Arkansas Turns Back Owls, 5-2

Owls to face Tulsa on Tuesday

The 16th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks turned back a strong challenge from 44th ranked Rice, defeating the Owls 5-2 at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Sunday.

“It’s always disappointing to lose, especially since we feel like we had our chances,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “However, our team can walk tall knowing that they left everything they had out on the court today. Now, we’ll get ready for another great opportunity on Tuesday against Tulsa.”

After splitting the first two doubles matches, Arkansas grabbed the doubles point and the lead in the match with a win at No. 3.

Rice freshman Dominique Harmath knotted the score at 1-1 with a straight set win at No. 2, but Arkansas clinched the match with wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions before senior Jessica Jackson gave the Owls their second point with a win at No.3.

The Owls will continue their stretch of six consecutive road matches with a match against C-USA rival Tulsa on Tuesday.

Rice vs Arkansas
2/27/2011 at Fayetteville, AR
(Billingsley Tennis Center)
#16 Arkansas 5, #44 Rice 2
Singles competition
1. #16 Anouk Tigu (ARKANSAS) def. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2. #110 Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Kate Lukomskaya (ARKANSAS) 6-1, 6-2
3. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Stephanie Roy (ARKANSAS) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Claudine Paulson (ARKANSAS) def. Ana Guzman (RICE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Emily Carbone (ARKANSAS) def. Daniella Trigo (RICE) 6-2, 6-3
6. Jade Frampton (ARKANSAS) def. Kim Anicete (RICE) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Anouk Tigu/Claudine Paulson (ARKANSAS) def. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) 8-3
2. Dominique Harmath/Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Stephanie Roy (ARKANSAS) 8-5
3. Jade Frampton/Valentina Starkova (ARKANSAS) def. Daniella Trigo/Jessica Jackson (RICE) 8-5

Match Notes:
Rice 8-4; National ranking #44
Arkansas 10-3; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,5,6,4,3,1)

Baylor Squeaks Past Mississippi State, 4-3

Bears win fifth-straight doubles point en route to victory over 31st-ranked Bulldogs.

WACO – Sophomore Roberto Maytin came through in the clutch with a second-set tiebreak win to help the 11th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team secure a 4-3 victory over No. 31 Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center.

The win boosts Baylor’s record to 5-2 on the season and improves their home mark to 4-1. However, unlike their first three wins at home Baylor actually trailed in the final stages against the Bulldogs, before Maytin heroics claimed the win.

“I am happy to win,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “Mississippi State was rough. I thought clearly that any time it comes down to last match on it is a nail-biter out there. We were fortunate to win. It was a great college tennis match.”

The doubles matches were a great indication of things to come in singles as each of the three matches was close throughout.

The seventh-ranked duo of Maytin and John Peers was the first Baylor tandem off the court with a 9-7 win against No. 43 Malte Stropp and Louis Cant. Neither team got ahead by more than a game in the entire match until Maytin dropped a shot right over the net to break the Bulldog pair and earn the 9-7 victory. The win was the fifth straight for the BU pair and imporved its dual-match record to 6-1.

Baylor’s No. 3 doubles team of Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro would then claim the point for the Bears with an 8-6 win over Artem Ilyushin and James Chaudry. The 32nd-ranked Baylor tandem is now 7-0 on the season and 11-2 overall.

At No. 2 doubles, Sergio Ramirez and Jordan Rux battled back from a 4-2 deficit to grab an upset win over the 72nd-ranked team of George Coupland and Zach White, 9-7. The victory gave BU a clean sweep in doubles for the fifth time this season, while Ramirez and Rux improved to 4-1 when paired together.

The doubles point victory marked the fifth straight match in which Baylor had earned the point.

“All the doubles matches were really tough,” Knoll said. “They did a really great job of mixing up their teams. They showed us kind of a different look than we were expecting.”

