Frogs Fall To Nebraska To Conclude ITA Kick-Off Weekend

TCU get set for road matches at Mississippi State and Alabama next weekend

ATHENS, Ga. – The TCU men’s tennis team got off to a slow start against No. 39 Nebraska Monday, dropping a 4-0 decision to the Cornhuskers inside Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility. TheHorned Frogs had momentum in the remaining matches before Nebraska clinched the victory.

“We have to grow up fast as a program because we only have two players with Division I dual singles match experience,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “Nick Chappell got a lot of good experience this weekend and showed that he can play with the best playersfrom the best programs in the nation. We didn’t bounce back quick enough this morning after playing a late afternoon match.”

The match started with intense matchups in the doubles action. After the Horned Frogs’ team of junior JT Sundling and freshman Nick Chappell fell from the No. 1 court, the Cornhuskers clinched the double point with a 9-7 win over TCU’s team of senior Paul Chappell and newcomer Will Stein. The Frogs were within a game on the remaining match before it was halted after the doubles point had been clinched.

Nebraska kept the pressure on TCU in the singles portion. After the Huskers picked up a win on court No. 4 to move ahead 2-0, senior Daniel Sanchez lost a chance to pull the Frogs back in, dropping his match late at No. 3 to NU’s Andre Stenger, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the end, Sundling stumbled in a second-set tiebreaker after breaking serve at 5-4, falling, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Nick Chappell was serving to win his singles match against No. 41 Aumuelle when play was halted. The Indianapolis native stormed back after dropping his opening set to walk away from a 4-6, 6-2, 5-4 scoreboard. Paul Chappell had also mounted a comeback in his match at the fifth court, leading 3-0 in the second set against Eric Sock.

TCU (1-2) will take to the road again next weekend, traveling into Southeastern Conference territory to take on Mississippi State (Feb. 3) andAlabama (Feb. 5). The Frogs will return home to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to host future Big 12 opponent Texas Tech on Feb. 11.

No. 39 Nebraska (1-1) def. No. 51 TCU (1-2), 4-0
Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility – Athens, Ga.
Jan. 30, 2012

SINGLES
1. Nick Chappell (TCU) vs. #41 Christopher Aumuelle (NEB), 4-6, 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
2. #78 Benedikt Lindheim (NEB) def. JT Sundling (TCU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
3. Andre Stenger (NEB) def. Daniel Sanchez (TCU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Robert Schulze (NEB) def. Max Stevens (TCU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Eric Sock (NEB) vs. Paul Chappell (TCU), 6-1, 0-3, unfinished
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU) vs. Tom Blackwell (NEB), 1-0, unfinished
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2*

DOUBLES
1. #7Aumuelle/Lindheim (NEB) def. N. Chappell/Sundling (TCU), 8-4
2. #44 Schulze/Stenger (NEB) def. P. Chappell/Stein (TCU), 9-7
3. Gollner/Sock (NEB) vs. Stevens/Wiggins (TCU), 7-6, unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2*

No. 11 Aggies rally to defeat Mississippi State, 4-3; Purdue outlast Princeton

SETS NEW A&M SCHOOL RECORD FOR HOME WINNING STREAK AT 40 STRAIGHT

COLLEGE STATION –Senior Colin Hoover was swarmed by his teammates after he clinched the match and the all-time school record for a home winning streak with a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5 win over Mississippi State’s James Chaudry, who is ranked No. 79 nationally. Hoover did so in front of a crowd of 427 that witnessed the No. 11 Aggies take the win over the No. 14 Bulldogs.

Senior’s Alexis Klegou and John Lewis helped secure a point each for the Aggies, both with straight set wins at 6-4, 6-2 and 6-3, 7-6(7-4) respectively. It was the second singles victory for both Klegou and Lewis in as many days. They were helped later when true freshman Jeremy Efferding won a thrilling set to tie the match at three with a win in three sets at 1-6, 6-0, and 7-6(8-6).

