Women's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, March 21

March 21, 2010

Virginia Women's Tennis Downs Rival Virginia Tech 5-2

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 27 Virginia women’s tennis team remained unbeaten in ACC play as its topped No. 60 Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The Cavaliers improve to 10-3 overall, 3-0 in the ACC, while the Hokies fall to 9-4 (2-1 ACC).

Virginia took a 1-0 lead by sweeping all three doubles matches. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Maria Fuccillo (Rockville,Md.) cruised to an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Yasmin Hamza and Holly Johnson. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) scored an 8-4 win at No. 1 over Martha Blakely and Emily Lauten. Katie Gater (Dunblane, Scotland) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton. Fla.) completed the sweep with an 8-4 win over Shannon Betts amd Courtney Rauscher at No. 3.

The Cavaliers quickly won three singles matches in straight sets to secure the win. Hardenbergh downed Blakely 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 to make the score 2-0. Tomljanovic made the score 3-0 with her 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Rauscher. Fraser clinched the match with her 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 2 over Hamza. Later in the match, Vierra added a win in a third-set match tiebreaker over Betts.

Yellow Jackets Outlast No. 17 Vanderbilt, 4-3

ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team earned a hard fought 4-3 victory over No. 17 Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

With the win, the 36th-ranked Yellow Jackets improved to 9-5 overall, while Vanderbilt fell to 7-6 with the loss. Georgia Tech knocked off its second Top-20 opponent in as many days, as the Jackets beat No. 12 Georgia, 5-2 on Saturday.

"Our team has had to go through so much adversity so early in the season, so to be able to come back with two quality wins over Top-20 opponents, it's a great thing," head coach Bryan Shelton said. "I'm very proud of the girls."

Irina Falconi and Lynn Blau opened the day by earning their third straight victory since being paired together with an 8-2 win over Rachel Dillon and Erica Robertson on court two but Tech failed to gain the doubles point with losses on courts one and three.

Duke Cruises Past William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-After a 10-day layoff the Duke University women's tennis team hit the courts again and garnered a 6-1 win over William & Mary this afternoon. The fifth-ranked Blue Devils won all six singles matches in the contest that was originally scheduled for March 11.

The Tribe (5-9) grabbed the first point of the match, winning No. 2 and No. 3 doubles by the respective scores of 8-3, 8-2. The Duke duo of Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson won at No. 1, defeating Ragini Archaya and Katie Kargl 8-2.

"We didn't play great in doubles, but we were never down in singles," head coach Jamie Ashworth. "It was our first match in 10 days so it's good for us to get back in the swing of things. We play better when we are in match mode."