SMU’s Tokarieva Named CUSA Player of the Week

Kseniia Tokarieva was named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award after leading her team to an umblemished records last week. Tokarieva went 3-0 at No. 3 doubles and 2-0 at No. 6 singles to help the Mustangs collect victories against No. 28 DePaul, No. 59 Nevada, Louisville and No. 66 Wichita State.

KSENIIA TOKARIEVA – SMU

Sr., Kiev, Ukraine (University of Mississippi)

Tokarieva helped the No. 24 Mustangs down three nationally-ranked teams in a 5-0 week.  Against No. 28 DePaul, Tokarieva teamed up with junior partner Nicole Briceno to post a strong an 8-1 win over Gambrell/McKnight. In the first match of the Via Christi Collegiate Classic, Tokarieva and Briceno paired up again to record an 8-5 victory over No. 59 Nevada’s Lombard/Stevens. Collecting her first singles win of the week and her seventh consecutive, Tokarieva downed Louisville’s Sarah Miller, 6-1, 6-2.  Tokarieva and Briceno also blanked Miller/Harris in doubles against the Cardinals. Against tournament host No. 66 Wichita State, Tokarieva and Briceno collected their 18th win of the season in an 8-4 win over the Shocker duo of Hanisch/Browning. Tokarieva is currently tied in seventh place for career doubles victories at SMU with 55. In singles against the Shockers, Tokarieva ousted Hanisch in straigh sets. Tokarieva improved to team-best 15-1 with eight consecutive victories in dual match singles play. The senior is now 18-1 in doubles competition on the spring with 14 straight wins. This is Tokarieva’s second career weekly honor (Feb. 26, 2008) and her first in 2009.

A&M’s Frank Tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week

COLLEGE STATION – Morgan Frank of Texas A&M has been named the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for matches played March 23-29, the conference office announced. Franks receives the honor for the second time in her career.

The sophomore from Oldsmar, Fla., was undefeated in both singles and doubles as she led the Aggies to two Big 12 road victories, a 5-2 win at No. 60 Nebraska and a 6-1 victory at Iowa State.

Frank won both of her singles matches in straight sets, defeating Nebraska’s Mary Weatherhold, 6-1, 6-4, and Iowa State’s Maria Macedo, 6-3, 6-0, both at the No. 2 line.

At No. 2 doubles, Frank and partner Christi Liles held off Jennifer Holmberg and Mary Weatherholt, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point against Nebraska. Against Iowa State, the Aggie tandem gave A&M the early edge, cruising to an 8-1 victory over Marie Chartier and Maria Macedo,

With the wins, Frank ran her team-leading singles winning streak to six and remained undefeated in Big 12 matches at 6-0, all at the No. 2 line. She also extended her doubles winning streak to five as she and Liles improved to 5-1 in conference matches, all at No. 2.

Frank is now 17-8 overall in singles, including 11-4 in dual matches, as well as 6-0 in Big 12 matches all at No. 2. In doubles matches, Frank is 17-7 overall, 10-4 in dual matches only, and 5-1 in Big 12 matches.

Frank and the Aggies returns to the courts this weekend for a pair of home conference matches. A&M plays host to No. 58 Missouri on Saturday and Colorado on Sunday. Both matches begin at noon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

March 29 Rankings

I have gone ahead and updated the rankings for this week, the links can be found at:

MEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=560

WOMEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=563

I need to make a few things clear. I am extremely dependent on the results being input to the system in a timely fashion. At times, matches are missing from the previous weekend, so the following week, those will be in the system. Secondly, I have not really validated the data to make sure I am including the right scores 100% in the right ways. What I mean is that there are certain schools within the data that have several spellings for names or may be misspelled somewhere. I will probably get around to fixing these issue after the season, since things are hot and heavy right now.

This is basically a test to generate some interest in a different way of looking at the teams. I welcome any criticisms and have openly responded to several questions asked at zootennis.com.

In the interest of generating some discussion, I want to show the NEXT 20 teams here. I think this is were the styles will start to diverge more and more. Anyone who has followed the scores over the last two weeks knows that the teams from 21-40 can beat many of the top-10 teams on the right day. These mid-range upsets could really be the difference of where a team heads come tournament time.

