Women's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, February 28

Feb. 28, 2010

Virginia Downs Maryland and Old Dominion
The No. 25 Virginia women’s tennis team extended its win streak to five matches with a doubleheader sweep Sunday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers (8-2, 2-0 ACC) downed both Maryland and No. 66 Old Dominion by 7-0 scores.

Virginia improved to 2-0 in the ACC with the win over the Terrapins (2-5, 0-3) in the opener. The Cavaliers swept the doubles point with wins by Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) at No. 1, Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) and Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) at No. 2 and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) at No. 3.

In singles, Virginia got straight set wins from Hardenbergh at No. 1, Fraser at No. 2, Stevens at No. 3, Tomljanovic at No. 4, and Fuccillo at No. 5. Katie Gater (Dunblane, Scotland) added a three-set win at No. 6 to complete the sweep.

Kulikova Leads Deacs to 4-3 Upset Win Over #41 FIU
The Wake Forest women's tennis team upset 41st ranked Florida International by a score of 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Indoor Tennis Center. Wake improves their record on the season to 5-4 while Florida International falls to 5-5. The Golden Panthers also dropped a 4-3 decision on Saturday at NC State.

Wake Forest started out strong, as Aileen Davis and Emilee Malvehy claimed an 8-3 victory at the number two doubles position. The number three doubles match belonged to FIU, therefore leaving the decisive doubles point at the number one position. Freshman Kathryn Talbert and senior Sasha Kulikova fell behind 3-1 to FIU's 48th ranked tandem of Liset Brito and Priscilla Castillo, but they soon battled back to take a 5-3 lead. FIU was able to tie the score at 5-5, and the two teams continued to trade points. With the score knotted at 8 games apiece, the match was forced to be decided by an 8 point tiebreaker set. FIU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but not before Kulikova and Talbert claimed two consecutive points of their own. The Wake duo would go on to win the tiebreaker by a score of 8-6, thus allowing the Demon Deacons to claim what would later prove to be the deciding point of the match.

In singles action, Kulikova turned in another impressive performance with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over FIU's Christine Seredni at the number one position. Playing in the fifth spot, junior Katarina Reveche posted a solid 6-2, 6-4 win to contribute to the win, and senior Aileen Davis defeated FIU's Magali Holt at the number six position by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

Duke Falls at No. 9 Florida
The Duke University women's tennis team dropped a tough 7-0 road decision this evening at ninth-ranked Florida. The Gators were riding an 82-match home win streak in regular season contests heading into the match against the sixth-ranked Blue Devils.

Four singles matches were decided by two games or less with two of those going into a tiebreak as the Gators captured their ninth win of the season. Duke falls to 10-2 on the year.

The Gators got off to a quick start, jumping out in front convincingly at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The third-ranked pair of Marritt Boonstra and Allie Will outlasted Duke's top tandem of Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson, 8-3. At No. 2, Florida's duo of Lauren Embree and Anastasia Revzina clinched the point with an 8-4 victory against Duke's 24th-ranked pair of Elizabeth Plotkin and Reka Zsilinszka. The third doubles match was not finished.

No. 14 Yellow Jackets Fall to No. 2 Northwestern, 6-1
Sophomore Irina Falconi topped the nation's 12th-ranked player but the 14th-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis Team fell to No. 2 Northwestern, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Combe Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets, who have been struggling in doubles this season, dropped two of three matches to the Wildcats to fall behind 1-0. Sophomore Irina Falconi and junior Sasha Krupina won their fourth straight doubles match and ninth of the dual-match season with an 8-6 win over Samantha Murray and Elena Chernyakova on court one.

Northwestern would then take five of the six singles matches to clinch its 10th victory of the season. Falconi, the nation's top-ranked player, earned the Jackets lone singles point when she defeated No. 12 Maria Mosolova, 6-4, 6-4, at the top spot in the lineup.