Krajicek/Dadamo Cap Stellar TAMU Careers with NCAA Doubles Title

STANFORD, CA— Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo became the first ever Texas A&M national champions in tennis winning the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championship by defeating the host Stanford doubles team of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, 7-6 (4), 6-3, at the Taube Family Tennis Center at Stanford on Memorial Day.

“We played well today,” Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) said. “I think we had a good tournament all week. We served well and were aggressive with our volleys. We were pretty familiar with Stanford since we faced them in the team match a little over a week ago. We knew there were going to be a lot of people out and they would be loud. We just focused on our game and didn’t let it affect us that much. It’s fun playing in that kind of atmosphere when it’s really loud. It makes the match more exciting and I think Jeff and I enjoyed it.”

These two doubles teams faced each other on Thursday, May 19 in the NCAA Round of 16 team competition with A&M winning the doubles point by virtue of Dadamo and Krajicek defeating Klahn and Thacher, 9-8, in a tiebreaker.

“We’ve played them a couple of times before,” Dadamo (pronounced duh-DOM-oh) said. “I think that helped us prepare for today’s match and to kind of know what to expect. We stayed on top of them and kept the pressure on most of the match.”

Today’s match started with Stanford breaking the only service game of the day against Krajicek and Dadamo to go up 2-1 in the first set.

“We played a little too loose early and Stanford took advantage to break,” Krajicek said.

The Fightin’ Texas Aggies would come right back and break Stanford’s serve to tie the first set 3-3. The first set went to a tiebreaker and the Aggies put together a nice run to finish off the first set, 7-4, in the tiebreaker and win the first set, 7-6.

“There was a point in the tiebreaker that could have gone the other way and Jeff (Dadamo) hit a great backhand shot for a winner to give the boys a little separation,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “That was a great shot.”

“All year long when we’ve been in the tiebreakers, Austin and I have a lot of confidence in each other and we just try to raise our game to another level,” Dadamo said.

The Aggies took the momentum of the first set and broke Stanford early in the second set to go up 2-1 and then Krajicek kept serve to up the lead to 3-1. Stanford would hold serve to close to 3-2 before Dadamo served a quick game to put the Aggies ahead 4-2 in the second set. The Cardinal held serve to move within 4-3 and Krajicek followed with another win to extend the Aggie lead to 5-3.

In what turned out to be the final game of the set and match, the Aggies were down 40-15 and worked the game back to deuce, fought off one Stanford advantage and even played an extra point in the process. A&M would have the advantage and then a strong forehand winner by Dadamo clinched the game, set, match and the national championship for Texas A&M.

“We’ve had several breaks where we have been down and bounced back,” Dadamo said. “It seems this year some of the guys let up a bit and Austin and I would just keep fighting back. We had a lot of fun and we were prepared to play well today.”

“Give the Texas A&M guys credit,” Ryan Thacher of Stanford said. “They played a great match.”

“I am very proud of the boys,” Denton said. “They really played solid in all areas today. When they were able to bounce back and break to tie the match in the first set you could see their confidence build. The guys took care of their service games, only losing one serve, they returned well and they really volleyed extremely well. They were just rock solid on a big stage today.”

“I thought it was appropriate that the final shot was a forehand winner from Jeff,” Denton explained. “These guys will always be Aggies, but in their final appearance on the collegiate tennis courts representing Texas A&M to come out winning the national championship, I could not be more proud of them. They have always been winners, but now they can say they are national champs.”

The national championship is actually Krajicek and Dadamo’s second since the dynamic A&M duo won the USTA/ITA Indoor Doubles National Championship in Flushing, New York, last fall. The first-round match in New York was between the top Aggie and Stanford doubles teams. A&M posted an 8-5 win in that first-round match.

The most outstanding Aggie doubles team in history, Krajicek and Dadamo have already earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year by being seeded third in the NCAA Championships. The Aggie dynamic duo posted a 27-3 dual match record this spring.

This spring, Dadamo won the 2011 Most Outstanding Player honor in helping lead the Aggies to the 2011 Big 12 Championships crown, and Dadamo was honored as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2010.

Krajicek, the two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and the all-time Aggie leader in doubles victories now with 112 wins, advanced to the quarterfinals as a sophomore and reached the NCAA semifinals as a freshman with former teammate Conor Pollock.

The NCAA tennis championship is the oldest national championship recognized by the NCAA dating back to 1883 when the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association was hosted by Trinity College. Some of the previous individual champions included Arthur Ashe (singles and doubles in 1965), John McEnroe (singles in 1978), Mikael Pernfors (singles in 1984 and 1985) and Chris Woodruff (singles 1993).

Ever since this NCAA format has been in place on the men’s side since 1946, this marked the first Texas A&M singles or doubles team to reach the NCAA Championship finals. Krajicek, from Brandon, Florida, reached the NCAA doubles semifinals his freshman season with teammate Conor Pollock. Dadamo, from Tampa, Florida, transferred to A&M after playing his first two seasons with Florida.

The national championship adds to the outstanding resume of the Aggie tennis coaches, Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton and assistant Bob McKinley are very familiar with outstanding doubles play. McKinley, who was recently named the 2011 National ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, was a four-time All-American at Trinity University and reached the NCAA finals twice in his career. He also coached two doubles teams to the national championship match with Erick Iskersky and Ben McKown winning the national championship in 1979, and then Tony Giammalva and John Benson was the national runner-up in 1980 for Trinity. On the professional circuit, McKinley reached the doubles semifinals of the U.S. Open and Denton won the U.S. Open doubles crown in 1982. Both McKinley and Denton reached the ranking of No. 2 in the world in doubles during their professional careers. Both Denton and McKinley are members of the ITA Hall of Fame.