MEN
21 Virginia Tech 768.03
22 Univ. of Louisville 767.83
23 University of Washington 761.20
24 Boise State University 760.02
25 Univ. of Tulsa 759.21
26 Duke University 750.46
27 Wake Forest University 750.25
28 Auburn University 745.71
29 Univ. of Miami (Florida) 744.90
30 Univ. of New Mexico 740.58
31 Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison 737.74
32 Texas Tech University 736.05
33 Rice University 731.98
34 Oklahoma State University 731.31
35 Louisiana State University 729.62
36 California 725.26
37 North Carolina 724.04
38 University of South Florida 720.42
39 Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities 704.15
40 Fresno State 684.33

WOMEN
21 University of Michigan 807.42
22 SMU 805.79
23 Vanderbilt University 798.81
24 Louisiana State University 792.74
25 Boise State University 790.60
26 Univ. of Texas at Austin 779.43
27 University of Virginia 778.88
28 University of Washington 777.71
29 Univ. of Tulsa 776.04
30 University of Denver 769.37
31 University of Illinois 769.06
32 University of South Carolina 764.90
33 Wake Forest University 764.88
34 Auburn University 760.82
35 Texas A&M University 760.61
36 Ohio State University 751.32
37 University of Alabama 746.27
38 DePaul University 745.86
39 TCU 741.73
40 Indiana University-Bloomington 739.09

Aggie Men Corral Cowboys, 4-3, in Tulsa

The No. 14 Texas A&M men’s tennis team rallied for four singles wins to beat No. 29 Oklahoma State, 4-3, in Big 12 Conference play on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The OSU home match was originally scheduled for Stillwater, but was moved due to inclement weather.

It was the Aggies’ first-ever win over Oklahoma State for third-year Aggie head coach Steve Denton, and it improved A&M’s overall record to 10-5 and moved the Aggies’ Big 12 worksheet to 2-0. OSU fell to 7-5 overall and 0-2 against Big 12 opponents.

“It was a hard-fought match,” Denton said. “They smoked us in doubles, and for us to come out and win four singles matches against some very good players is a credit to the guys.”

The Aggies were swept in doubles to drop the doubles point, but came out inspired in singles and won four of six first sets. The Aggies received the first three singles victories from sophomore Wil Spencer at No. 3, sophomore Alexey Grigorov at No. 4 and freshman Colin Hoover at No. 6, which set up the “last match standing” heroics for sophomore Austin Krajicek. Spencer defeated OSU’s Mikhail Trukshanin, 6-0, 6-4; Grigorov knocked off Aleksey Bessonov, 6-3, 6-2; and Hoover beat Igor Sobolta, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

With the team score knotted at 3-3, Krajicek found himself down 3-5 and 30-love in the third set, but he buckled down to break OSU’s Nathan Byrnes’ serve and went on to force a tiebreaker. Krajicek prevailed in the tiebreaker for a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 match-clincher. “Austin was in a hole, but he really stepped up and raised his level of play to force the tiebreaker,” Denton said. “Austin came through when he had to. That’s the mark of a great player – being able to raise your level of play when there is the most pressure.”

The Aggies return to College Station for a two-match homestand against No. 35 Tulsa on Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. and No. 32 Texas Tech on Friday at 6 p.m. Wednesday’s match against Tulsa was originally set for 1 p.m.

“Tulsa will be a very tough opponent for us,” Denton said. “They’re not ranked high right now, but they beat a Louisville team that beat us, so we know what they’re capable of. They have one of the top two or three players in the country (current No. 1 Arnau Brugues), so that will be a great challenge for Conor Pollock. I expect a really good college match.

(14) TEXAS A&M 4, (29) OKLAHOMA STATE 3
March 29, 2009
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
at Tulsa, Okla.
SINGLES

No. 1 – (2) Oleksandr Nedovyes (OSU) def. (16) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6
No. 2 – (52) Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Nathan Byrnes (OSU), 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.
No. 3 – (30) Wil Spencer (Texas A&M) def. Mikhail Trukshanin (OSU), 6-0, 6-4.
No. 4 – Alexey Grigorov (Texas A&M) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU), 6-3, 6-2.
No. 5 – Anton Bobytski (OSU) def. Marcus Lunt (Texas A&M), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 6 – Colin Hoover (Texas A&M) def. Igor Sobolta (OSU), 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

DOUBLES (OSU wins the doubles point)
No. 1 – (19) Nedovyesov/Byrnes (OSU) def. (3) Krajicek-Pollock (Texas A&M), 8-3.
No. 2 – Bobytskyi/Trukshanin (OSU) def. Grigorov-Hoover (Texas A&M), 8-5.
No. 3 – Sobolta/Bessonov (OSU) def. Spencer-Lunt (Texas A&M), 8-2.

