UTEP shutout vs. North Florida, 6-0

The UTEP tennis team ran into a buzzsaw in the form of North Florida and fell, 6-0, on the road in windy and unseasonably chilly conditions for the “Sunshine State” Saturday afternoon.

The start of the match was delayed for several hours due to high winds and rain, and when action ultimately resumed at the UNF Tennis Complex, only singles matches were played as result.

Freshman Dariya Abdrakhmanova turned in the best effort for the Orange and Blue, but she was unable to convert it into the win column. Squaring off against Raquel Castro at No. 2 singles, the native of Samara, Russia, was dispatched, 6-4, 6-3.

Fellow newcomer Alexandra Glebova locked up with Victoria Krook at No. 4 singles. Glebova battled hard in the initial set only to come up shy, 6-3. Krook was a bit sharper in the decisive set, evidenced by the score of 6-1 in her favor.

Martina Trierweiler vied to derail Aline Berkenbrock at No. 1 singles but it was not to be. The sophomore was tripped up, 6-1, 6-0.

An illness besieged Marina DeLuca, and caused her to retired from her match early on against Danielle Day at No. 3 singles. Junior Ximena Fuentes challenged Melanie Aguirre and couldn’t get on track in a taxing 6-1, 6-2 setback.

Freshman Veronika Makashov faced Lauren Holton at No. 6 singles, and was saddled with a loss by a count of 6-0, 6-0.

Austin Lavallii took on Heather St. John in an exhibition match, which did not finish as result of the weather. Lavallii took the first set, 6-3. She trailed, though, 4-2, in the second set when it was halted.

UTEP will take aim at its initial dual-match win of the 2010 season when it faces Jacksonville at 7 a.m. MT on Sunday.

Singles Results
1. Aline Berkenbrock (UNF) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
2. Raquel Castro (UNF) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 6-4, 6-3
3. Danielle Day (UNF) def. Marina DeLuca (UTEP) 3-0, retired
4. Victoria Krook (UNF) def. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-3, 6-1
5. Melanie Aguirre (UNF) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lauren Holton (UNF) def. Veronika Makashov (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0

Rice women blank Texas State, 7-0

While her teammates raced to easy victories, Rice junior Rebekka Hänle was extended to three tough sets as the Owls took a 7-0 win over Texas State at the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club on Saturday.

“Today was a solid team effort.” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “Our players came out ready to go in doubles and kept the pressure on Texas State throughout the whole match.”

The Owls (2-1) opened the match by taking all three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Five of the Owls six singles entries then swept to straight set wins, but Hänle and the Bobcats’ Andrea Giraldo hooked up in marathon match that saw Hänle bounce back from a first set loss in a tie breaker with a tie breaker win of her own in the second set. She then took the third 10-6 to pick up her second win in three tries this season

“It was great for Rebekka to pull out such a hard-fought victory today.” Schmidt notes. “Giraldo was playing excellent tennis and Rebekka really showed her competitive spirit by raising her own level when her back was against the wall.”

After moving indoors due to weather for the first two matches of the year, the Owls are slate to take on Sam Houston on Sunday on their home court.

“We are excited to finally get to play at Jake Hess and are looking forward to another battle tomorrow against a talented Sam Houston team,” Schmidt said.

Cal blanks Texas Tech, 4-0

The ITA National Team Indoor Championship got underway today for the No. 40 Texas Tech men’s team with first round action at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas. The Red Raiders fell to No. 33 California, 4-0.

Tech (2-1) began the day losing the doubles point to the Bears (4-0) as Tech’s No. 3 duo of Vitor Manzini and Raphael Pfister fell to Bozhidar Katsarov and Riki McLachlan, 8-2. Then the No. 2 team of No. 35 Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile lost to No. 49 Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt, 9-7, for Cal to claim the doubles points.

In singles action, Tech started off well winning the first set in five of six matches. However, Cal fought back to claim three wins, two in three sets, at No. 4, 5 and 1 (order of finish). At No. 4, Stabile lost to No. 98 Katsarov, 6-4, 6-3, while Manzini was dropped by Andrews, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5. The Red Raiders’ top player 25th-ranked Raony Carvalho fell to Pedro Zerbini, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Play was then suspended at the remaining three positions.

