Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, March 27

March 28, 2010

Deacons Pull Through for Upset Over No. 13 Georgia Tech, 4-3

ATLANTA - Pushed forward by a stellar 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6(7) win from Wake Forest rookie Kathryn Talbert at No. 3 singles, the Wake Forest women's tennis team landed a huge upset on Saturday afternoon, taking down No. 13 Georgia Tech 4-3 in Yellow Jacket territory.

Wake Forest improves to 7-7 and 1-1 in the ACC and Georgia Tech stalls at 9-7, 0-3.

The Demon Deacons opened play with the doubles point. Sasha Kulikova and Talbert topped 32nd-ranked Georgia Tech tandem Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina 8-6 for the win.

The Yellow Jackets were forced to forfeit in the singles line up, but still gave the Demon Deacons a fight right down to the wire.

In only the second dual match of her career, Martina Pavelec faced top-ranked Irina Falconi. Falconi took a 6-1, 6-1 win and teammate Lynn Blau followed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Emilee Malvehy at No. 4 to knot the match score at 2-2.

Ryann Cutillo dropped a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 match to Elizabeth Kilborn at No. 5 and the Yellow Jackets moved into the lead, 3-2.

No. 9 Clemson Powers Past Wolfpack on Saturday

CLEMSON, S.C. - The ninth-ranked Clemson women's tennis team defeated #26 NC State by a 7-0 margin on Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The Tigers (15-3, 3-1 ACC) parlayed momentum from a big doubles comeback into a sweep of the singles matches and the victory over the Wolfpack (9-5, 1-3 ACC).

Clemson has now won ten straight over the Wolfpack, and holds a 37-4 all-time record against NC State. The Tigers had not played since March 16, but shook off the rust early in the win.

In doubles action, Clemson took the point in dramatic fashion, engineering comebacks at flights one and three after falling at flight two. NC State's Hojckova and Petrovic defeated Estefania Balda and Nelly Ciolkowski, 8-5 to take the advantage in the doubles point.

The Wolfpack looked to have the point sewn up, as Clemson's17th-ranked duo of Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic trailed 5-2 in their match with #42 Nagaraj and Berkeley Brock before rattling off seven of the next nine points to win the match.

Duke Women's Tennis Cruises Past Maryland

DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University women's tennis team pushed its home win streak to 28 matches this afternoon with a commanding 7-0 victory over ACC foe Maryland at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The eighth-ranked Blue Devils are a perfect 10-0 at home this season.

Duke improved to 14-2 overall on the year and 2-0 against conference foes. Maryland falls to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in the ACC.

"We love playing here because so many fans come out," Nze said. "The wrestling [team] comes out and they're amazing and 'crazy towel guy'. It's great. Anytime you can have people behind us and not cheering against us is a great advantage. It gives us energy across all six courts."

No. 1 Tar Heels Roll Past BC, 7-0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 1 North Carolina did not drop a set in sweeping a short-handed Boston College squad, 7-0, Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Tar Heels got straight-set wins from Katrina Tsang, Jelena Durisic, Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Zoe De Bruycker and Linzee Mabrey over the Eagles, who were forced to default matches at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles due to a lack of healthy players. UNC improved to 15-3 on the season and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while BC fell to 5-9, 1-4 in the ACC.

With Boston College unable to field a full lineup, the Tar Heels needed just two wins to sweep the doubles point.

Tsang teamed with Suarez-Malaguti at No. 2 doubles to post a decisive 8-2 win over Katarina Gajic and Katharine Attwell before Jocelyn Ffriend and Haley Hemm took care of business at No. 1 to finish out doubles.

After getting a second point due to the defaulted match at No. 6 singles, Carolina wasted no time in putting the Eagles away.