No. 8 Baylor Men Blank New Mexico State, 7-0

Baylor didn’t drop a single set on the day

WACO – Eighth-ranked Baylor played a near-perfect match, winning every set of every match en route to a 7-0 blanking of No. 60 New Mexico State in ITA Indoor qualifying on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

Baylor, hosting a four-team qualifying site for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, will move on to face No. 42 Florida State, who defeated No. 37 Rice 5-2. The teams will battle for a berth in the indoor national championship on Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va.

The Bears’ win on Saturday came without a set lost, winning all 12 sets in six singles matches and both sets that finished in doubles matches. The singles portion of the match even featured to double-blankings with two players earning 6-0, 6-0 wins.

“I thought it was a super bounce-back match for us after the Florida match,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “I thought we had some super performances, won some matches zero and zero, which is hard to do. It’s hard to beat a good team 7-0. We know the competition is going to be better tomorrow, so we’re going to have to go out there and be excited to play.”

On Court 1, Baylor’s top-ranked player, No. 20 Mate Zsiga, was dominant in his 6-0, 6-0 win over NMSU’s Matej Stakne, while Kike Grangeiro was equally impressive in his 6-0, 6-0 win over Felipe Frattini on Court 5.

Freshman Marko Krickovic and sophomore Robert Verzaal each had the most entertaining matches of the day. Krickovic came back from down 4-1 in the first set to force a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, he faced an early one-point deficit, but scored six in a row to defeat Germain Degardin 7-6 (2), 6-3. Verzaal, meanwhile, was down a break in each of his sets, but came back to win the first 7-5 and the second 6-4. He won three straight games to end each set.

No. 54 Roberto Maytin played a solid all-around game to defeat the Aggies’ Marc Westgate on Court 2, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Julian Bley stepped in on Court 6 for a 6-2, 6-2 win over Eduardo Carbrita.

In doubles, Baylor’s duos on Courts 2 and 3 were able to take wins to earn the point for the Bears. On Court 2, Maytin and Zsiga handled the duo of Westgate and Frattini 8-4, while Diego Galeano and Lars Behlen stepped in on Court 3 to take an 8-5 victory.

Baylor will be back on the court on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center, taking on Florida State for a coveted berth to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

UTEP Tennis Topples Northern Colorado, 5-2, For First Win Of 2012

GREELEY, COLO.– UTEP claimed the doubles point and then received singles victories from Dariya Abdrakhmanova, Carolina DeLuca,Marie LeBlond and Martina Trierweiler, on the way to knocking off Northern Colorado, 5-2, to secure its first win of the season Saturday afternoon.

The effort by the Miners (1-2) is especially impressive, considering the squad had completed a match against Denver a little more than 12 hours before taking to the courts against the Bears (1-1). UTEP looked no worse for the wear, though, as it jumped over the home side early by taking two of three matches in doubles to lock up the early 1-0 lead.

Gabi Vazquez/Marie LeBlond derailed the duo of Jennifer Whateley/Adriana Nieto, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles while Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Anastasiya Sylenko took care of business, 8-5, against Jennifer Buchanan/Chrissie Hoolahan at the third slot.

UNC’s Stephanie Catlin/Elizabeth Tapia snuck past Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles but it was a moot point due to the outcome on the other courts.

Rather than relax with the 1-0 cushion heading into singles play, the Miners elevated their efforts. Trierweiler crushed Whateley, 6-0, 6-3, to set the tone at No. 1 singles. Abdrakhmanova was equally was effective in the match-up against Nieto in No. 4 singles, pouncing on her 6-2, 7-5.

LeBlond dismantled Hoolahan, 7-6, 6-0, at No 6 while DeLuca also etched her name in the win column with a 7-5, 6-4 conquest against Buchanan at No. 3.

Tapia snuck past Vazquez, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 singles and Catlin downed Sylenko, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5 but it didn’t matter in the end.

UTEP will now be idle until it welcomes Northern Arizona to town in its home opener at 1 p.m. MST on Friday, Feb. 3. All Miner home matches are held at the El Paso Tennis Club, and admission is free.