Mississippi State was quick to respond to the doubles point loss as they opened up singles play by taking three of the six first sets. The fast start led to the Bulldogs evening the match as Coupland dispatched of Ramirez at the No. 2 spot, 6-2, 6-4. The loss halted the senior’s two-match win streak and dropped his record to 4-3.

BU would then take back the lead as the 27th-ranked Peers remained undefeated in dual-match play with a 6-4, 6-1 thrashing of the 53rd-ranked Ilyushin. Peers is 7-0 in team play and 6-5 against nationally-ranked foes overall.

“John played a nice, solid match,” Knoll said. “I think he was a few choices away from playing a really, really good match. He made a few errors from point-blank positions that he doesn’t need to make, but I think if he can clean that up a little bit, he can make that just an unbelievable performance.”

The next two singles match went to the Bulldogs as they pushed Baylor to the brink of defeat. First, Chaudry handed Rux his fourth loss in dual-match play at the No. 4 position, 6-0, 6-3. Then, Dennis Lengsfeld lost his second straight match by falling to Stropp 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot.

As the Bears fell into the 3-2 hole, the remaining two matches at courts five and six were well into the second set. Grangeiro at the No. 6 position had rallied in his first set from a 5-4 deficit to claim a 7-5 win, before he coasted in the second set, 6-1. Grangeiro’s win raised his record to 5-1 as it knotted the match at three points apiece to set the stage for Maytin’s win.

“Kike was able to win the first set and then really picked it up in the second and was able to stay focused,” Knoll said. “That is what you need. You need guys that are finishers out there.”

The 110th-ranked Maytin used a three-game burst to close out the first set of his match, 6-3, against 73rd-ranked Louis Cant. In the second set things got a little more difficult as Cant opened up a 5-4 lead just moments after Grangeiro had won his match.

Maytin responded with a hold and a break to go up 6-5 in the set. However, Cant once again fought back to break Maytin and force the set into a tiebreaker. With the tiebreak tied at six points apiece, Cant double faulted and then returned a serve from Maytin long to lose the match.

“I thought that Roberto just did a super job of battling the whole way and fighting his tail off,” Knoll said. “He wasn’t playing that well this week, so I thought for him to come out and hold it together against a really tough opponent was impressive.”

The Baylor win drops Mississippi State to 4-4 on the year, while the Bears improve to 5-1 all-time versus the Bulldogs.

Baylor will next be in action on Wednesday when the Bears host Purdue at 3 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center. Live scoring and a live blog of the action will be available on

MATCH NOTES: Baylor is now 25-20 against schools from the Southeastern Conference. The win ups Baylor’s record at the Baylor Tennis Center to 133-8 and improves the Bears record under Knoll against ranked opponents to 250-83.

#11 Baylor 4, #31 Mississippi State 3
Feb 27, 2011 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 John Peers (BU) def. #53 Artem Ilyushin (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. George Coupland (MSU) def. Sergio Ramirez (BU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Dennis Lengsfeld (BU) 6-2, 6-2
4. James Chaudry (MSU) def. Jordan Rux (BU) 6-0, 6-3
5. #110 Roberto Maytin (BU) def. #73 Louis Cant (MSU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Kike Grangeiro (BU) def. Zach White (MSU) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #7 Roberto Maytin/John Peers (BU) def. #43 Malte Stropp/Louis Cant (MSU) 9-7
2. Jordan Rux/Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. #72 George Coupland/Zach White (MSU) 9-7
3. #32 Julian Bley/Kike Grangeiro (BU) def. Artem Ilyushin/James Chaudry (MSU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Mississippi State 4-4; National ranking #31
Baylor 5-2; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,6,5)

TCU men fall to Tulsa

Frogs’ Top Doubles Team Earns Top-20 Win Sunday
TCU continues to play well in doubles

TULSA, Okla. – The No. 48 doubles team of Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price picked up their highest-ranked win of the season as the No. 47 TCU men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 33 Tulsa at the Case Tennis Center Sunday.

