Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, January 30

Jan. 31, 2010

No. 25 FSU Opens Kick-Off Weekend With 4-2 Victory Over No. 26 Virginia
The No. 25 Florida State women’s tennis team earned its first dual-match victory Saturday, January 30, over ACC rival No. 26 Virginia in the first round of the ITA Kick-off Weekend. The Seminoles will now face the winner of host No. 15 Fresno State and No. 38 Ohio State Sunday at 2 p.m. in the championship round.

Although the Seminoles started the match slow by dropping the doubles point to the Cavaliers, they were able to fight back to post four points in singles to surpass the first round.

Leading the way with the first point was junior Katie Rybakova on court two with a victory over Jennifer Stevens 6-4, 6-1.

Duke Takes Down Yale, 7-0
In the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Duke earned a convincing 7-0 win over Yale this afternoon at the Sheffield Tennis Center.

Duke got to a quick start In No. 1 doubles, as the Duke tandem of Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson took down the 41st-ranked Yale team of Vicky Brook and Lindsay Clark, 8-2. Yale pulled within two games at 4-2, but the Blue Devils ran off four straight games to win the first doubles match of the afternoon in 39 minutes.

The most competitive play was at No. 2 doubles, where a back-and-forth match between Duke and Yale ended with an exciting 8-6 win for the Blue Devils. Elizabeth Plotkin and Reka Zsilinszka battled back from a 5-4 deficit, tying Stevi Petrelli and Elizabeth Epstein at 6-6 before taking the last two games. 

Seventh-Ranked Miami Downs Boston, 7-0
Senior Laura Vallverdu tied the all-time singles wins record in University of Miami women's tennis history on Saturday, as the No. 7 Hurricanes (2-0) earned a 7-0 decision over Boston University (0-3) in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend [Coral Gables region] at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami took the first doubles match by virtue of a forfeit at the No. 3 position with no one competing for Boston. The Hurricanes then used a dominating performance from the team of Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn to claim an 8-2 decision at the No. 2 spot, clinching the doubles point right away. The UM duo defeated BU's Jessi Linero and Petra Santini.

The `Canes collected the doubles sweep with the No. 3 ranked duo of Gabriela Mejia and Laura Vallverdu using an 8-2 line against Boston's Monika Mical and Francine Whu at the top flight position. html

No. 10 Georgia Tech Defeats Arizona State, 4-2
Freshman Elizabeth Kilborn clinched the match with a straight-set victory at the sixth spot in the lineup to the lead the 10th-ranked Georgia Tech women's tennis team to a 4-2 win over No. 29 Arizona State Saturday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets opened the day by taking the doubles point for a 1-0 lead over the Sun Devils. The tandem of Kilborn and Lynn Blau got things started for the Jackets with an 8-0 win over Sianna Simmons and Amanda Martin on court three. Tech would drop its match at the No. 2 doubles position, 8-1, but Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina would clinch the point with a thrilling 8-4 victory over Kelcy McKenna and Hannah James at the top doubles position.

Falconi, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles, put the Jackets in front by the score of 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over McKenna on court one. The Sun Devils cut that lead in half as Nadia Abdala upended Krupina, 7-6 (2), 7-5 at the No. 2 position.

No. 17 Carolina Tops No. 33 Boise State, 7-0
No. 17 North Carolina won a tight doubles point before sweeping all six singles matches in a 7-0 win over No. 33 Boise State to open the ITA Kickoff Weekend Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame's Eck Tennis Pavilion. With the victory, Carolina advances to face the winner of Notre Dame-DePaul match for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Carolina (4-0) won all three doubles matches to open up an early 1-0 lead. No. 22 Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston got things started with an 8-3 victory over Bianca Jochimsen and Stephanie Jasper at No. 2. The Tar Heels then got the win in a top-25 showdown at the top position to clinch the doubles point. No. 6 Sophie Grabinski and Sanaz Marand outlasted No. 24 Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale, 8-5, giving UNC the first point of the day.

Featherston was first off for Carolina in singles, and the Rockaway Park, N.Y., sophomore continued her standout play at the No. 6 position. Featherston won in straight sets for the fourth time in as many dual matches, topping Rocio Frej, 6-2, 6-1. 

Tech rolls to 5-2 win over No. 51 Georgia State
Virginia Tech bounced back Saturday from a loss to No. 4 Georgia to defeat No. 51 Georgia State, 5-2, in a consolation match at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Athens, Ga. Regional. The match was played at the Hopkins Indoor Courts on the University of Georgia campus.

Tech (2-1) , ranked No. 55 in the ITA preseason national poll, won one match and received a default in doubles to capture the first point, then took four of the six singles contests.

In singles action, Holly Johnson (Jr., Tallahassee, Fla.) won her No. 6 match by default to give Tech a 2-0 advantage. Yasmin Hamza (Jr., Cairo, Egypt) continued her solid play easily defeating Kir Kemp, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 3 match. Georgia State registered its lone point of the morning as No. 42 Diana Nakic defeated No. 96 Martha Blakely (So., Reading, Pa.), 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1. Tech clinched the match as Shannon Betts (So., Newnan, Ga.) easily won the No. 4 event, 6-1, 6-2, versus Katerina Gresova.

Terps Fall in Season Opener
The Maryland women's tennis team put up a valiant effort in its season-opening dual match, but eventually fell to nationally-ranked Long Beach State, 6-1, on Saturday.

The Terps (0-1) were narrowly edged in doubles, losing 8-6 in each of the three matches, but fell behind early in singles and were unable to recover.

Deborah Armstrong's 6-3, 6-1 victory over Lisa Miller at No. 1 singles clinched the match for No. 51 Long Beach State (1-1).

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