Women's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, March 24

March 24, 2010

No. 11 Miami Handles No. 13 Georgia Tech, 5-2

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 11 University of Miami women's tennis team took the doubles point, and walked away with four singles matches, in order to take down No. 13 Georgia Tech, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon in ACC action at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews entered the match having never beaten Georgia Tech - the only team in the ACC she had yet to taste victory against. That all changed on Wednesday, as the Hurricanes used a much-needed doubles point, as well as a come-from-behind singles point, to collect the 5-2 decision. In the process, Miami broke a nine-match skid to the Yellow Jackets dating back to 2000.

"The girls came out and played great doubles, and that really set the tone early-on in the match," stated UM head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "We've been teaching them that they have to keep the attitude and effort there for each match, and it really has been, and especially was today."

Miami (10-3, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) began the day by claiming the all-important doubles point with two-of-three positions. The Hurricanes' team of Gabriela Mejia and Danielle Mills opened the doubles session with an 8-4 defeat of Georgia Tech's Sasha Krupina and Hillary Davis at the second position.

Blue Devils Knock Off No. 2 Northwestern

DURHAM, N.C. - For the second time in two seasons, the women's tennis team played the spoiler against a highly-touted Northwestern squad, knocking off the second-ranked Wildcats in a 5-2 victory Wednesday at Ambler Stadium. After dropping the doubles point, the Blue Devils stormed back to take five of the six singles matches on their way to the upset. The victory marked the team's fourth against a nationally-ranked opponent this season, and improved its record to 13-2 on the season.

The Blue Devils debuted two new pairs in doubles play, but it was Northwestern that earned the point after taking two of the three matches. Senior Amanda Granson and sophomore Monica Gorny fell to Samantha Murray and Elena Chernyakova on court two, 8-2. The duo of senior Elizabeth Plotkin and junior Reka Zsilinszka, ranked 43rd-nationally, got off to a 2-0 start at No. 1 doubles. But Northwestern's Lauren Lui and Maria Mosolova took five straight points to close out an 8-4 victory and secure the doubles point.

The tandem of junior Ellah Nze and freshman Mary Clayton recorded the lone doubles win for Duke, defeating Linda Abu Mushrefova and Stacey Lee, 8-4, at the No. 3 position.

No. 26 NC State Sweeps Richmond 7-0

RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 26 NC State women's tennis team didn't show any sign of a let down in a 7-0 sweep over Richmond on Wednesday, March 24.

In doubles play the Pack prevailed in all three matches. The No. 42 tandem of Berkeley Brock and Sandhya Nagaraj beat Erin Clark and Helen Cunningham 8-6. Lenka Hojckova and Daria Petrovic took down Kelly Tidwell and Isabel Arana 8-6 to clinch the point. Diana Mortlock paired with Chloe Smith and defeated Sydney Grand and Alexandra Smyth 8-5.

In singles the Wolfpack came out rolling. Petrovic got the first win of the day with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Grant. Smith was right behind her, defeating I. Arana 6-2, 6-0. Brock won in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 over Cunningham to give the Pack the win.

Mortlock made things look easy beating Smyth 6-2, 6-1. Hojckova took down Tidwell 6-4, 6-2. Nagaraj finished the day with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Clark.