“We lost to a very good Cal team today,” said head coach Tim Siegel. We lost 4-0 but won the first set in five matches. Give Cal credit for fighting back. We now play another ranked opponent tomorrow in a tough Middle Tennessee team (56).

The Red Raiders play No. 56 Middle Tennessee State at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

#33 California 4, #40 Texas Tech 0
Penick-Allison Tennis Center, Austin, Texas
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. Zerbini/Dahan Cal) vs. #19 Carvalho/Garcia (TTU), 8-7, susp.
2. #49 Andrews/Koigsfeldt (Cal) def. #35 Escobar/Stabile (TTU), 9-7
3. Katsarov/McLachlan (Cal) def. Manzini/Pfister (TTU), 8-2

Singles – Order of Finish – 4, 5, 1

1. Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. #25 Raony Carvalho (TTU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
2. #33 Jonathan Dahan (Cal) vs. #40 Gonzalo Escobar (TTU), 4-6, 6-2, susp.
3. #106 sChristoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) vs. Rafael Garcia (TTU), 4-6, 6-2, susp.
4. #98 Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) def. Andre Stabile (TTU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nick Andrews (Cal) def. Vitor Manzini (TTU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Riki McLachlan (Cal) vs. Raphael Pfister (TTU), 6-7 (2), 5-2, susp.

Texas routs Middle Tennessee, 4-0

No. 8 Texas (2-0) took the doubles point and collected singles wins from newcomers Vasko Mladenov, Jean Andersen and Ben Chen, as the Longhorns posted a 4-0 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

In the day’s additional match at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center, California blanked Texas Tech 4-0. Texas will take on California on Sunday at 2 p.m. Central with a berth in the upcoming ITA National Team Indoor Championships going to the winner. Middle Tennessee State and Texas Tech will meet in a consolation match at 11 a.m.

Texas opened the match by winning two doubles matches to lock up the doubles point. At third doubles, UT freshman Vasko Mladenov and senior Jon Wiegand remained on serve with Middle Tennessee State’s Shaun Waters and Kyle Wishing through five games before the Texas tandem broke the Blue Raiders’ duo and took a 4-2 lead. Mladenov and Wiegand held for a 5-2 lead and went on to an 8-4 victory.

At second doubles, freshman Daniel Whitehead and sophomore Jean Andersen, who was making his debut as a Longhorn, assumed a 3-0 lead at third doubles over Middle Tennessee State’s Richard Cowden and Matthew Langley, but the Blue Raiders rallied to even the match at four. At 6-5, Andersen smacked a cross-court backhand winner at break point to give UT a 7-5 lead, and Andersen’s volley at match point finished off the 8-5 win and clinched the doubles point for Texas.

Texas needed less than 90 minutes in the singles session to clinch the win over Middle Tennessee State. Mladenov never let up at fifth singles and posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex McCann. Andersen tallied his first collegiate singles win at the fourth slot, where he posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Langley.

Chen posted a 6-1 opening-set win at the sixth slot over Shaun Waters and thwarted Waters’ second-set rally and took the set by a 7-5 count to nail down the victory for Texas. The remaining singles matches were called when Chen clinched the match’s outcome.

Texas head coach Michael Center
On the win
“It was a nice win, and we had a lot of people contribute today. It was exciting to have the opportunity to play at home. It’s early and we still have a lot of room for improvement, but I’m excited about this team.”

On the singles wins from newcomers Jean Andersen, Vasko Mladenov and Ben Chen
“Jean Andersen was a little nervous, but once he settled in, he played well. He’s a tremendous athlete who can do a lot of different things. Jean will be a big contributor. Vasko Mladenov was a little uptight at the start, but he settled in and played an excellent match. Ben Chen played great tennis. He had some trouble at the end, but he showed his poise and maturity in the last game. Those guys are all new to the program, but they got the wins for us today. It shows we have a lot of depth this year.”