Singles competition
1. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) def. Jennifer Whateley (UNC) 6-0, 6-3
2. Elizabeth Tapia (UNC) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
3. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) def. Jennifer Buchanan (UNC) 7-5, 6-4
4. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) def. Adriana Nieto (UNC) 6-2, 7-5
5. Stephanie Catlin (UNC) def. Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
6. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) 7-6, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Stephanie Catlin/Elizabeth Tapia (UNC) def. Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 8-6
2. Gabi Vazquez/Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Jennifer Whateley/Adriana Nieto (UNC) 8-6
3. Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) def. Jennifer Buchanan/Chrissie Hoolahan (UNC) 8-5

Fast FSU Start Foils Owl Men

Florida State used a quick start in doubles and three tie-break wins in the first sets of singles to down Rice 5-2 in the opening round of competition at the ITA National Indoor Qualifier at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco on Saturday.

The 37th ranked Owls (2-3) will play New Mexico State in a consolation match at 3 p.m. on Sunday, while #42 FSU (7-0) will face host Baylor at the same time for the right to advance to the ITA Indoor National Championships.

“The best thing about the match was the way we rebounded from the bad start in doubles,” Rice assistant coach Efe Ustundag said. “We were in a good position to win five first sets, which after playing doubles for only 38 minutes, was an impressive turnaround on its own. But we were not able to close them out. “

The Seminoles quickly grabbed the doubles point by virtue of winning 16 of 17 games at #2 & 3 doubles. But the Owls righted themselves from that early blitz at the start of singles play. Three of the matches went to tie breakers, only to see FSU prevail in each match.

Senior Sam Garforth-Bles was the only Owl to win his opening set, but had to bounce back from a loss in the second to give the Owls their first point of the day. Junior Harry Fowler rebounded from a loss in his opening set to close out the match with the Owls second win of the day at #1 singles.

“It was good to see how Harry and Sam came back after going winless last weekend,” Ustundag said. “But we have to go back tonight and get ourselves ready to come back and play New Mexico State tomorrow.”

Tennis Match Results
Florida State vs. Rice
Jan 28, 2012 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)

#42 Florida State 5, #37 Rice 2
Singles competition
1. Harry Fowler (RICE) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Blake Davis (FSU) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
3. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Cristian Gonzalez (FSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
4. Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Jonathan Chang (RICE) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
5. Jason Zafiros (FSU) def. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 6-4, 6-2
6. Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Philipp Seifert (RICE) 7-6 (11-9), 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Michael Nuesslein/Christian Saravia (RICE) vs. Jordan Kelly-Houston/Blake Davis (FSU) 4-3, unfinished
2. Anderson Reed/Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. Justin To/Harry Fowler (RICE) 8-1
3. Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Peter Frank/Leif Berger (RICE) 8-0

Match Notes:
Florida State 7-0; National ranking #42
Rice 2-3; National ranking #37

No. 15 Texas Women edge No. 23 Alabama, 4-3

Sophomore Elizabeth Begley clinches the Longhorns’ 4-3 victory to set up a Sunday match against Vanderbilt.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No. 15 Texas (2-1) dropped the doubles point but rallied with four singles victories to claim a 4-3 victory over No. 23 Alabama (0-1) Saturday in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center (indoors).

Texas trailed 1-0 following the doubles session, given that Alabama won two of three doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Texas senior Krista Damico evened the tally at one when she posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Crimson Tide’s 104th-ranked Courtney McLane at third singles. Alabama reclaimed the lead with a victory at fourth singles, but UT freshman Lina Padegimaite evened the score once more when she dealt Taylor Lindsey a 6-3, 6-1 defeat at fifth singles.

Another Texas freshman, Noel Scott, staked Texas to a 3-2 lead on the strength of a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alabama’s 43rd-ranked Alexa Guarachi at second singles. The Tide evened the match at three with a win at first singles, setting the stage for the decisive match at sixth singles. Texas sophomore Elizabeth Begley held on for a 6-4, 6-2 win over Alabama’s Antonia Foehse to give the Longhorns the 4-3 victory.