“We got to play in a tough environment on the road for the first time this season,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “After going through a match like today, I think it will help prepare us for the rest of the season, as players and coaches. This should help us to get better in tough conditions at home and on the road. I’m proud of our guys for fighting hard and I know all of this is going to get us ready for conference play. There are some good things that are happening and I know that when we start getting on a roll, things will be good for us.”

TCU jumped on the Golden Hurricane early, storming to take the doubles point. The Frogs have now earned the doubles advantage in six of their eight dual matches this spring.

The team of Cameron Nash and Slah Mbarek picked up the first win of the day, taking down Tulsa’s No. 53 ranked tandem of Grant Ive and Alastair Barnes, 8-4. After the Golden Hurricane took the match at the No. 3 court, Brighiu and Price sealed the deal for the Frogs at the top spot, dismantling Tulsa’s No. 19 ranked duo of Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland, 8-3. The victory is the second-highest ranked win for the duo since teaming up in 2010, behind a 9-7 win over then No. 3 Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M last April.

“Brighui and Price are playing with poise and lots of energy,” Roditi said. “They are complimenting each other very well on the court.”

In the singles portion, UT evened the team tally as Watling made quick work of Mbarek from the No. 2 court, earning the win by the score of 6-1, 6-1. Barnes would later give his team a 2-1 lead, defeating Nash at the No. 6 court, 6-2, 6-4.

TCU bounced back to even the team tally after junior Daniel Sanchez posted his third win of the season against Ive at the No. 5 position, 6-4, 6-4. Sanchez is now 3-2 this spring, playing primarily in the No. 5 and No. 6 spots for the Frogs.

Tulsa would then rally off a win at the fourth court, giving Brighiu the chance to extend the evening for TCU. After dropping the opening set against No. 40 Marcelo Arevalo, Brighiu lost a tough tiebreaker in the second set to fall, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

TCU will return to the Case Tennis Center Monday to take on Wichita State Monday. First serve is set for 11 a.m.

No. 38 Tulsa (8-3) def. No. 47 TCU (2-6), 5-2
Case Tennis Center | Tulsa, Okla.
1. #40 Marcelo Arevalo (TLS) def. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #94 Ashley Watling (TLS) def. Slah Mbarek (TCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #114 Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Christopher Price (TCU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. #117 Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. Zach Nichols (TCU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Grant Ive (TLS) 6-4, 6-4
6. Alastair Barnes (TLS) def. Cameron Nash (TCU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 5, 4, 1*, 3

1. #48 Brighiu/Price (TCU) def. #19 Watling/Marsland (TLS) 8-3
2. Cameron Nash/Slah Mbarek (TCU) def. #53 Ive/Barnes (TLS) 8-4
3. Arevalo/De Klerk (TLS) def. Nichols/Sanchez (TCU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*

Texas defeats Arizona State, 4-3

Horns get the doubles point and victories from Amanda Craddock and Juliana Gajic.

AUSTIN – Texas (4-3) took the doubles point and collected singles wins from senior Amanda Craddock and freshman Juliana Gajic in a 4-3 victory over Arizona State Sunday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

With Arizona State only able to field two doubles teams with five available student-athletes, Texas needed to win one of the two doubles matches to secure the doubles point. The Sun Devils posted a win at second doubles, but Texas picked up the victory at the first slot, as Craddock and freshman Cierra Gaytan-Leach posted an 8-6 win over Jacqueline Cako and Micaela Hein. The match at third doubles was defaulted in Texas’ favor due to Arizona State’s incomplete lineup.

Texas, who was sporting pink shirts and shoes in support of the fight against breast cancer, immediately assumed a 2-0 lead given that the match at the sixth slot was defaulted to Texas by way of the Sun Devils’ incomplete lineup. Arizona State’s Cako put the Sun Devils on the board at first singles before Gajic pushed the Texas lead to 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over ASU’s Sianna Simmons.

