-3. The match was knotted at 3-3 before Vanderbilt pulled away. 
     
    Minutes after clinching the doubles point, VU's duo of Altick and Sellyn won 8-2 over Morga and Kuykendall. 
     
    Vanderbilt will be at home again on Sunday against another challenging opponent. The Commodores will host No. 26 Pepperdine (4-2) at 1 p.m. at the Currey Tennis Center. 
     
    Honoring Billy Adair Sunday
     
    Anyone who has attended Vanderbilt's men's or women's tennis matches with any regularity through the years is certain to have known who Billy Adair was. He was a staple at Vanderbilt's matches, always watching, smiling and cheering the Commodores to victory. 
     
    Sadly, Adair lost his life to melanoma cancer earlier this week. On Sunday, Vanderbilt will honor Adair with a moment of silence before its match against Pepperdine at 1 p.m. 
     
    Adair worked at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and was well known in Nashville's jazz community. He led the Blair Big Band at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and wore numerous hats, including being a musician, producer, teacher and director. You can learn more about Adair, by clicking here to read an article in the Tennessean. 
     
    "He came to every one of our matches and it was hard today to look up, and I know where he likes to watch matches, and not see him there," Macdonald said. "We are certainly thinking of him and we want to honor him on Sunday."