Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, March 13

March 13, 2010

Yellow Jackets Cruise Past North Texas, 6-1

ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (7-5) won five of six singles matches on its way to a 6-1 victory over North Texas (6-5) Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets opened the day by sweeping all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead on North Texas. Irina Falconi and Lynn Blau teamed together to earn an 8-2 win over Catalina Cruz and Barbora Vykydalova on court two. Tech's top tandem of Hillary Davis and Sasha Krupina clinched the point behind an 8-4 victory over Irina Parashiv and Amy Joubert. Elizabeth Kilborn and Viet Ha Ngo picked up the other doubles win for the Jackets.

In singles play, Falconi, the nation's top-ranked player, dropped her first game of the day to Madura Ranganathan but would not lose another as she put the Jackets up 2-0 behind a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court one. Krupina pushed the Yellow Jackets lead to 3-0 after finishing off Irina Paraschiv, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.

No. 9 Lady Bears Outlast No. 4 Carolina, 4-3

WACO, Texas --- No. 4 North Carolina won the doubles point but could not hang on in singles as the Tar Heels lost to No. 9 Baylor, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center. Sophie Grabinski and Shinann Featherston scored singles wins for Carolina, which lost for just the third time in 2010, with all three losses coming to top-10 opponents. The two teams were facing off for the second time this season, a month to the day after UNC topped Baylor, 5-2, in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.

All three doubles matches were hotly contested, with the Tar Heels (13-3) winning on courts two and three to take the point. No. 39 Featherston and Katrina Tsang outlasted Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk at No. 2, 9-7, before Haley Hemm and Jocelyn Ffriend finished off Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic at No. 3, 8-6.

No. 11 Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi prevented a UNC sweep with their 9-8 win over No. 8 Sanaz Marand and Grabinski at No. 1.

Tech wins fifth straight

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's tennis team picked up its fifth consecutive victory Saturday evening with a 6-1 win over Richmond. Inclement weather forced the match to be moved indoors at the Country Club of Virginia. Tech improves to 8-3 on the year while Richmond fell to 3-4.

Tech, ranked No. 73 in this week's ITA national poll, won all three doubles matches to take the first point of the evening, then captured five of the six singles contests.

In singles action, Christin Newman (Fr., Greensboro, N.C.) easily won her No. 2 match, 6-1, 6-1, over Kelly Tidwell and Yasmin Hamza (Jr., Cairo, Egypt) defeated Helen Cunningham, 7-5, 6-1, in the No. 3 contest. Shannon Betts (So., Newnan, Ga.) took the No. 4 match, 6-3, 6-1, against Alexandra Smyth while Courtney Rauscher (So., Evans, Ga.) won, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 5 over Sydney Grant. The Hokies remaining single win occurred at No. 6 as Emily Lauten (Fr., Marietta, Ga.) defeated Joanna Matuszczyk, 6-4, 6-3.