Texas’ Craddock finished the day with a spotless singles and doubles record and clinched the Texas victory at fourth singles. Craddock took the first set off of ASU’s Ashlee Brown and trailed 4-3 in the second set before breaking Brown’s serve and taking the next three games to win the match, 6-3, 6-4. Arizona State claimed the remaining two matches in straight sets.

Texas resumes play next weekend and will head to the Midwest to take on Northwestern and Illinois.

Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
On the team wearing pink to support the fight against breast cancer
“It’s a reminder for us of what so many women are going through. They’re fighting against all odds. It’s a cause that is near and dear to our hearts, and we were very proud to wear pink and do our part.”

On the match
“We saw Amanda Craddock get the clinching match for us. She is a senior captain, and she had one of our freshmen, Juliana Gajic, playing next to her today. Juliana has had a great run so far this year. We’ve been playing some good doubles at No. 1 with Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Amanda Craddock. They have been on a tear lately.”

Texas 4, Arizona State 3
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 1
1 #50 Craddock/Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Cako/Hein (ASU) – 8-6
2 #31 Brown/Simmons (ASU) def. Damico/Ellis (UT) – 8-4
3 ASU default (incomplete lineup)

Singles – Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 2
1 #44 Jacqueline Cako (ASU) def. #18 Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 6-1, 6-4
2 #82 Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Krista Damico (UT) – 7-5, 6-3
3 Hannah James (ASU) def. Maggie Mello (UT) – 6-4, 6-4
4 Amanda Craddock (UT) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) – 6-3, 6-4
5 Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Sianna Simmons (ASU) – 6-0, 6-1
6 ASU default (incomplete lineup)

Rice Ladies Race Past Buffs, 6-1

Face #16 Arkansas on Sunday

The 44th ranked Rice Owls opened their weekend of action in Fayetteville, Arkansas by downing Colorado 6-1 at the Billingsley Tennis Center on Saturday.

The match was moved indoors but the change in surroundings did little to stymie the Owls, who grabbed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3, and then closed out the match with wins by Kim Anicete, Dominique Harmath and Ana Guzman.

“Today was a solid effort by our team. It was the first time all year that we have played a match indoors and our players did an excellent job adjusting to the conditions. We are all really looking forward to this match against Arkansas tomorrow.”

The Owls will face the 16th ranked Razorbacks on Sunday at 11 a.m. Rice upset Arkansas, ranked 18th at the time last season, in Houston last season as Julie Chao rallied to give Rice a 4-3 decision, and earn C-USA Player of the Week honors.

Rice vs Colorado
2/26/2011 at Fayettville, AR
(Billingsley Tennis Center)
#44 Rice 6, Colorado 1
Singles competition
1. Kristina Schleich (COLORADO) def. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Abbie Probert (COLORADO) 6-2, 6-1
3. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Michala Hedelund Jen (COLORADO) 7-5, 6-2
4. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (COLORADO) 6-1, 6-4
5. Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (COLORADO) 6-3, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Kim Anicete (RICE) def. Kristina Barber (COLORADO) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Kristina Schleich/Ania Anuszkiewicz (COLORADO) 8-4
2. Michala Hedelund Jen/Abbie Probert (COLORADO) def. Alex Rasch/Dominique Harmath (RICE) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Jessica Jackson/Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio/Winde Janssens (COLORADO) 8-3

Match Notes:
Rice 8-3; National ranking #44
Colorado 3-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,4,3,1,5)

St. Edwards men defeat No. 4 ranked Laredo Community College, 5-4

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s men’s tennis team won a 5-4 contest against No. 4 ranked Laredo Community College Saturday afternoon at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts.

In doubles competition, St. Edward’s (2-3) swept Laredo CC (3-1) in all three matches. Ned Boone (Junior, London, England) and Mick Walter (Senior, College Station, Texas) took down their opponents Felipe Baptista and Jair Assuncio, who are ranked No. 4 nationally, 8-3. Ryan Wiggins (Junior, Frisco, Texas) and Pedro Bronstrup (Freshman, Porto Alegre, Brazil) followed suit with an 8-5 win against Guilherme Narducci and Jeremie Castela. In the No. 3 spot, James Rogers (Freshman, Bahagowan, Australia) and Alexandre Bueno (Freshman, Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated No. 13 Antoine Rafaelli and Rafael Bugiga, 8-5, to finish the Hilltopper’s doubles competition sweep.

