#ACCWTEN in NCAA First Round: Seven Teams Win Opening Matches

ACC Women's Tennis teams go 7-1 in First Round of NCAA Championship on Friday & Saturday

FRIDAY FIRST ROUND

Georgia Tech’s Kurey Clinches Thrilling 4-3 Victory vs. Wichita State

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Junior Megan Kurey of the #24 Georgia Tech women's tennis team (17-9) won a hard-fought three set match to clinch a 4-3 win against #36 Wichita State (24-4) in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the Ring Tennis Complex on the University of Florida's campus on Friday afternoon.

For the second time in the past three matches, the score was tied at 3-3 and all eyes were on Kurey, who was battling Abby Stevens on court four. Kurey had lost her first set to Stevens, 6-3, and Stevens jumped ahead to a 5-3 lead in the second frame. Kurey came roaring back to take a 6-5 advantage but the Shocker's Stevens won the next game, sending the second set into a tiebreaker.

Neither Kurey nor Stevens took more than a one point lead until Stevens went up 6-4 in the tiebreaker. Kurey, determined not to let the Shockers clinch the match, rattled off the next four points to win the tiebreaker 8-6 and send the match into a third set.

The script of the third set was similar to the second set -- Stevens took a 5-3 lead. Kurey stuck to the script and fought back hard to knot the score at 5-5. Georgia Tech's captain battled it out for her team, winning the next two games and securing an exciting victory for the Jackets and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Championship

No. 21 Tigers Blank South Alabama, Advance to NCAA Second Round Saturday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 21st-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team improved to 14-0 in NCAA First Round matches over the last 14 years with a 4-0 win over South Alabama on Friday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Ala. With the win, the Tigers improved to 17-9 on the season, while the Sun Belt Champion Jaguars finished the season at 21-3.

Clemson jumped out to early leads on all three doubles courts. The Tigers’ No. 3 doubles duo, Joana Eidukonyte and Daniela Ruiz, defeated their South Alabama counterparts, 8-1. Clemson’s top doubles team, fourth-rankedBeatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies, and the No. 2 pair of Romy Koelzer and Yuilynn Miao were both winning on their courts, but ultimately Koelzer and Miao clinched the doubles point for the Tigers with an 8-2 victory. Gumulya and Rompies were leading 6-3 when play was halted. The Tigers handed South Alabama their first loss of the season in the doubles point, as the Jaguars were 23-0 entering the match.

With a 1-0 lead, five Tigers won their first sets in singles to keep the momentum on Clemson’s side. Gumulya, ranked 60th nationally, gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2, which was immediately followed by Rompies’ 6-3, 6-2 victory a No. 4. With the singles victories, Gumulya improved to 27-9 (18-6 in dual matches), and Rompies improved to 24-7 (17-5 in dual matches) on the season. Eidukonyte claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win in her match at No. 3 singles to clinch the 4-0 victory for the Tigers. Eidukonyte, who is the 12th-ranked singles player in the nation, is now 34-6 overall in singles and 21-3 in dual matches in 2014-15.

Miami Blanks UNF In NCAA First Round

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team opened the 2015 NCAA Team Championship in dominant fashion Friday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, winning 4-0 over North Florida.

The Hurricanes, both seeded and ranked No. 15, have now advanced to at least the second round of the tournament in all 14 of Paige Yaroshuk-Tews’ seasons as the head coach.

Miami (17-6, 12-2 ACC) jumped out to a fast start in doubles play to set the tone for the match. ACC Freshman of the Year Sinead Lohan and All-American junior Stephanie Wagner grabbed a 6-0 lead over Esther Zuniga and Taylor Hollander on their way to an 8-1 win.

Senior Monique Albuquerque and freshman Silvia Fuentes meshed quite well in their first match as a doubles pair. They won the first three games over Luise Intert and Rebeca Pereira and continued their strong play to the end, taking an 8-3 decision to clinch the doubles point for Miami.

After winning seven consecutive games, senior Lina Lileikite and freshman Wendy Zhang led 7-3 over Quetzali Vazquez and Marina Cunningham when doubles play came to an end.

Miami put forth a stellar showing in singles against UNF (17-4, 6-0 A-Sun) as well, conceding over two games in just two of the 11 sets played and over three in only one.

SATURDAY FIRST ROUND

Duke Downs Purdue, Advances to NCAA Second Round

ATHENS, Ga. – After falling behind 1-0 early in its match, the 20th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team rebounded in singles to down 41st-ranked Purdue, 4-1, Saturday in Athens, Ga. With the victory, Duke advances to the second round of the NCAA Championships, where they’ll face the winner of seventh-ranked Georgia and Charleston Southern Sunday at 1 p.m.

Purdue knocked the Blue Devils on their heels early, winning two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 advantage.

Duke was led off the doubles courts by senior Ester Goldfeld and sophomore Alyssa Smith, as the duo downed Purdue’s tandem of Kristina Kapitany and Nicole Robinson, 8-0. Goldfeld and Smith cruised en route to their 11th win of the season, not dropping a game in the match.

