Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, April 17

April 17, 2010


No. 1 Carolina Claims ACC Regular Season Title
No. 1 North Carolina claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title since 1987 with a 4-3 win over No. 11 Miami Saturday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Sanaz Marand rallied from a set down to defeat No. 6 Laura Vallverdu at the top of the singles lineup to clinch the victory for the Tar Heels, who improved to 23-3 overall and 10-0 in the ACC. Miami, which had a 13 match winning streak snapped with the loss, dropped to 16-4 and 9-1 in the league.

Shinann Featherston and Jocelyn Ffriend got Carolina off to a fast start in doubles, topping Anna Bartenstein and Caludia Wasilewski on court three, 8-4.

The final two matches would need extra games, with No. 2 first to finish.

Blue Devils Defeat Florida State, 4-0
Duke took a convincing 4-0 win this afternoon against No. 15 Florida State at the Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils ended the match early after sealing the victory with a four-point lead.

The sixth-ranked Blue Devils got off to a great start in doubles play, as Reka Zsilinszka and Elizabeth Plotkin won the first doubles match, taking a quick 8-2 decision against Katie Rybakova and Amy Sargeant of Florida State.

On court two, Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny won a 9-7 match against Jessica Sucupira and Federica Suess. The Blue Devils were tied at seven with the Seminoles, but Clayton and Gorny were able to gain the advantage in the last two games to claim the 1-0 team lead.

No. 8 Clemson Tops Virginia Tech in Blacksburg
Senior Ina Hadziselimovic tied the school record with her 100th career doubles win, in helping No. 8 Clemson (20-4, 8-2 ACC) to a 6-1 win over Virginia Tech (9-11, 2-8 ACC) on Saturday. For Clemson, it was the 20th win in 2010, surpassing last season's total, and guarantees the Tigers a first-round bye in next week's ACC Tournament.

For Clemson, it was the ninth win in the last ten matches, and leaves the Tigers one-win shy of a 9-2 mark in the ACC for the second consecutive year.

Hadziselimovic, teamed with Josipa Bek to form the nation's ninth-ranked doubles team, defeated the 63rd-ranked duo of Yasmin Hamsa and Holly Johnson, 8-0. For Hadziselimovic, it was her 30th doubles win of the year and 100th in her career.

Virginia Tops No. 25 Georgia Tech 5-2
The No. 31 Virginia women's tennis team tied a school record with its sixth ACC win of the season as it topped No. 25 Georgia Tech 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (13-7, 6-4 ACC) also secured their first winning conference record since 2006.

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by sweeping all three doubles matches from the Yellow Jackets (13-9, 4-5 ACC). Katie Gater (Dunblane, Scotland) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) scored an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Elizabeth Kilborn and Viet Ha Ngo. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) secured the opening point for UVa with their 8-5 win over Lynn Blau and Hillary Davis at No. 2. Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win at No. 1 over Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina.

In singles, the Yellow Jackets drew even, 1-1, as Falconi, the nation's top-ranked player, defeated Hardenbergh at No. 1. Virginia retook the lead, 2-1, as Fraser defeated Krupina in straight sets at No. 2. At No. 4, Tomljanovic made the score 3-1 with her straight set win over Blau. The final three matches went three sets, with the Cavaliers winning two of them. Stevens clinched the dual match victory with her 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 6-2 win over Kilborn at No. 5 and Gater added a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 win over Davis at No. 6. In the final match on the courts, Ngo edged Vierra 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3.

Terps Rout Spiders

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland finished non-conference play in convincing fashion beating Richmond 6-1 Saturday afternoon.

The Terps (5-12, 0-10 ACC) dominated the Spiders (5-11, 3-1 A10) in singles play winning five of six matches. Maryland also secured the doubles point with wins by Lisa Miller and Maggie MacKeever, and Lexi Brand and Jordan Hansbrough at No. 1 and 2 doubles respectively.

Julia Huscke made quick work of Richmond's Helen Cunningham at No. 3 singles winning 6-0, 6-4 and setting the tone for Maryland in singles play. Other Terp singles winners included MacKeever, Miller, Hansbrough, and Burce Kurkan at No. 1, 2, 4, and 6 singles.