Women's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, January 24

Jan. 24, 2010

No. 10 Yellow Jackets Cruise Past Auburn, 7-0
The 10th-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (2-0) cruised past No. 35 Auburn (1-1), 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Yarborough Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets opened the day by taking two-of-three doubles matches to earn a 1-0 lead. Hillary Davis and Viet Ha Ngo, playing on court two, defeated Auburn's Myrthe Molenveld and Daniela Vukadinovic, 8-1. The Jackets No. 1 tandem of Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina clinched the point with an 8-1 victory of their own over Fani Chifchieva and Caroline Thornton.

Senior Amanda McDowell, playing in the No. 4 singles position, put the Jackets up 2-0 behind a 6-1, 6-0 win over Vukadinovic. No. 1 Irina Falconi pushed Tech's lead to 3-0 when she finished off Chifchieva, 6-1, 6-1 at the top spot in the lineup.

No. 14 Clemson Defeats #43 VCU in Women's Tennis Sunday
The 14th ranked Clemson women's tennis team defeated the 43rd ranked VCU 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center. Clemson now improves to 2-0 on the season.

The Tigers won the doubles point by winning two out of the three matches. The pair of Ina Hadziselimovic and Kerri Wong won their match 8-3 to tie it up after Nelly Ciolkowski and Laurianne Henry had fallen to Laura Burns and Kateryna Yergina 8-3. It came down to Josipa Bek and Estefania Balda, who won their match 8-4 to win the doubles point.

In singles action, #113 Ina Hadziselimovic finished up first, taking down VCU's Ana Bara 6-4, 6-0 at flight three. Finishing second was fellow Tiger Kerry Wong who won her match 6-2, 6-4 at flight two. Freshman Nelly Ciolkowski, ranked 61st, then defeated Alex Bara 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the win for the Tigers. 

No. 18 Tar Heels Sweep No. 69 Minnesota, 7-0
No. 18 North Carolina did not drop a set all day in sweeping No. 69 Minnesota, 7-0, Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center. Senior Katrina Tsang defeated No. 111 Tijana Koprivica, 6-2, 6-2, at the top singles position and teamed with Shinann Featherston for an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles to lead the charge for UNC. Sanaz Marand, Jelena Durisic, Zoe De Bruycker, Sophie Grabinski and Featherston all contributed straight-set singles victories for the Tar Heels.

Carolina (3-0) swept doubles for the third time in as many matches, with the No. 8 duo of Grabinski and Marand clinching the point after topping Koprivica and Jackie Sperling, 8-2. The sophomore tandem of Jocelyn Ffriend and Haley Hemm completed the sweet with an 8-3 win over Mariana Spilca and Magdalena Wiecha at No. 3.

The Tar Heels dominated the shorthanded Golden Gophers (1-1) in singles, as the hosts were missing two injured starters from their normal lineup. Grabinski was first off for UNC, disposing of Spilca at No. 5, 6-1, 6-1, before Durisic made it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Doron Muravnik at No. 3.  

Virginia Opens Season with Doubleheader Sweep
The Virginia women’s tennis team opened its 2010 dual match season by sweeping a doubleheader Sunday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts and the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The No. 26 Cavaliers topped No. 33 Illinois 4-3 and Richmond 7-0.

In the first match, the Cavaliers (2-0) edged Illinois (0-2) by a 4-3 score. Virginia captured a key doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) got Virginia on the board with an 8-5 win at No. 2 and Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) clinched the opening point with an 8-4 win at No. 1.

Vierra extended the Cavalier lead to 2-0 with her 6-2, 6-1 win over Leigh Finnegan at No. 3 singles. After the Illini cut the lead to 2-1, No. 72 Hardenbergh made the score 3-1 with her 6-4, 6-2 win over 33rd-ranked Rachael White at No. 1 singles. Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton. Fla.) clinched the victory with her 6-4, 6-2 win over Breanne Smutko at No. 5 singles.