No. 4 Austin Krajicek/Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M def. No. 3 Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher, Stanford, 7-6 (4), 6-3

NCAA Semifinals:
No. 4 Austin Krajicek/Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M def. No. 14 Kevin King/Juan Spir, Georgia Tech, 6-4, 7-6 (7)

NCAA Quarterfinals:
No. 4 Austin Krajicek/Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M def. No. 5 Roberto Maytin/John Peers, Baylor, 6-2, 7-6 (4)

NCAA Round of 16:
No. 4 Austin Krajicek/Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M def. No. 12 Daniel Cochrane/Tim Puetz, Auburn, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

NCAA First Round:
No. 4 Austin Krajicek/Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M def. No. 27 Alex Domijan/Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia, 6-4, 6-3

Official Kleinecke Release

Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced today that Aggie women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke’s contract will not be renewed.

“I appreciate the job Bobby has done here at Texas A&M,” Byrne said. “But I feel it is time to go in a new direction.”

This past season the Aggies finished 15-9 overall, 7-4 and in a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 Conference and are currently ranked No. 31 in the latest ITA rankings.

Kleinecke served as the women’s head coach for 26 years at Texas A&M and posted an overall record of 417-272 (.605). His inaugural season of 1986 the Aggies won the Southwest Conference championship and finished ranked No. 15. The Aggies posted at least 20 wins in six seasons with a school-record 24-8 season mark in 2004 and A&M finished in a tie for No. 16 in the final polls. The Aggies shared the Big 12 regular-season title in 2003 and won the Big 12 Championship Tournament in 2004. The Aggies have reached the NCAA playoffs the past 12 years, but only advanced past the second round once (2004) in that time frame.

Byrne announced a national search will begin immediately.

“I want to thank Lynn Hickey and John David Crow for giving me an incredible opportunity 26 years ago. I am very proud of the accomplishments that my teams have put in the record books over the years, but I am more proud of the people that I recruited to represent Texas A&M for a lifetime. I have always tried to do everything the right way. My family has sacrificed a great deal over the years and I have missed a lot of my kids growing up with all the traveling the job entails. I plan on enjoying the time with my family and celebrate the graduation of my youngest from high school this weekend. I am looking forward to a new door opening up in the near future.”

Baylor Closes Season with 4-1 Loss to No. 1 Stanford

Baylor ends the season with a record of 29-4

STANFORD, Calif. – For the second consecutive season, the Baylor women’s tennis team ended the season with a loss to top-ranked Stanford, this time by a score of 4-1 in the NCAA Championship semifinals on Monday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Baylor entered the evening on a 19-match win streak, but that paled in comparison to top-seeded Stanford’s 183 straight victories on its home court since 1999. The Cardinal prevented Baylor from adding No. 20, putting up their 184th in a row at home instead.

“There were some matches that we could have done a better job in, but overall the bottom line is we weren’t good enough,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “You need every point possible at this stage, especially against a team like Stanford. We’ll take anything. Anything they want to give us, we’ll take it, because we were going to need it.”

Baylor put a valiant effort into doubles, pushing Stanford right down to the wire. After the Cardinal took a quick victory from their third-ranked duo of Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette by a score of 8-2 on Court 1 over No. 70 Nina Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak, the Lady Bears struck back on Court 3. Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova continued their hot doubles streak with their sixth consecutive win, 8-6, over the 74th-ranked pair of Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan.

In the third doubles to finish on Court 2, Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk got an early break point to go up 3-1, but couldn’t hold it as Nicole Gibbs and Veronica Li came back to take an 8-6 win and close out the point.

In singles, Baylor got an early point on the board as Stanford’s 15th-ranked Kristie Ahn re-injured her ankle and was unable to continue giving No. 112 Stanivuk the win in just the fourth game of the first set.

From there, the Cardinal showed its strength across a singles lineup that features four players ranked in the top 25 and another ranked in the top 50. Stanford took three straight-set wins to close out the match for a 4-1 victory. On Court 5, No. 43 Tan defeated Karolina Filipiak 6-1, 6-4, quickly followed by a 6-4, 6-3 win on Court 6 by Veronica Li over Ormond.

No. 22 Mallory Burdette added the finishing point with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 47 Nina Secerbegovic. In the first set, Secerbegovic had come back from down 3-0 to lead 5-4, but Burdette fought back with the final three games.

In the other matches, No. 14 Sona Novakova won the first set against third-ranked Barte and lost the second before abandoning the match. No. 49 Nakic did just the opposite, falling in the first set, but rallying to win the second set before abandoning the match in the third.

Baylor ends the season at 29-4, marking the seventh consecutive season with at least 20 wins and the third-highest win total in program history. The Lady Bears have now reached at least the NCAA Quarterfinals in four straight seasons and the finals site in seven straight seasons.

Baylor vs Stanford
May 23, 2011 at Stanford, Calif.
(Taube Family Tennis Center)
#1 Stanford 4, #7 Baylor 1
Singles competition
1. #3 Hilary Barte (STAN) vs. #14 Sona Novakova (BU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, unfinished
2. #22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) def. #49 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) 7-5, 6-4
3. #18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) vs. #47 Diana Nakic (BU) 6-2, 3-6, unfinished
4. #112 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #15 Kristie Ahn (STAN) 1-2, retired
5. #43 Stacey Tan (STAN) def. Karolina Filipiak (BU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Veronica Li (STAN) def. Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #3 Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette (STAN) def. #70 Karolina Filipiak/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) 8-2
2. Nicole Gibbs/Veronica Li (STAN) def. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) 8-6
3. Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova (BU) def. #74 Carolyn McVeigh/Stacey Tan (STAN) 8-6

Match Notes:
Baylor 29-4; National ranking #7
Stanford 28-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,6,2)

Baylor Women Surge Into Final Four

Baylor reaches it’s second Final Four in program history

STANFORD, Calif. – After fourth-seeded North Carolina erased a 3-0 deficit, Baylor senior Jelena Stanivuk put it on her shoulders to finish off a 4-3 NCAA Quarterfinal victory for the fifth-seeded Lady Bears on Sunday evening in Stanford, Calif. With the win, Baylor earns a berth in Monday’s national semifinal for just the second time in program history.