“You saw some really high caliber tennis there,” A&M head coach Steve Denton said of Hoover’s victory. “He showed a lot of character to battle back after missing out on six match points earlier on.”

Denton also said of Efferding, “I thought that the key to the match was with him (freshman Efferding) as he took down a senior and coming back from being down 6-4 in the tiebreaker to win 4 straight points.”

“This streak is a result of a bunch of good players over an extended period of time, and it is a great springboard moving forward in the season for our younger team,” Denton said. Coach Denton praised the crowd, stating “the 12th Man helped us get this victory tonight.”

The Aggies earned an automatic bid to the ITA Indoor National Championships at the University of Virginia later this spring. (Feb. 17-20)

The win improves the men’s home winning streak to 40 straight matches dating back to a 4-3 loss to Fresno State on Jan. 30, 2010. The Texas A&M baseball teams of 1988 and 1989 put together a 39-game home winning streak, winning the final 12 games of 1988 and the first 27 home games of 1989.

No. 11 Texas A&M 4, No. 14 Mississippi State 3
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Championship
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, TX
Singles
1. 1– (#19) Alexis Klegou (A&M) def. Artem Ilyushin (Miss St.), 6-4, 6-2
2. 2– Colin Hoover (A&M) def. (#79) James Chaundry (Miss St.), 6-3, 6-7(6-8), 7-5
3. 3– (#45) Louis Cant (Miss St.) def (#104) Junior Ore (A&M) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
4. 4– (#73) Jeremy Efferding (A&M) def. (#90) Malte Stropp (Miss St.) 1-6, 6-0, 7-6(8-6)
5. 5– (#32) George Coupland (Miss St.) def. Jackson Withrow (A&M), 6-3, 6-1
6. 6– John Lewis (A&M) def. Zach White (Miss St.) 6-3, 7-6(7-4)

Doubles (Miss St. wins the point)
1. 1– Ore/Withrow (A&M) def (#12) Cant/Stropp 8-5
2. 2– Coupland/Ilyushin (Miss St.) def Klegou/Jordan Szabo (A&M) 8-4
3. 3– Chaudry/White (Miss St.) def Hoover/Efferding (A&M) 8-4

Or Order of Finish:
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 5, 1, 6, 3, 4, 2

Team Records:
Texas A&M 4-0, Mississippi State 4-2

Earlier match–
No.72 Purdue 4, No.63 Princeton 2
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Consolation
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, TX
Singles
1. 1– (#46) Matija Pecotic (Princeton) def Mark Kovacs (Purdue) 6-2, 6-2
2–2. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def Augi Bloom (Princeton), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
3. Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) vs. Matt Spindler (Princeton), 2-6, 6-1, 3-3 unfinished
4. Diego Acosta (Purdue) def. Matt Siow (Princeton), 7-5, 6-3
5. Zack McCourt (Princeton) def Krisztian Krocsko (Purdue) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Evan Hawkins (Purdue) def Ravi Yegya-Raman (Princeton), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Doubles (Purdue wins the point)
1. Tatarczyk/Dujovne (Purdue) def Siow/Spindler (Princeton), 8-6
2. Pecotic/Bloom (Princeton) def Krocsko/Pawel Pozimski (Purdue) 9-7
3. Kovacs/Acosta (Purdue) def. Yohei Shoji/Michael Lin (Princeton), 8-3

Order of Finish:
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 1, 4, 5, 2, 6, 3*

Team Records:
Purdue 1-3, Princeton 0-2

Baylor Men Outlast Florida State

Bears post 4-3 win over the Seminoles

WACO – Baylor men’s tennis outlasted Florida State on Sunday, posting a 4-3 win over the Seminoles at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco. With the win, the Bears earned the qualifying berth for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship which begins on Feb. 17 in Charlottesville, Va.

The four-hour match saw freshman Marko Krickovic clinch the doubles point with his partner Robert Verzaal on court one and then clinched the match for the Bears with a win at No. 3 singles.

Mate Zsiga and Roberto Maytin were the first winners for BU when they won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles then Krickovic and Verzaal won their match, 8-4, to claim the doubles point.

