ACC Women’s Tennis: Championship Semifinals Field Set

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UNC to face Virginia, Miami to take on Georgia Tech

CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) –
The semifinal matchups for the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship are set after the three top seeds and two-time defending champion Virginia posted wins in Friday’s quarterfinal round.

Top-seeded North Carolina advanced to face No. 5 Virginia on Saturday, while second-seeded Miami and third-seeded Georgia Tech are set to meet in the other semifinal matchup.

North Carolina defeated No. 8 Wake Forest 4-1, Miami topped No. 7 Syracuse 4-2, and Georgia Tech blanked No. 11 Notre Dame 4-0 in Friday morning quarterfinal matches at Cary Tennis Park. Heavy rain forced Virginia’s match against fourth-seeded Duke to be played indoors at N.C. State’s J.W. Isenhour Tennis Facility, where the Cavaliers doubled up the Blue Devils by a 4-2 score.

Both Saturday women’s semifinals are set for 10 a.m. starts at Cary Tennis Park. Saturday’s winners will advance to Sunday’s 10 a.m. championship match.

UNC took a 4-3 win over Virginia when the teams met in Charlottesville on March 29. Miami blanked Georgia Tech 7-0 at Coral Gables in their regular-season meeting on January 29.

The Saturday semifinal match between UNC and Virginia, as well as Sunday’s championship match, will be streamed live by ESPN3. Former United States Davis Cup team captain Patrick McEnroe will serve as the lead announcer. McEnroe, who captained the U.S. Davis Cup championship team in 2007, will be joined by Shawn Kenney, a veteran announcer who has covered multiple sports on ESPN platforms, will work the ACC Tennis Championships for the second straight year. Stacey Schefflin will handle sideline reports.

A capsule look at Friday’s quarterfinal action:

No. 1 North Carolina 4, No. 8 Wake Forest 1
ACC Player of the Year Hayley Carter provided the clincher for the nationally second-ranked Tar Heels, turning back the Demon Deacons’ Kimmy Guerin by a 7-5, 6-4 score at the No. 1 slot.

UNC (27-2) also picked up straight-sets singles wins from Jessie Aney at No. 3 and Ashley Dai at No. 6. Emma Davis’ straight-set win at No. 2 accounted for the lone point by Wake Forest (19-9).

The doubles point went the full three matches before Aney and Kate Vialle outlasted Davis and Sam Asch for a 7-5 win. Dai and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer also won at No. 3 for the Tar Heels, who posted their 17th consecutive win.

No. 2 Miami 4, No. 7 Syracuse 2
The nationally seventh-ranked Hurricanes (18-4) survived a tough challenge from the Orange (14-8) to post their 14h straight victory.

Sinead Lohan delivered the clinching point in a hard-fought match at No. 2 singles, downing Syracuse’s Valeria Salazar by a 7-5, 7-6 count. The Hurricanes also got straight-set wins from Stephanie Wagner at No. 1, Silvia Fuentes at No. 4 and Clara Tanielian at No. 5.

Gabriela Knutson earned a singles point for the Orange with a straight-set victory at No. 3. Syracuse also earned the doublws point, with the teams of Salazar-Knutson and Anna Shkudun-Dina Hegab winning at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

No. 3 Georgia Tech 4, No. 11 Notre Dame 0
The nationally 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets (17-7) won for the 11th time in their last 13 matches as they defeated the Fighting Irish for the second time in less than two weeks.

Straight-set singles wins by Kendal Woodard at No. 4, Natasha Prokhnevska at No. 6 and Rasheeda McAdoo at No. 3 clinched Georgia Tech’s spot in the Saturday’s semifinal.

Woodard and McAdoo also played roles in the Yellow Jackets earning the doubles point. Woodard and Paige Hourigan teamed up for the win at the No. 1 spot, while McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud teamed up for the victory at No. 2.

No. 5 Virginia 4, No. 4 Duke 2
The Cavaliers, who dropped a 4-0 decision to the Blue Devils at home three weeks ago, made amends in impressive fashion.

After capturing the doubles point in Saturday’s rematch, Virginia grabbed a 3-0 lead behind straight-set singles wins by Danielle Collins at No. 1 and Julia Elbaba at No. 2.

Samantha Harris and Ellsye Hamlin tried to rally the Blue Devils, scrapping for three-set victories at No. 3 and No. 4 to bring Duke within 3-2. But Virginia’s Cassie Mercer closed the door with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Christina Makarova at No. 6, sending the Cavaliers on the semifinals.

Elbaba’s singles victory was her 128th as a collegian and set a Virginia women’s school record.