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GAINESVILLE, Fla.- For the first time in program history, the No. 25 Syracuse women's tennis team is moving on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a 4-3 win over No. 46 Georgia State. The Orange will play either No. 1 Florida or South Carolina State tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla. at the University of Florida.
Despite trailing 3-2 late in the match, Syracuse (15-8) utilized singles victories from graduate student No. 61 Anna Shkudun and freshman Dina Hegab to prevail. Georgia State (15-6) took the doubles point and won two singles matches, but the Orange were able to get it done late to make history.
"The ladies showed a lot of grit and heart today. I thought fitness was the difference maker today," head coach Younes Limam said. "We look forward to another battle tomorrow and the opportunity to play for a sweet 16 spot."
After losing the first set 6-2 in top singles, Shkudun won the next two sets with the match locked at 3-3, delivering the victory for the Orange and a trip to the NCAA round of 32. Hegab tied up the match at three points apiece with two consecutive 7-6 victories.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Third-seed North Carolina took care of business in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship on Friday with a 4-0 victory over East Tennessee State.
North Carolina (30-2) will face No. 30 Northwestern on Saturday at 3 p.m., in the second round with the winner advancing to Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of the NCAA Team Championship finals.
The Wildcats also won 4-0 on Friday morning over No. 42 Ole Miss.
Carolina raced to an early 1-0 lead by picking up the doubles point over the Bucs. On court three, Ashley Dai and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer won 6-0, and second-ranked Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay won 6-4 on court one to secure the early lead for the Tar Heels.
57th-ranked Jessie Aney made it 2-0 in favor of Carolina with a 6-1, 6-1, win over Regina Nychytailova on court two.
Top-ranked Hayley Carter was next off for the Tar Heels on court one, winning 6-3, 6-1 over Lyn Yee Choo.
DURHAM, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team opened the 2016 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships on a strong note Friday, defeating VCU, 4-0, at home in Ambler Tennis Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils advance to second round play, where they will face No. 24 Texas. Saturday’s match is set for a noon start in Durham, N.C.
“We have to build on today, and expect that when we walk on the court, that we will be better tomorrow than we were today,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We let some opportunities go where we weren’t aggressive enough with our shot selections. We were more worried about making balls than taking the chance. We have to play a little bit freer and looser tomorrow. Hopefully we do that.”
The Blue Devils gained early momentum by winning the doubles point, the 18th match this year that Duke owned a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Duke improved to 17-1 on the season when taking the doubles point.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The No. 17 Georgia Tech women’s tennis squad defeated No. 39 Princeton by a score of 4-1 to open up NCAA Tournament play on Friday. The Jackets improved to 18-8 on the season.
Tech opened the match by taking the doubles point from Princeton, receiving victories from the pairings of Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (6-2) and Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (6-1). In singles play, McAdoo defeated Sivan Krems by a score of 6-2, 6-2 to give the Jackets a 2-0 advantage. After Priceton made it 2-1 with a win at No. 4, Renaud took down Amanda Muliawan to make it 3-1. Alexis Prokopuik then closed out the match with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 win over Nicole Kalhorn.
“Princeton really pushed us today,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We knew they won the Ivy League, so we were expecting it to be a tough match, and it was.”
“I think it’s great because expect the other team to be really good,” Harmon said of the benefit of a tough schedule up to this point. “That’s what we’re used to playing. At one stage in the season, we were 6-5, and four of our five losses were to teams that have been top 10 in the country. In the beginning, you’re wondering if it was the right thing to do – to play such a tough schedule. But I think in the end it helps out because when you go down the line, especially in our conference, we got 11 teams in the NCAA Tournament.”
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the 15th season in a row, the University of Miami women’s tennis team is headed to the second round of the NCAA Team Championship.
Seventh-ranked and seventh-seeded Miami (20-5, 12-2 ACC) posted a dominant 5-0 victory over Quinnipiac, seeded No. 49-64, Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
The Hurricanes needed just an hour and a half to defeat the Bobcats, and it was senior Stephanie Wagner who clinched the win and tied the program singles victories record by doing so.
“Regardless of your opponent, it’s not easy to get off the court as quickly as we did today,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I think Quinnipiac had a great season. They got here, they won their conference and we obviously have respect for them, but for us to get off the court as quickly as we did today, I think just says a lot about where we are with our mindset.”
The Hurricanes won both completed doubles matches in impressive fashion. First, sophomore Silvia Fuentes and freshman Ana Madcur completed a dominant 6-1 victory over Jennifer Lu and Proyfon Lohaphaisan of Quinnipiac (15-11, 7-0 MAAC).
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 14 seed Virginia (17-10) women's tennis team wasted no time in its opening round match, grabbing a 4-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center.
With the win, the Cavaliers set up a second-round matchup against LSU (19-11) on Saturday. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
Virginia got singles wins from No. 12 Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), Erica Susi (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Taylor Wingo (Newport Beach, Va.) on the way to the opening-round victory. Elbaba's victory gave her 34 for the season, marking the most singles wins by a senior in program history.