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
#8 Texas 4, Middle Tennessee State 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 2
1 #22 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) vs. Melo/Peers (MTSU) – 6-7, susp.
2 Andersen/Whitehead (UT) def. Cowden/Langley (MTSU) – 8-5
3 Mladenov/Wiegand (UT) def. Waters/Wishing (MTSU) – 8-4

Singles – Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6
1 #5 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) vs. John Peers (MTSU) – 6-3, 4-6, susp.
2 #9 Ed Corrie (UT) vs. Victor Melo (MTSU) – 4-6, 6-2, susp.
3 #38 Josh Zavala (UT) vs. Richard Cowden (MTSU) – 6-3, 4-2, susp.
4 Jean Andersen (UT) def. Matthew Langley (MTSU) – 6-3, 6-1
5 #104 Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. Alex McCann (MTSU) – 6-1, 6-2
6 Ben Chen (UT) def. Shaun Waters (MTSU) – 6-1, 7-5

Fresno State upsets #12 Texas A&M at home, 4-3

The 12th-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team was edged by 46th-ranked Fresno State, 4-3, in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend held Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 345 fans at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies (2-1) dropped their first match of the young season braving weather conditions in the low 50’s. The Bulldogs (4-0), armed with a pair of ranked doubles teams, won the doubles point courtesy of the No. 36-ranked tandem of Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers, who defeated No. 18-ranked Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) and Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, Fla.), 8-6, at the No. 1 line, while the No. 20-ranked duo of Taylor Lieby and Mirko Zapletal got past Niall Angus (London, England) and Alexis Klegou (Dunkerque, France), 9-7, at No. 2.

A&M went up 3-2 in the match, after junior Alexey Grigorov (Moscow, Russia), Austin Krajicek and freshman Alberto Bautista (McAllen, Texas) claimed straight-set victories in singles. Grigorov defeated Fresno State’s Remi Boutillier, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4, followed by Krajicek over Mirko Zapletal, 6-3, 7-6 (4), at the top of the lineup, and Bautista over Siddharth Alapati, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6. Bautista won his third-straight match and Grigorov and Krajicek their second of the season.

The Aggies would drop a pair of tough three-setters in the remaining two matches fought out by Alexis Klegou at No. 2 and Niall Angus at No. 5. Angus, a freshman who joined the team in January, fell to No. 83-ranked David Ayoun of Fresno State, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, for the deciding point.

“It was disappointing that we had chances to try to win the doubles point,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “Give Fresno State credit. We had a war with our doubles on court one and two, but then we regrouped and tried to win four singles. We just didn’t get it done today. We talked about going in and trying to win the first set in every match, but our guys couldn’t hold the lead. We have some new guys, but the conditions were different and weather was a factor. You have to give Fresno State credit though, because their players handled the conditions better than we did, and were more aggressive. Sometimes that’s the difference and today it was.”

The Aggies will face second-seeded and 24th-ranked Oklahoma State (1-1) on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. (CT) on the stadium courts. The Cowboys lost a 4-1 decision to third-seeded and 34th-ranked Rice (3-0) on Saturday. Fresno State and Rice will also play tomorrow for the right to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 11-14 in Charlottesville, Va., at 1 p.m. (CT) on the grandstand courts.

(46) FRESNO STATE 4, (12) TEXAS A&M 3
Jan. 30, 2010
ITA Men’s Tennis Kick-Off Weekend
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
at College Station, Texas
Attendance: 345
No. 1 – Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Mirko Zapletal (Fresno State), 6-3, 7-6 (4).
No. 2 – Rikus de Villiers (Fresno State) def. Alexis Klegou (Texas A&M), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.
No. 3 – Tejesvi Veerepalli (Fresno State) def. (32) Jeff Dadamo (Texas A&M), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 – Alexey Grigorov (Texas A&M) def. Remi Boutillier (Fresno State), 6-2, 6-4.
No. 5 – (83) David Ayoun (Fresno State) def. Niall Angus (Texas A&M), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
No. 6 – Alberto Bautista (Texas A&M) def. Siddharth Alapati (Fresno State), 6-3, 6-2.

