Texas Men’s preview: USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships

George Goldhoff, Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen are set to compete in New York.

USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships
Thursday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 10
Flushing, N.Y. – USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center
Event home page: ITATennis.com
Twitter: @TexasMTN – #NationalIndoors

Three Longhorns are in the field of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, starting Thursday, Nov. 7 in Flushing, N.Y. The event, held at the site of the US Open, is the culmination of the fall college tennis season.

Freshman George Goldhoff will compete in the 32-player singles draw and juniors Lloyd Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen will be the No. 2 seed in the 20-team doubles draw. First-round matchups have yet to be released.

Both Goldhoff and Glasspool/Hess-Olesen gained automatic entry into the tournament from competition this fall — Goldhoff as a singles quarterfinalist in the ITA All-American Championships and Glasspool/Hess-Olesen as the USTA/ITA Texas Regional doubles champions.

Glasspool and Hess-Olesen turned in four wins against ranked opponents and a 10-2 record this fall to garner the No. 2 seed in the doubles draw. Goldhoff began his Longhorn career with six consecutive wins and an 11-3 record this fall, including a win over No. 1 Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee) at the ITA All-American Championships.

Last season at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, eighth-ranked Chris Camillone and David Holiner advanced to the doubles quarterfinals and Daniel Whitehead lost in the singles round of 32.

For complete coverage of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, visit ITATennis.com.

Texas Women’s Preview: USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships & Longhorn Invitational

Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn head to New York City to compete in the second of three national championship events on the college tennis calendar.

WHAT: Texas will compete in events on and off campus this weekend. Sophomore Breaunna Addison will play singles and doubles with freshman Pippa Horn at the annual USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the second of three national championship events on the college tennis calendar.

Addison and Horn earned an automatic bid into the National Indoors’ doubles draw by winning the doubles draw at last month’s ITA Texas Regional Championship in Fort Worth. The ITA awarded Addison a wild card to compete in the singles draw.

Additionally, UT will host the Longhorn Invitational, a bracketed singles and doubles event.

USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7-10 (all day each day)
WHERE: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – Flushing, N.Y.
TOURNAMENT WEB SITE: HERE

LONGHORN INVITATIONAL
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Sunday
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
TOURNAMENT WEB SITE: HERE
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: The tournament features 32 players from Texas, Rice, UTSA, Wisconsin, Wichita State, McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin. The event features two 16-player singles brackets and one 16-team doubles draw.

THE 2013-14 LONGHORNS
Under ninth-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, Texas returns six student-athletes from the 2012-13 squad that won UT’s second consecutive Big 12 Championship and landed at No. 17 in the final ITA team rankings.

As a first-semester freshman last spring, Breaunna Addison became just the third Longhorn ever to reach the singles semifinals at the NCAA Championships and the first freshman to do so.

The Boca Raton, Fla., native became the first UT freshman to earn ITA singles All-America honors since Susan Gilchrist in 1990. Addison tallied 30 singles wins and was selected as the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year.

Senior Elizabeth Begley has won two Big 12 individual titles and tallied 62 singles victories in her last two seasons. The Houston native earned her first ITA ranking this month and is featured at No. 124 in singles.

Former Big 12 Freshman of the Year Lina Padegimaite returns after posting 13 dual-match wins last season as a junior. Classmate Annat Rabinovich added a pair of dual-match wins last season.

Texas also returns senior Juliana Gajic and sophomore Lana Groenvynck, who clinched UT’s Big 12 Championship semifinal win over Texas Tech last season. Freshman Ratnika Batra (New Delhi, India) reached the second round of the girls’ singles draw at the 2012 Roland Garros (French Open) Junior Championships. Freshman Pippa Horn (Norwich, Norfolk, England) competed at the last three Wimbledon Junior Championships.

Baylor’s Generette Travels to USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships

Sophomore earned at-large selection into season’s final event.

Baylor women’s tennis sophomore Kiah Generette will travel to Flushing, New York, to compete in the UTSA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Thursday through Sunday.

“Kiah is working very hard and it’s showing on the court,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “The key for her is to stay focused on the process and not get away from that. The national indoor event is just another opportunity for her to work on her game.”

Generette will face eighth-seeded and 60th-ranked Silvia Garcia of Georgia in the first round, which begins Thursday at 9 a.m.

Hosted by Columbia University, this event serves as the culmination of the fall college tennis season and will feature a 32-player singles draw.

With a record of 7-2 for the season, the Signal Hill, Calif., native earned an at-large selection to the event. She missed automatically qualifying, after dropping the singles title match in the USTA/ITA Texas Regionals last month.