The Cavaliers cruised through the doubles matches, picking up the doubles point with a pair of 6-1 victories on courts two and three. The duo of Elbaba and Susi claimed the first win on court three before the pairing of Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.V.) and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) clinched the point on court two.
Wingo grabbed the second point of the day for the Cavaliers when she picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sabrina Helm on court six. It was quickly followed by a 6-0, 6-0 win on court five from Susi over Katarina Pavlovic.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Notre Dame women's tennis team saw its season end Friday, falling to No. 27 UCLA 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the Varsity Tennis Center at Ohio State University.
The Irish and Bruins traded doubles positions, but UCLA claimed the point after claiming a late break on Court 2. Seventh-ranked Kyle McPhillips and Catherine Harrison started things off with a 6-0 win over Irish senior Quinn Gleason and junior Jane Fennelly, but the Irish evened the plane as sophomores Brooke Broda and Allison Miller upended Maia Magill and Kristin Wiley 6-2 on Court 3. At the No. 2 slot, junior Mary Closs and senior Julie Vrabel held serve with Terri Fleming and Alaina Miller through most of the set, but the Bruin pair broke the Irish duo at 4-3 and held to take the set.
The Irish got on the board first in singles, however, as Broda upended Wiley 6-2, 6-0 for her 11th straight win. But UCLA again took the lead when No. 17 Harrison bested No. 49 Gleason 6-4, 6-0 on Court 1.
AUBURN, Ala. – No. 35 NC State's 2016 season came to a close Friday afternoon as it fell 4-1 to No. 23 Arizona State in the first round of play at the NCAA Regional in Auburn, Ala. The Wolfpack conquered in doubles play, capturing the decision with the first two finishes at the top of the lineup, but its partner power wasn't enough to hold off the Sun Devils' level of experience as it fell in singles action.
The Wolfpack finishes its season 15-12 while Arizona State improves 18-5 and advances to the second round of tournament play.
Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta posted a career best Friday afternoon when the duo defeated Pac-12 Doubles Champion No. 15 Ebony Panoho and Alexandra Osborne 6-3. The 15th-ranked pair registers as the highest nationally-ranked opponent Frantova and Stenta claimed victory over this season. Not far behind, Bianca Moldovan and Joanna Nalborska clinched the doubles point for the Wolfpack with a 6-4 win over Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad.
ATHENS, Ga. – Battling back-and-forth match throughout the afternoon Friday, the 26th-ranked Wake Forest women’s tennis ultimately dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 40 Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia.
After losing the doubles point, Wake Forest battled back from a 2-0 deficit but the Bears held on to advance to Saturday’s second-round contest. With the loss, Wake Forest closes its best season since 2002 with a 19-10 record. The Demon Deacons won 19 matches for the seventh time in program history this season and for the first time since 2002.
“We knew it was going to be a very close match,” said head coach Jeff Wyshner. “They finished second in the Big 12 and are historically a strong program. We came out and showed a little bit of youth in the doubles. They took full advantage of that, as a more experienced team should be able to do. We came back out in singles and did a great job of forgetting the doubles and it came down to the last two matches on the court. We’ve had an incredible season.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Clemson women’s tennis team fell to Rice in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by a score of 4-1 in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday afternoon. The loss brings Clemson’s season to an end and their overall record to 10-11 for the 2016 season. Rice will advance to the round of 32 on Saturday, facing the winner of Vanderbilt and SIUE.
In doubles play, the Owls won the first of the three matches at No. 2, 6-3. The matches were closely contested throughout at No. 1 and 3, with the Tigers coming out on top on both courts to claim the doubles point. Joana Eidukonyte and Daniela Ruiz won 6-3 at No. 3, while Ayan Broomfield and Fernanda Navarro were victorious over the 57th-ranked doubles duo from Rice at No. 1, 7-5, clinching the point for the Tigers.
Rice quickly took a 2-1 lead with wins at No. 4 and 6 singles. The Owls won in two sets at No. 3 singles, giving Rice a commanding 3-1 lead over the Tigers. Katherine Ip of Rice clinched the match on court five, 7-5, 6-1, bringing the Tigers season to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
LUBBOCK, Texas – The 34th-ranked Virginia Tech women’s tennis team saw its season come to a close on Friday after dropping a 4-0 decision to No. 21 Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Hokies finish the season with a 14-11 record while going 7-7 in the ACC for the second consecutive year.
Play began in Lubbock on a high note for Tech as Caroline Daxhelet and Raluca Mita defeated State’s duo of Jasmine Lee and Louise Ronaldson on court 2 by a count of 6-2 for the first result of the afternoon. Georgiana Patrasc and Anastasia Rentouli struck back with a 6-2 victory of their own on court 3 over the Hokies’ Elena Cerezo-Codina and Sansitha Nandakumar to force a point-deciding match over on 1. There, No. 30 Madison Harrison and Kristina Vozniak pulled out a narrow 7-5 win over Francesca Fusinato and Kelly Williford to put the Bulldogs on top heading into singles play.