The top of the lineup proved to be the Bears’ strength on Sunday as Mate Zsiga, Roberto Maytin and Krickovic all posted wins.

In singles, each team alternated winning matches. FSU’s Benjamin Lock, playing at No. 6, got the Seminoles on the board with a victory over Julian Bley, 6-2, 6-1. Baylor countered when Maytin posted a 6-5, 7-5 straight-set win at No. 2, but Florida State evened it again with a 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Verzaal on court four. Zsiga, playing at No. 1, put the Bears up 3-2 by downing Jordan Kelly-Houston, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

At that point the Bears needed just one point from the two remaining matches on, courts three and five. On No. 5, Kike Grangeiro had dropped the first set 7-5 but bounced back to win the second 6-3. In the third set, Grangeiro had several match points but failed to capitalize and lost 7-5. This tied up the match at three apiece.

That left if on the shoulders of Krickovic. Playing at No. 3, the freshman had won the first set 6-2, but lost the second stanza 7-5. After Crisitan Gonzalez got out to a 3-1 third-set lead, Krickovic won three straight games to move to 4-3, Gonzalez countered with a game win but Krickovich took the last two games to claim victory for the Bears.

“It was a good win, I thought our guys did a good job at the end. Marko came through which is awesome, it was the first time for him to be on as the last match which was a unique opportunity, he handled it great. I thought Florida State did an amazing job. Everyone in the country coming into this weekend thought they were the third-best team and they showed that they might have been the best team here, we were lucky to win,” said head coach Matt Knoll.

With the win, the eighth-ranked Bears halted No. 42 Florida State’s seven-match win streak, Baylor is now 3-1 while the Seminoles fall to 7-1.

Baylor is idle until Feb. 14, when they travel to Dallas to take on UT-Arlington at 5 p.m.

TCU Men Can’t Handle No. 4 Georgia Sunday

The Frogs will return to action to battle No. 39 Nebraska at 8 a.m. CT

ATHENS, Ga. – The TCU men’s tennis team stumbled in its first road contest of the season, falling to No. 4 Georgia by the score of 7-0 Sunday.

TCU (1-1) battled tough against two of the best doubles tandems in the country. Freshman Nick Chappell and junior JT Sundling had their hands full with the No. 8 pairing of Wil Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux, dropping an 8-6 decision. Georgia’s second-best duo of Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada, currently listed as the No. 9 doubles team in the nation, clinched the early 1-0 advantage for the Bulldogs with an 8-4 win over TCU’s Paul Chappell and Will Stein.

In singles action, UGA’s Ku Singh displaced the Frogs’ Daniel Sanchez in straight sets on the No. 3 court, while Taboada followed with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over junior Max Stevens. Georgia clinched the team win as No. 10 Doumbia took down Sundling by the score of 6-0, 6-3.

The Frogs will return to action to battle No. 39 Nebraska at 8 a.m. CT. Nebraska dropped a 4-3 score to No. 34 Virginia Tech Sunday to earn the right to play TCU Monday morning. The Huskers have two singles players ranked in the ITA top-75 with No. 41 Christopher Aumueller and No. 78 Benedikt Lindheim. Nebraska’s doubles team of Aumueller and Lindheim is ranked No. 7 in the country, while the duo of Robert Schulze and Andre Stenger areranked No. 44.

#4 Georgia 7, #51 TCU 0
Singles competition
1. #3 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Nick Chappell (TCU) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
2. #10 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. JT Sundling (TCU) 6-0, 6-3
3. KU Singh (UGA) def. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
4. #26 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Max Stevens (TCU) 6-3, 7-5
5. #64 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Paul Chappell (TCU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2*, 1, 6, 5

Doubles competition
1. #8 Wil Spencer/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. Nick Chappell/JT Sundling (TCU) 8-6
2. #9 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Paul Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) 8-4
3. Hernus Pieters/KU Singh (UGA) vs. Daniel Sanchez/Blake Wiggins (TCU) 7-7, unfinished
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2)

Owls Gain Weekend Split

Host Miami and Tyler JC on Sunday, February 5

The 37th-ranked Rice Owls bounced back from a frustrating performance on Saturday to down #60 New Mexico State 6-1 in the consolation match of the ITA National Indoor qualifier at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco on Sunday.