“We knew it was going to be a really tough match,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We have a lot of respect for North Carolina. Even with things were going our way and it looked like momentum was totally in our corner, I still didn’t want to get too confident, because this North Carolina team has won a lot of tough matches this year. They’re the ACC champions, so we knew we just could not let up.”

Baylor (29-3) cruised out to a 3-0 lead after taking the doubles point and two singles courts in straight sets, but the Tar Heels (26-6) had won the first set on the other four singles courts to get in position for a huge run. From there, UNC ripped off three singles victories, two in straight sets, to get the score tied at 3-3 with only the matchup between their own Lauren McHale and BU’s Stanivuk on Court No. 4.

Stanivuk, who came into the match with a perfect 11-0 career singles mark in the NCAA Championship, failed to hold a 5-2 lead in the first set, losing 7-5. The Baylor senior came back with big break points in the second set to win 6-2 and force the deciding set. In the third, Stanivuk went up a break to make it 4-2 and held serve for 5-2. In the final game, each player had four game-points, but Stanivuk worked the back right corner of the court to force a final miss from McHale to secure the team victory. The win moved Stanivuk’s career NCAA singles record to 12-0, while marking her 13th consecutive win this season.

“On Jele’s third set – It was huge, she’s played so many big matches and she’s come through pretty much every time,” Scrivano said. “She’s got a wealth of confidence and experience and that really made the difference in the end.”

Stanivuk also had a solid day in doubles, leading the way with fellow senior Taylor Ormond in clinching the doubles point. The pair defeated UNC’s Jelana Durisic and Tessa Lyons, 8-4, on Court No. 2 with great net play. Baylor’s duo of Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova had secured the first win of the day with a convincing 8-2 defeat of Zoe De Bruycker and Gina Suarez-Malaguti.

“The doubles point can be important and in this match it was,” Scrivano said. “Every point is important and we did a great job at two and three doubles, I couldn’t be happier or prouder of them. At No. 1 doubles we fought our way back, we just competed really well today. I tip my hat to North Carolina, they made it tough, they did not make it an easy match for us.”

In singles, Baylor’s Nakic and Nina Secerbegovic claimed straight-set wins to give the team that 3-0 lead. The 49th-ranked Secerbegovic was the first to finish, using a punishing baseline game to take down No. 108 Durisic, 6-1, 6-1, on Court No. 2. Right next door on Court 3, Nakic was on her way to victory up 6-3, 3-2, when 74th-ranked Shinann Featherston went down with a sprained knee. The match was called due to the injury, securing Baylor the point.

From there, UNC started to mount the victories, forcing the last point to come down to the wire. UNC’s Suarez-Malaguti defeated Karolina Filipiak 7-6(3), 6-2, on Court 5, No. 13 De Bruycker defeated No. 14 Novakova 7-6(8), 6-4 on Court 1, and Lyons defeated Ormond 6-1, 6-7(0), 6-4 to tie the match at 3-3 and set the stage for BU’s Stanivuk.

The win was Baylor’s 19th in a row on the season, dating back to a March 18 loss to Kansas State. During the run, Baylor has beaten 13 opponents ranked no lower than No. 41.

Baylor will face No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Stanford on their home court at 4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT on Monday in the national semifinal of the NCAA Championship. The Bears and Cardinal will face each other in a rematch of last season’s NCAA Quarterfinal in which Stanford took the 4-2 victory on their way to the national title.

Baylor vs North Carolina
May 22, 2011 at Stanford, Calif.
(Taube Family Tennis Venter)
#7 Baylor 4, #4 North Carolina 3
Singles competition
1. #13 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. #14 Sona Novakova (BU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
2. #49 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #108 Jelana Durisic (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
3. #47 Diana Nakic (BU) def. #74 Shinann Featherston (UNC) 6-3, 3-2, retired
4. #112 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Lauren McHale (UNC) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
5. Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Karolina Filipiak (BU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
6. Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-1, 6-7 (0-7), 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #7 Shinann Featherston/Lauren McHale (UNC) vs. #70 Nina Secerbegovic/Karolina Filipiak (BU) 7-6, unfinished
2. Jelena Stanivuk/Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Jelana Durisic/Tessa Lyons (UNC) 8-4
3. Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova (BU) def. Zoe De Bruycker/Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) 8-2

Match Notes:
Baylor 29-3; National ranking #7
North Carolina 26-6; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4)
NCAA Championship Quarterfinals

Baylor Women Shut Down SMU, 4-0

Baylor advances to the Elite Eight for the fourth straight year

Baylor’s fifth-seeded women’s tennis team put together a dominating effort with a 4-0 win over No. 32 SMU to punch a ticket to the program’s fourth straight Elite Eight on Friday at the NCAA Championship in Stanford, Calif.

Baylor lost just one set in the match, coming on a court that didn’t finish, and took care of the doubles point to start the day on their way to victory. The win earns Baylor its 18th consecutive victory, dating back to March 18.

“We dominated a great team today, that’s the bottom line and that’s a good thing,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Any time you can win a convincing round of 16 match that tends to be a good sign. On the three seniors having experience in this tournament makes a big difference. With Jelena (Stanivuk), TO (Taylor Ormond) and Karolina (Filipiak) being in the final four and multiple round of 16s and quarterfinals, they know how to win and they know what it takes to win in this tournament. That’s been spreading over to our newcomers. I just feel we have a great team, a very experienced team with a lot of confidence right now. We’re a tough team to beat right now.”

In doubles, the duo of Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic were the most convincing, with an 8-2 win. The pair took a 2-1 lead with their serve, then were able to break the Mustang pair of Shahazoda Hatamova and Ashley Turpin three time to win 8-2.

