Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, April 2

April 2, 2010

No. 1 Carolina Rallies Past No. 34 Virginia, 4-3
Senior Sophie Grabinski won the final four games in the deciding match to rally No. 1 North Carolina past No. 34 Virginia, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. Grabinski, Shinann Featherston and Gina Suarez-Malaguti each won decisive third sets to pull UNC out of an early hole and push the Tar Heels to 18-3 and a perfect 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia (10-6, 3-3 ACC) stormed out of the gates in doubles, taking the top two matches to claim the first point of the day.

No. 44 Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra topped Sanaz Marand and Suarez-Malaguti, 8-3, at No. 2 before No. 65 Jennifer Stevens and Hana Tomljanovic defeated No. 27 Katrina Tsang and Featherston, 8-6, at the top of the lineup. Carolina took the final doubles match at No. 3 with Jelena Durisic and Grabinski winning in a tiebreak.

Blue Devils Coast Past Hokies, 6-1
The Duke University women's tennis team maintained its unblemished conference record with a 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday afternoon. The fifth-ranked Blue Devils improve to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in ACC play.

Duke brought home the first point of the match in exciting fashion as the duo of junior Ellah Nze and freshman Jessica Stiles held off a comeback from the No. 3 Hokie tandem for a 9-8 win to clinch the doubles point. Freshman Mary Clayton and sophomore Monica Gorny provided the first doubles victory, winning 8-0 at the No. 2 spot.

Holding the early 1-0 advantage, the Blue Devils raced out big in a singles play. Clayton and Gorny both made quick work of their opponents. Clayton was off the court first at No. 4, beating Emily Lauten 6-0, 6-1, while Gorny was right behind her with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Courtney Rauscher in the fifth position.

Miami Women's Tennis Trips No. 30 NC State, 7-0
The No. 9 Miami Hurricanes (14-3, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to their 11th consecutive victory on Friday, topping No. 30 NC State (9-7, 1-5 ACC) by a score of 7-0 in ACC women's tennis action at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C. With the victory over the Wolfpack, Miami extended its regular season ACC winning streak to 16 matches dating back to last season.

Miami started the day with a doubles sweep of all positions.

The 55th-ranked duo of UM's Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn turned in the first win, picking up their fourth-straight win courtesy an 8-5 triumph over NC State's team of Lenka Hojckova and Daria Petrovic at the No. 2 slot. The win allowed the `Canes duo to move their record for the year out to 12-3, and improved their mark for the spring at 8-1. That win was followed at the No. 1 position, seeing UM's seventh-ranked duo of Laura Vallverdu and Gabriela Mejia post an 8-5 decision over the Wolfpack's Berkeley Brock and Sandhya Nagaraj, clinching the doubles point in the process. Mejia and Vallverdu have now collected wins in their last three matches, improving their season record to 17-5 (6-3 dual).

`Noles Post 4-3 Win Over Wake Forest
The No. 17 Florida State women's tennis team (9-7, 3-2) earned its third-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory Friday afternoon by posting a 4-3 win over No. 43 Wake Forest at the Leighton Stadium. The `Noles will continue their road trip as they face No. 30 NC State Saturday at 1 p.m.

Highlighting the day for the squad was Lauren McCreless as the senior became FSU's all-time career singles wins leader with her 96th triumph. No. 20 McCreless defended court one as she dominated her fifth-ranked opponent in No. 64 Martina Pavelec 7-5, 6-1.

Although McCreless didn't have the same success in doubles, teammates Jessica Sucupira and Federica Suess did as they clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory over Emily Malvehy and Aileen Davis on court two.