“I was really pleased the way we responded today and came out and played solid from the start,” Rice assistant coach Efe Ustundag said. “We had to make some last-minute changes to the lineup because Peter Frank was hurt, but that didn’t seem to bother us at all. It was nice to get a convincing victory over a nationally-ranked team.”

After dropping doubles point during each match in a three-match losing streak, the Owls bounced back to swiftly take the point against the Aggies. Ustudag was noted that the effort of Rice’s #3 team of Sam Garforth-Bles and Leif Berger set the tone for the day.

“They lost 8-0 yesterday (to Florida State), so it was a great statement to see them come out and win 8-0 today. Leif bounced back and played a much better match and helped Sam make that hapen,” he noted.

Ustundag also was pleased that the Owls carried their momentum into singles.

“We came out and took the first set in all six matches, which was key. They didn’t allow New Mexico State to get any momentum,” he said.

Senior Christian Saravia, making his first appearance of the dual season in the singles lineup, pushed the Rice lead to 2-0 by winning 12 of 13 games at #6. Garforth-Bles moved into Frank’s spot at #2 to win in straight-sets to up the lead to 3-0.

Sophomore Philipp Seifert clinched the match with a win at #5. Michael Nuesslein picked up his second straight singles win with a win at #4 and Harry Fowler closed out an unbeaten weekend of his own in singles to complete the Owls scoring with a win at #1.

The Owls will be back on familiar courts next weekend when they host a pair of matches on Sunday. They will host #33 Miami at a 11 a.m. and come back to face Tyler JC at 4 p.m. at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

Tennis Match Results
New Mexico State vs Rice
Jan 29, 2012 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)
#37 Rice 6, #60 New Mexico State 1

Singles competition
1. Harry Fowler (RICE) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Jonathan Chang (RICE) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
5. Philipp Seifert (RICE) def. Felipe Frattini (NMSU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Christian Saravia (RICE) def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Michael Nuesslein/Christian Saravia (RICE) vs. Matej Stakne/Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 5-6, unfinished
2. Harry Fowler/Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Marc Westgate/Felipe Frattini (NMSU) 8-5
3. Sam Garforth-Bles/Leif Berger (RICE) def. Germain Degardin/Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU) 8-0

Match Notes:
New Mexico State 1-2; National ranking #60
Rice 2-3; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,5,4,1,3)

No. 17 Texas men shut out No. 21 Texas Tech, 4-0, advances to ITA National Team Indoor Championship

Longhorns secure sixth consecutive berth into the ITA National Team Indoor Championship at The University of Virginia.

AUSTIN – No. 17 Texas (4-0) rallied to win the doubles point and picked up singles wins from freshman Lloyd Glasspool, sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram and junior Daniel Whitehead to secure a 4-0 non-conference win over No. 21 Texas Tech (3-1) Sunday in the final round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The win delivers Texas its sixth consecutive berth to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship to be contested next month.

The duo of freshman Jacoby Lewis and Sitaram won their second doubles match of the weekend, as they posted an 8-6 win over Texas Tech’s Jeff Bryan and Gabriel Wanderley at third doubles. The Red Raiders won at first doubles, leading the outcome of the doubles point to come down to the second doubles slot.

The No. 2 doubles match, featuring UT’s David Holiner and Whitehead, progressed into a tiebreaker after Holiner and Whitehead fought back from a 7-4 deficit. Holiner and Whitehead trailed 3-1 in the tiebreaker before digging deep to claim the next four points and a 5-3 lead off of a big Holiner forehand. The duo finished off the tiebreaker, 7-4 to clinch the doubles point for Texas.

“We were hanging in there. We got a service break and saved a match point with really aggressive play,” said UT head coach Michael Center of the fiery Holiner/Whitehead tandem. “It was one of those moments where you have to step up and make a play. I thought our guys did that today.”

