NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, May 17

NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, May 17

No. 2 Carolina Storms Into NCAA Quarters

URBANA, Ill. --- No. 2 North Carolina advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons Friday with a 4-1 win over No. 15 seed Nebraska at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center. Lauren McHale, Caroline Price and Kate Vialle were singles winners for the Tar Heels, who will face the winner of No. 7 UCLA and No. 10 Michigan in Sunday's quarters.

After losing the doubles point in two of their last three matches, the Tar Heels (28-3) came out of the gate firing on all cylinders against a Nebraska team that had lost the doubles point just twice in 2013. The No. 2 UNC doubles tandem of McHale and Ashley Dai set the tone quickly with an 8-2 victory over Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich. The Nebraska duo entered the match with an incredible 27-1 record in dual match play.

Carolina's Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Tessa Lyons then clinched the doubles point for the second-seeded Tar Heels moments later with an 8-3 victory over Maggy Lehmicke and Izabella Zgierska at the No. 3 position. Price and Whitney Kay looked poised to upset third-ranked Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova when play was stopped, as the Georgia natives led 7-6 at the top of the lineup.

Canes Reach Elite 8 for 5th Straight Season

URBANA, Ill. -For the fifth consecutive season, the University of Miami women’s tennis team will be playing in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals after its 4-3 win over Northwestern Friday night at Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

With the score tied at three games apiece, Miami junior Melissa Bolivar was competing in a third set match with the Wildcats’ Nida Hamilton. The final set was tied 4-4, before the Barranquilla, Colombia native closed out her opponent by winning the final two games.

“I didn’t feel comfortable throughout the match,” said Bolivar. “I just fought through it. You have to win, even though you’re not playing your best. That’s a quality we have; we fight through it regardless of our level of tennis that day. I think that’s what I did. It was a team effort, and we pulled through.”

Duke Falls to Florida, 4-0, in Round of 16

URBANA, Ill. – After impressive short-handed wins in the first and second round, the No. 15 Duke women’s tennis team were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after falling to top-ranked Florida, 4-0, in the Round of 16 Friday morning at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill. The Blue Devils conclude their season with a 16-10 ledger, while the Gators advance to the quarterfinals to face California.

The Blue Devils dropped the doubles point after being forced to forfeit their match at the No. 3 position and dropping the match at No. 1 doubles. Senior Mary Clayton and junior Hanna Mar lost two early breaks and fell behind, 5-0, against Florida’s 11th-ranked tandem of Lauren Embree and Sophie Oyin before holding serve and winning their lone game of the match. Embree and Oyin sealed the crucial opening point for the Gators with an 8-1 win. With the loss, the duo of Clayton and Mar fall to 5-6 for the season.

On court two, sophomore Annie Mulholland and junior Marianne Jodoin were on serve, 4-4, against Alexandra Circone and Caroline Hitimana before the match was left unfinished.

Fourth-Seeded Georgia Outlasts Clemson in NCAA Third Round

URBANA, IL - The Clemson women’s tennis team took the doubles point and the first singles decision, but fourth-seeded Georgia rallied to beat the 13th-seeded Tigers, 4-2, on Friday in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championships in Urbana, IL. Clemson’s (16-8) season ends against Georgia (24-3) for the second straight year in the NCAA Tournament, in what was the 47th meeting between the programs all-time.

“It just wasn’t to be today, and I think being predominantly a freshman and sophomore team, when things got really close, they really had a hard time,” head coach Nancy Harris said.

Clemson’s roster, devoid of a junior or a senior, finishes the season with seven of their eight losses to top-ten teams. The Tigers played eight of the other 15 Sweet 16 teams throughout the season, in what was one of the toughest schedules in school history that included 15 matches against top-25 competition.

Texas A&M Tops Virginia in NCAA Round of 16

URBANA, Ill. - No. 3 seed Texas A&M defeated No. 14 seed Virginia 5-0 during the round of 16 at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Friday (May 17) at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Virginia ends the season with a 19-10 record, advancing to its third consecutive NCAA Sweet 16. Texas A&M improves to 24-3 and advances to the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday (May 19).

"It was a great match and it takes two teams to make it a great match," Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau said. "I give a lot of credit to Texas A&M. In my opinion, they are a team that can compete and maybe win the national title. I certainly give our kids all the credit in the world. They battled hard."