No. 1 – (36) Boutillier-de Villiers (Fresno State) def. (18) Krajicek-Dadamo (Texas A&M), 8-6.
No. 2 – (20) Leiby-Zapletal (Fresno State) def. Angus-Klegou (Texas A&M), 9-7.
No. 3 – Grigorov-Marcus Lunt (Texas A&M) def. Alapati-Veerepalli (Fresno State), 8-5.

Singles: 3, 4, 1, 6, 2, 5*
Doubles: 3, 1, 2

Baylor women blank Harvard, 4-0

On a cold day at the Baylor Tennis Center, the 5th-ranked Lady Bears cruised to a 4-0 win over No. 66 Harvard in their season opener on Saturday as part of the 2010 ITA Kickoff Weekend.

“I was really proud of the way our team handled the conditions,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Harvard is a good team. They are one of the up and coming young teams out there and for us to win pretty convincingly, I am really please with where we are at right now.”

In singles action, Baylor finished three matches in straight sets to secure the victory. Junior Taylor Ormond dropped just two games to beat Harvard’s Samantha Rosekrans by a score of 6-0, 6-2. No. 24 Nina Secerbegovic cruised through the first set 6-0 in her match against Kristen Norton, then held on for a 7-5 second set. At the No. 6 singles position newcomer Carla Lindlar took down Alexandra Lehman 6-2, 6-3.

“Nina is a big time player, and she is very capable of playing No. 1 for any team,” Scrivano said. “This is a great transition for her to play higher in the lineup. I think she is only going to get better as the season goes on.”

The 13th-ranked doubles tandem of Broosova and Borsanyi, playing the in the No. 1 position, took down Harvard’s Holly Cao and Samantha Rosekrans 8-4. Filipiak and Ormond joined forces to defeat Samantha Gridley and Sophie Change also by a score of 8-4.

“I thought in the doubles we played very well and we won the big points and that is all we can ask for right now,” Scrivano said. “We are not going to play our best tennis right now. We just got to do what we can right now.“

The Lady Bears will face #65 Brown in tomorrow’s championship match. Brown defeated #69 Nevada 4-2 in its first-round match. The match is slated for 1 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center.

Harvard vs Baylor
Jan 30, 2010 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
#5 Baylor 4, #66 Harvard 0
Singles competition
1. #17 Lenka Broosova (BU) vs. Holly Cao (HU) unfinished
2. #70 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) vs. Hideko Tachibana (HU) unfinished
3. #24 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Kristin Norton (HU) 6-0, 7-5
4. Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Samantha Rosekrans (HU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Karolina Filipiak (BU) vs. Sophie Chang (HU) unfinished
6. Carla Lindlar (BU) def. Alexandra Lehman (HU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #13 Lenka Broosova/Csilla Borsanyi (BU) def. Holly Cao/Samantha Rosekrans (HU) 8-4
2. Nina Secerbegovic/Carla Lindlar (BU) vs. Kristin Norton/Hideko Tachibana (HU) unfinished
3. Taylor Ormond/Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Samantha Gridley/Sophie Chang (HU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Harvard 1-1; National ranking #66
Baylor 1-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,6,3)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Round One

TCU women claim 4-3 thriller over Texas

The No. 27 TCU women’s tennis team claimed a thrilling 4-3 decision against No. 30 Texas in the consolation round of the 2010 ITA National Indoor Qualifier at the Goodfriend Tennis Center. Sophomore Gaby Mastromarino clinched the victory in the final match.

“We played a long match and fought really hard all of the way through,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “Everybody gave a full effort from start to finish and five hours later we ended up pulling it out. Everybody contributed and it was a team win through and through.”

“It was three all and Gaby really buckled down and focused to pull out a great win under a tremendous amount of pressure,” Hammond said. “I’m very of her performance and how smoothly she played. It was a great win for the Horned Frogs.”

For the second day in a row, TCU took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. After Mastromarino and junior Idunn Hertzberg picked up the initial tally with an 8-6 win over Texas’ Sarah Lancaster and Caroline Larsson, senior Nina Munch-Soegaard and sophomore Kayla Duncan sealed the doubles advantage with a 9-7 defeat of No. 27 Amanda Craddock and Krista Damico.

