Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, January 23

Jan. 24, 2010

No. 7 Miami Blanks FAU in Season-Opener, 7-0
No. 7 Miami took the doubles point and earned straight-set wins across singles play to sweep visiting Florida Atlantic, 7-0, on Sat., Jan. 23, in the UM season-opener of women's tennis action at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami (1-0) started the day slow early-on with the doubles tandem of Danielle Mills and Laura Vallverdu sitting tied with FAU's Justine Humair and Cassie Bergeson, 4-4. But the `Canes tandem pushed out to a 6-4 lead en route to the 8-6 decision at the top flight doubles position over the FAU (0-2) duo.

The No. 3 doubles team of Claudia Wasilewski and Anna Bartenstein had little trouble fending off FAU's team of Natalia Totevska and Dominique Wimmer, scoring the 8-1 victory. However, the doubles point was clinched at the No. 2 spot with UM's Bianca Eichkorn and Gabriela Mejia teaming for the first time in nine months, collecting an 8-4 win from Natasha Basma and Erika Mrazkova. 

Wake Forest Tops Charlotte 7-0
The Wake Forest women's tennis team improved to 3-0 with a 7-0 victory over Charlotte on Saturday afternoon Winston-Salem.

Charlotte falls to 0-1 with the loss.

Wake Forest dominated doubles action with 8-1 wins across the board. Senior Sasha Kulikova and freshman Kathryn Talbert improved to 2-0 at No. 1 doubles with their 8-1 victory over Charlotte's Andrea Rivera and Alex Zinn. 

#14 Clemson Downs College of Charleston,7-0, in Season-Opener
The 14th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team started the season with a 7-0 victory over #68 College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center. The Tigers will take on #43 VCU on Sunday at 12:00 pm in the Tennis Center.

The Tigers, who have advanced to five of the past Sweet 16s, swept the Cougars, moving to 1-0 on the season. Clemson swept the doubles point, with Ina Hadziselimovic and Keri Wong taking down the nations 44th-ranked doubles team, 8-1. Freshman Nelly Ciolkowski and junior Laurianne Henry teamed up to win, 8-1, while Estefania Balda and Josipa Bek took their match, 8-2.

Bek, the 9th-ranked player nationally, won her match against Holly Dowse at the top flight, 6-4,6-1. At flight two, Keri Wong defeated #114 Emma Hayman, 6-2, 6-3. Hadziselimovic, ranked 113th, pulled a slight upset, taking down #102 Kinsey Casey, 6-0, 6-1 at flight three earning Clemson’s first singles point of the season. 

No. 18 Tar Heels Get Past No. 28 Kentucky, 6-1
No. 18 North Carolina swept three doubles matches and won five of six singles matches to post a 6-1 victory over No. 28 Kentucky Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Tennis Center. Sophomore Shinann Featherston teamed with senior Katrina Tsang for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles to clinch the first point of the match before rolling past Elle Coldiron at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Seniors Sophie Grabinski and Sanaz Marand opened the dual match with an 8-1 win over Caroline Lilley and Christine Johnson at No. 1 doubles. After Tsang and Featherston sealed the point, sophomores Jocelyn Ffriend and Haley Hemm completed the sweep with an 8-2 win at the No. 3 position.

Freshman Zoe De Bruycker gave Carolina (2-0) a 3-0 advantage with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Lauren Meier at No. 4 singles, setting up junior Jelena Durisic to clinch the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Christine Johnson at No. 3. 

FSU Falls, 5-2, To USF In Season Opener
The No. 15 Florida State women's tennis team fell in its dual match season opener to in-state rival No. 75 USF, 5-2. The `Noles will now regroup and turn their attention to the ITA National Indoor Championships next weekend in Fresno, Calif.

Juniors Federica Suess and Katie Rybakova stepped up to earn the `Noles two points against the Bulls' force.

Suess, a native of Ludwigshafen, Germany, marked FSU's first point on court six as she overpowered Natalia Guevara 6-3, 6-1. 

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