Baylor’s 70th-ranked pair of Nina Secerbegovic and Karolina Filipiak took on No. 57 Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova on Court 1 and took an 8-4 win to close out the doubles point.

In singles, Baylor only added to the momentum early on. The Lady Bears won five of the six first set, with Nakic, Jelena Stanivuk and Taylor Ormond each using their serves to win a 6-2 first set. Stanivuk was the first to finish adding a perfect 6-0 set after her 6-2 first set. The win for Stanivuk keeps her NCAA Championship record perfect for her career at 11-0.

Meanwhile, Ormond was doing the same thing on Court 6, taking a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Turpin. Nakic then finished it off with a 6-2, 6-2 win on Court 3. The win was her 20th in a row, as well as her 40th set-win in the last 41 sets.

“Baylor was too good today, but I am proud of our team for taking this huge step,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “I am excited about the future of SMU Tennis.”

Baylor will be back on the court on Sunday against fourth-seeded North Carolina at 4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT. Baylor is now 23-12 all-time in the NCAA Championship.

Doubles (Order of Finish: 1, 3)
1) No. 70 Secerbegovic/Filipiak (BAY) d. No. 57 Lesniak/Malyarchikova (SMU) 8-4
2) Ormond/Stanivuk (BAY) vs. Cieplucha/Steinbauer (SMU) aban.
3) Nakic/Novakova (BAY) d. Hatamova/Turpin (SMU) 8-2

Singles (Order of Finish: 4, 6, 3)
1) No. 14 Sona Novakova (BAY) vs. No. 9 Marta Lesniak (SMU) aban.
2) No. 49 Nina Secerbegovic (BAY) vs. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) aban.
3) No. 47 Diana Nakic (BAY) d. No. 124 Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) 6-2, 6-2
4) No. 112 Jelena Stanivuk (BAY) d. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 6-2, 6-0
5) Karolina Filipiak (BAY) vs. Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) aban.
6) Taylor Ormond (BAY) vs. Ashley Turpin (SMU) 6-2, 6-0

Aggies Fall to Host Stanford

STANFORD, CA— The No. 8 seed and host Stanford won four hotly contested first sets in singles and went on to complete all four matches in straight sets to edge No. 9 seed Texas A&M, 4-2, in the NCAA Round of 16 late Thursday in Stanford, California.

The Aggies were able to secure the doubles point as the No. 1 doubles team of seniors Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo, ranked No. 4 in the rankings, defeated the No. 3 nationally-ranked doubles team of Stanford, Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, in a tiebreaker, 9-8. The win improved the Aggie tandem’s school-record season to 27-3 in dual matches this spring.

With sophomore Alberto Bautista out with an injury, junior Alexis Klegou stepped in at the No. 3 doubles with fellow junior Colin Hoover to post an 8-6 win over Jamin Bell and Alex Clayton. It was the second straight NCAA win for the Aggie duo as they posted a win last week against LSU to help A&M reach the Round of 16.

Stanford won the No. 2 doubles match, 8-6, as Matt Kandath and Denis Lin edged freshman Junior Ore (OR-ay) and senior Alexey Grigorov.

Ore, from Gaithersburg, Maryland, defeated Daniel Ho of Stanford, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 6 line. It was Ore’s second straight NCAA victory as he also picked up a win last week against LSU at the No. 6 position.

Texas A&M ends a record-breaking season with an overall record 29-6, the most dual match victories in school history. The Aggies were the 2011 Big 12 Championships victor earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA’s.

Stanford moves on to the Elite Eight to face either Virginia or Illinois.

Aggie senior All-Americans Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo will remain in Stanford to compete in both the NCAA Individual and Doubles Championships once the team competition is complete.

#8 STANFORD (21-5) vs. #9 TEXAS A&M (29-6)
Taube Stadium
1) No. 4 Dadamo/Krajicek (TAMU) def. No. 3 Klahn/Thacher (STAN)—9-8 (
2) Kandath/Lin (STAN) def. No. 66 Ore/Grigorov (TAMU)—8-6
3) Klegou/Hoover (TAMU) def. Bell/Clayton (STAN)—8-6

1) No. 9 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. No. 17 Austin Krajicek (TAMU)—6-4, 6-3
2) No. 46 Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. No. 31 Jeff Dadamo (TAMU)—7-6 (7-5), 6-1
3) No. 71 Alex Clayton (STAN) def. Alexey Grigorov (TAMU)—7-5, 6-3
4) No. 119 Denis Lin (STAN) vs. No. 94 Alexis Klegou (TAMU)– dnf
5) Matt Kandath (STAN) def. Colin Hoover (TAMU)—7-5, 6-0
6) Junior Ore (TAMU) def. Daniel Ho (STAN)—6-3, 6-4

Order of Finish:
Doubles 2, 3, 1
Singles 3,6,5,2,1

I cannot resist one last barb

I cannot resist. I said I wouldn’t do it, but it is sitting out there. Congratulations NCAA Selection Committee. Brilliant work.

First off, you manipulated the seeds for reasons we still do not know. That just reeks. If there was a reason, you should say so, but randomly moving seeds to fit your alternative notions is pathetic. You move SMU from a 2 to a 3 just so you can have #31-ranked Texas A&M host? Was this done so you could have a rematch of the ‘match that didn’t exist’ from last season? If so, great, but please tell us all why, otherwise, it looks dirty.

And why was the 31st team in the country a host? You really had to let Southern bus it that badly? So badly you flip-flopped seeds?

The whole UNC is a #1 and Illinois is a #2 was a farce, especially when you send the #1 to the #2. Why were the seedings changed from the rankings? I mean if UNC is a 2, then well, too bad, you have to go down the street and play Duke. Seems to work for everyone else. But again just flipping for no reason and then making them play is bizarre.

