Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, February 6

Feb. 6, 2010

15th-Ranked Tigers Upset #4 Georgia,4-3, in Women's Tennis
For the second time in the last four matches, Clemson women's tennis found itself trailing 3-1 to a nationally ranked opponent. And, for the second time, the 15th-ranked Tigers emerged victorious, this time downing #4 Georgia, 4-3, in Athens on Saturday afternoon in a match that took five and a half hours to complete. Clemson improves to 7-0, while Georgia falls to 3-1 on the season.

Clemson dropped the doubles point, but won flights three through six in singles to take down their fifth ranked opponent of 2010, and the highest-ranked victory since defeating #4 Georgia Tech last season. It was Clemson's first win against a top-five opponent on the road since April 9, 2006, a 4-3 win over North Carolina and the Tigers' fourth-ever win over a top-five team on the road in team history.

The results of the match fell into the hands of Tiger Laurianne Henry and Bulldog Naoko Ueshima at flight five. Henry took the first set in a tie break, but fell 6-1 in the second set, evening the match. Earlier in the season, Henry had a similar opportunity against #37 Texas A&M, capping a comeback in whch the Tigers trailed 3-1. She defeated Sheri Olivier in a three-set marathon, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) to help Clemson advance in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Blue Devils Sweep Indiana, 7-0
Duke was a force against Indiana, winning 7-0 today at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center to remain a perfect 5-0 on the year.

The Blue Devils continued their dominance in doubles play, extending their record to 15-0 in dual matches this season. At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of senior Amanda Granson and junior Ellah Nze beat the Indiana pair of Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel, 8-3. The Blue Devils were up 6-1, controlling the match and finishing the Hoosiers off in 44 minutes.

On court three, the Blue Devils' pair of sophomore Monica Gorny and freshman Jessica Stiles defeated Lindsey Stuckey and Maria Guerreiro of Indiana, 8-5. Duke led the match 3-0, before Indiana was able to fight back at 6-4. Gorny and Stiles closed out the match in 50 minutes to clinch the point for the Blue Devils.  

No. 9 Yellow Jackets Sweep Past Kentucky, 7-0
A pair of come-from-behind doubles victories propelled the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (5-0) to a 7-0 win over Kentucky (1-5) Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets opened the day by capturing the doubles point behind three impressive victories. Amanda McDowell and Hillary Davis got things started with an 8-1 win on court three over Elle Coldiron and Nicole Scates. Facing a 7-4 deficit, Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina stormed back to earn a 9-7 victory on court one over Caroline Lilley and Minnette Pienaar to clinch the point. Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn earned a come-from-behind victory of their own when they beat Megan Broderick and Christine Johnston, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles.

Falconi continued her hot streak in singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead on the Wildcats. The Jackets moved ahead 3-0 when Krupina finished off Broderick, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles. html

No. 11 Tar Heels Improve To 7-0 With Pair Of Wins
No. 11 North Carolina improved to 7-0 on the season with a pair of wins over Wisconsin and Elon Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Indoor Tennis Center. Carolina topped the Badgers, 6-1, before returning later in the day to drop Elon, 7-0. Sanaz Marand, Jelena Durisic and Zoe De Bruycker each won two singles matches to lead the Tar Heels in their final matches before next weekend's ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.

UNC wasted little time in taking control against Wisconsin (2-3) in the opener, with Marand and Sophie Grabinski easing to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston matched their teammates with an 8-1 victory at No. 2 to take the point.

The top of the Tar Heel lineup did the heavy lifting in singles, as Tsang, Durisic and Marand posted tidy straight-set victories to seal the team victory. Featherston added a straight-set win of her own before De Bruycker rallied from a set down to score a third-set tiebreak victory. The Badgers got the last point of the match with a win at the No. 6 position. 

Hokies take down ETSU, 5-2
The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team earned their third victory of the season with a 5-2 win over ETSU on Saturday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

Tech (3-1) took four of the six singles contest for the second-straight match, similar to their 5-2 win over No. 51 Georgia State last weekend. Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) defeated Kelly Holzhausen, 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 2 matchup. Shannon Betts (Newnan, Ga.) posted another victory in the No. 4 match over Karina Kedzo, winning 6-1, 6-1. Emily Lauten (Marietta, Ga.) defeated Andra Voinea by scores of 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 6 matchup, while Courtney Rauscher (Evans, Ga.) clinched the Hokies’ final singles’ victory over Diana Navrostska in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 10-6.

In other singles action, Martha Blakely (Reading, Pa.) fell to Yevgeniya Stupak, 0-6, 0-6 at No. 1 and Yasmin Hamza (Cairo, Egypt) put up a tough match but lost to Paula Jaime 6-1, 2-6, 4-6. 

No. 6 `Canes Edged by No. 5 Baylor, 4-3
A highly-anticipated women's tennis meeting between No. 6 Miami and No. 5 Baylor ended in dramatic fashion on Saturday as Baylor edged Miami, 4-3, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Baylor (3-0) opened the match collecting the all-important doubles point by taking two-of-three positions on the court.

Miami (3-1) grabbed the first doubles match when the Hurricanes' team of Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn downed Baylor's Taylor Ormond and Carla Lindlar, 8-4, at the second position. The win moved the team of Bartenstein/Eichkorn up to 7-2 on the year, winning their last five matches consecutively.

Wake Women's Tennis Drops 6-1 Decision to DePaul
The Wake Forest women's tennis team fell to DePaul on Saturday afternoon by a score of 6-1. Junior Emilee Malvehy picked up the lone win of the day for the Demon Deacons with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over DePaul's Selma Salkovic.

Wake Forest played without two of its top players, as sophomore Ryann Cutillo and freshman Kathryn Talbert were forced to watch from the sideline while nursing injuries. As a result, the Demon Deacons were forced to forfeit the number three doubles match and the number six singles match. 

Boston College Falls to Harvard, 6-1...Coming Soon

Maryland vs. Pittsburgh postponed due to inclement weather