Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, January 29

Jan. 29, 2010

NC State Takes Down East Carolina 6-1
In what was the opening match of the spring season, the NC State women's tennis team got off to a strong start, beating East Carolina, 6-1.

The Wolfpack earned the first point of the day in doubles, winning two of the three matches. Sandhya Nagaraj and Daria Petrovic teamed up at the No. 1 slot to beat Jessica Cook and Audrey LePottier, 8-4. The duo of Tana Illova and Diana Mortlock defeated Natalie Collins and Yilian Zhang, 8-4. With the point already awarded, Chloe Smith and Ashley Miller lost, 7-6 (1), to Petra Vogel and Brooke Walter.

In singles, No. 45 Nagaraj easily defeated her opponent, LePottier, 6-0, 6-1. Lenka Hojckova won 6-1, 6-3, over Cook. Illova had a solid day, winning 6-4, 6-4, against Vogel to clinch the win for the Pack.

No. 4 Bulldogs defeat Hokies, 4-2
The fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs proved to be too tough Friday afternoon as they defeated Virginia Tech, 4-2, in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off weekend at the Hopkins Indoor Courts on the University of Georgia campus. The Hokies fall to 1-1 on the year while the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the young season.

The event features 60 teams, playing in 15 regionals across the nation, who will battle for the right to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boars Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. The host team, No. 26 Virginia, awaits the 15 winners, in the finals which will take place Feb. 12-15.

Virginia Tech, ranked No. 55 in the ITA preseason national poll, lost both of the completed doubles matches to drop the first point, then Georgia clinched the contest winning three of the five completed singles contests.