Day 1 of SEC Championships Complete; LSU to Face Vols

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BATON ROUGE -- Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee all advanced to the second round of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Thursday at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.

No. 4 seed LSU will play No. 5 seed Tennessee at 5 p.m. on Friday after the Volunteers downed the Arkansas Razorbacks, 4-1, late Thursday evening.

LSU defeated Tennessee, 4-3, in the SEC regular season opener in Knoxville. The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Volunteers with a 29-21-1 record.

“Last time we faced Tennessee it was as close of a match that we have won all year,” LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. “It’s always an extremely tough match with them. They are the only team that has taken the doubles point from top-seed Georgia this year. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Other match ups set for the second round are No 3 seed Florida against No. 6 seed Alabama in the first slot at 8 a.m. The next match will showcase No. 2 seed Ole Miss against No. 7 seed Auburn. Afterwards, No. 1 seed Georgia will go against No. 9 Mississippi State at 2 p.m.

The second round is set to begin at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Below is a recap of each of the first round matches:


Thursday, April 19 (Recaps below)
Match 1: #6 Alabama def. #11 South Carolina, 4-1
Match 2: #7 Auburn def. #10 Kentucky, 4-0
Match 3: #9 Mississippi State def. #8 Vanderbilt, 4-0
Match 4: #5 Tennessee def. #12 Arkansas, 4-1

Friday, April 20
Match 5: #6 Alabama vs. #3 Florida, 8 a.m.
Match 6: #7 Auburn vs. #2 Ole Miss, 11 a.m.
Match 7: #9 Mississippi State vs. #1 Georgia, 2 p.m.
Match 8: #5 Tennessee vs. #4 LSU, 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
Match 9: Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner, 11 a.m.
Match 10: Match 7 winner vs. Match 8 winner, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 22
Championship: Match 9 winner vs. Match 10 winner, noon

All times Central and subject to change.


BATON ROUGE -- The No. 16-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide won the first match of the Southeastern Conference Tournament by defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks, 4-1, Thursday morning at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.

The Crimson Tide (20-6, 7-4 SEC) will now face the No. 3-seeded Florida Gators (12-6, 7-4 SEC) on Friday at 8 a.m. The loss drops South Carolina’s record to 11-14 on the season.

“It was good to get through today with a win,” said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. “It wasn’t an easy match and I thought we started off slow in doubles but we rebounded well and got off to a positive start in singles.  We really need to be at our best tomorrow against Florida.”

In doubles Alabama’s Joseph Jung and Saketh Myneni cruised in their match on court three against South Carolina’s Ivan Cressoni and David Wolff by capturing an 8-2 victory.

The remaining two singles matches did not go as easy. On court three Javier Bes and Billy Mertz of Alabama fought off South Carolina’s Thomas Stoddard and Joe Veeder, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point for Alabama.

In singles, Bes was near perfect in his match against Wolff, as he swept the Gamecock in straight sets.

Myneni quickly extended Alabama’s lead to 3-0 by shutting down Stoddard, 6-3, 6-2.

South Carolina was able to get on the board on court four when Cressoni handily defeated Thibaudeau, 6-4, 6-2.

Mertz ended any chance of a South Carolina comeback as he clinched the win for Alabama on court one by defeating Supeko, 6-3, 6-4.

#6 Alabama vs. # 11 South Carolina
SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament
April 19, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.

Singles competition:
1. #76 Billy Mertz (UA) vs. Yevgeny Supeko (USC), 6-3, 6-4
2. #92 Joseph Jung (UA) vs. #115 Pedro Campos (USC), 6-3, 6-5 (unfinished)
3. Sammy Struyf (UA) vs. Pedro Rodrigues (USC), 6-3, 4-6, (unfinished)
4. Ivan Cressoni (USC) def. Mathieu Thibaudeau  (UA), 6-4, 6-2
5. Javier Bes  (UA) def. David Wolff (USC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Saketh Myneni (UA) def. Thomas Stoddard (USC), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. # 26 Dan Buikema/Mathieu Thibaudeau  (UA) vs. Pedro Campos/Yevgeny Supeko (USC), 6-6 (unfinished)
2. Joseph Jung/Saketh Myneni (UA) def. Ivan Cressoni/David Wolff (USC), 8-2
3. Javier Bes/Billy Mertz (UA) def. Thomas Stoddard/Joe Veeder (USC), 8-6
#- national ranking

Match notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (5, 6, 4, 1)


BATON ROUGE Auburn cruised in their first round match against Kentucky at the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Tournament as the Tigers swept the Wildcats, 4-0, Thursday afternoon at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.

The Tigers (14-8, 6-5 SEC) will now face the No. 2 seed Ole Miss Rebels at 11 a.m. on Friday in the second round. The Wildcats record drops to 13-15. The Rebels reached the finals of last’s season’s tournament.   

The two teams had a tough fight for doubles point as it would go down to the final match in a tiebreaker. The No. 44 ranked duo of Robbert Lathouwers and Alex Schweizer outlasted Bruno Agostinelli and Kenny Hodge of Kentucky, 8-5. Kentucky tied it up on court two when Peter Bjork and Will Ward defeated Pawel Dilaj and Terrence Nugent, 8-6.  Auburn rallied on court three to take the doubles point when Lukas Marsoun and Alexey Tsyrenov won against Shane Collins and Marcus Sundh, 9-7.

Tigers faced little opposition in singles as they won the three matches needed in straight sets to capture the victory. The final three matches did not finish after the match was clinched.

#7 Auburn 4, #10 Kentucky 0
SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament
April 19, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.