“It’s always tough to win the match when you lose the doubles point, but we got it done,” said UT head coach Patty Fendick-McCain. “Noel Scott got a huge win at No. 2 (singles) for us and played fantastic tennis. Krista Damico ran a clinic with her shot selection today. Lina Padegimaite put in a great effort at No. 5 singles, and Elizabeth Begley was ready for the challenge of finishing the match. She worked hard out there and definitely earned the win.”

Texas will meet host Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
#15 Texas 4, #23 Alabama 3
Doubles: Order of Finish – 3, 2
1. Guarachi/McLane (Alabama) vs. Padegimaite/Scott (UT), unf.
2. Macfarlane/Foehse (Alabama) def. Ellis/Gaytan-Leach (UT), 8-6
3. Lindsey/Ebada (Alabama) def. Damico/Martin (UT) 8-5

Singles: Order of Finish – 3, 4, 5, 2, 1 ,6
1. #13 Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) def. #47 Aeriel Ellis (UT) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
2. #119 Noel Scott (UT) def. #43 Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) 6-2, 6-4
3. Krista Damico (UT) def. #104 Courtney McLane (Alabama) 6-1, 6-2
4. Alex Clay (Alabama) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) 6-2, 7-5
5. Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Taylor Lindsey (Alabama) 6-3, 6-1
6. Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Antonia Foehse (Alabama) 6-4, 6-2

No. 5 Baylor Women Cruise to 6-1 Win Over UCF

Novakova and Secerbegovic remained undefeated in dual-match singles play

WACO – Baylor’s singles lineup showed its strength sweeping the top five positions on the way to a 6-1 win in ITA Indoor qualifying on Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

No. 5 Baylor (7-0), one of 16 host sites of the first two rounds of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, moved one step closer to the final 16 of the tournament that convenes in Charlottesville, Va., in two weeks. Also hosted at Baylor as part of the tournament, No. 73 Wyoming defeated No. 75 UT-Arlington 6-1. The Cowgirls will now face the Lady Bears for the qualifying berth.

For Baylor, the top four singles spots lost just a total of 10 games, and the bottom two doubles spots took care of their matches to give the Lady Bears the convincing win.

“We are getting better, slowly but surely,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The seniors understood the dynamics of the match, and really did things the right way today. I am really proud of the way the competed. Our team really focused, even with the weather, and we couldn’t be happier about the results.”

At the top of the lineup, senior Sona Novakova was the first player to finish, dropping just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Courtney Griffith for her seventh straight win. Fellow senior Nina Secerbegovic matched the feat with her seventh in a row over Alexis Rodriguez 6-1, 6-2. The third senior, No. 14 Diana Nakic, lost only two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win over UCF’s Jenna Doerfler.

Sophomore Jordaan Sanford and freshman Megan Horter each continued their steady improvement. Sanford dispatched of UCF’s Taylor Dubins 6-2, 6-2, while Horter came from behind in the first set to win 6-4 and added a 6-3 second for the win.

In doubles, Sanford and Abby Stainback controlled play from the outset on the way to an 8-3 win, while Nakic and Novakova stayed steady early and pulled away late for an 8-4 victory.

Baylor will be back on the Hurd Tennis Center courts on Sunday against Wyoming at 11 a.m. The Lady Bears will look to keep their season mark perfect and continue to build on the third-best start to a season in program history.

Owl Women Post Third Straight Shutout

The Rice women’s tennis team warded off the distractions of an Homecoming Day crowd celebrating the opening of a new tennis facility to down Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 7-0 at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in Corpus Christi on Saturday.

“ With having so many fans out for the grand opening of their facility, it was a really neat college tennis environment,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said., “Our team played with a lot of heart and really stepped up and embraced any challenge that we were faced with.”

The Islanders opened the facility as part of a day-long Homecoming celebration that concluded with a men’s basketball game later that night. With an inspired crowd, estimated at 250, in attendance, the Owls quickly moved to dampen the mood by taking the doubles point by sweeping all three matches.

The Owls up the lead to 2-0 after Natlie Beazant’s match at #2 singles ended prematurely when Doris Kuselj was forced to retire early in the second set. Kimberly Anicete and Katie Gater followed with straight-set wins to clinch the match.

Dominique Harmath bounced back from a first-set loss to win at #1 singles and freshman Stephanie Nguyen ran her record to 3-0 with a straight set win at #6 to close out the match.

