Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, February 13

Feb. 14, 2010

Boston College Picks Up First Conference Win By Defeating Maryland 5-2
The Boston College women's tennis team got back on the winning track just in time to open conference play with a win on Saturday afternoon over Maryland 5-2 at the Tennis Center in College Park, Maryland.

The win improves Boston College to 3-4 (1-0 ACC) on the year, while the loss drops Maryland to 0-2 (0-1 ACC) for the season.

Boston College took the first point of the match by winning two of the three doubles matches. The number one doubles team of freshmen Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev continued their solid doubles play as they took down Maryland's Lisa Miller and Maggie MacKeever 8-6.

Duke Advances with Win Over Southern California
Duke University senior Amanda Granson captured her sixth win of the season to send the top-ranked Blue Devils to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 4-2 victory over No. 8 Southern California. Duke advances to the semifinals and will take on No. 11 North Carolina on Feb. 14.

The Blue Devils (7-0) got the match started on the right foot by taking the crucial doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. The duo of senior Elizabeth Plotkin and junior Reka Zsilinszka were off the court first with an 8-1 triumph over Danielle Lao and Alison Ramos. Duke's top tandem of Granson and junior Ellah Nze also remained unbeaten on the season, coasting past Maria Sanchez and Lyndsay Kinstler 8-3 to clinch the point.

In singles action Plotkin proved that she is a force to be dealt with in the No. 3 spot. The native of San Francisco cruised to a straight-set victory, 6-1, 6-4 over 18th-ranked Lao to give Duke the 2-0 lead. 

No. 11 Carolina Rolls Into ITA Semis With Win Over No. 5 Baylor
No. 11 North Carolina knocked off its second top-10 opponent in as many days as the Tar Heels defeated No. 5 Baylor, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the University of Wisconsin's Nielson Tennis Stadium. After sweeping the doubles point, Carolina got wins in four of six singles matches to advance to Sunday's semifinals, where the Tar Heels will meet Atlantic Coast Conference rival and top-seeded Duke.

Carolina (9-0) stormed out of the gate in doubles to take the all-important early advantage. Fresh off a loss in Friday's match with Georgia, No. 6 Sophie Grabinski and Sanaz Marand wasted no time in getting the Tar Heels going with an 8-2 win over No. 13 Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova at No. 1. No. 22 Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston then clinched the point with an 8-6 win at No. 2 before No. 28 Haley Hemm and Jocelyn Ffriend completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at No. 3.

With play beginning on courts one, three and five, Baylor (4-1) moved ahead with a pair of wins at Nos. 1 and 3. No. 24 Nina Secerbegovic tied the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jelena Durisic at No. 3, and No. 17 Broosova gave the Lady Bears their first lead with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Tsang at the top of the lineup. 

No. 6 Hurricanes upset by No. 16 Michigan, 4-3
The No. 6 University of Miami women's tennis team competed in another exciting match on Saturday, but fell just short in the end as the No. 16 University of Michigan claimed a 4-3 upset win in the consolation round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

Michigan (5-2) opened up doubles play claiming the first two positions, allowing them the all-important doubles point right from the start.

The Wolverines used an 8-2 win in third flight play, seeing the team of Michelle Sulahian and Mimi Nguyen push past Miami's Danielle Mills and Claudia Wasilewski for the victory. That was followed up at the second position when Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno garnered an 8-1 defeat of the `Canes Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn.

No. 9 Georgia Tech Drops 4-3 Decision to No. 13 Tennessee
The Yellow Jackets picked up three singles victories Saturday afternoon but the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (5-2) dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 13 Tennessee (5-1) at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

For the second straight day, the Yellow Jackets struggled in their doubles matches, getting swept by Tennessee. The Volunteers tandem of Maria Sorbello and Katie Lee would clinch the point with an 8-4 win over Tech's Elizabeth Kilborn and Lynn Blau on court three.

Trailing the Vols 1-0, Amanda McDowell tied the match up with a three-set victory over Rosalia Alda at No. 3 singles. The lone senior on the Yellow Jackets came from behind to earn a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.

No. 14 Clemson Women's Tennis Powers Past Host Wisconsin
The 14th-ranked Clemson women's tennis team took a 6-1 decision from host school Wisconsin in the consolation rounds of the ITA National team Indoor Championships. The win came less than 12 hours after a six-hour loss at the hands of #7 Southern Cal in the Final 16. Clemson improved to 9-1 on the season while Wisconsin fell to 3-3.

Clemson swept the doubles point, with Josipa Bek and Nelly Ciolkowski taking a 8-2 decision at flight two and Hadziselimovic and Wong moving to 8-2 on the season with an 8-4 win. Estefania Balda and Laurianne Henry won their match at flight three, 9-8.

Henry then opened the singles scoring with a 6-1, 6-1 win at flight five over Hannah Berner, giving Clemson a 2-0

Georgia Overpowers FSU 6-1
The No. 20 Florida State women's tennis team (3-4) suffered its second loss at the ITA Indoor Championships to No. 10 Georgia, 6-1, Saturday, February 13. The Seminoles still have the chance to win one match at Indoors as they take the courts to face No. 13 Tennessee at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium Sunday morning at 10 a.m. (EST).

The Bulldogs kicked off the match strong by posting three wins in doubles to secure the 1-0 lead into singles.

Although a pair of `Noles were able to win first sets in singles, FSU was unable to withstand the Bulldog's force with all but one `Nole falling.

Marshall upends Tech, 5-2
The Virginia Tech women's tennis team suffered a 5-2 defeat Saturday afternoon against No. 69 Marshall in a match played at the Huntington Tennis Club. Marshall improved to 8-0 on the year with its third consecutive win over a nationally-ranked opponents, while Tech fell to 3-2 on the year.

Tech, ranked No. 49 in this week's ITA national poll, dropped all three doubles matches to relinquish the first point of the day, then dropped four of the six singles contests.

In singles action, Yasmin Hamza (Jr., Cairo, Egypt) won a tight, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), match at No. 3 over Dominika Zaprazna and Emily Lauten (Fr., Marietta, Ga.) took the No. 6 contest, 6-4, 6-3, against Kristina Koprcina.