Women's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, February 14

Feb. 14, 2010

No. 11 Carolina Tops No. 1 Duke For Spot In ITA Finals
No. 11 North Carolina continued its dream run through the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a heart-stopping 4-3 win over No. 1 Duke Saturday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin's Nielson Tennis Stadium. The win, Carolina's first-ever victory over a top-ranked team, puts the Tar Heels into Monday's final against No. 2 Northwestern.

UNC (10-0) won the doubles point for the 10th match in a row to take the early lead.

No. 22 Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston were first off at No. 2 doubles, dropping Reka Zsilinszka and Elizabeth Plotkin, 8-3. Duke pulled even with a 9-8 (4) win at No. 3 before the senior duo of No. 6 Sanaz Marand and Sophie Grabinski finished off Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson, 8-6, to seal the point.

No. 6 Miami Women Close-Out No. 4 Georgia, 5-2
The sixth-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team rolled off five singles wins on Sun., Feb. 14, collecting an impressive 5-2 upset of No. 4 Georgia in the Hurricanes final match of the ITA Team Indoor Championships at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

Miami (4-3) fell behind early for the fourth consecutive match, dropping the doubles point in two-of-three matches. The Hurricanes took the first match, however, at the No. 2 position on the strength of an 8-3 victory for the team of Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn, staking the win over Georgia's duo of Yvette Hyndman and Cameron Ellis.

Georgia (4-3) proved resilient at the other two spots, evening the match in flight three, using Naoko Ueshima and Lara Fakhoury for an 8-2 triumph over the `Canes team of Danielle Mills and Claudia Wasilewski. The Bulldogs pulled away for the doubles point win at the top flight when Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist posted an 8-4 upset of Miami's third-ranked team of Gabriela Mejia and Laura Vallverdu.

No. 9 Georgia Tech Bounces Back With 6-1 Win Over Wisconsin
The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team bounced back after two tough losses with a 6-1 victory over host Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Nielson Tennis Stadium.

After struggling the first two days in doubles, the Yellow Jackets rebounded by winning the doubles point over the Badgers Sunday. Sasha Krupina and Irina Falconi teamed for an 8-4 win over Aleksandra Markovic and Angela Chupa at the No. 1 doubles position. On court two, Viet Ha Ngo and Hillary Davis would then clinch the point with a 9-7 victory over Hannah Berner and Kathleen Saltarelli.

Georgia Tech would take a 2-0 advantage as Lynn Blau defeated Hannah Berner, who had to default after dropping the first set, 7-6. 

No. 20 FSU Upsets No. 13 Tennessee 4-3 In Final Day Of Indoors
The No. 20 Florida State women’s tennis (4-3) team rallied on the final day of the ITA Indoor Championships as the ‘Noles upset the No. 13 Tennessee Lady Vols Sunday, February 14, at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Freshman Amy Sargeant secured the triumph for FSU as she came back from a first-set deficit to win her match on the third set.

The match started off slow for Florida State as Tennessee dominated all three courts during doubles with No. 1 Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota on court one leading the way to win the point into singles.

Singles, however, was a different story for the ‘Noles with junior Katie Rybakova leading the way with an impressive victory over No. 51 Maria Sorbello and Sargeant following her lead in closing out the match. 

NC State Upsets No. 60 Old Dominion 6-1
The NC State women's tennis team upset No. 60 Old Dominion on Sunday, Feb. 14, 6-1.

The Wolfpack had a great start, winning the doubles point. Berkeley Brock and Lenka Hojckova teamed up to beat Irina Dementyeva and Diana Ivanova. Ashley Miller paired with Diana Mortlock to defeat Marija Citic and Juliana Pires, 8-1. Sandhya Nagaraj and Daria Petrovic suffered their first lost of the spring, losing 8-6 to Nadine Fahoum and Joanna Dobrowolska.

In singles play Brock took down Dobrowolska, 6-3, 5-1 (def). Hojckova beat Dementyeva in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. After losing the first set, Petrovic came back to defeat Ivanova 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Maryland Loses a Heartbreaker Sunday
Junior Julia Huschke and freshman Burce Kurkan won both their doubles and singles matches, but it wasn't enough as the Maryland women's tennis team lost 4-3 to Rutgers Sunday.

With the match tied at 3-all, Lexi Brand fell to Jennifer Holtzberg 6-4, 6-3 giving the Scarlet Knights (3-1, 0-1 Big East) their second victory of the weekend.

The Terps (0-3, 0-1 ACC) stormed out to a strong start, winning three of the first four points.

Clemson Women's Tennis Falls to #16 Michigan on Sunday
Clemson women's tennis concluded play at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 5-2 loss at the hands of #16 Michigan on Sunday. The Tigers fall to 9-2 on the season, and will have a week away from competition before traveling to Columbia to take on South Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Sophomore Keri Wong led the Tigers on the day with a win at #2 singles over Tania Mahtani, 6-2, 6-3, and a doubles win with Ina Hadziselimovic at flight one, 9-8 (3-0).

Laurianne Henry picked up a win at flight five for the Tigers as well, winning the first set 7-5 and was leading in the second set, 2-1 before Mimi Nguyen retired due to injury. The junior is the reigning ACC Player of the Week and won each of her three singles matches in Madison during the weekend.