UT-Tyler Teams Sweep Miss College; Women Clinch Share of ASC East

TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler men’s and women’s teams tennis teams swept Mississippi College with identical 9-0 scores on Sunday at the Summers Tennis Center in American Southwest Conference action.

The win gave the women (11-6, 4-0 ASC) at least a share of their fourth consecutive ASC East title. The Patriots can earn the title outright with a win at Ozarks on April 9.

In the men’s match, the Patriots won all but two matches in straight sets and advanced to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the ASC with the win.

The two Patriot seniors on the men’s team each ended their senior day with wins. Dustin Phillips (Houston, Texas) picked up victories at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while Jordan Repsher (Friendswood, Texas) won his match at No. 2 doubles.

On the women’s side, UT Tyler won all nine points via straight sets and is now just one win away from wrapping up a No. 1 seed in next month’s ASC Tournament.

The lone senior on the women’s team, Beth Launius (LaGrange, Texas), won both of her matches in her Summers Tennis Center finale. Launius picked up wins at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.

On Wednesday, the men will look to clinch a share of their own East Division title when they host Texas-Dallas at 3 p.m., at the Summers Tennis Center.

Texas-Tyler 9, Mississippi College 0
Mar 29, 2009 at Tyler, TX (Summers Tennis Center)
Singles competition

1. Beth Launius (UTTWOMEN) def. Andrea Boyles (MC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Michelle Hagler (UTTWOMEN) def. Emily Newman (MC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Sydni Hermsdorf (UTTWOMEN) def. Marigrace Deloach (MC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Lauren Giovannini (UTTWOMEN) def. Audra Nicholas (MC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Brittany Ude (UTTWOMEN) def. Sydney Moak (MC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Morgan Wilkins (UTTWOMEN) def. Claire Cox (MC) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Beth Launius/Michelle Hagler (UTTWOMEN) def. Emily Newman/Andrea Boyles (MC) 8-6
2. Sydni Hermsdorf/Hillary Stone (UTTWOMEN) def. Audra Nicholas/Marigrace Deloach (MC) 8-4
3. Brittany Ude/Lauren Giovannini (UTTWOMEN) def. Sydney Moak/Claire Cox (MC) 8-2

Match Notes
Mississippi College 6-4 (4-1 ASC)
Texas-Tyler 11-6 (3-0 ASC)

#14 Texas-Tyler 9, Mississippi College 0
Mar 29, 2009 at Tyler, TX (Summers Tennis Center)
Singles competition

1. Dustin Phillips (UTTMEN) def. Chas Dunn (MC) 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 10-8
2. Robert Sajovich (UTTMEN) def. Patrick Stanton (MC) 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 10-3
3. David Ashlock (UTTMEN) def. Cory Seay (MC) 6-1, 6-0
4. Caleb Bulls (UTTMEN) def. Jerrod Rayborn (MC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Shaun Maddox (UTTMEN) def. Walter Freeman (MC) 7-5, 6-2
6. Kevin Wright (UTTMEN) def. Matt Thibodeaux (MC) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Dustin Phillips/David Ashlock (UTTMEN) def. Chas Dunn/Patrick Stanton (MC) 8-1
2. Robert Sajovich/Jordan Repsher (UTTMEN) def. Jerrod Rayborn/Cory Seay (MC) 8-4
3. Caleb Bulls/Andrew Reznik (UTTMEN) def. Walter Freeman/Matt Thibodeaux (MC) 8-6

Match Notes
Mississippi College 8-4 (3-2 ASC)
Texas-Tyler 12-3 (3-0 ASC); National ranking #14

Baylor Men Beat Pepperdine, 4-1

Bears finsih 8-1 on nine-match homestand, contine Big 12 play next week.

Waco – The 10th-ranked men’s tennis team got past the No. 18 Pepperdine Waves, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center. After Baylor had lost the doubles point, the Bears quickly responded with four straight singles wins to shut down the Waves.

The Bears own a 16-5 dual match record and are 14-1 at the Baylor Tennis Center this season, after winning 10 of their last 12 matches. Baylor closed out a season long nine match home stand by going 8-1. Currently, Baylor is on a five-match win streak.