As both team headed into singles competition, St. Edward’s clinched the series with wins from Boone and Walter. Boone fought hard through three sets but took the win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Walter dropped the first set, 4-6, but took the next two, 6-1, 6-4, to upset the No. 4 nationally ranked Couthino.

The rest of the Hilltoppers were swept in two sets by their Laredo CC opponents.

“I am very happy to beat such a worthy opponent” head coach Russell Sterns said. “I was proud of our guys for sweeping doubles competition, and extremely proud of our upperclassman winning in sinlges.”

The Hilltoppers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on Lamar. The first serve is set for 11 a.m. at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts.

Laredo College vs St. Edward’s (Feb 26, 2011)
#15 St. Edward’s 5, #1 Laredo College 4
Feb 26, 2011 at Austin, Texas (Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Ned Boone (SEUMT) def. Jair Assuncio Neto (LCCMT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2. Mick Walter (SEUMT) def. Rafael Couthino (LCCMT) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Antoine Rafaelli (LCCMT) def. Ryan Wiggins (SEUMT) 7-5, 6-3
4. Guilherme Narducci (LCCMT) def. Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) 6-3, 6-2
5. Jeremie Castela (LCCMT) def. Alexandre Bueno. (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-4
6. Rafael Bugiga (LCCMT) def. James Rogers (SEUMT) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Ned Boone/Mick Walter (SEUMT) def. Felipe Baptista/Jair Assuncio Neto (LCCMT) 8-3
2. Ryan Wiggins/Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) def. Guilherme Narducci/Jeremie Castela (LCCMT) 8-4
3. James Rogers/Alexandre Bueno. (SEUMT) def. Antoine Rafaelli/Rafael Bugiga (LCCMT) 8-5

Match Notes
Laredo College 3-0; National ranking #1
St. Edward’s 1-3; National ranking #15

A&M-Washington Match Goes Unfinished

COLLEGE STATION – Rain won out today in the women’s tennis match between No. 30 Texas A&M and No. 21 Washington at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, where the Aggies are undefeated this season.

A&M, 3-0 in home matches and 4-2 overall, had a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point and had won three of the four first sets that had been completed when a steady light rain made the courts unplayable. After nearly a two-hour delay and no change in the weather, the teams went to the three-court City of Bryan Indoor Tennis Center. One of the courts was wet, and Washington head coach Jill Hultquist would not play on only two courts. Due to Washington’s travel schedule, postponing the match until Sunday was not an option.

“When it got too wet to play outdoors, with the weather and everything, we wanted to come indoors here (City of Bryan Indoor Tennis Center) and play, but one of the courts was wet and (Washington) said they wouldn’t play on two courts,” A&M Bobby Kleinecke explained. “How this is going to go, I don’t know. We were ready to play. We wanted to play. We are not calling the match off, but they are saying it is a rainout. We are at a stalemate, and it is going to have to be thrown to the ITA to make a decision on what happens. I can’t really tell you how the outcome is.”

A&M began the match by winning two of three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead. Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and partner Christi Potgieter (Petrusville, South Africa) continued their winning ways, defeating Aleksandra Krsljanin and Adrijana Pavlovic, 8-4, at the No. 3 line. It was the pair’s fourth consecutive victory and the fifth straight doubles win for Davidson, who moves into a tie for ninth in the A&M all-time records with 85 career victories.

Washington’s ninth-ranked duo of Venise Chan and Denise Dy evened the race for the crucial doubles point with an 8-4 victory over Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) and Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) at the No. 1 line, leaving the No. 2 line to determine who would earn the point.

