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Top four seeds scheduled to see first action at tourney enters third day
CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pairings for Friday’s quarterfinal round are set following completion of second-round action in the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship at Cary Tennis Park.
Top-seeded North Carolina (26-2) will face No. 8 Wake Forest (19-8), while No. 2 Miami (17-4) faces No. 7 Syracuse (14-7), and No. 3 Georgia Tech (16-7) meets No. 11 Notre Dame (14-12) in a trio of 9 a.m. matches. No. 4 Duke (18-5) faces No. 5 Virginia (15-9) at noon.
The starting times for all of Friday’s matches were moved up one hour earlier than originally scheduled due to threat of inclement weather in the Triangle area.
UNC, Miami, Georgia Tech and Duke received double-byes into Friday’s quarterfinals, while their opponents advanced with wins in Thursday’s second-round matches.
Action in the 2016 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship will continue with a pair of 10 a.m. semifinal matches on Saturday and will conclude with Sunday’s 10 a.m. championship match.
The Saturday semifinal match featuring the highest seeded team and 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 Thursday’s action:
No. 8 Wake Forest 4, No. 9 Virginia Tech 0
The Demon Deacons defeated the Hokies for the second time this season and earned a shot at top-seeded North Carolina on Friday.
No. 1 seed Kimmy Guerin led the Demon Deacons with a straight-set win in singles while teaming with Anna Ulyashchenko for the victory at No. 1 doubles.
Luisa Fernandez and Andre Retolaza also won at No. 3 to give Wake Forest the doubles point. Joanna Zalewski took the No. 4 singles match in straight sets, and Sam Asch was also victorious in straight sets at No. 5 singles to provide the Deacons with their winning margin.
No. 7 Syracuse 4, NC State 3
The Orange trailed the Wolfpack 3-1 following the completion of four matches, but scrapped back to avoid the upset.
Anna Shkdun began the Orange comeback with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Martina Frantova at No. 1 singles, and Valeria Salazar outlasted NC State’s Joanna Nalborska by a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 count at No. 5.
That left center stage to the No. 5 slot, where Syracuse’s Libi Mesh turned back Amanda Rebol 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 for the deciding point.
Gabriela Knutson earned the first Syracuse point with a straight-set win at No. 3 singles. Claudia Wiktorin (No. 4) and Barbara Mancera (No. 5) were straight-set winners for NC State. The Wolfpack also earned the doubles point as Bianca Moldovan and Nalborska won at No. 2 and Rebol and Wiktorin won at No. 3.
No. 11 Notre Dame 4, No. 6 Clemson 1
The Fighting Irish pulled off the first upset of the tournament by first taking the singles point and then posting wins at three of the top five singles positions – all in three sets.
No. 1 Quinn Gleason, No. 4 Mary Closs and No. 5 Brooke Broda were Notre Dame’s singles winners. Closs teamed up with Julie Vrabel at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point. Their victory came after Broda and Miller had won in double at No. 3.
Daniela Ruiz’s straight-set win at No. 6 singles accounted for the lone point for the Tigers (10-10).
No. 5 Virginia 4, No. 12 Florida State 3
The underdog Seminoles pushed the two-time defending champion Cavaliers to the limit before Virginia’s Stephanie Nauta turned back FSU’s Yukako Noi 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 in the deciding match at No. 3.
Virginia’s Danielle Collins (No. 1), Julie Elbaba (No. 2) and Meghan Kelley (#4) were straight set winners in singles. FSU’s Daniela Schippers was a straight-set winner at No. 6, and Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Virginia’s Erica Susi 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at No. 5.
The Seminoles also took the doubles point, with Daneika Borthwick and Schippers winning at No 2, followed by Noi and Gabriella Castaneda at No. 1.