Generette has a 2-2 record against ranked foes this year.

For the latest info on the event included updates draws and live scoring visit: http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm

Canudas of UTSA Named C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Month

C-USA Tennis Athletes of the Month
East Carolina’s Vliegen and Canudas of UTSA Pick-Up Monthly Honors

IRVING, Texas – Senior JORAN VLIEGEN of East Carolina and freshman MIRIAM ROSELL CANUDAS of UTSA have been named Conference USA’s October Tennis Athletes of the Month. Vliegen posted a 12-2 overall singles record during the month of October. He becomes the first player in East Carolina history to win the Carolina Regional title and earn an automatic berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships. Canudas completed the month of October with nine victories. The true freshman won her first two singles matches of the USTA/ITA Texas Regionals to advance to the third round of the main draw.

Complete release: http://www.conferenceusa.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/110513aaa.html

Baylor Men Send Three to USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships

Bears send three competitors to the event for the first time in 11 seasons.

The Baylor men’s tennis team will have three players, Diego Galeano, Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella, in action at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Thursday through Sunday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.

“I think it has been a really productive fall,” said head coach Matt Knoll. “We have won four tournaments this fall and guys have played really well. This year we have got three guys here in this fall ending event. I think you can see that guys are getting better and things are moving in the right direction.”

The men’s singles field includes six of the top 10 players from the ITA Division I Men’s Preseason Rankings and 21 colleges and universities in the 32-player singles draw.

Pradella, ranked No. 16, has been named the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and will begin the event against top-ranked Mikelis Libities of Tennessee. Pradella holds a 7-2 record on the season and earned an automatic bid to the event following a trip to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships earlier this fall.

The 38th-ranked Lenz received the No. 3 seed in the tournament after qualifying for the event when he reached the semifinal round of the ITA All-American Championships earlier this fall. He comes into the event with an 8-1 record through the fall season and will open play against No.7 Nik Scholtz of Mississippi.

Junior Diego Galeano earned his spot in the tournament by winning the USTA/ITA Texas Regional singles title last month. Galeano defeated 56th-ranked Shane Vincent of A&M 4-6. 6-4. 7-5 in the final round of the event held at the Hurd Tennis Center. Galeano owns an 11-2 singles record and will face sixth-seeded and 74th-ranked Clay Thompson in the first round of action.

“I think it is funny,” Knoll said, “Pradella is the top seed in the tournament and is facing the No. 1 ranked player in the country. I am not exactly sure how that works. Julian Lenz is also facing a top ten guy in the first round. We have a ton of respect for everyone here in this tournament and we are going to have to worry about ourselves and try to do a good job of executing our game plan. If we can do that than we are confident that we have a pretty good chance.”

The last time Baylor had three players named to the field was in 2002 when Benjamin Becker, Benedikt Dorsch, and Zoltan Papp all qualified for the event.

For complete live coverage of the event, visit http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm.

Texas A&M’s Stancu, Hristov Compete at National Indoors

Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov conclude the fall season this week, competing in the talent-laden USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships, Thursday-Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Stancu, a senior, received an automatic invitation to compete in the 32-player singles event after winning the ITA Texas Regional in Fort Worth last month. Stancu and Hristov, a sophomore, received an at-large bid to compete in the 20-team doubles draw.

“Stancu has performed as well as anyone in the country this fall,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “Her inclusion in this event is a well-deserved treat, and hopefully Tina can enjoy and play some good tennis.”
“Stefania has had a strong fall in singles but it has been overshadowed by the great doubles success. Hopefully Tina and Stef can play well. In that event they will be an awful tough team to upend.”

Doubles gets underway Thursday with four matches at 8 a.m. (CT). The Aggies’ Romanian duo received a first-round bye and will face the winner between 18th-ranked Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles of Utah and 46th-ranked Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan in the round of 16 at 10 a.m. (CT).

Stancu and Hristov are 10-2 in doubles matches this fall and most recently won the USTA Clay Court Invitational in Orlando. The tandem, which reached the finals at the ITA Texas Regional in October, is making its second consecutive appearance in the tournament. Last year, Stancu and Hristov defeated Bekerova and Miles, 8-5, in the National Indoors consolation final.

In singles, 48th-ranked Stancu will open against Rachael Pierson, a freshman from Virginia who received an at-large entry after reaching the finals of the ITA Atlantic Regional. First serve is slated for 3:30 p.m. (CT).

Stancu, who also was an automatic qualifier in singles in 2011 after winning the ITA Atlantic Regional as a sophomore at Maryland, is 14-2 in singles matches this fall.

Complete tournament draws and results will be available at ITAtennis.com.