Now, as I tweeted previously, the results…. The top-seeds sent on the road on the men’s side both lost. The winning teams in both of those regional finals essentially had home matches. On the women’s side, it was a split. Clemson, a top-seed, actually won the Fayetteville Regional, while as we know, SMU upset Florida State. Again, SMU gets to play in their home state with an extremely pro-SMU crowd and squeak out a win.

The only top-seed to lose at home this weekend was the Tennessee women, who fell to rival Vanderbilt.

That means top-seeds at home were a whopping 27-1, while the top-seeds sent on the road went 1-3.

On the men’s side, you sacrificed one team (Texas) to let UMKC save about $1000 and drive to Norman. Heck, they actually didn’t have hotels in Norman because of graduation and the Big XII Track and Field meet, so the teams stayed in 20 miles away in OKC. The other top seed (UNC) we are not real sure why they were the top seed, but you sent them to Illinois. Either they earned that #1 seed or they didn’t. You cannot say, hey you are going to Illinois, but guess what, you are the top-seed… woo hoo

Now to the congratulations… That goes out to the Baylor men and women, as well as the Texas A&M men. But the big congratulations go to SMU and the head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner. Her third-seeded Mustangs upset Texas A&M yesterday and Florida State today to earn the women’s first Sweet 16 berth since 1987.

I don’t want to get into it (you can search the blog), but let’s just say the last year or so has not been the easiest for her, her team and her family for a variety of reasons. This has to be extra special that it happened at A&M, as Lauren grew up in nearby Groesbeck and a fan of the Aggies. She spent several summers on campus as a camper and counselor.

To bring this team that was missing several players that were expected on campus was a great job. Congrats. Your reward is to now go play Joey’s team again. At least it will be a neutral site and Palo Alto is lovely. So again a Texas team is guaranteed to be in the quarters!

My final nugget comes from my crackerjack staff: Mark Turpin has two kids in Sweet 16, Ashley (SMU) & Rusty (Tulsa). Both teams were regional 3-seeds.

No. 32 SMU Women Defeat No. 12 Florida State, Advance To NCAA Sweet 16

Mustangs Making First Sweet 16 Appearance Since 1987

COLLEGE STATION – For the second day in a row, the SMU Women’s Tennis Team (23-5) found itself in a tense back and forth battle in the NCAA Championships, and once again the Mustangs prevailed by a thrilling 4-3 score, this time over 12th-seeded Florida State. The victory sends the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1987.

The match came down to No. 2 singles on Sunday as Edyta Cieplucha was able to finish off the comeback she was unable to against Texas A&M on Saturday.

The sophomore from Poland dropped the first set 6-4 to Francesca Segarelli, but regrouped and rallied to win the second set by the same 6-4 tally. Cieplucha carried that momentum into the third set and raced out to a commanding 5-0 lead.

As she was running out to the 5-0 lead, SMU’s Shahzoda Hatamova had evened the match at 3-all to force the deciding point to come down to court No. 2. Facing elimination, Segarelli proceeded to win the next five games and even the set.

Cieplucha would not get totally rattled, however, and regained her composure to hold serve to take the 6-5 lead, then she broke Segarelli’s serve for the 7-5 set and match-clinching win.

”The team just really, really battled today and I am so proud of them,” said SMU head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “Even though we didn’t win the doubles point again, I was pleased again with how strong we came out in singles. We told them after doubles again that it is just one point and we know we can get four wins with our singles lineup. Yesterday really gave all of the girls confidence to know that playing well in singles can win you some big matches.”

In doubles, SMU’s No. 1 pair of Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova got the day off to a strong start when they cruised past FSU’s Federica Suess and Noemie Scharle, 8-0. The win improved the 57th-ranked tandem’s record to 21-5 on the season.

After claiming SMU’s only doubles win on Saturday, Cieplucha and her partner Heather Steinbauer weren’t as fortunate against the Seminoles Sunday and fell to Segarelli and Ruth Seaborne, 8-3.

The doubles point hinged on court No. 3 where Saturday’s hero Ashley Turpin and her companion Hatamova found themselves in a tight battle for the early lead with Katie Rybakova and Amy Sargeant. The Mustang pair jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but then dropped the next six games to fall 8-5 and surrender the point to FSU.

The Seminoles pushed their lead to 2-0 in singles play moments later when Sargeant downed Turpin at the No. 6 line, 6-0, 6-1.

SMU closed the gap in a hurry though, as Lesniak and Malyarchikova asserted their dominance to grab wins at Nos. 1 and 3 to even the score at 2-all.

Lesniak took the first set from Rybakova 6-1, but then dropped the second set, 7-5. After the brief set break, the junior found her game once again and cruised to the 6-1 third set victory.

Ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA singles rankings, Lesniak was recently named the ITA Texas Region Player to Watch. The honor goes to a non-senior who has an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of her career while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship and character.

The two-time defending Conference USA Player of the Year has won 19 of her last 20 matches and is 42-6 on the season, including a 24-3 mark in dual matches at No. 1 singles. Her 42 wins this season rank second at SMU (45 by Stephanie Fess 1981-82) and her 85 career wins are fifth at SMU.

Malyrachikova needed a second set tiebreaker to take out Scharle at No. 3, but ultimately prevailed 6-1, 7-6 (7). Malyarchikova won for the 20th-straight time and claimed her 10 win at No. 3. The junior from Belarus is the program’s current leader in career singles winning percentage, holding a 63-8 overall record during her singles career, for a winning percentage of .887.

FSU moved to within one point from the win when Seaborne took out Steinbauer at No. 4. Steinbauer had claimed the first set 6-2 and looked to be in control of her match, but ended up falling 6-4 in the second and 6-3 in the third.

Hatamova’s win at No. 5 came moments later to even the match once again. The sophomore claimed her second consecutive straight set victory, ousting Suess, 6-3, 6-4, to set the stage for Cieplucha’s heroics.