Texas rebounded and came out fighting in singles action, taking the first set on all four courts. The Longhorns forced the team score to 1-1 after Munch-Soegaard battled in her second set to force a tie-breaker, only to fall to No. 22 Aeriel Ellis, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Hertzberg followed by winning her second-set tie-breaker against Craddock and dismantling her in the third frame to claim the win, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.

With the Frogs up in the match, 2-1, Duncan pushed the advantage to 3-1 with a three-set win over No. 27 Damico from the No. 2 court. After dropping the first set, the Winston-Salem, N.C., native pushed through to take the match, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“Kayla and Idunn gutted out a pair of three-set matches in strong fashion today,” Hammond said. “Both matches could have gone either way and they just kept fighting.”

With the team score at 3-1 in favor of TCU, junior Katariina Tuohimaa forced her match with No. 59 Vanja Corovic into a third set tie-breaker, only to fall short in the match, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5). Junior Maria Babanova would soon drop her match to Larsson in straight-sets to tie the match at 3-3.

As Babanova dropped her match, Mastromarino was heading into her first set tie-breaker with Lancaster on the final court. With the weight of the match on her shoulders, the sophomore from Tequesta, Fla., fell early in the tie-break, 4-2, only to battle back to win the next five points and save the opening set, 7-6 (4). Despite falling behind Lancaster in the second stanza, 3-4, Mastromarino kept her composure and focus to earn the win, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

“This was a huge win for us,” Mastromarino said. “After the loss yesterday, I really thought a win today would get us going in the right direction. I felt like we all gave it our all today and because it was such a close match, I think we will be able to handle that kind of pressure this season.”

TCU will return to open the home schedule on Feb. 5, hosting Stanford at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for Noon and admission is free.

Texas resumes play on Saturday, Feb. 6 when it hosts Stanford at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. First serve is set for noon Central.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
#27 TCU 4, #30 Texas 3
Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center – Knoxville, Tenn.
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 1

1 Kayla Duncan/Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. #27 Craddock/Damico (UT) – 9-7
2 Katariina Tuohimaa/Maria Babanova (TCU) vs. Corovic/Ellis (UT) – 8-7, susp.
3 Gaby Mastromarino/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Lancaster/Larsson (UT) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3, 5, 6 – time 5:38
1 #22 Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) – 6-3, 7-6 (5)
2 #67 Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. #27 Krista Damico (UT) – 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3 #59 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) – 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
4 Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Amanda Craddock (UT) – 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1
5 Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Maria Babanova (TCU) – 6-1, 7-6 (4)
6 Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Sarah Lancaster (UT) – 7-6 (4), 6-4

Rice men beat #24 Oklahoma State, 4-1

Texans Tachibana and Chang play big role for Owls

The 35th ranked Rice Owls overcame a slow start in raw conditions to defeat No. 24 Oklahoma State in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

“We started out slow, but we played hard,” Rice men’s tennis coach Ron Smarr said. “It was cold out there, but we battled through it. Now we have to get ready for another tough match tomorrow,” Smarr added.

With temperatures hovering in the mid 30’s, the Owls found themselves in an early hole during the doubles competition. Their No. 2 team of Isamu Tachibana and Michael Nuesslein fell behind 4-0 before battling back to take a 9-7 decision to give them a split of the first two doubles matchups. The Owls then took the doubles point when their No. 1 team of Bruno Rosa and Oscar Podlewski fought off a match point to win a tiebreaker, 11-9, and clinch the first point with an 9-8 win.

Oklahoma State tied the score thanks to a straight set win by Oleksandr Nedovyesov over Rosa in No. 1 singles. Tachibana and Nuesslein completed a successful day by pushing the Owls back on top with straight set wins at No. 4 and No. 3 singles, and freshman Jonathan Chang closed out the match with a straight set win at No. 6.

Rice will meet the winner of the Texas A&M-Fresno State match tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, hosted by the University of Virginia.

1. Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) def. Bruno Rosa (Rice) 6-2, 6-2
2. Anton Bobytskyi (OSU) vs. Oscar Podlewski (Rice) DNF
3. Michael Nuesslein (Rice) def. Ilija Martinoski (OSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Isamu Tachibana (Rice) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Eric West (OSU) vs. Sam Garforth-Bles (Rice) DNF
6. Jonathan Chang (Rice) def. Maximilian Kuhn (OSU) 6-1, 7-6 (5)

1. Rosa-Podlewski (Rice) def. (15) Nedovyesov-Bessonov (OSU) 9-8 (9).
2. Nusslein-Tachibana (Rice) def. Bobytskyi-West (OSU) 9-7.
3. Kuhn-Martinoski (OSU) def. Garforth-Bles-Polyakov (Fresno State) 9-8 (7)

Order of Finish:
Singles: 1, 4, 3, 6*
Doubles: 2, 3, 1

No. 11 Tennessee holds off No. 30 Texas women, 4-1

No. 30 Texas (1-1) mounted a formidable rally in singles play and picked up a win from senior Vanja Corovic, but host No. 11 Tennessee (3-0) held off the Longhorns and prevailed by a 4-1 count Friday afternoon at Tennessee’s Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.

The match was played in conjunction with the annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. A win over Tennessee and an additional win Saturday over Vanderbilt would have given Texas a berth in the upcoming ITA National Team Indoor Championships at The University of Wisconsin. With the Horns out of contention for that berth, Texas now will turn its attention to TCU, whom the Horns meet on Saturday at 8 a.m. Central in Knoxville.

Tennessee started off the match by winning a pair of doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Texas’ 27th-ranked tandem of junior Amanda Craddock and sophomore Krista Damico suffered an 8-1 defeat at first doubles to the nation’s top-ranked duo of Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota.

The Lady Vols added the clinching win at second doubles, as Rosalia Alda and Zsofia Zubor and knocked off the Longhorns’ Vanja Corovic and Aeriel Ellis, 8-5. The remaining match at third doubles pitting Texas’ Sarah Lancaster and Caroline Larsson against Tennessee’s Jennifer Meredith and Maria Sorbello was suspended at 7-all when the Lady Vols nailed down the doubles point at the second slot.

With four courts available for use at Tennessee’s indoor facility, positions one through four went on first with the matches at fifth and sixth singles going on after two of the first four matches completed. Tennessee would stretch its lead to 2-0 at the first slot, where the sixth-ranked Whoriskey tallied a 6-1, 6-1 over Texas’ 22nd-ranked Ellis. The Longhorns got on the board at third singles, where the 59th-ranked Corovic posted a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over the Lady Vols’ Pluskota.

Tennessee pushed its lead to 3-1 at fourth singles as Alda knocked off Texas’ Craddock by a 6-4, 6-3 count. At second singles, UT’s Damico took the first set off of Tennessee’s Sorbello, 7-5 but was unable to finish off the win. Sorbello took the second set, 6-3 before claiming the third set, 6-1 to deliver the clinching point for the Lady Vols.

Texas’ Larsson and Lancaster held one-set leads in their matches at fifth and sixth singles, respectively, though their matches were abandoned when Tennessee clinched the 4-1 win.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
No. 11 Tennessee 4, No. 30 Texas 1
Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center – Knoxville, Tenn.
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2
1 #1 Caitlin Whoriskey/Natalie Pluskota (Tenn.) def. #27 Amanda Craddock/Krista Damico (Texas) – 8-1
2 Rosalia Alda/Zsofia Zubor (Tenn.) def. Vanja Corovic/Aeriel Ellis (Texas) – 8-5
3 Jennifer Meredith/Maria Sorbello (Tenn.) vs. Sarah Lancaster/Caroline Larsson (Texas) – 7-7, susp.