The Owls will return home to host McNeese State at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m.

Rice vs Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
01/28/2012 at Corpus Christi, Texas
(Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center)

#70 Rice 7, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi 0
Singles competition
1. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6
2. Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 6-2, 2-1, retired
3. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Sandra Burges (AMCC) 6-4, 6-2
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Chelsea Horan (AMCC) 6-1, 6-1
6. Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) 6-0, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Dominique Harmath/Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Mirna Cicak/Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 8-4
2. Ana Guzman/Katie Gater (RICE) def. Stefania Nicolae/Mia Matuszak (AMCC) 8-4
3. Kimberly Anicete/Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Chelsea Horan/Sandra Burges (AMCC) 8-5

Match Notes:
Rice 3-0; National ranking #70
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,4,3,1,6)
T-3:18 A-241

Texas A&M Men beat Purdue, 6-1, Mississippi State blanks Princeton

TIES A&M SCHOOL RECORD FOR HOME WINNING STREAK AT 39 STRAIGHT

COLLEGE STATION —John Lewis clinched the match for the No. 11-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team and the Aggies rolled to a 6-1 win before a crowd of 357 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station on Saturday in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

The Aggies will face No. 14 Mississippi State on Sunday at 3 p.m. for the championship and the right to advance to the University of Virginia and the ITA National Indoor Championships. MSU was a 4-0 victor over Princeton earlier in the day on Saturday.

“I thought the guys competed well today,” A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We got off to a good start in doubles and that really set the tone with No. 2 doubles (Alexis Klegou and Jordan Szabo) racing out to an 8-0 win and then No. 3 (Colin Hoover and Jeremy Efferding) clinched the point. The guys at two, four and six reestablished momentum and played well. We have several guys battling for playing time and John (Lewis) really stepped up today .”

“We know we have a big challenge from Mississippi State on Sunday and both of our teams want to advance to the (Indoor) National Championships at Virginia in February,” Denton explained.

Lewis, a senior from Birmingham, Alabama, had a straight sets win (6-3, 6-2) over Evan Hawkins from Purdue at the No. 6 line to clinch the fourth point of the match for Texas A&M.

The win improves the men’s tennis home winning streak to 39 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 winning streak, winning the final 12 games of 1988 and the first 27 home games in 1989.

Texas A&M would like to break its own regular-season attendance record of 1,093 that attended the Ohio State match last spring on Mar. 10, 2011 as part of the streak.

The MSU Bulldogs from the SEC lost to Texas A&M last spring by a narrow 4-3 decision and the Bulldogs return most of the team from last year. Four of the Bulldogs are ranked in the ITA national rankings and the doubles tandem of Louis Cant and Malte Stropp are No. 12 in the country.

In the consolation finals, Princeton and Purdue will face each other at 12 noon and the Aggies and Bulldogs face off at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

No. 11 Texas A&M 6, No. 72 Purdue 1
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, TX
Singles
1. (#19) Alexis Klegou (A&M) def. Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 6-4, 6-4
2. Colin Hoover (A&M) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 6-3, 6-2
3. (#104) Junior Ore (A&M) def. Aaron Dujovne (Purdue), 7-6 (2), 7-5
4. (#73) Jeremy Efferding (A&M) def. Diego Acosta (Purdue), 6-2, 6-3
5. Krisztian Krocsko (Purdue) def. Jackson Withrow (A&M), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
6. John Lewis (A&M) def. Evan Hawkins (Purdue), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Ore/Withrow (A&M) vs. Tatarczyk (Purdue) 5-6 unfinished
2. Klegou/Jordan Szabo (A&M) def. Krocsko/Pawel Poziomski (Purdue), 8-0
3. Hoover/Efferding (A&M) def. Kovacs/Acosta (Purdue), 8-5