The Boilermakers evened the doubles contest after the team of Lynda Xepoleas and Natalia Davila handed Duke’s pair of senior Annie Mulholland and sophomore Chalena Scholl its second loss of the year. Mulholland and Scholl were unable to catch a rhythm as they fell, 3-8.

The Duke pair trailed 0-5 from the outset, and although Mulholland and Scholl won three of the next four games, they were unable to maintain the momentum as Xepoleas and Davila won the final two games to secure the match.

No. 32 Hokies Down No. 38 Long Beach State in First Round of NCAA Championships, 4-2

LOS ANGELES – The 32nd-ranked Virginia Tech women’s tennis team defeated 38th-ranked Long Beach State by a score of 4-2 in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Championship on Saturday in Los Angeles. The victory marks the second NCAA Tournament win in program history (first came in 1999) and the first ever NCAA Tournament road win for the Hokies. Tech moves to 17-9 overall on the season with the win.

The first victory of the day came when Caroline Daxhelet and Kelly Williford defeated Long Beach State’s Julie Gerard and Maeva Razakasoa 8-5 on court 3. Elena Cerezo-Codina and Francesca Fusinato clinched the doubles point for Tech by edging out a 8-7 (5) win on court 2 over Laura Eales and Karolina Rozenberg. Raluca Mita and Ilinca Stoica were locked in a 7-7 battle on court 1 before the point was clinched.

Long Beach State (18-6) tied the score at 1-1 after a court 5 victory, but No. 51 Fusinato reclaimed the lead for Tech with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ebba Unden on court 2. No. 65 Stoica then put the Hokies within one point of victory with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win on court 1 over Razakasoa to make it 3-1. Katherine Butler dropped a tough three-set match to Eales on court 6 to move the score to 3-2 in favor of Tech. From there, No. 100 Cerezo-Codina clinched the match by coming from behind in the tiebreaker to claim a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Gerard on court 3. Daxhelet also lead her match in the second set before the win was decided.

UNC Sprints Past Quinnipiac In NCAA 1st Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 2 North Carolina women’s tennis returned to its winning ways Saturday afternoon, sprinting past Quinnipiac 4-0 in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship.

UNC (28-1) will face Dartmouth in the second round of the championship at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill. Match time has been moved up to 11 a.m.

Carolina took just 22 minutes to win the opening doubles point over the Bobcats. Within seconds of each other, Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay on court one and Caroline Price and Kate Vialle on court three, earned 8-0 victories for the fastest doubles point win of the season.

UNC quickly moved to a 3-0 lead with wins by Jamie Loeb and Ashley Dai on courts one and six, respectively. Loeb won 6-1, 6-0, while Dai did not surrender a point in a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Price, playing in her fourth NCAA tournament, clinched the Tar Heel victory with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Quinnipiac’s Sydney Horton on court three.

Cavaliers Begin NCAA Championship With 4-0 Win Over VCU

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - No. 9 seed Virginia opened the 2015 NCAA Championship with a 4-0 win over in-state rival VCU on Saturday (May 9) at Snyder Tennis Center.

Virginia improved to 22-5 with its seventh consecutive win, while VCU ends the season with a 16-9 record. With the win, the Cavaliers advance to the NCAA second round on Sunday (May 10) against South Carolina.

The Cavaliers captured the doubles point and Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.), Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) each earned singles wins against VCU.

UVa remained red-hot in doubles, recording its fourth consecutive doubles point with wins at Nos. 3 and 2. Collins and Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) blanked Olga Barscheuskaya and Alzbeta Veverkova 8-0 on court three. The Cavaliers clinched the point as Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Mercer defeated Darya Berezhnaya and Ana Batiri 8-3 on court two. No. 28 Elbaba and Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) trailed No. 87 Cindy Chala and Salome Kvitashvili 5-3 on court one when the point was clinched.

In singles, Mercer topped Veverkova 6-0, 6-2 on court six and No. 15 Collins beat Kvitashvili 6-1, 6-3 on court two. No. 6 Elbaba clinched the win with a 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 64 Chala on court one. Morton held a 7-6, 5-0 lead over Berezhnaya on court four and Nauta held a one-set lead on Barscheuskaya on court three when Elbaba clinched the win.

Irish Fight But Fall To TCU, 4-2, In NCAA First Round

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- University of Notre Dame women's tennis head coachJay Louderback knew his young team could compete with any other in the country. His Fighting Irish had shown it all season, even when the outcomes didn't fall their way.

Saturday's NCAA Championship first-round matchup with No. 17 TCU at the Mitchell Tennis Center at Texas A&M followed that same script, if not to a more dramatic result than had occurred yet this season. And though the No. 34 Irish fell to the Horned Frogs 4-2, they could not count lack of effort as a contributing factor.

Four singles matches went to third sets, two of which needed tiebreakers, while the outcome of the team score came down to the top two slots in the lineup in a match pushed back by rain and played under windy and humid conditions.

The Horned Frogs (19-8) got on the board first, winning doubles matches on Courts 1 and 2. Palina Dubavets and Alexis Pereira defeated Julie Vrabel and Allison Miller for the first win at the No. 2 slot, while 30th-ranked Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan overcame a 5-2 deficit to No. 29 Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson to win 8-5 at No. 1.