Singles competition:
1. #57 Alex Schweizer (AU) def. #83 Bruno Agostinelli (UK), 6-4, 2-3 (unfinished)
2. #38 Robert Lathouwers (AU) def. Peter Bjork (UK), 6-3, 0-1 (unfinished)
3. Lukas Marsoun (AU) def. Marcus Sundh (UK), 6-4, 4-0 (unfinished)
4. Alexey Tsyrenove def. Jorge Jorge (UK), 6-2, 6-1
5. Pawel Dilaj (AU) def. Kenny Hodge (UK), 6-2, 6-0 
6. Milan Krnjetin (AU) def. Shane Collins (UK), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. #44 Robbert Lathouwers/Alex Schweizer (AU) def. Bruno Agostinelli/Kenny Hodge (UK), 8-5
2. #49 Peter Bjork/Will Ward (UK) def. Pawel Dilaj/Terence Nugent (AU), 8-6
3. Lukas Marsoun/Alexey Tsyrenov (AU) def. Shane Collins/Marcus Sundh (UK), 9-7

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (4, 5, 6)


BATON ROUGE The Mississippi State Bulldogs eliminated the Vanderbilt Commodores, 4-0, from the Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Thursday afternoon at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.

The No. 9 seeded Bulldogs (7-13, 3-8 SEC) will take on the top-seeded Georgia Bulldogs (23-0, 11-0) on Friday at 2 p.m.  Georgia won the tournament last season.

Vanderbilt’s Nik Cromydas and Evan Dufaux dominated their match against Artem Kuznetsov and Pjotrs Necajevs of Mississippi State, 8-1. The last two doubles matches did not go Vanderbilt’s favor as the Bulldogs came out victorious in both to capture the doubles point.

Kuznetsov bounced-back in singles as he cruised in a straight-sets victory over Dufaux, 6-1, 6-2, to extend Mississippi State’s lead to 2-0.

The Commodores gave a valiant in the remaining matches but it was not enough as the Bulldogs were able to hold on and win two more matches to push their ticket to the second round.

#9 Mississippi State University 4, #8 Vanderbilt 0
SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament
Apr 19, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.

Singles competion:
1. #60 Ryan Preston (VANDY) vs. #39 Ivan Bjelica (MSU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-2, unfinished
2. Nik Cromydas (VANDY) vs. #55 Phillippe Frayssinou (MSU) 6-7, 6-0, 1-0, unfinished
3. Artem Kuznetsov (MSU) def. Evan Dufaux (VANDY) 6-1, 6-2
4. Vijay Paul (VANDY) vs. Ryan Farlow (MSU) 6-2, 4-6, 4-2, unfinished
5. Chris Doerr (MSU) def. Andy Mack (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
6. Pjotrs Necajevs (MSU) def. Nathan Sachs (VANDY) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition:
1. #36 Ivan Bjelica/Phillippe Frayssinou (MSU) def. Ryan Preston/Vijay Paul (VANDY) 8-3
2. Nik Cromydas/Evan Dufaux (VANDY) def. Artem Kuznetsov/Pjotrs Necajevs (MSU) 8-1
3. Chris Doerr/Ryan Farlow (MSU) def. Andy Mack/Jordan Magarik (VANDY) 8-5

Match notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1) Singles (3, 5, 6)

Quote from Missippi State head coach Sylvain Guichard:
"It was a great battle that could have really gone either way. We definitely got a little lucky today and now we have to get ready for a tough one against Georgia tomorrow."
Quote from Vanderbilt head coach Ian Duvenhage:
"I like how we made it interesting toward the end.  I didn't like how we gave them a three point lead before we got going. Our hats go off to them."


BATON ROUGE -- Tennessee capped off the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament by defeating Arkansas, 4-1, late Friday evening at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.

The Volunteers (16-6, 7-4 SEC) will now face host LSU in the final match of the second round on Friday at 5 p.m. The loss drops Arkansas to 7-22 on the season.

The Volunteers controlled the doubles portion by quickly capturing the doubles point with victories on court one and two.

In singles, Tennessee’s Kiril Tcherveniacki, Ben Rogers, and Chris Racs pushed the Volunteers to the second round by capturing straight-set victories on the bottom three courts.

#5 Tennessee 4 vs. #12 Arkansas 1
SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament
April 19, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.

W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium
1. #43 Blake Strode (ARK) vs. #21 Kaden Hensel (UT), 7-6, 4-0 (unfinished)
2. #117 Davey Sandgren (UT) vs. Colin Mascall (ARK), 6-0, 4-6, 2-2 (unfinished)
3. Dmitry Lebedev (ARK) def. #40 Bobby Cameron (UT), 6-1, 6-2
4. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Gabriel Mattos (ARK), 6-1, 6-0
5. Ben Rogers (UT) def. Bradwin Williams (ARK), 6-2, 6-3
6. Chris Racz (UT) def. Dmitry Vlaskin (ARK), 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. #21 Kaden Hensel/Bobby Cameron (UT) def. #37 Blake Strode/Colin Mascall (ARK), 8-4
2. #31 Ben Rogers/Adam Hubble (UT) def. Jorge Villanueva/Dmitry Vlaskin (ARK), 8-1,
3. Davey Sandgren/Bo Hardegree  (UT) def.  Dradwin Williams/Gabriel Mattos (ARK), 7-6 (unfinished)

# - national rankings

Match notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3) Singles (4, 2, 3, 5)

Quote from Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham:
“We are happy to advance.  Arkansas fought very hard and we give them great credit.  We play LSU at home tomorrow and we look forward to that challenge.”

Quote from Arkansas head coach Sam Winterbotham:
“It was a good match.  We played well and pushed it.  I couldn’t ask for more from these guys.”



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