Baylor got off to a good start in doubles’ play as the Bears earned a win at the No. 3 slot with Julian Bley and Dominik Mueller taking out Alex Llompart and Stuart Keplar, 8-2. However, the Waves stormed back in both of the other matches, after being down by three points in each. Pepperdine’s No. 2 doubles team of Mahmoud Kamel and Hugh Clarke took seven out of the last nine points to pull off a 9-7 victory over Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny. At the same time the Waves 14th-ranked and No. 1 duo of Omar Altmann and Bassam Beidas were surging to take six out of the last seven points off of Jordan Rux and David Galic. The Pepperdine pair would end up winning 9-8 in a 7-5 tiebreak.

“I think they did a super job in the doubles,” Knoll said.  “We played well in the doubles: up a break on courts one and two and I thought Pepperdine out competed us. They really dug down and raised their energy level and stole those two matches from us. I give them a lot of credit. That is again why we play all of these tough matches, it is something we are going to have to learn from, but it was a super impressive performance by them in doubles.”

The Bears quickly rebounded from the doubles loss in singles play as Horny bounced Clarke 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 6 position. The Bears would go on to win at No. 4 with Mueller outlasting Kamel 6-2, 6-3 and at No. 1 with No. 6 Lukacs knocking off 27th-ranked Beidas 7-5, 6-1. Lukacs has won eight matches in a row. Next No. 49 Rux, who had only played in one of Baylor’s previous four matches, upset No. 39 Altmann 6-2, 7-3 to clinch the match. With the Bears claiming the necessary four points, the match was ended, because of the travel plans of Pepperdine. Baylor players Galic and Attila Bucko were still in the midst of matches.

“We honestly did not do a great job on every court, but we were able to right the ship and got over the hump in the first 10 minutes of each match and we started to play well,” Knoll said. “Maros (Horny) winning the first set 6-0 is huge. It was a great momentum builder. Jordan (Rux) beat their best spot. If you look over the course of year he has been their toughest spot. Anytime you beat the other team’s best spot it gives you tons of momentum. I am just happy Jordan got himself back on track. He is a caliber tennis player and I think this will bode well for us down the stretch.”

The Waves fell to 13-9 in the spring. The Bears are 8-4 all-time versus Pepperdine, after beating the Waves twice this year.

Next up for Baylor is a Big 12 match against No. 12 Texas in Austin on April 2 at 6 p.m. and then another conference contest on Saturday, April 4 when the Bears travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers at 1 p.m.

#10 Baylor 4, #18 Pepperdine 1
Mar 29, 2009 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
Singles
1. #6 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #27 Bassam Beidas (PEP) 7-5, 6-1
2. #49 Jordan Rux (BU) def. #39 Omar Altmann (PEP) 6-2, 7-5
3. David Galic (BU) vs. Alex Llompart (PEP)  unfinished
4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) 6-2, 6-3
5. Attila Bucko (BU) vs. Jensen Turner (PEP)  unfinished
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Hugh Clarke (PEP) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles
1. #14 Omar Altmann/Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Mahmoud Kamel/Hugh Clarke (PEP) def. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) 9-7
3. Julian Bley/Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Alex Llompart/Stuart Keplar (PEP) 8-2

Match Notes:
Pepperdine 13-9; National ranking #18
Baylor 16-5; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1,2)

No. 12 Texas men stop Oklahoma, 5-2

Longhorns nail down the doubles point and add on four singles victories to knock off Sooners, remain unbeaten in conference play.

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 12 Texas (14-3, 2-0 Big 12) took the doubles point and collected four singles victories in a 5-2 win over Oklahoma (7-6, 0-3) Sunday at OU’s Headington Family Tennis Center. 

The Longhorns secured wins in two of the three doubles matches to lock up the doubles point.  Sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico tallied an 8-5 win at first doubles over OU’s Sergey Avdeyev and Ionut Beleleu, and UT senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous teamed up for a 9-7 win at the third slot over the Sooners’ George Chanturia and Blake Boswell. 

Oklahoma responded with a pair of singles victories, but Texas ran off four victories to seal the team victory.  Corrie tallied a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles over David Pultr, and Reyes Varela added a 6-1, 7-5 win at third singles over Avdeyev.  Damico chipped in the clinching victory by outlasting Chanturia at fifth singles, 7-6 (6), 6-3.  Sajous added a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6) win at fourth singles to cap the victory. 

“This was a very difficult match today,” UT coach Michael Center said.  “The wind got a little gusty out here, and Oklahoma played with a tremendous amount of energy and fight.  We really had to fight, but it was nice to get another win on the road heading into our match this week with Baylor.”