Hatamova now has 16 wins on the season and nine at the No. 5 line. Cieplucha’s dramatic comeback win was her 18th on the spring and 20th overall. She is 18-7 at the No. 3 singles position.

”Both myself and this team have had an unbelievably tough year,” said Meisner. “For me personally dealing with losing my sister Courtney during the fall season, and then with so many girls battling injuries all season. It seems that at some point, every player has had some sort of injury. To see them rally and fight their tails off all weekend was so rewarding. They worked really hard for this. We wanted to prove that we could beat a Top 15 team, and we did that and I’m just so proud.”

SMU is making its school-record third consecutive and 11th overall appearance in program history in the NCAA Tournament. Sunday’s victory improved the team’s NCAA mark to 8-9. Meisner is now 4-2 in NCAA Championship action.

Prior to this season, the Mustangs had only advanced past the second round twice. In both 1987 and 1978 the program made the semifinals.

Meisner, the 2011 ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year, improved her career record to 105-28 (789). The fifth-year head coach has the most wins in program history and also holds the record for highest career winning percentage.

”You know, I’ve had teams that were ranked higher than this one and they got beat in the second round,” added Meisner. “It is just one of those things. We never have looked at a number or ranking all season. Who cares what the rankings say, we just go out there and play our game. If we do that we know we can compete with anybody.”

With the win, the Mustangs will now face No. 5 Baylor in the Sweet 16 on Friday, May 20th at 5 p.m. CDT. Baylor leads the all-time series between the squads 17-11, with SMU’s last win coming in 1995.

The two teams met earlier this season in Waco with Baylor squeaking out a 4-3 victory. The squads also met in both 2009 and 2010, with Baylor winning 4-2 in the NCAA Second Round in 2009 and prevailing 4-0 in regular season play in 2010. Those contests were also played in Waco.

The teams will be meeting for only the second time in the NCAA Tournament and for the first time in any capacity on a neutral court.

Complete NCAA Championship results and stats can be found at

No. 32 SMU 4, No. 12 Florida State 3
NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship
Second Round
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, Texas

1. No. 9 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. No. 31 Katie Rybakova (FSU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
2. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. No. 124 Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. No. 51 Noemie Scharle (FSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7)
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Ashley Turpin (SMU) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 3, 4, 5, 2*

1. No. 57 Lesniak/Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Suess/Scharle (FSU), 8-0
2. No. 51 Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) def. Cieplucha/Steinbauer (SMU), 8-3
3. Rybakova/Sargeant (FSU) def. Turpin/Hatamova (SMU), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*

No. 9-seed Texas A&M Men Advance to Sweet 16

COLLEGE STATION —Led by the senior All-American duo of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo, the No. 9-seed Texas A&M men’s tennis team advances to the NCAA Championships Round of 16 at Stanford by defeating No. 34-ranked LSU, 4-0, before a crowd of 527 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.

The win improves A&M’s record-setting year to 29-5 in dual matches and in the last home match of the 2011 campaign, the Aggies will start the 2012 season with a 36-match home winning streak in place dating back to January 30, 2010.

“There was a lot of pressure on us because we are seeded and playing at home and the guys remained focused and took care of business,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “This was the first step to get back to the round of 16. The doubles matches were hotly contested and we had talked about how we had dropped the No. 1 doubles match earlier this year to LSU. The doubles point was a huge difference today, as it is most times.”

The win also marked the 99th for Aggie head coach Steve Denton at Texas A&M. His record at A&M is 99-45 in his fifth season at the helm of the men’s tennis program. Overall, Denton is 163-93 including his five years at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Krajicek (CRY-check) and Dadamo (duh-DOM-oh), the fourth-ranked doubles tandem in the country and the Aggies’ No. 1 doubles team, clinched the all-important doubles point with an 8-5 decision over the No. 8-ranked doubles team of Neal Skupski and Sebastian Carlsson from LSU. The Aggie duo would break to go up 4-3 and then broke again to finish off the match. The victory gives the Aggie duo a 26-4 mark this spring, establishing a new A&M record for victories in doubles dual matches.

LSU had posted the first victory in the Saturday match at No. 2 doubles as Roger Anderson and Stefan Szacinski defeated A&M’s Junior Ore (OAR-ay) and Alexey Grigorov (GRIG-er-off), 8-6.

Usually, A&M sophomore Alberto Bautista and junior Colin Hoover play together at No. 3 doubles and the tandem is ranked No. 86 in the country. Bautista’s back tightened up on him and he could not play. Junior Alexis Klegou (CLAY-goo) stepped in and responded well as the A&M doubles team posted an 8-6 win to square the doubles portion prior to Krajicek and Dadamo’s match ending.

“With Alberto Bautista out, our depth showed with Alexis Klegou (Dunkerque, France) stepping in and playing with Colin Hoover (Victoria, Texas) at No. 3 doubles,” Denton explained. “They played well and Alexis really answered the bell.”

With the doubles point on the board in A&M’s favor, it was important to continue the momentum in the first sets of singles.

“In singles we got off to a great start winning five of the first six sets,” Denton said. “Austin had a dominating performance and we challenged the seniors that this would be the last time they stepped on these courts. Austin came out fast and it really snowballed.”

Krajicek, the Big 12 Player of the Year and the ITA region Texas Senior of the Year, was first off in singles with a dominating, 6-1, 6-1 win to improve to 19-5 on the year at No. 1 singles. At the end of his match, the crowd gave the senior from Brandon, Florida, a standing ovation as A&M moved the score to 2-0.

“I thought the ovation for him after his match was outstanding from the fans,” Denton said. “Austin has been the face of our program over the past three-and-a-half years and all of these seniors are special. It was very fitting and a storybook ending that showed a lot of character on Austin’s part. He did a great job of focusing on his match.”