Singles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4, 2
1 No. 6 Caitlin Whoriskey (Tenn.) def. No. 22 Aeriel Ellis (Texas) – 6-1, 6-1
2 No. 51 Maria Sorbello (Tenn.) def. No. 27 Krista Damico (Texas) – 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3 No. 59 Vanja Corovic (Texas) def. Natalie Pluskota (Tenn.) – 6-2, 6-2
4 Rosalía Alda (Tenn.) def. Amanda Craddock (Texas) – 6-4, 6-3
5 Caroline Larsson (Texas) vs. Zsofia Zubor (Tenn.) – 7-6 (3), 1-1, susp.
6 Sarah Lancaster (Texas) vs. Katie Lee (Tenn.) – 6-3, 2-1, susp.

UTEP falls to Iowa State in season opener, 6-1

The UTEP tennis team was tripped up by Big 12 member Iowa State, 6-1, in the season-opening match for both squads Friday afternoon. Senior Marina DeLuca turned in a dominant performance in toppling Marie Chartier, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4 singles but the other Miners couldn’t quite get it going.

UTEP (0-1) utilized a line-up which is talented but still quite young, and the lack of experience proved to be a detriment against the Cyclones (1-0).

Two of the Miners’ top six-players were competing in their initial dual-match (freshman Dariya Abdrakhmanova & junior-college transfer Alexandra Glebova). There is also a pair of sophomores (Martina Trierweiler and Carolina DeLuca). Junior Ximena Fuentes was in the line-up, giving UTEP just two returning upperclassmen. Freshman Veronika Makashov also debuted in dual play, doing so in doubles.

“We knew that Iowa State was going to be a tough opponent,” UTEP head coach Jamie Campbell said. “We learned a lot today and will be able to use that knowledge in moving forward. We need to improve on playing the big points better. We need to stay more focused with our winning plan in those moments.”

UTEP dug itself an early hole, after ISU picked up triumphs in each of the three doubles matches to stake a 1-0 lead. Erin Karonis/Jenna Langhorst held off the Miner tandem of Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca, 8-5, at the top spot.

Tessa Lang/Maria Macedo managed to derail UTEP’s Marina Deluca/Abdrakhmanova, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. Liza Wischer/Alyssa Palen snuck past Fuentes/Veronika Makashov, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles.

Following a brief reprieve, action switched to singles, where Marina DeLuca stole the show for the Orange and Blue. The senior, who was nagged by an injury throughout the fall portion of the slate, showed no ill effects in blasting Chartier for the straight set triumph.

Her younger sister, Carolina DeLuca, locked up with Tessa Lang at No. 3 singles. In a back-and-forth match from the opening point, Lang was just a bit better when it mattered most. DeLuca came up shy in both sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).

Trierweiler ran into a buzzsaw at No. 1 singles in the form of Karonis, falling by a final count of 6-2, 6-4.

Abdrakhmanova, a mid-semester signee, gave Macedo all she could handle in the first set but couldn’t quite put it all together. She fell by a score of 6-4 in that initial set. The native of Russia wasn’t as sharp in the second set, with Macedo going home victorious, 6-1.

Glebova locked up with Langhorst at No. 5 singles, and the junior-college transfer was never able to get on track. She was stricken with a 6-3, 6-2, setback.

Fuentes battled every point in her match vs. Wischer at No. 6 singles, but was not rewarded for her effort in the win column. The product of Mexico fought valiantly only to suffer a 6-4, 6-3 defeat.

Makashov also competed in singles, doing so in an exhibition contest. She came up short against Reka Kelemen, 6-1, 6-1.

UTEP will look to bounce back when it battles North Florida at 7 a.m. MT on Saturday.

Singles Results
1. Erin Karonis (ISU) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
2. Maria Macedo (ISU) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1
3. Tessa Lang (ISU) def. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Marina DeLuca (UTEP) def. Marie Chartier (ISU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Jenna Langhorst (ISU) def. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
6. Liza Wischer (ISU) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles Results
1. Erin Karonis/Jenna Langhorst (ISU) def. Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 8-5
2. Tessa Lang/Maria Macedo (ISU) def. Marina DeLuca/Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 8-3
3. Liza Wischer/Alyssa Palen (ISU) def. Ximena Fuentes/Veronika Makashov (UTEP) 8-3