Freshman Lloyd Glasspool won the No. 4 singles match, 6-3, 6-1 to keep the scoring going for the Longhorns, putting them up 2-0.

UT took a 3-0 lead over with Sitaram’s 6-2, 6-2 convincing win over Texas Tech’s Rafael Garcia at third singles.

The 112th-ranked Whitehead clinched the match for Texas with a 6-1, 6-4 win at the No. 2 singles spot over the Red Raiders’ 23rd-ranked Gonzalo Escobar. Whitehead won both singles and both doubles matches he played in this weekend.

“[Whitehead] is the energy of our team,” Center said. “He is not only really athletic and can make great plays, but he has that persona that makes people want to follow him. He has been fantastic. He has really taken ownership of being a captain this year.”

Texas will head to Charlottesville, Va., next weekend to take on No. 2 Virginia (Feb. 3) before finishing off the road swing on Feb. 5 at No. 18 North Carolina.

No. 17 Texas 4, No. 21 Texas Tech 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Carvalho/Garcia (TTU) def. Hess-Olesen/Hilliard (UT) – 8-3
2. Whitehead/Holiner (UT) def. Escobar/Manzini (TTU) – 9-8 (4)
3. Lewis/Sitaram (UT) def. Bryan/ Wanderley (TTU) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2
1. Soren Hess- Olesen (UT) vs. Raony Carvalho (TTU), – 4-6, 2-4, susp.
2. Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) – 6-1, 6-4
3. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Rafael Garcia (TTU) – 6-2, 6-2
4. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Francisco Zambon (TTU) – 6-3, 6-1
5. David Holiner (UT) vs. Vitor Manzini (TTU) – 1-6, 3-5, susp.
6. Alex Hilliard (UT) vs. Raphael Pfister (TTU) – 7-6 (5), 3-0, susp

POST-MATCH COMMENTS
Head Coach Michael Center
On the team’s play throughout the two ITA Kick-Off Weekend matches: I thought it was really good. I was really pleased from start to finish. I thought we competed really well and we played well under pressure. I thought today when we got ahead, we kept pushing and we finished the matches. I think we improved even from yesterday. Texas Tech has a great team. That was a great win for us today. I am very happy with what I saw.

On the fiery attitudes of the underclassmen: I thought I saw a little more emotion out of the younger guys, and I saw it out of Lloyd Glasspool. I think he started to see what college tennis is all about. I saw a few fist pumps and a little more emotion. I think it helped his play and he really played well today. I think he will continue to grow. The more tennis he sees at this level, the better he’ll get.

No. 15 Texas women defeat No. 17 Vanderbilt, 4-1, earns ITA National Team Indoor Championship berth

Strong doubles play contributes to a 4-1 Longhorns victory in Nashville over the Commodores.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No. 15 Texas (3-1) took the doubles point and added singles wins from freshmen Noel Scott and Lina Padegimaite and senior Krista Damico, as the Longhorns posted a 4-1 win at No. 17 Vanderbilt (1-1) Sunday in the final round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The win qualifies Texas for next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va. It will mark the Longhorns’ first appearance in the event since 2006.

The Longhorns took two doubles matches to claim the doubles point and assume a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Elizabeth Begley and Damico won convincingly at the No. 3 doubles slot, as they notched an 8-3 victory over Vanderbilt’s duo of Lauren Mira and Nelly Radeva. An 8-5 win by junior Aeriel Ellis and sophomore Cierra Gaytan-Leach at No. 2 doubles clinched the doubles point for the Longhorns.

“Getting the doubles point today was huge,” UT head coach Patty Fendick-McCain said. “We’ve been close to getting it and have played well in doubles. It was nice to get that and get a little breathing room.”

Scott kept the scoring going for UT with a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 2 singles spot over Lauren Mira, putting Texas up 2-0.

“It was unbelievable how well Noel played,” Fendick-McCain said. “Noel completely dictated every single point.”