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

Team Records:
Texas A&M 3-0, Purdue 0-2

Earlier match–
No. 14 Mississippi State 4, No.63 Princeton 0
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, TX
Singles
1. Artem Ilyushin (MSU) vs. (#46) Matija Pecotic (Princeton), 7-5, 2-2 unfinished
2. (#79) James Chaudry (MSU) vs. Augi Bloom (Princeton), 6-4, 4-1 unfinished
3. (#45) Louis Cant (MSU) def. Matt Spindler (Princeton), 6-4, 6-1
4. (#90) Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Matt Siow (Princeton), 6-4, 6-2
5. (#32) George Coupland (MSU) def. Jack McCourt (Princeton), 6-2, 6-2
6. Ethan Wilkinson (MSU) vs. Ravi Yegya-Raman (Princeton), 2-6, 4-2 unfinished

Doubles (MSU wins the point)
1. (#12) Stropp/Cant (MSU) vs. Siow/Spindler (Princeton, 6-4 unfinished
2. Ilyushin/Coupland (MSU) def. Pecotic/Bloom (Princeton), 8-2
3. Wilkinson/Chaudry (MSU) def. Yohei Shoji/Michael Lin (Princeton), 8-2

Order of Finish:
Doubles: 2, 3
Singles: 5, 3, 4*
Team Records:
Mississippi State 4-1, Princeton 0-1

Aggie Women Narrowly Fall in Season Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team suffered a hard-fought, season-opening 4-3 loss against Ole Miss today, with the clinching point being decided in a third-set tiebreaker in the last match standing.

The match marked the A&M debut of head coach Howard Joffe, as well as freshman Janine Erasmus, who was on the short end of the deciding final match in the Aggies’ first round action in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the Florida State University Campus. Despite the loss, the first-year coach kept things in perspective and was pleased with the entire team’s performance.

“I talked to girls and at the end we sort of joked that certainly for my first Texas A&M match as head coach and for Janine — that was her first college match because she didn’t play in the fall — one could say that was rather cruel and unusual punishment to lose it so closely,” Joffe said. “From a more sane perspective, obviously we prefer to win. Obviously the kids are disappointed and I am disappointed for them, but that match is not going to make us or break us. Playing hard and getting better all the time is what is most important.

“One thing that just really impressed me, I was delighted with the effort of the team. Our kids were out there fighting really, really hard. I don’t think anyone played poorly. We’ll continue to get better. Obviously it was very disappointing for them, but the effort was outstanding.”

Ole Miss took the early lead by winning the doubles point. The Rebels’ fourth-ranked duo of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie broke away from A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun Wen by winning the last three games to close out an 8-4 victory.

At the No. 2 line, Gabby Rangel and Erin Stephens of Ole Miss got up two service breaks early against A&M’s Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina and held a 5-1 lead before the Aggie duo rallied and managed to get within 6-5. The teams then held serve for the remainder of the match, with Ole Miss clinching the doubles point with an 8-6 win.

The match at the No. 3 court was halted with the Ole Miss team of Julia Jones and Caroline Rohde-Moe holding a narrow 6-5 lead over A&M’s Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce.

“I actually thought we played just fine in doubles,” Joffe said. “I didn’t think we played poorly at all. At the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, Ole Miss played particularly well. And the No. 1 spot, as Ole Miss rather well, we were a little off balance but we hung in there and made a match of it. At the No. 2 match, we were down the whole way. Our girls fought very hard and suddenly it got very interesting at the end. And at the No. 3 match, I thought Sheri and Lauren played well.”

Down 1-0, singles got off to a disheartening start for the Aggies as Cuthbertson retired after going down with a leg injury trailing Jones, 4-2, at the No. 5 line.

“The first thing that I told the team at the end of the match was that the only tragedy today is that Janelle got hurt,” Joffe said. “Janelle has invested just so much of herself in getting healthy and getting ready to play and actually doing a darn good job playing, and so that is the only disappointing part of the day in reality.”

With Ole Miss holding a 2-0 lead, Sanchez-Quintanar, playing her first dual match as an Aggie, put A&M on the scoreboard with a convincing win at the No. 1 line. In a match-up between highly ranked players, the 11th-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 12 Boxx to put A&M within 2-1.

Santacroce then knotted the team score at 2-2 by disposing of Stephens, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 singles, winning three consecutive games to close out the match.

