NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 25

NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 25

May 25, 2013

NCAA Championships

Koroleva Falls to Defending Champion Gibbs in NCAA Quarterfinals

URBANA, Ill. - Clemson sophomore Yana Koroleva fell to defending NCAA Singles Champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Singles Championships in Urbana, IL. Koroleva ends the season at 28-8, and became just the fourth player in school history to reach the round of eight in the 64-player field. 

Koroleva, an 2013 All-ACC selection and All-American, put together a strong run through the tournament, which included upsetting the No. 5 overall seed in the round of 16, and two other wins over top-50 players. 

The two players entered the match as arguably the hottest players in the country, with Gibbs winning 11 in a row and Koroleva victorious in each of her previous 12 matches, and 18 of her last 19. 

Gibbs defeated Koroleva for the second time this season, following a 6-2, 6-2 win on Feb. 23 in a dual match. On Saturday, Koroleva was unable to get anything consistent going against the Cardinal junior. Her loss was her first since April 2, and before that, she had not lost since playing Gibbs previously on Feb. 23. 

Koroleva’s loss puts an end to the Clemson women’s tennis program’s 2013, a success from nearly every angle. The team, which did not have a single junior or senior on the roster, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, had three All-ACC selections, three NCAA Singles participants, and seven wins against top-25 teams. 

Suarez-Malaguti Falls In NCAA Quarters

URBANA, Ill. --- North Carolina senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti saw her All-America season come to an end in the national quarterfinals Saturday with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Texas' Breaunna Addision at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois. Suarez-Malaguti finishes the 2012-13 campaign with a record of 29-9 and just the fourth run to the NCAA quarters in school history.

The Pembroke Pines, Fla., senior rallied to take the opening set after trailing 5-3. With Addison serving for the set, Suarez-Malaguti broke to start a run of four straight games and eventually took the set, 7-5.

But the Longhorn freshman responded with a 6-1 second-set win to set up a third and deciding frame. Addison raced out to a 3-1 lead before Suarez-Malaguti got back on serve and briefly led, 4-3. Addison would take the final three games, however, and the match to advance to Sunday's semifinals.

Despite the loss, Suarez-Malaguti compiled one of the most successful seasons in program history as a senior. The 2013 ACC Player of the Year earned All-America honors and led Carolina to an ACC regular season title as well as the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. She became one of just four Tar Heel players to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament and defeated 17 ranked opponents on the year.