Texas takes on No. 10 Baylor on Thursday, April 2 at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.  First serve is set for 6 p.m. Central.

No. 12 Texas 5, Oklahoma 2
Doubles

1 Corrie/Damico (UT) def. Avdeyev/Beleleu (OU) – 8-5
2 Daescu/Pultr (OU) def. Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) – 9-8
3 Sajous/Reyes Varela (UT) def. Chanturia/Boswell (OU) – 9-7

Singles
1 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) – 6-2, 6-3
2 Ed Corrie (UT) def. David Pultr (OU) – 6-1, 6-4
3 Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Sergey Avdeyev (OU) – 6-1, 7-5
4 Olivier Sajous (UT) def. Ionut Beleleu (OU) – 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6)
5 Kellen Damico (UT) def. George Chanturia (OU) – 7-6 (6), 6-3
6 Blake Boswell (OU) def. Josh Zavala (UT) – 6-3, 6-1

UTEP Women Edged By Tulane, 4-3

EL PASO – Carolina DeLuca, Marina DeLuca and Megan Pritchard all cruised to straight set wins but it wasn’t quite enough as Tulane edged out the UTEP tennis team, 4-3, at the El Paso Tennis Club Sunday afternoon.

The Miners (13-6) were saddled with their initial home loss in 2009 after being unable to overcoming dropping the doubles point for just the third time this year. Weronika Bloczynska/Pritchard rolled to a convincing 8-4 defeat of the Green Wave’s top tandem of Anna Bartenstein/Elizabeth Hamlin but Tulane (10-10) secured the point with closely-contested triumphs at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.

Mariam Kurdadze/Lindsay Dvorak squared off against Carolina DeLuca/Martina Trieweiler at No. 2 doubles. The Green Wave raced out to leads of 4-1 and 7-4 but UTEP’s tandem stormed back to even the match and eventually force a tie breaker. In the breaker, however, TU’s pairing held off DeLuca/Trierweiler, 7-5.

Jessica Lange/Marcela Fonseca and Marina DeLuca/Vicky Michaud were locked up in a quality match that went down to the wire. When it mattered most, however, the ball bounced in favor of the Green Wave duo which posted the narrow 9-7 victory.

When it was all said and done, Tulane enjoyed not only the early advantage but also the security of only having to split in singles action in order to escape with the team win. It did just that, as the Green Wave mustered victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 singles.

 “The biggest thing we wanted to do today was have 100 percent in our footwork and effort,” head coach Jamie Campbell said. “We did that, and we were in all of the matches but we made too many simple mistakes. We just needed a little more mental toughness.”

The Miners regrouped in the reprieve before the start of singles action, and returned to the courts with aspirations of staging the comeback. Things looked promising as UTEP was dominant at No. 3, No. 4 and No.5, but the Orange and Blue wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

Carolina DeLuca crushed Dvorak, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3 singles. Her elder sister also emerged victorious by that final score, derailing Gerber at No. 4 singles. To cap off the highlights for the Miners, Pritchard demolished Fonseca, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 singles.

The Green Wave were able to take care of business on the other courts, though. Bloczynska played very well at the top spot against Bartenstein, but was edged out by a final count of 6-4, 6-4. Hamlin dispatched Ximena Fuentes, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles while Kurdadze took care of Trierweiler at No. 2.

The first sent went to a breaker, where Kurdadze snuck past the freshman 10-8. The defeat took quite a bit out of the sails of Trierweiler, who fell by a score of 6-1 in the final set.

The Miners will look to regain their winning ways when they battle Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. on Friday.

A&M Women Win Fifth Straight With 6-1 Victory Over ISU

AMES, Iowa – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team completed a successful weekend, capping its two-match road swing with a 6-1 victory over Iowa State today at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center indoor courts.

It marked the Aggies’ fifth consecutive win as they improve to 9-6, including 5-1 in the Big 12 Conference. In addition, they remain undefeated in the all-time series against the Cyclones at 13-0.

ISU drops to 8-7, 1-5.

A&M never trailed at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles en route to clinching the doubles point and jumping out to a 1-0 lead.

Aggie sophomores Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) and Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) began the match by racing to a 5-0 lead against Marie Chartier and Maria Macedo at the No. 2 line. A&M went on to win the match, 8-1, extending the duo’s winning streak to five matches.