“I thought it was important to get off to a good start in both doubles and singles,” Krajicek said. “I played a much better match today than I did before against a good player like Skupski from LSU. The ovation at the end of the match really made me feel great, it has been an honor to play here at Texas A&M.”

Senior Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, Florida) got off to a great start posting a 6-1 advantage in the first set against LSU’s Olivier Borsos. An injury timeout seemed to change the complexion of the match as Borsos came back to win the second set, 6-2.

“Jeff had a great first set but after the injury timeout he seemed to lose a little focus,” Denton stated.

Another Aggie senior in the lineup was Alexey Grigorov (Moscow, Russia) at No. 3 singles. His match was just the opposite of Dadamo’s. LSU’s Stefan Szacinski posted a 6-3 win in the first set before Grigorov bounced back with a 6-2 decision in the second set and was poised to take the match up 5-2 when Klegou had clinched the match at No. 4 singles.

“Grigi (Grigorov) had a poor first set but bounced back and was in good shape at No. 3,” Denton said.

The Aggies would extend the lead to 3-0 as another example of A&M’s depth was shown as freshman Junior Ore (Gaithersburg, Maryland) posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over LSU’s senior Julien Gauthier at the No. 6 singles in place of the injured Alberto Bautista (McAllen, Texas).

“Junior continues to get better and better,” Denton said. “He played the key points well and that win really gives our team confidence with our depth.”

The clinching point was secured by junior Alexis Klegou with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win at the No. 4 singles. Klegou improves to 21-2 on the season in dual matches and has not won 15 matches in a row this spring.

“Goo (Klegou) played well and the LSU player is a tough out,” Denton said. “Goo won some key points and came through in the clutch today. He is playing his best here at the end of the season and that is important because in the NCAA Championships all lines have to play well.”

Junior Colin Hoover’s match at the No. 5 singles did not finish with Hoover winning the first set 6-2 and the second set was 4-3 in favor of LSU’s Mark Bowtell.

The Tigers drop to 12-14 on the season. A&M had defeated LSU, 6-1, earlier this spring in College Station.

“In doubles we had some chances, but they played well at No. 1 today and No. 3 was kind of close but they got that point,” Tigers’ head coach Jeff Brown said. “Sometimes you get that momentum of playing at home, and they capitalized on that and earned that right.”

“They jumped on us early in singles,” Brown said. “I felt good about the way our guys hung in there. We certainly had some chances, but we needed all of things to go well at that point. They had some guys play at a really high level today. Austin (Krajicek) played very well at No. 1 and Junior (Ore) stepping in there at No. 6 was impressive. He hasn’t been playing that much. They have a good team, but we are proud of our season and we are looking to build on it.”

Texas A&M has yet to drop a point in five post-season matches winning all five matches by identical 4-0 scores. The Aggies will advance to Palo Alto, California, where they will take on the No. 8 seed and host Stanford Cardinal. Stanford advanced on Saturday by defeating Washington, 4-1, at Stanford.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, TX
NCAA Second Round
#9 Texas A&M (29-5), LSU (12-14)
1. #17 Austin Krajicek, A&M def. #87 Neal Skupski, LSU– 6-1, 6-1
2. #31 Jeff Dadamo, A&M vs. Olivier Borsos, LSU– dnf
3. Alexey Grigorov, A&M vs. Stefan Szacinski, LSU– dnf
4. #94 Alexis Klegou, A&M def. Sebastian Carlsson, LSU– 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
5. Colin Hoover, A&M vs. Mark Bowtell, LSU– dnf
6. Junior Ore, A&M def. Julien Gauthier, LSU– 6-2, 6-4

1. #4 Krajicek/Dadamo, A&M def. #8 Skupski/Carlsson, LSU– 8-5
2. Roger Anderson/Szacinski, LSU def. #66 Ore/Grigorov, A&M– 8-6
3. Klegou/Hoover, A&M def. Gauthier/Borsos, LSU– 8-6

Doubles 2,3,1
Singles 1,6,4

TEXAS A&M MATCH NOTES: Attendance 527

A&M Women Fall to SMU, 4-3, in NCAA First Round

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team won the doubles point and got crucial wins from Nazari Urbina and Morgan Frank at the top of the singles lineup, but it wasn’t enough as SMU won in the last match standing to top the Aggies, 4-3, in the NCAA Championship first round match at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Mustangs (22-5) advance to the second round for the third consecutive year and face
No. 12 seed Florida State Sunday at noon at the Mitchell Tennis Center with a berth in the Round of 16 at stake.

The Aggies, making their 12th straight NCAA, fall in the first round for the third consecutive year and finish the season 15-9.

“About a month ago we made a good change, which is why we were in this situation where we had the chance to host at home,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “We knew this was a tough match. We knew that it was probably the toughest first round in the tournament. (Hosting) is something we did work for, and we can take solace for that later, but right now that is probably not what anybody is thinking. We are very, very disappointed. We felt like we had a shot.”

In the doubles contest, where all three courts had the match-winning play in progress simultaneously, A&M’s 86th-ranked team of Christi Liles and Christi Potgieter finished off the 57th ranked team of Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova, 8-3, at the No. 1 line.
It was the sixth consecutive win — five of which were against ranked opponents — for the Aggie pair that teamed together for the first time only eight matches ago and finished the season 7-1.

SMU’s Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer won the final three games to close out an 8-5 victory against seniors Stephanie Davidson and Frank. A&M’s Janelle Cuthbertson and Urbina then completed the bang-bang-bang finish with an easy 8-1 victory over Shahzoda Hatamova and Ashley Turpin at No. 3 to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.

The Aggies, who entered the match 14-1 when winning the doubles point, quickly fell behind in singles as SMU won four first sets and had a 5-2 first-set lead on another court.

“I feel like where we messed up was that our backs were up against the wall from the start of the singles,” Kleinecke said. “We gave up too much at the beginning. We started fighting some, but it was too big of a hole especially against a team that we know is as talented as they are.

