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TULSA, Oklahoma - North Carolina’s Hayley Carter will play for a national title on Monday at the NCAA Singles Championship.
Carter, the No. 1 ranked player in the nation and the top seed in the singles tournament, defeated Miami’s eighth-seed Sinead Lohan, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, in Sunday’s semifinal at the Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.
“She played unbelievably the first set and all the way up until 5-3 and my coach just told me how close I was every single game and I just stuck in it, gave everything I could,” said Carter. “I think she got a little bit frustrated and a little nervous and I was fortunate to be able to close out the second.
"I honestly think the break was a benefit to me. I think it allowed me to regroup, as I was very tired. I think it gave her a little time to think about that match point and I think it made her a little more nervous coming out in the third.”
TULSA, Okla. – For the second time in three seasons Virginia women’s tennis senior Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships finals after defeating Luisa Stefani 7-6 (7), 6-4 at the Case Tennis Center on Sunday.
Collins, the overall No. 2 seed in the tournament, fought through the first-set tiebreak, an hour long rain delay and held off a determined Stefani in the second set to clinch her spot in the finals. Stefani was the seventh-seed in the singles championships.
“I started off really hot in the first set and then she gave me a run for my money, very similar to the match I played (Saturday),” Collins said. “That’s what happens in a situation like this when you make it to the semifinals of the national championship. Matches get close and people start doing some different things.
“It should be a really good confidence booster for me to know that I’ve played at this level before and have a lot of experience,” Collins said. “It should be a really good match and opportunity. Regardless of the outcome, it’s a huge accomplishment to get to this level and there will be a lot of opportunities moving forward.”
Virginia’s Collins will now face top-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina at 1 p.m. ET on Monday. Carter advanced with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Miami’s Sinead Lohan, who was seeded eighth in the tournament.