#ACCWTEN in NCAA Second Round: Four Teams Advance to NCAA Round of 16

Clemson, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Advance to NCAA Championship in Waco.

SATURDAY SECOND ROUND

No. 21 Tigers Advance to NCAA Sweet 16 with Upset over No. 13 Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the 10th time in the last 12 seasons, the 21st-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team secured a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16, following a 4-2 upset over No. 13 Alabama in the NCAA Second Round on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. With the win, the Tigers improved to 18-9 overall, while the Crimson Tide finished the season at 18-8, and earn a spot in the NCAA Team Championships in Waco, Texas from May 14-19.

Not only is the NCAA Sweet 16 appearance the 10th for the Tigers in 12 seasons, it is also the team’s 10th appearance in the team championships under Head Coach Nancy Harris, who is in her 18th season at Clemson. Today’s win was also a win for Harris over her alma mater, as she graduated from Alabama and also played two seasons of collegiate tennis for the Crimson Tide. The Tigers are now 11-1 all-time in the series against Alabama, including a 4-0 mark in matches played in Tuscaloosa.

Clemson’s top doubles team of seniors Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies, ranked fourth in the nation, started out the match with an impressive 8-2 win over the nation’s number-one doubles team of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe. This is the second time this year that the Tiger duo has defeated the Crimson Tide pair, as they were also victorious in the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American during the fall of 2014, a tournament that Gumulya & Rompies went on to win.

Sweet 16! Miami Downs Ole Miss, 4-3

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – With a 4-3 comeback victory over Ole Miss Saturday evening, the University of Miami women’s tennis team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Team Championship for the 10th season in a row.

The 15th-ranked and 15th-seeded Hurricanes dropped the doubles point and then charged back to defeat No. 23 Ole Miss at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in thrilling fashion.

Miami (18-6, 12-2 ACC) got off to a slow start in doubles play and Ole Miss (16-11, 5-8 SEC) took control to earn the point.

No. 65 Julia Jones and Natalie Suk won 8-4 over freshman Sinead Lohan and junior Stephanie Wagner and then No. 70 Mai El Kamash and Erin Stephens defeated senior Monique Albuquerque and freshman Silvia Fuentes, 8-5.

Senior Lina Lileikite and freshman Wendy Zhang held a 7-5 lead over Marija Milutinovic and Iris Verboven when play stopped.

Miami grabbed a 2-1 lead over the Rebels when the first two singles matches to finish went its way. Lohan, ranked No. 37, won the final five games of her match against No. 82 Arianne Hartono to pick up a 6-1, 6-3 victory and claim her 20th singles win of the season. Albuquerque, playing in her final home match, took down Verboven, 6-4, 6-1, to put the Hurricanes in front.

#24 Georgia Tech Eliminated From NCAA Championship

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The #24 Georgia Tech women's tennis team's (17-10) season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to #5 Florida (23-3) in the second round of the NCAA Championship at the Ring Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets fought it out in doubles but fell short against the Gators and started off the match in a 1-0 hole. The junior duo of Kendal Woodard and Natasha Prokhnevska dropped their match to Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock, 8-2, at the number two position.

SUNDAY SECOND ROUND

Next Stop Waco For 2 Seed Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL - No. 2 North Carolina earned a 4-0 victory over Dartmouth on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship inside Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
North Carolina (29-1) finished a perfect 13-0 at home in 2015 and is now just one dual victory away from tying the school record of 30 wins set back in 2009-10.

For the second day in a row, the doubles combination of Caroline Price and Kate Vialle set an early tone for the Tar Heels, winning 8-0 on court three.

UNC’s other new doubles tandem of Jamie Loeb and Ashley Dai followed soon after with an 8-4 victory on court two to give Carolina the early 1-0 advantage over the 31st ranked Big Green.

Whitney Kay was first to finish in singles for the Tar Heels On court four, she picked up 6-2, 6-3 victory to make it 2-0 in favor of UNC.

Collins Sends Cavaliers Back to NCAA Sweet 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's tennis team is headed back to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth consecutive season after grinding out a 4-2 win over South Carolina in second round action on Sunday (May 10) at Snyder Tennis Center.

Reigning NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) rallied for a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Caroline Dailey to clinch the 4-2 victory as the ninth-seeded Cavaliers extended their winning streak to a season-high eight matches and improved to 23-5. Virginia will play No. 8 seed Baylor or Rice in the NCAA round of 16 on Friday (May 15) in Waco, Texas.

"I'm extremely proud of our kids," Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau said. "That was not easy. Once again we had the doubles point in hand and much like our match against South Carolina in January, they battled us today to the smallest of margins. Over the course of the weekend, everyone had a part in our success. Win or lose, doubles or singles, it was a group effort."

The Cavaliers captured the doubles point and Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) added important singles wins against the Gamecocks (15-11).

UVa won the doubles point for the fifth consecutive match, tallying wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Nauta and Cassie Mercer(Huntington, W.Va.) beat Meghan Blevins and Megen Cochran 8-3 on court two and Collins and Epstein followed with an 8-2 win over Elixane Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna on court three. No. 28 Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) trailed No. 40 Hadley Berg and Dailey 5-3 on court one when the point was clinched.

No. 32 Hokies fall to No. 1 USC in second round of NCAA Championships

LOS ANGELES – The 32nd-ranked Virginia Tech women’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 1 Southern California in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships on Sunday. The Hokies finish the year at 17-10 overall and 7-7 in the ACC.

The 2015 season matches the furthest that the Virginia Tech women’s tennis program has ever made it in the NCAA Championships in program history. The No. 32 team ranking is the highest that the Hokies have ever finished a regular season at as well. Several signature wins as a team and as individuals and multiple exciting finishes throughout the year made this season a memorable one for Tech. The team has no seniors graduating and will look to continue this momentum into next season.

Duke Falls to Georgia in NCAA Second Round Match

ATHENS, Ga. – The 20th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team’s postseason run in the NCAA Team Championships came to a close Sunday as the Blue Devils fell to seventh-ranked Georgia, 4-0, in Athens, Ga. With the second round loss, Duke (17-10, 11-3) failed to make it out of the regional round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.