Vanderbilt registered a win at fourth singles to cut the Texas lead to 2-1, but Padegimaite’s 6-3, 6-3 win at fifth singles over Vanderbilt’s Ashleigh Antal earned another point for Texas and gave the Horns a 3-1 lead.

“Lina was trailing every game, it seemed, all match long,” Fendick-McCain said. “She got down 3-0 in her second set but came up with some great shots to get back into the match. Lina was so determined. She just battled out there.”

Damico clinched the victory and the ITA National Team Indoor Championship berth for Texas with her 7-5, 6-3 win over Marie Casares at third singles.

The ITA National Team Indoor Championship kicks off on February 10 at The University of Virginia.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
No. 15 Texas 4, No. 17 Vanderbilt 1
Doubles: Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott (Texas) vs. Jackie Wu/Alex Leatu (VU) 7-5, susp.
2. Aeriel Ellis/Cierra Gaytan-Leach (Texas) def. Ashleigh Antal/Marie Casares (VU) 8-5
3. Krista Damico/Elizabeth Begley (Texas) def. Lauren Mira/Nelly Radeva (VU) 8-3

Singles: Order of Finish: 2, 4, 5, 3
1. #23 Jackie Wu (VU) vs. #47 Aeriel Ellis (Texas) 7-6(-7), 2-1, susp.
2. #119 Noel Scott (Texas) def. #69 Lauren Mira (VU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Krista Damico (Texas) def. #110 Marie Casares (VU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Alex Leatu (VU) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (Texas) 6-4, 6-3
5. Lina Padegimaite (Texas) def. Ashleigh Antal (VU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Nelly Radeva (VU) vs. Elizabeth Begley (Texas), 3-1, susp.

Aggie Women Notch First Win of the Young Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team broke into the win column today, defeating No. 56 Ohio State, 5-2, in the consolation match at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the Florida State University Campus.

“It is super good for the girls and at a personal level for me to get this win,” first-year head coach Howard Joffe said. “I don’t think we played as well as we did yesterday (a close 4-3 loss to Ole Miss), but the fight, the attitude and the competitiveness were equally good, so we were fortunate to get the win.”

OSU won the first doubles match to be completed as Joffe was forced to change the lineup at the No. 2 line due the leg injury suffered by Janelle Cuthbertson in the Aggies’ season opener. Freshman Janine Erasmus replaced Cuthbertson in doubles and teamed with Nazari Urbina. The pair lost the first three games to OSU’s Kelsey Haviland and Noelle Malley but managed to come back and tie the match at 4-4. The Buckeye duo then rallied to win the next four games to take the match.

Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce evened the race for the doubles point, winning five consecutive games during a run that propelled the Aggie tandem to an 8-3 victory over Fidan Manashirova and Noelle Malley at the No. 3 position.

The point came down to the No. 1 line, where A&M’s unranked duo of Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun Wen were pitted against 52nd-ranked Kara Cecil and Kelsey Dieters. The Aggies were down a break at 5-3 before they reeled off five consecutive games — including a comeback from a 40-love deficit to break serve and go up 7-5 – to get the win and clinch the point.

The Buckeyes would take a 2-1 lead in the match after winning the first two doubles matches to be completed. Manashirova downed Wen, 6-2, 6-0, at the No 6 line to knot the team score, and Tiffany Dittmer put OSU ahead with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Olivier, who moved into the No. 6 spot with Cuthbertson out of the lineup.

“With the injury to Janelle, we had Sheri play in her first singles match and Janine play in her first doubles match,” Joffe said, “and so that in itself was unsettling in that at No. 2 doubles, we had no practice which also made it a bit of a challenge. But the girls fought really well. We definitely need to get better, no question about it.”

The Buckeyes’ lead did not last long, and the rest of the day belonged to the Aggies as A&M closed out the contest with four straight-set victories. Santacroce quickly tied the team score at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Steele at No. 4 singles. In another bang-bang finish Sanchez-Quintanar, ranked No. 11 nationally in singles, immediately followed and returned the lead to A&M with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Cecil at the top of the lineup. The junior who is in her first season at A&M after transferring from Maryland, led the first set, 4-2, before winning eight consecutive games to close out the match and put the Aggies up, 3-2.

