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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team clinched its 11th straight Sweet 16 trip Saturday with a 4-0 win over No. 37 TCU at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
After a narrow doubles win, seventh-ranked and seventh-seeded Miami (21-5, 12-2 ACC) cruised to a trio of singles victories to finish the season with a perfect 13-0 home record. One of the singles wins came from senior Stephanie Wagner, giving her 134 in her career, good for a new all-time record at Miami.
TCU (16-7, 6-3 B12) struck first in doubles with a 6-3 win by Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Mia King over sophomore Sinead Lohan and freshman Clara Tanielian, 6-3. The No. 12-ranked duo of Wagner and sophomore Wendy Zhang then topped No. 34 Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner, 6-2, to even the doubles tally.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The No. 17 Georgia Tech women’s tennis squad defeated No. 13 South Carolina by a score of 4-0 to earn a spot in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. The Jackets improved to 19-8 on the season.
The Jackets opened the match with a victory from Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan by a score of 6-3. Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renuad then clinched the doubles point for the Jackets with a 6-4 victory over Caroline Dailey and Brigit Folland of South Carolina.
The Jackets got on top early in singles play, winning the first set in four of the six matches. Hourigan made it 2-0 for the Jackets with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ingrid Martins. Johnnise Renaud made it 3-0 with a win over No. 58 Dailey of South Carolina before McAdoo closed it out with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Paige Cline.
CHAPEL HILL - No. 3 North Carolina faced one of its stiffest tests of the season against a feisty Northwestern team in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Team Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Ashley Dai wound up being the hero by winning on court six in three sets to send her Carolina club to the NCAA Finals for the seventh year in a row with a 4-2 victory over the 30th-ranked Wildcats.
North Carolina (31-2) once again steamrolled through doubles to grab the 1-0 advantage. Senior Kate Vialle and freshman Jessie Aney won 6-0 on court two, and second-ranked Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay secured the point with a 6-4 win on court one.
The plot thickened soon there after when the Tar Heels trailed early in singles in five of the six courts, but was slowly able to regain its footing as the afternoon progressed into the early evening in Chapel Hill.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the sixth consecutive season Virginia (18-10) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 16, posting a 4-2 win over LSU (19-12) on Saturday at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Virginia will now face North Carolina in the Round of 16 at the Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa on Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. ET. It will be the third time the Cavaliers have faced the Tar Heels this season.
After rain forced a delay in the start as the match moved indoors, the Cavaliers rallied for an early lead in doubles and then rallied for wins on courts three and four to clinch the victory.
Virginia got singles wins from Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Me.) to clinch the win over the Tigers.
The Cavaliers got on the board first, grabbing the doubles point with a hard-fought victory on court two. The teams split on courts one and three with the 18th-ranked duo of Collins and Kelley winning 6-4 on court one, while the pairing of Elbaba and Susi fell 6-1 on court three.
DURHAM, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team took an early lead against No. 24 Texas Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.C., but was unable to maintain the momentum, as the Blue Devils fell to the Longhorns, 4-2, in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. With Saturday’s result, Duke’s all-time record in NCAA Tournament matches moves to 62-27 and 51-19 under head coach Jamie Ashworth. The Blue Devils end the 2016 season with an overall record of 19-7.
For the 19th match this season, the Blue Devils owned a 1-0 lead after doubles play, picking up victories on courts two and three.
Texas jumped out in doubles after the Longhorn duo and 16th-ranked pair of Breaunna Addison and Danielle Wagland defeated Duke’s 74th-ranked tandem of sophomore Samantha Harris and freshman Kaitlyn McCarthy, 6-2, on court one. Harris and McCarthy were unable to get into a rhythm in the contest, as Addison and Wagland won the first three games of the match.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 25 Syracuse women's tennis team's historical season came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Orange were defeated by No. 1 Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by the final score of 4-0.
This year was the first season in program history that Syracuse (15-9) made the NCAA Tournament and won a first-round contest. Top-ranked Florida (23-2) moves on to the NCAA Round of 16 after winning its 18th match in a row.
The Gators got things going in doubles play by winning two matches to take a 1-0 advantage into singles. Anna Danilina and Brianna Morgan picked up the first victory by defeating sophomore Nicole Mitchell and Maria Tritou 6-1. With a 1-0 lead, No. 3 doubles duo Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan beat No. 29 Gabriela Knutson and Valeria Salazar to put Florida up 1-0.