The final three matches would be decided in back-and-forth three-setters. No. 61-ranked Wen, a junior college transfer playing in her first dual match for the Aggies, dropped her opening set against Guthrie, 6-3, at the No. 3 line but pulled away from a 3-3 tie in the second set to win 6-4 and even the match at a set apiece. Wen then won the first two games of the third set and went on to win, 6-3, to give the Aggies their only lead at 3-2.

Urbina won her first set against Rohde-Moe, 6-4, at the No. 2 line, but after two service breaks apiece, the 54th-ranked Rohde-Moe posted her third service break to take a 6-5 lead. Ole Miss then held serve to win the second set, 7-5, and force a third set. The score was tied at 3-3 in the final set before Rohde-Moe went up a break to take a 4-3 lead. She went on to win, 6-4, to even the team score at 3-3.

All eyes then became focused on Court 6, where Erasmus had won the first set, 6-3, and sophomore Vivian Vlaar took the second set by the identical score. Erasmus had built a 4-2 lead in the third set before Vlaar rallied to take a 5-4 advantage. Erasmus broke serve to knot the set at 5-5, but Vlaar broke right back to go up, 6-5. Erasmus broke Vlaar for the third time in the set to tie the score at 6-6 and force a tiebreaker. With the team victory on the line, Vlaar won the first two points and led the rest of the way, taking the tiebreaker, 7-3, as the Rebels improved to 3-0 on the young season.

“In talking to the girls, there is no such thing as a good loss I suppose, but Janine, this was her first college match, not only her first dual match,” Joffe explained. “She hadn’t played in the fall. She was injured all fall, and today it comes down to her match. I didn’t see her whining or yelping or anything. All she did was fight very hard and try her buns off, and so I’m delighted with her and very, very proud of her. It was a very cruel position for a freshman to be in, but she did great.

“I’m delighted with all the kids, and I fully expect them to come out tomorrow and be ready to battle hard. If today was the end, then it is tragedy, death and disaster. If the end is our team getting very, very good this year and then year-in and year-out being one of the best teams in the nation, then today was an awful good start. I fully expect our girls to come out tomorrow spitting fire and ready for some more.”

The 29th-ranked Aggies return to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Sunday to faceoff against No. 56 Ohio State, at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). The Buckeyes fell to host and 18th-ranked Florida State, 4-0, in the other first-round match in Tallahassee.

No. 37 Ole Miss 4, No. 29 Texas A&M 3
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
January 28, 2012
Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.

Singles
1. (#11) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. (#12) Kristi Boxx (OM), 6-2, 6-2
2. (#54) Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) def. (#105) Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. (#61) Sun Wen (TAMU) def. Abby Guthrie (OM), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Erin Stephens (OM), 6-4, 6-2
5. Julia Jones (OM) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU), 4-2 ret.
6. Vivian Vlaar (OM) def. Janine Erasmus (TAMU), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Doubles (Ole Miss wins the point)
1. (#4) Boxx/Guthrie (OM) def. Sanchez-Quintanar/Wen (TAMU), 8-4
2. Gabby Rangel/Stephens (OM) def. Cuthbertson/Urbina (TAMU), 8-6
3. Sheri Olivier/Santacroce (TAMU) vs. Jones/Rohde-Moe (OM), 5-6 unfinished

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

Team records
Texas A&M: 0-1
Ole Miss: 3-0

No. 17 Texas blanks Maryland, 4-0 in opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Longhorns will meet Texas Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m. with a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on the line.

AUSTIN – No. 17 Texas swept Maryland, 4-0, in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Saturday at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The Longhorns swept the doubles point and then used singles victories from Daniel Whitehead, Soren Hess-Olesen and David Holiner to complete the win.

Whitehead and Holiner took the No. 2 doubles match 8-6, and the duo of Jacoby Lewis and Sudanwa Sitaram clinched the doubles point for the Longhorns with an 8-3 win over Maryland’s Jesse Kiuru and Tommy Laine.

No. 112 Whitehead kept the scoring going for Texas as he defeated John Collins 6-2, 6-1 to put the Longhorns up 2-0 over the Terrapins.

“Daniel’s a great athlete,” UT head coach Michael Center said. “He has really good hands around the net and is a great competitor. Daniel’s been around for a while, and he knows how to get it done and how to win.”