Freshman Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) and Elzé Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa) equaled Frank and Liles’ winning streak and clinched the doubles point for the Aggies by defeating Tessa Lang and Liza Wischer, 8-4, at No. 3. With the win, the Aggie tandem improved to a team-leading 11-2 in dual matches, all at the No. 3 line.

ISU’s Kara Hickey and Erin Karonis prevented the doubles sweep, overcoming a 6-3 deficit to top Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) and Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas), 8-7, winning the tiebreaker, 7-3, at No. 1.

Frank continued her winning ways in singles, notching her team-leading sixth straight victory and improving to 6-0 in Big 12 matches with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Macedo at the No. 2 line, putting the Aggies ahead, 2-0.

Cuthbertson followed with an easy 6-0, 6-2 win over Wischer at No. 5, and for the second consecutive day, Liles provided the clinching win with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lang at No. 3.

ISU picked up its only point at the No. 4 line, where Chartier held off Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas). After splitting the first two sets, Chartier won the super tiebreaker, 10-8.

Potgieter’s match at No. 1 also was decided by a super tiebreaker. She won her first set, 6-3, against Karonis, but Karonis came back to take the second set by the identical score. Potgieter then won the tiebreaker, 10-8, to put the Aggies up, 5-1.

Ashley Turpin (New Braunfels, Texas) capped the match with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Bolan Tarkoe at No. 6.

A&M returns home next weekend to host a pair of Big 12 matches. The Aggies take on Missouri Saturday and then face Colorado on Sunday. Both matches begin at noon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Live scoring of all A&M women’s tennis matches are available at AggieAthletics.com. In addition, live video streaming of A&M home matches is now available.

(43) Texas A&M 6, Iowa State 1
March 28, 2009
Ames Racquet and Fitness Center (Indoor)
Ames, Iowa
Attendance: n/a
Singles

1.      Elzé Potgieter (A&M) def. Erin Karonis (ISU), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (8)
2.      (113) Morgan Frank (A&M) def. Maria Macedo (ISU), 6-3, 6-0
3.      Christi Liles (A&M) def. Tessa Lang (ISU), 6-3, 6-3
4.      Marie Chartier (ISU) def. Lauren Santacroce (A&M), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (8)
5.      Janelle Cuthbertson (A&M) def. Liza Wischer (ISU), 6-0, 6-2
6.      Ashley Turpin (A&M) def. Bolan Tarkoe (ISU), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1.      Kara Hickey/Karonis (ISU) def. Cuthbertson/Stephanie Davidson (A&M), 8-7 (3)
2.      Frank/Liles (A&M) def. Chartier/Macedo (ISU), 8-1
3.      Sheri Olivier/Potgieter (A&M) def. Tessa Lang/Wischer (ISU), 8-4

Order of finish:
Doubles:  2, 3, 1
Singles:  2, 5, 3*, 4, 1, 6
*Clinched match

Team records:
Texas A&M: 9-6, 5-1 Big 12
Iowa State: 8-8, 1-6 Big 12

Texas Women Escape Nebraska, 4-3

Horns take the doubles point and get three singles wins to top the Huskers.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Texas fought off a formidable effort from Nebraska to remain unbeaten in conference play, as the Longhorns (10-5) posted a 4-3 win over the Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon at the Nebraska Tennis Center.

UT claimed a hard-fought doubles point before adding three singles wins to improve to 6-0 in conference play.  Sophomore Maggie Mello dealt NU’s Jana Albers a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 defeat at the third slot, and junior Sarah Lancaster added a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jennifer Holmberg at fifth singles. 

Junior Stephanie Davison sealed the victory for Texas with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ashley Finnegan at sixth singles.

Texas resumes play on Friday, April 3 when it hosts Colorado at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Texas 4, Nebraska 3
Doubles

No. 1 Damico/Milic (UT) def. Albers/Geibert, 8-5
No. 2 Davison/Larsson (UT) def. Holmberg/Weatherholt, 8-4
No. 3 Ring/Swarting def. Lancaster/Liu (UT), 8-4

Singles
No. 1 Madeleine Geibert def. Caroline Larsson (UT), 7-6 (3), 4-6, (10-6)
No. 2 Mary Weatherholt def. Krista Damico (UT), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Maggie Mello (UT) def. Jana Albers, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
No. 4 Wiveca Swarting def. Amanda Craddock (UT), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
No. 5 Sarah Lancaster (UT) def. Jennifer Holmberg, 6-1 6-2
No. 6 Stephanie Davison (UT) def. Ashley Finnegan, 7-5, 6-4