Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, April 10

April 10, 2010

No. 2 Tar Heels Hold Off No. 9 Clemson, 4-3
No. 2 North Carolina won its eighth-straight match in dramatic fashion, holding off No. 9 Clemson, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. Carolina improved to 21-3 with the win and a perfect 8-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as the Tar Heels handed the Lady Tigers their first home loss of the season. Shinann Featherston, Katrina Tsang and Gina Suarez-Malaguti each scored singles victories to seal the victory after UNC won two of three doubles matches to take the early lead.

The two teams traded one-sided doubles wins before the point was decided on court two. Tsang and Suarez-Malaguti were first off at No. 3 after an 8-3 victory over Nelly Ciolkowski and Caroline Magnusson, before Clemson (18-4, 6-2 ACC) drew even with an 8-2 win at No. 1.

Featherston and Jocelyn Ffriend then clinched the point for the Tar Heels at No. 2, holding off a fierce rally from Laurianne Henry and Keri Wong to win, 8-6.

`Noles Spear Eagles 6-1
The No. 13 Florida State women’s tennis team (11-7, 5-2) posted its fifth-consecutive victory Saturday, April 10 by spearing Boston College 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles will host their last match at home Sunday as they welcome Maryland at noon and recognize the seniors before the match.

The ‘Noles kicked off the match strong by posting wins on all three courts beginning with court one.

Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli teamed up to earn the first victory as they crushed BC’s Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev 8-0.

Blau Leads Yellow Jackets Past No. 7 Duke, 4-3
Sophomore Lynn Blau won a three-set thriller to lead the 20th-ranked Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (13-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 4-3 upset victory over No. 7 Duke (17-4, 5-2) Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

Blau recovered from a 4-1 deficit in the third set to pull out an exciting 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 (6) win over Mary Clayton at No. 4 singles to clinch the match for the Yellow Jackets.

The Blue Devils took two of three doubles matches to open an early 1-0 lead on Tech. The Jackets top team of Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina defeated No. 42 Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson, 8-6, on court one.

Virginia Wins 4-3 at NC State
The No. 40 Virginia women's tennis team snapped a four-match losing streak with a 4-3 win at No. 32 NC State Saturday afternoon at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Cavaliers improved to 11-7 overall and evened their ACC mark at 4-4, while the Wolfpack fell to 9-9 (1-7 ACC).

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point, which proved to be crucial. Virginia got wins at No. 1 and No. 3, both by 8-4 scores. Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) topped Sandhya Nagaraj and Daria Petrovic at the top position, while Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) downed Berkeley Brock and Diana Mortlock at No. 3 to clinch the opening point.

In singles, the Cavaliers doubled their lead as Stevens defeated Tana Illova 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 position. The Wolfpack drew even at 2-2 with wins at No. 3 and No. 6. Virginia retook the lead when Tomljanovic defeated Petrovic 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Fraser clinched the win for the Cavalier with her 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Lenka Hojckova at No. 2.

Deacons Topple Virginia Tech, 4-3
The No. 50 Wake Forest women's tennis team recorded a 4-3 victory over No. 69 Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Leighton Stadium. With the win, Wake Forest improves to 8-11 (2-5 ACC) on the season, while the Hokies fall to .500 with a record of 9-9 (2-6 ACC).

Wake Forest started out strong on the day by taking the doubles point with wins in each of the three matches. The 45th ranked pair of senior Sasha Kulikova and freshman Kathryn Talbert teamed up to post an impressive 8-2 win at the top doubles position. Senior Aileen Davis and Emilee Malvehy claimed an 8-5 victory at the number two spot, and the duo of Martina Pavelec and Katarina Reveche rounded out the doubles scoring with an 8-5 win.

Kulikova continued her strong play in singles action playing at the number two spot, as she posted a dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory over Virginia Tech's Martha Blakely. Malvehy then added to the Wake Forest point total by defeating Emily Lauten of Virginia Tech in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 7-5. Playing at the top singles position, No. 64 Martina Pavelec claimed a 6-2 victory in the first set against Virginia Tech's Yasmin Hamza. It was a tightly contested second set that was forced to a tiebreaker, and Hamza earned the set point with a 7-1 victory in the tiebreaker. Pavelec remained in control throughout the third and final set, and she was able to hang on and take a 6-2 victory.