A&M’s Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) and Nazari Urbina (Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico) dropped the first game but then won the next four to build a 4-1 lead against Andjela Nemcevic and Samantha Smith. A&M held a 6-3 lead before winning back-to-back games to finish off the match.

“I was very proud of Nos. 2 and 3 doubles for coming up with the wins, and for No. 1 doubles for hanging in there when they were down 7-2 and still fighting and taking some pressure off of 2 and 3,” Kleinecke said. “That is one of the things we can take from this and it is a good lesson for us, too. If you are going to go down, make sure you stretch it out as long as you can. That doubles point is so important in college tennis. It was great to get that, and we felt the momentum going into singles.”

At the start of singles, Potgieter raced to a 6-0 first-set victory against Nemcevic at the No. 4 line, and Frank held on for a 7-5 first-set win against 26th-ranked Chan at No. 2. In a battle of ranked players, No. 6 Dy posted the Huskies’ only first-set win, 6-2, against 11th-ranked Urbina at the No. 1 line. Liles then finished off a 6-3 first-set win against Smith at No. 3.

Cuthbertson and Krsljanin were tied at 5-5 at No. 5, and Davidson held a 4-3 lead against Pavlovic at No. 6 when play was halted due to the light rain. Only Potgieter and Nemcevic and completed second-set games, with Nemcevic leading 3-2 when the match came to an end.

“The girls were extremely excited to play this match,” Kleinecke said. “It was a great opportunity for us to move up a little bit if we came away with the win. It is unfortunate that we don’t have six indoor courts at our facility, but we don’t and we do with what we have. It’s very unfortunate for the players. I feel for the players, because they really wanted this match.

“We have played a number of matches at the Bryan indoor courts, and our men’s team have played a number matches, and high-ranking teams have come in here and played. You might not like it, but it is a place to play and that is what we are here to do, is to play and compete. That is one of the things that is in our favor is that we were ready to compete, and this facility is here and available for us.

“My understanding of the rule is that tennis is an outdoor sport, but if you can’t play outdoors and you have indoor backup, then you would use the indoor backup. We do have indoor backup, and that is my understanding. There is not a minimum number of courts that is listed in the ITA book that I know of, and so that is where we stand.”

The Aggies continue their home stand Saturday, March 5 as they play host to Rice. First serve against the Owls is slated for 1 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

No. 30 Texas A&M vs. No. 21 Washington
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
Attendance: 367

1. (#11) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) vs. (#6) Denise Dy (UW), 2-6, susp.
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) vs. (#26) Venise Chan (UW), 7-5, susp
3. Christi Liles (TAMU) vs. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-3, susp.
4. Christi Potgieter (TAMU) vs. Andjela Nemcevic (UW), 6-0, 2-3 (15-40), susp.
5. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) vs. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW), 5-5, susp.
6. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) vs. Adrijana Pavlovic (UW), 4-3 (30-15), susp.

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. (#9) Chan/Dy (UW) def. Cuthbertson/Liles (TAMU), 8-4
2. (#61) Frank/Urbina (TAMU) def. Nemcevic/Smith (UW), 8-3
3. Davidson/Potgieter (TAMU) def. Krsljanin/Pavlovic (UW), 8-4

Order of finish:
Doubles: 3, 1, 2

Team records:
Texas A&M: (4-2)
Washington: (8-4)

No. 4 Texas defeats SMU, 6-1

Horns take the doubles point and win five of six singles matches against the Mustangs.

AUSTIN – No. 4 Texas (10-1) collected the doubles point and registered victories in five of six singles matches on its way to a 6-1 victory over SMU Saturday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

The match, which had been previously scheduled to be played earlier this month, was delayed over two hours due to persistent light rain in Austin. UT opened the match by winning the doubles point for the 10th time in 11 matches. Senior Kellen Damico and freshman David Holiner opened with an 8-3 win over Artem Baradach and Adham el-Effendi at first doubles. UT clinched the doubles point at third doubles, where freshman Vasko Mladenov and sophomore Chris Camillone dealt David Costa and Mischa Nowicki an 8-3 defeat. The Horns closed out the doubles session at No. 2 where senior Ed Corrie and sophomore Daniel Whitehead defeated Tobias Flood and Joe Hattrup, 8-3.

