Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, February 12

Feb. 13, 2010

Blue Devils Roll Past Badgers in Opening Round
Duke University's top-ranked women's tennis team continued its early season dominance this evening with a 6-1 win over host Wisconsin in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. The Blue Devils advance to the quarterfinals to take on eighth-seed Southern California on Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Duke maintained its unblemished doubles record earning the first point of the match by taking No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The duo of Amanda Granson and Ellah Nze were the first off the court with an 8-4 triumph, while Reka Zsilinszka and Elizabeth Plotkin emerged victorious at 8-3 in the No. 2 slot to give the Blue Devils the 1-0 lead in the match.

In singles action it was Rookie Mary Clayton making quick work of Wisconsin's Kathleen Saltarelli with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. With the 2-0 lead in the match, Nze made it 3-0 for the Blue Devils as she cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Katya Mirnova at No. 2. 

No. 11 Carolina Upsets No. 10 Georgia, 5-2
No. 11 North Carolina advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 5-2 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Friday morning at the University of Wisconsin's Nielson Tennis Stadium. The win, Carolina's second over a top-10 opponent this season, sets up a quarterfinal matchup with fifth-seeded Baylor Saturday afternoon at 3:30 CT.

UNC (8-0) got on the board first, winning the doubles point for the eighth time in as many matches. The No. 22 duo of Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston were first off at No. 2, defeating Yvette Hyndman and Cameron Ellis, 8-4. Georgia (3-2) evened things up with a 9-7 win at the top position before No. 28 Jocelyn Ffriend and Haley Hemm clinched the point with an 8-5 win at No. 3.

The Bulldogs made it 1-1 with a victory at No. 2 singles, as No. 57 Nadja Gilchrist upended No. 25 Sanaz Marand, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 20 FSU Falls To No. 5 Baylor, 5-2, In First Round Of Indoors
Despite fighting back during singles, the No. 20 Florida State women's tennis team (3-3) fell to No. 5 Baylor, 5-2, in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championships Friday, February 12. The squad will now move on to the consolation draw Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Baylor started off the match strong as it earned back-to-back doubles' wins on courts two and one, respectively, to earn the 1-0 lead in to singles.

However it was singles that featured the Seminoles scaring the Bears as two veterans posted two consecutive points for the Garnet and Gold. 

#14th-Ranked Clemson falls to #7 Southern California
The 14th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team dropped its first decision of 2010, falling 5-2 to 7th-ranked University of Southern California in the Final 16 of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Tigers are now 8-1, but showed that they are among the nation’s best teams, battling for more than five hours against their second top-ten team in three matches.

The Tigers will play host school Wisconsin on Saturday at 10:00 am eastern in the Consolation Draw. The Badgers lost, 4-0 to #1 Duke in the first round. The Tigers will then take on #16 Michigan on Sunday at 10:00 am. LiveStats are available at uwbadgers.com.

The Trojans got on the board first with the doubles point with the team of Alison Ramos and Danielle Lao taking down Josipa Bek and Nelly Ciolkowski, 8-1, at flight two. Ina Hadziselimovic and Keri Wong gave a strong effort, but fell, 8-6 at flight one to Maria Sanchez and Lyndsay Kinstler. Laurianne Henry and Estefania Balda continued their good play, winning, 9-8 at flight three. It was their fourth consecutive win at flight three for Clemson 

No. 6 Miami Women's Tennis Tripped by No. 12 UCLA, 4-3
The 12th-ranked UCLA Bruins collected the doubles point and three singles positions to claim a 4-3 upset win over the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes in women's tennis action Friday evening, as part of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

UCLA (6-0) opened the doubles matches with an 8-2 decision at the third flight, as the Bruins' Carling Seguso and Andrea Remynse claimed the victory over Miami's Danielle Mills and Claudia Wasilewski. Miami (3-2) evened things up at the second position when the `Canes Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn staked an 8-5 triumph over UCLA's Nina Pantic and Noelle Hickey.

The Bruins claimed the all-important doubles point at the number one position when the 10th-ranked duo of Yasmin Schnack and Andrea Remynse took a hard-fought 9-7 upset win from Miami's third-ranked team of Gabriela Mejia and Laura Vallverdu.

No. 9 Yellow Jackets Fall to No. 3 California, 5-2
The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team dropped its first match of the season when it fell to No. 3 California, 5-2, Friday evening at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus.

The Yellow Jackets fell behind early when the Golden Bears swept all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. After winning at No. 2 doubles, Cal's tandem of Tayler Davis and Annie Goransson clinched the point with an 8-3 win over Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn on court three.

Cal moved ahead 2-0 when No. 10 Marina Cossou upended Techs' Sasha Krupina, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.