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TULSA, Okla. – The third time proved to be the charm as 14th-seeded Virginia (19-10) upset third-seeded North Carolina (31-3) by a score of 4-2 on Thursday at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa.
The Cavaliers avenged a pair of earlier losses to the Tar Heels this season with the 4-2 victory on Thursday. Virginia will now face sixth-seeded Vanderbilt (22-5) in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Cavaliers and Commodores faced each other earlier this season in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with Vanderbilt picking up the 4-0 win.
It marks the second time in program history for the Cavaliers to advance to the quarterfinals, matching the mark set by Virginia in the 2014 season. That season, the Cavaliers defeated Baylor before falling to Stanford in the quarterfinals.
“If the NCAA Tournament follows this path in terms of how exciting and tense this match was, this is going to be the most exciting tournament in the history of the NCAA Tournament,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “It’s hard to beat a match that was this competitive and this intense.
TULSA, Okla. – In a Sweet 16 match Thursday that had two weather delays and lasted over seven hours, the University of Miami women’s tennis team had its comeback end one point shy against Michigan, falling 4-3.
With singles play moved indoors, seventh-ranked and seventh-seeded Miami (21-6, 12-2 ACC) charged back from a 3-0 deficit to level the score against Michigan, ranked and seeded No. 10. The Hurricanes then dropped the decisive match at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.
“Michigan played a great match tonight,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I’m very proud of the season this squad put together. This, of course, was a tough one to lose, but that’s competitive athletics. Tonight, we just came up a bit short.”
STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 17 Georgia Tech women’s tennis squad fell to No. 4 Ohio State by a score of 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. The match was moved to Oklahoma State University due to weather.
The Jackets were unable to grab the doubles point against the Buckeyes, as Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud fell by a score of 6-0 and the pairing of Megan Kurey and Natasha Prokhnevska fell by a score of 6-2. The 13th-ranked pairing of Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan led by a score of 4-3 over the ninth-ranked pairing of Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase before the doubles point was clinched.
Ohio State took a 2-0 lead when Prokhnevska fell to Ohio State’s Sandy Neihaus by a score of 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6. The Jackets made it 2-1 with a win from Paige Hourigan at No. 2. Tech tied it when Rasheeda McAdoo defeated Gabriella De Santis by a score of 6-2, 7-5, but he lead was short-lived. A few minutes later, Johnnise Renaud fell to third-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo, and Kendal Woodard then fell to Miho Kowase to end the match.