Damico made short work of SMU’s Costa and tacked on to the Texas lead with a 6-1, 6-0 win at second singles. Freshman Sudanwa Sitaram staked Texas to a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over el-Effendi at sixth singles. UT’s Whitehead clinched the match for the Longhorns at fourth singles, where he posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over Nowicki.

Texas’ Mladenov pushed the UT lead to 5-0 at third singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Bryan Griffin. The Longhorns’ cushion extended to 6-0 when Holiner finished off SMU’s Flood by a 7-6, 6-4 count at fifth singles. SMU picked up its lone point of the match at first singles where Baradach defeated UT’s Corrie by a 7-5, 6-4 count.

Texas resumes competition on Tuesday, March 1 when it meets Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Central at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

#4 Texas 6, SMU 1
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1 Damico/Holiner (UT) def. Baradach/el-Effendi (SMU) – 8-3
2 Corrie/Whitehead (UT) def. Flood/Hattrup (SMU) – 8-6
3 Mladenov/Camillone (UT) def. Costa/Nowicki (SMU) – 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4, 3, 5, 1
1 Artem Baradach (SMU) def. Ed Corrie (UT) – 7-5, 6-4
2 Kellen Damico (UT) def. David Costa (SMU) – 6-1, 6-0
3 Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. Bryan Griffin (SMU) – 6-2, 6-3
4 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) – 6-0, 6-2
5 David Holiner (UT) def. Tobias Flood (SMU) – 7-6, 6-4
6 Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Adham el-Effendi (SMU) – 6-4, 6-1

No. 7 Baylor Women Shut Out No. 60 Fresno State, 7-0

Baylor wins its third match in a row and moves to 6-1 on the season

WACO – Baylor’s seventh-ranked women’s tennis team took a clean sweep over No. 60 Fresno State, 7-0, on Saturday at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Lady Bears won all three doubles matches, as well as all six singles matches.

The doubles courts got things started off on the right foot for the Lady Bears. After losing the doubles point in each of the last five matches, Baylor made a switch in the lineup. The combo of Jelena Stanivuk and Nina Secerbegovic moved up to Court 1, and Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic switched into Court 2. The change appeared to have gotten both on the right track.

“I love the way we came out in doubles,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We have obviously struggled with doubles this year, and the players just did a great job of making changes. When you win your doubles point, you start out a little more focused on your singles. I thought we did a great job of coming out with a sense of urgency in singles and doing the right things.”

Stanivuk and Secerbegovic dispatched up Marianne Jodoin and Laura Pola by a score of 8-2, while Novakova and Nakic took down Melissa McQueen and Bianca Modoc 8-5. On Court 3, the duo of Abby Stainback and Karolina Filipiak picked up their first victory of the season with an 8-3 point-clinching victory over Olga Kirpicheva and Abby Hayley.

In the singles matches, the Baylor women lost just one set in the six matches. The most impressive of these may not be reflected on the scoreboard, but on Court 1, No. 12 Novakova was down 5-2, then won the next 11 games in a row for a 7-5, 6-0 victory of No. 99 Marianne Jodoin.

No. 53 Secerbegovic kicked off the singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win on Court 3, followed quickly by a 6-1, 6-1 win on Court 2 from Nakic. Filipiak, ranked 116th, clinched the match for Baylor with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Melissa McQueen on Court 4.

“Nina was just great in singles and doubles,” Scrivano said. “In singles, to come off the court as quick as she did, that kept the momentum going and I just love the way she played and competed today.”

The Bears then earned two more victories with a 6-3, 6-3 win by Stanivuk on Court 5, and a 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) battle for a victory by Stainback.