Hess-Olesen, a freshman, gave UT a 3-0 lead with his 6-3, 6-0 victory in the No. 1 singles match over Maros Horny. Holiner then clinched the match for the Longhorns with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles over Maryland’s Andy Magee.

The Longhorns are now 3-0 in the 2012 dual match season.

“The energy level today was good. I think Maryland’s strength is in their doubles. We came out and got breaks early in the doubles, which I think set the tone. We did a good job of getting that point,” Center said. “We’ve got some things we’ve got to keep working on. We kind of took a step back in second sets, but overall it was a really good effort today.”

UT returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. and will face No. 21 Texas Tech, who defeated Michigan by a 4-3 count Saturday evening in a match spanning four hours. The match will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network. Grant Boone (play-by-play) and Taylor Dent (color analyst) will have the call.

No. 17 Texas 4, No. 38 Maryland 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Collins/Horny (UMD) def. Hess-Olesen/Hilliard (UT) 8-5
2. Holiner/Whitehead (UT) def. Magee/Stefan (UMD) 8-6
3. Lewis/Sitaram (UT) def. Kiuru/Laine (UMD) 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 5
1. Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. Maros Horny (UMD) – 6-3, 6-0
2. Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. John Collins (UMD) – 6-2, 6-1
3. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) vs. Vlad Stefan (UMD) – 7-6, 5-3, susp.
4. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) vs. Sergio Wyss (UMD) – 6-3, 3-6, susp.
5. David Holiner (UT) def. Andy Magee (UMD) – 6-0, 6-4
6. Alex Hilliard (UT) vs. Tommy Laine (UMD) – 6-1, 5-6, susp.

Horned Frog Women Take Down Texas State, 6-1

TCU won all six singles matches

FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-1 triumph Saturday over Texas State at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

In a match moved indoors due to lower temperatures and high winds, the Horned Frogs stumbled out of the gate to fall behind 1-0 after doubles play.

Simona Parajova and Stefanie Tan were 8-2 winners over Mariana Perez and Gabriele Rojas at No. 2 doubles, but the Bobcats were victorious at Nos. 1 and 3 to clinch the point. TCU’s No. 31-ranked duo of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith had the day off.

The Frogs came out firing on all cylinders in singles play and quickly turned a 1-0 deficit into a rout. Federica Denti struck first for TCU with her 6-1, 6-2 disposal of Francesca Bernes at No. 4 singles. The Bellano, Italy, native squared the match at 1 and improved to 2-0 on the season.

Gaby Mastromarino, TCU’s lone senior, put the Frogs ahead for the first time when she was able to take care of Rojas, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. Parajova followed suit with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Melissa Hadad at No. 2 singles to make it 3-1 in favor of the Frogs.

Nichols scored the fourth point to clinch the match for TCU when she rolled through the second set en route to a 6-4, 6-2 downing of Rachel Baldree at No. 3 singles. TCU improved to 7-0 all-time against Texas State and starts the season 2-0 for the first time since 2006.

No. 114-ranked Smith, playing at the No. 1 spot, knocked off Jessica Kahts, 6-3, 6-3 to grab her second singles win of the young season. Kelsey Sundaram provided TCU’s sixth point with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Perez at No. 6 singles.

TCU returns to action Sunday with a visit from in-state foe Lamar. First serve is set for 12 p.m., at the Friedman Tennis Center.

MATCH RESULTS – #47 TCU 6, Texas State 1
SINGLES
No. 1 – #114 Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Jessica Kahts (TX State), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Melissa Hadad (TX State), 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Rachel Baldree (TX State), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Francesca Bernes (TX State), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 – Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Gabriela Rojas (TX State), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Mariana Perez (TX State), 6-2, 7-5

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Melissa Hadad (TX State) def. #57 Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU), 9-7
No. 2 – Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Mariana Perez/Gabriela Rojas (TX State), 8-5
No. 3 – Rachel Baldree/Francesca Bernes (TX State) def. Gabi Fernandez/Molly Welsh (TCU), 8-2

MATCHNOTES
TexasState 0-1
TCU 2-0; National ranking #47
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,2,3,1,6)
Matchplayed indoors due to weather.
T-3:50; A-101