Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, April 3

April 3, 2010

Duke Outlasts Virginia to Stay Perfect in ACC Play

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Duke senior Amanda Granson battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to win 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-4 and clinch the match as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils outlasted No. 34 Virginia, 5-2, this afternoon in ACC women's tennis action. Duke remains unbeaten in conference play this season.

With Duke (17-2, 5-0) leading 3-2 thanks to a win from senior Elizabeth Plotkin at No. 2 singles, the final outcome of the match was in the hands of Granson and junior Reka Zsilinszka on courts four and three, respectively.

After splitting the first two sets, both Blue Devils were headed to decisive third sets to determine the outcome of the match. Zsilinszka grabbed the early break to go ahead 3-1, while Granson roared back from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 lead in the decisive third set.

No. 20 Yellow Jackets Sweep Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 20th-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (12-7, 3-3 ACC) extended its win streak to three games with a 7-0 victory over Maryland (3-9, 0-7) Saturday afternoon at the Tennis Center.

"Our team played well today and I was happy with the way we executed on the important points," head coach Bryan Shelton said. "It was good to see Sasha [Krupina] play so well and execute her game plan."

The Yellow Jackets opened the day by winning its third straight doubles points for an early 1-0 lead over the Terrapins. No. 30 Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina got things started with an 8-1 win over Jordan Hansbrough and Lexi Brand on court one. The Jackets duo of Viet Ha Ngo and Elizabeth Kilborn clinched the point with an 8-1 victory of their own over Burce Kurkan and Eleonore Paillaud. Hillary Davis and Lynn Blau also teamed together for a doubles win.

Davis, who has won five of her last six matches, put the Jackets up 2-0 when she defeated Paillaud, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.

#10 Clemson Downs Boston College on Saturday

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Clemson women's tennis team won its seventh straight match overall and fifth straight in conference in a 6-1 win over Boston College (5-12, 1-7 ACC). The Tigers (18-3, 6-1 ACC) won both matches this weekend on the road, and will play two top-five ranked teams next weekend.

The Tigers are now 6-1 in road matches on the season, the third-most road wins in a single season during Nancy Harris' tenure.

The Tigers swept the doubles point with the ninth-ranked duo of Bek and Hadziselimovic prevailing, 8-4. Keri Wong and Laurianne Henry teamed up to win, 8-2 at flight two, and the freshman tandem of Magnusson and Ciolkowski won their fourth match together, 8-5 at flight three.

#24 Bek was the first to win a singles match, taking a 6-1, 6-3 decision at flight one over Alex Kelleher. Caroline Magnusson continued her strong play with a 6-3, 6-2 win at flight six.

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No. 9 Miami Stops Wake Forest, 5-0

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 9 Miami won its 12th consecutive match on Saturday, earning a 5-0 decision over homestanding Wake Forest in Atlantic Coast Conference women's tennis action at Leighton Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The win was also the fourth-straight sweep of an opponent for the `Canes, outscoring the opposition by a 26-0 count during that span.

Miami (15-3, 8-0 ACC) was playing its sixth match in 11 days, while Wake Forest (7-11, 1-4 ACC) was facing its second consecutive Top 20 opponent, falling to No. 19 Florida State on Friday. Therefore, both head coaches agreed to end the singles matches at the No. 2 and No. 6 positions after the match was decided in favor of UM.

The `Canes began the day claiming the doubles point in thrilling fashion. UM picked up the first win on court one as the sixth-ranked team of Gabriela Mejia and Laura Vallverdu downed Wake Forest's 45th-ranked team of Kathryn Talbert and Sasha Kulikova at the No. 1 position.

No. 1 Tar Heels Handle No. 68 Virginia Tech, 7-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Top-ranked North Carolina won its sixth consecutive match and improved to 19-3 on the season with a 7-0 sweep of No. 68 Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The Tar Heels, who moved to 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, won two of three doubles matches to take the early lead before winning all six singles matches, including five in straight sets.

After dropping the doubles point Friday against Virginia, Carolina got wins on courts two and three to take the initial advantage against the Hokies (9-8, 2-5 ACC).

The sophomore duo of Jocelyn Ffriend and Haley Hemm made a triumphant return to the lineup, rolling to an 8-2 victory at No. 3. No. 27 Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston then clinched the point with an 8-4 win at No. 2, extending their unbeaten run at that position to 14 matches.

No. 17 Florida State Blanks No. 30 NC State, 7-0

RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 17 Florida State women's tennis team (10-7, 4-2) closed out its two-match road trip Saturday afternoon with a dominating performance that saw the squad crushing No. 30 NC State 7-0 at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.

"The girls did a great job taking care of things today and throughout the weekend," FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We have a lot of great things to take away from this weekend, and also have some things we know that we have to continue to work on. We have won the doubles point in our last four matches, but we have to keep getting better with doubles."

FSU opened the match by posting wins on court one and three in doubles to earn the lead into singles.

Court one saw Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli surpassing Berkeley Brock and Lenka Hojckova 8-2, while the twosome of Katie Rybakova and Amy Sargeant defeated Diana Mortlock and Chloe Smith 8-5 on court three.