“Winning the doubles point was key. I knew we had to win the doubles point, and we did that easy and I felt in good shape, but we gave up too much. I don’t think we took them lightly after the doubles. We just didn’t go out with the same intensity in singles that we did in doubles.”

Steinbauer evened the score with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Potgieter at No. 4 singles, and Hatamova gave the Mustangs the lead with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Cuthbertson at No. 5.

Frank then evened the score at 2-2 with a 7-5, 7-6 (13) win against Cieplucha at the No. 2 line. Frank, who had not lost a home match since her sophomore year, overcame a 5-2 deficit to win the first set and took a 5-2 lead in the second. Cieplucha made a comeback of her own in the second set to force the marathon tiebreaker. Cieplucha had fought off five set points and Frank held off three set points before notching the back-and-forth 15-13 tiebreaker win and posting her 21st consecutive home victory.

Urbina, who was coming off the highest ranked victory of her singles career with a straight-set win against 11th-ranked Sona Novakova of Baylor in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship, posted another personal best to put A&M up 3-2. Despite losing the first eight games of the match against ninth-ranked and two-time Conference USA Player of the Year Lesniak, the 26th-ranked Urbina came through with a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 1 line. It snapped a 19-match win streak by Lesniak, who had defeated Urbina in straight sets in the semifinals of the ITA Texas Regionals in October.

“You can’t rely on (Marta) all the time,” SMU coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “It is not fair to her to think that she has to (win). We have really good No. 1 and 2s, but A&M’s No. 1 and 2 are phenomenal. Morgan Frank, I can’t say enough about her just because of her fight and she has a very distinct game style. And Urbina of course is a great competitor.”

“That is a great win for (Urbina) and especially after losing the first eight games, so what a comeback there,” Kleinecke added. “I felt like they were getting a little more tired than we were, and I felt if we could have held on, that was crucial.”

The Aggies were unable to hold the lead as the Mustangs would win the last two matches. Malyarchikova broke Liles to take a 6-5 lead in the first set and went on to win, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3. Minutes later, Turpin, who transferred to SMU in January 2010 after playing her freshman season and the fall of her sophomore season at A&M, won the decisive point at No. 6. Turpin dropped the first set against Davidson, 6-2, but then won four consecutive games to close out a 6-1 second-set win. Turpin then won the first four games of the third set en route to a 6-2 win.

“(Turpin) was the last court on in three sets at the USA Conference Championships, and it ended up where unfortunately we didn’t end up winning that match,” Meisner said. “I basically told her, ‘you’ve already gone through this; just go ahead and play and don’t worry about it.’ Of course coming back to a school you just transferred from was going to be nerve-wracking. She was nervous the whole week. She just came through. She didn’t let the nerves get to her, and she was confident with her shots. That is probably the best I’ve seen her play this year.”

It was the final match for A&M’s three seniors: Frank, Davidson and team captain Liles.
Frank ends her career as the winningest player in school history with a .765 (91-28) career winning percentage in singles, obliterating the previous record of .728 held by Ashley Hedberg (2001-03). In addition, her 91 wins ranks seventh in the career records and her 89 doubles wins is eighth in the career books.

Davidson ends her career ranked fourth in the A&M all-time career record with 97 doubles victories.

“You give SMU credit for not worrying about the doubles and coming out and taking care of the singles the way they did,” Kleinecke concluded. “It’s just one of those things you have to grow from. We have three seniors leaving us, and we are excited about the people joining us next year. It is going to be a completely different chemistry, and you just keep moving. I’ve done this enough that I know the teams change.”

No. 32 SMU 4, No. 31 Texas A&M 3
NCAA First Round
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

1. (#26) Nazari Urbina, TAMU def. (#9) Marta Lesniak, SMU, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. (#113) Morgan Frank, TAMU def. Edyta Cieplucha, SMU, 7-5, 7-6 (13)
3. (#124) Aleksandra Malyarchikova, SMU def. Christi Liles, TAMU, 7-5, 6-4
4. Heather Steinbauer, SMU def. Christi Potgieter, TAMU, 6-4, 6-2
5. Shahzoda Hatamova, SMU def. Janelle Cuthbertson, TAMU, 6-1, 6-3
6. Ashley Turpin, SMU def. Stephanie Davidson, TAMU, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. (#86) Liles/Potgieter, TAMU def. (#57) Lesniak/Malyarchikova, SMU, 8-3
2. Cieplucha/Steinbauer, SMU def. Davidson/Frank/, TAMU, 8-5
3. Cuthbertson/Urbina, TAMU def. Hatamova/Turpin, SMU, 8-1

Order of finish: Doubles: 1, 2, 3; Singles: 4, 5, 2, 1, 3, 6

#12 Florida State 4, Southern 0
NCAA First Round
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
May 14, 2011

1. (#31) Katie Rybakova, FSU def. Carlista Mohammed, SU, 6-0, 6-1
2. Francesca Segarelli, FSU vs. Kathryn Curtis, SU, 6-2, 5-0, unfinished
3. (#51) Noemie Scharle, FSU def. Demetria Woods, SU, 6-1, 6-1
4. Ruth Seaborne, FSU def. Lisbeth Castaneda, SU, 6-0, 6-0
5. Federica Suess, FSU vs. Jo’Vonna Gaines, SU, 6-3, 5-1 unfinished
6. Amy Sargeant, FSU vs. Lois Alexis, SU, 6-2, 3-3 unfinished

1. Suess-Scharle, FSU, def. Mohammed-Gaines, SU, 8-4
2. (#51) Segarelli-Seaborne, FSU, def. Curtis-Alexis, SU, 8-2
3. Rybakova-Sargeant, FSU, def. Woods-Castaneda, SU, 8-1

Order of finish: Doubles: 3, 1, 2; Singles: 4, 1, 3