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Championship actions continues Thursday with four second-round matches

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Tenth-seeded NC State, No. 11 seed Notre Dame and No. 12 Florida State captured first-round matches as the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship opened Wednesday at Cary Tennis Park.

NC State turned back 15th-seeded Louisville 4-0, while the Fighting Irish blanked No. 14 Pitt, also by a 4-0 score. Florida State topped 13th-seeded Boston College, 4-1, in the final match of the day.

The winners moved on to Thursday’s second round, which features four women’s matches. No. 8 Wake Forest (18-8) meets No. 9 Virginia Tech (14-9) in one of three 10 a.m. contests. NC State (15-10) will face No. 7 Syracuse (13-7), while Notre Dame (13-12) will meet No. 6 Clemson (10-9). The final match at 1 p.m. finds No. 5 Virginia (14-9) taking on Florida State (14-12).

Top-seeded North Carolina (26-2), No. 2 Miami (17-4), No. 3 Georgia Tech (16-7) and No. 4 Duke (18-5) received double-byes into Friday’s quarterfinals, where they will face the winners of Thursday’s 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 Slomka will handle sideline reports.

No. 10 NC State 4, No. 15 Louisville 0
Joanna Nalborska and Bianca Moldovan each had a hand in a double and singles win as the Wolfpack posted its first-round shutout.

The pair teamed up for a 6-3 win over the Cardinals’ Ellie Stokes and Abbie Pahz at No. 2 doubles. Nalborska then defeated Ariana Rodriguez 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, while Moldovan topped Sena Suswam 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.

Amanda Rebol’s 6-3, 6-0 win over Stokes at No. 5 accounted for the Wolfpack’s third singles point, while Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta outlasted Suswam and Rodriguez for a 7-6 win and a doubles-point clinching match at No. 1.

No. 11 Notre Dame 4, No. 14 Pitt 0
The Fighting Irish set the tone by quickly taking the doubles point with a pair of 6-1 wins, then clinched the match with a trio of straight-set wins in singles play.

Notre Dame’s No. 2 doubles team of Mary Closs and Julie Vrabel defeated Amber Washington and Callie Frye, while the No. 3 team of Brooke Broda and Allison Miller downed Gabriela Rezende and Natsumi Okamoto.

Miller delivered the clinching point for the Irish in singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Grey at the No. 3 slot. Quinn Gleason defeated Lolade Ogungbesan 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1, while Broada topped Rezende by a 6-1, 6-4 score.

No. 12 Florida State 4, No. 13 Boston College 1
After dropping the doubles point, the Eagles (9-14) battled back to tie the match on Emily Safron’s 6-0, 6-4 win over Julia Mikulski at No. 4 singles. But FSU countered with three singles-match wins and moved on to Thursday’s competition.

FSU’s Gabriella Castaneda defeated Lexi Borr 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2. Ariana Rahmanparast won for the Seminoles at No. 5, defeating Jackie Urbinati 6-4, 6-2. FSU nailed down the match at No. 6, where Daniela Schippers defeated Wa- Yi Sweeting by a score of 6-2, 7-5.

The teams battled to the three-match limit for the doubles point before Daneika Borthwick and Schippers clinched the point for the Seminoles from the No. 2 slot. Borthwick and Schippers took a hard-fought 7-6 decision over Katya Vasilyev and Safron.