The win gives Baylor its third in a row and moves their record to 6-1 on the season, including a 5-1 mark against ranked opponents.

The Lady Bears will be back on the court in their Big 12 opener against Missouri at the Baylor Tennis Center. The match, slated for 2 p.m. on March 4, will put Baylor’s 56-match Big 12 win streak on the line. That streak also includes 42 in a row in Big 12 regular season action.

Fresno State vs Baylor
Feb 26, 2011 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
#7 Baylor 7, #60 Fresno State 0
Singles competition
1. #12 Sona Novakova (BU) def. #99 Marianne Jodoin (FRE) 7-5, 6-0
2. #30 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Mary Abby Hayley (FRE) 6-1, 6-1
3. #53 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Laura Pola (FRE) 6-2, 6-1
4. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Melissa McQueen (FRE) 6-3, 6-1
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Bianca Modoc (FRE) 6-3, 6-3
6. Abby Stainback (BU) def. Olga Kirpicheva (FRE) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0

Doubles competition
1. Nina Secerbegovic/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Marianne Jodoin/Laura Pola (FRE) 8-2
2. Sona Novakova/Diana Nakic (BU) def. Melissa McQueen/Bianca Modoc (FRE) 8-5
3. Karolina Filipiak/Abby Stainback (BU) def. Mary Abby Hayley/Olga Kirpicheva (FRE) 8-3
Match Notes:
Fresno State 2-3; National ranking #60
Baylor 6-1; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,4,5,1,6)

Hilltoppers fall on road to #28 Florida Tech, 6-3

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The 32nd-ranked St. Edward’s women’s tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to #28 Florida Tech Friday afternoon at the Fee Avenue Tennis Courts.

St. Edward’s (0-4) was able to pick up one point from the doubles competition. Audrey Tompkins (Junior, Katy) teamed up with Mary Bain (Junior, Austin, Texas) to win at the number two position over Abigal Greif and Monica Price, 8-3. Florida Tech (4-4) would win the other two doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.

In singles play, Bain won her first set at the No. 4 position, and hung on to win in a super tiebreaker, 7-5, 6-7, 10-3 over Price. Heather Brein (Junior, College Station) would capture victory for the Hilltoppers at the No. 5 position, defeating Stephanie Dohner in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

St. Edward’s would falter in the other four singles matches in straight sets as the Panthers would coast to a 6-3 victory.

St. Edward’s will be back in action Saturday with match number two of its three-match Florida swing. They will take on Florida Southern and first-serve is set for 9 a.m. in Lakeland, Fla.

St. Edwards vs Florida Tech (Feb 25, 2011)
#28 Florida Tech 6, #32 St. Edwards 3
Feb 25, 2011 at Melbourne, Fla. (Fee Avenue Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. #24 Katarina Huba (FTW) def. Paige Rachel (SEUWT) 6-4, 6-3
2. Abigail Greif (FTW) def. Carolina Fahnehjelm (SEUWT) 6-4, 6-4
3. Kristina Huba (FTW) def. Audrey Tompkins (SEUWT) 6-2, 6-3
4. Mary Bain (SEUWT) def. Monica Price (FTW) 7-5, 6-7, 10-3
5. Heather Brien (SEUWT) def. Stephanie Dohner (FTW) 6-3, 6-3
6. Abbey Keister (FTW) def. Anne Ruscoe (SEUWT) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Katarina Huba/Kristina Huba (FTW) def. Paige Rachel/Carolina Fahnehjelm (SEUWT) 8-6
2. Audrey Tompkins/Mary Bain (SEUWT) def. Abigail Greif/Monica Price (FTW) 8-3
3. Abbey Keister/Alexis Weinnig (FTW) def. Heather Brien/Anne Ruscoe (SEUWT) 8-4

Match Notes
St. Edwards 0-4; National ranking #32; Regional ranking #6
Florida Tech 4-4; National ranking #28; Regional ranking #7