Shortly thereafter, Urbina clinched the winning point for A&M, winning four straight games to complete a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Haviland at the No. 2 line and secure the Aggies’ first victory of the season.

Erasmus, who moved up to the No. 5 line after playing No. 6 yesterday, then capped the win for the Aggies. The freshman won her first set against Dieters 6-2, and the second set was tied at 4-4 when Erasmus broke Dieters’ serve to take the lead. Erasmus then held serve to close out the straight-set victory and record the final point for the Aggies.

“We need to generally work on the doubles since the partners are going to have to change if Janelle isn’t healthy,” Joffe said when asked what areas the team would be working on during the upcoming week of practice. “But specifically all of the girls are doing just fine. They have lots of work to do top-to-bottom on all aspects of the game, so that is what Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be all about.”

Next up for the Aggies is a trip to Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, Feb. 5 to face future Southeastern Conference foe and 65th-ranked LSU. First serve is at 1 p.m. at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.

“My overall hope is that when we play Sunday, we are playing a little better than we did this weekend, or a lot better if we can,” Joffe added. “And then of course the immediate hope is that we line up well and get a win against LSU.”

Live scoring updates of the Aggies’ match against LSU will be available on the A&M women’s tennis schedule page on AggieAthletics.com.

No. 29 Texas A&M 5, No. 56 Ohio State 2
ITA Kick-Off Weekend — Consolation Match
January 29, 2012
Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Singles
1. (#11) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Kara Cecil (OSU), 6-2, 6-0
2. (#105) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Kelsey Haviland (OSU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. (#61) Sun Wen (TAMU), 6-2, 6-0
4. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Gabby Steele (OSU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Janine Erasmus (TAMU) def. Kelsey Dieters (OSU),6-2, 6-4
6. Tiffany Dittmer (OSU) def. Sheri Olivier (TAMU), 6-3, 6-1

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Sanchez-Quintanar/Wen (TAMU) def. (#52) Cecil/Dieters (OSU), 8-5
2. Haviland/Noelle Malley (OSU) def. Erasmus/Urbina (TAMU), 8-4
3. Olivier/Santacroce (TAMU) def. Manashirova/Steele (OSU), 8-3

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

Team records
Texas A&M: 1-1
Ohio State: 2-3

TCU Women Sweep Weekend Pair From In-State Foes

Frogs open the year 3-0 for first time since 2005

FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season Sunday with a 6-1 bettering of Lamar at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

It marks the first time since the spring of 2005 that the Horned Frogs have opened the year winning their first three matches. That season, TCU won six in a row to start the year. Additionally, TCU improved to 7-0 all-time against Lamar.

“I thought Lamar really played well today,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “They played hard and I thought we were looking ahead a bit to Wednesday’s match with Baylor. This team is a lot of fun and really competes hard. It’s a pleasure to coach a group that competes as hard as we do.”

The Frogs stepped on the gas early in doubles play, as the No. 31-ranked tandem of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith rolled to an 8-1 win over Carolina Maso and Carolina Salas. The duo is 2-0 this spring and 10-3 overall.

Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram, the No. 57-ranked doubles team in the nation bounced back from a Saturday defeat to knock off Lamar’s Natalia Mayagoitia and Alicia Porte, 8-3, and clinch the doubles point for TCU.

Denti got right back to work insingles play, improving to 3-0 on the spring with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at theexpense of Mayagoitia at No. 4 singles. Dating back to last spring, the Bellano, Italy, native has won 10-straight singles matches in the dual season.

After the Cardinals got on the board at No. 6 singles, it was No. 92 Stefanie Tan that extended the lead to 3-1 in favor of the Frogs. She picked up her first win of the spring when she dropped Maso, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Nichols provided TCU’s fourth team point by knocking off Porte, 6-1, 7-6 (6) at the No. 3 slot. Trailing 6-2 in the tiebreak, the Amarillo, Texas, native rattled off six straight points to put the Frogs up 4-1 and clinch the match.

At No. 5 singles, Sundaram won her second match of the weekend and scored the fifth team point for TCU with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Lamar’s Helene Czudek. No. 114-ranked Smith added the exclamation point when she gutted out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles.

TCU returns to the courts Wednesday when it travels to No. 5 Baylor for a 3:30 p.m., matchup.

MATCH RESULTS – #47 TCU 6, Lamar 1
SINGLES
No. 1 – #114 Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Carolina Salas (Lamar), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – #92 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Carolina Maso (Lamar), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Alicia Porte (Lamar), 6-1, 7-6 (6)
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Natalia Mayagoitia (Lamar), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Helene Czudek (Lamar), 6-4, 6-0
No. 6 – Alessandra Pennesi (Lamar) def. Gaby Fernandez (TCU), 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES
No. 1 – #31 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Carolina Maso/Carolina Salas (Lamar), 8-1
No. 2 – #57 Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Natalia Mayagoitia/Alicia Porte (Lamar), 8-3
No. 3 – Helene Czudek/Alessandra Pennesi (Lamar) def. Paulina Blanc/Molly Welsh (TCU), 8-1

MATCH NOTES
TCU 3-0; National ranking #47
Lamar University 0-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,6,2,3,5,1)
Weather: 60F, Abundant Sunshine, Winds 0-5 NNW
T-3:55; A-100

No. 5 Baylor Women Push Win Streak to Eight

Baylor earns berth into ITA National Team Indoor Championship

WACO – No. 5 Baylor moved its season-opening win streak to eight matches and earned the qualifying berth for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 6-1 win over No. 73 Wyoming on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

For the second match in a row, Baylor took home the doubles point and five of six singles matches to move its record to 8-0 on the year. The mark matches the second-best start in school history, and trails only the 2000 team’s 12-0 season-opening mark. The win also earns Baylor a berth into the indoor nationals, which takes place in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 10-13.

“We’ve got to give Wyoming credit, they really pushed us in the doubles,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We need to keep working on the practice courts and get better in certain areas. We aren’t looking at our team like an 8-0 team, we are looking at it like a work in progress.”

Baylor’s match against Wyoming also featured the dual-match debut of freshman Ema Burgic, who battled injuries throughout the fall. Burgic made her presence felt with a win in doubles and one of four straight-set wins in singles for the Lady Bears.

“It’s great to have Ema in the lineup,” Scrivano said. “We’ve been excited to get her out there on the court. She’s been through a lot, so I’m just proud of the way she came out and took care of business today. She’s really starting to play some good tennis, and has really improved over the last month.”

In doubles, Burgic teamed with Jordaan Sanford on Court 3 and quickly disposed of Wyoming’s Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova, 8-2. Later in singles, Burgic had no problems with Zhelyazkova, winning 6-0, 6-0. Prior to her matches Sunday, Burgic had played just four matches in the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in mid-January.

The senior duo of Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic added the second doubles win for Baylor with a tiebreak 9-8 (8-6) win on Court 2. The pair each also added singles victories on Courts 2 and 3. Nakic won on Court 2, defeating the Cowgirls’ Simona Synkova 6-1, 7-6(1). Novakova breezed through her eighth consecutive win as well with a 6-3, 6-1 drubbing of Sasa Nemcova.

The Lady Bears also got singles victories from Nina Secerbegovic and Megan Horter. Secerbegovic kept her dual-match record unblemished, dropping just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Veronica Popovici. Horter, meanwhile, dropped the first set 6-4, but came back to win the second set 6-2. She then dominated the super-tiebreaker 10-3 for the three-set win.

Baylor will play the final two matches of an eight-match homestand in the coming week. On Wednesday, the Lady Bears will face No. 47 TCU at 3:30 p.m. Baylor will close out the long homestand with defending NCAA Champion and No. 1-ranked Florida on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Noon.