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April 18, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 11 Miami women's tennis team erased an early 3-1 deficit on Sunday, coming back to claim a 4-3 upset win of defending national champion and No. 7 Duke in ACC action at Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Miami (17-4, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) began the day with a chance to earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Championships. However, to do so the Hurricanes would need a victory on the road over the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils (19-6, 7-4).
The `Canes opened the match with two quick wins in doubles play to claim the all-important doubles point. The 53rd-ranked team of Miami's Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn laid claim to an 8-3 triumph at the No. 2 spot from the 66th-ranked Duke team of Monica Gorny and Mary Clayton. The win was the seventh consecutive for the UM duo, improving their overall record to 15-3 on the year, and raised their spring record to 11-1.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 1 North Carolina finished the first 11-0 regular season in Atlantic Coast Conference history with a 4-0 win over No. 15 Florida State Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Sanaz Marand, Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston scored singles victores to lead Carolina, which will enter next week's ACC Championships in Cary, N.C., as the top seed for the first time in over two decades.
UNC (24-3) started strong on all three doubles courts and never let up.
Marand and Tsang were first to finish with a dominant 8-1 victory over Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli on court one.
Sophie Grabinski and Jelena Durisic then sealed the point on court two with an 8-3 win over Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira.
The Tar Heels continued to apply the pressure in singles and Florida State (12-9, 6-4 ACC) was unable to keep pace.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 8 Clemson women's tennis team closed down its regular season with a 4-3 win at No. 31 Virginia. The Tigers (21-4, 9-2 ACC) won the doubles point and three singles matches over the Cavaliers (13-7, 6-5 ACC). During the match, senior All-American Ina Hadziselimovic won her 101st career doubles match, a new Clemson school record.
Clemson wrapped up the three-seed in the ACC Tournament, and depending on the rest of Sunday's results, could end up playing Virginia again for a shot to go the semifinals.
The Cavaliers fought valiantly, holding Clemson close until the second to last match, a three-set win by Hadziselimovic at flight three. Clemson moved to 8-1 on the road in 2010, tied for the fifth-best road mark in school history.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Wake Forest women's tennis team closed the regular season on a high note, posting a 5-2 road win over Maryland on Sunday. The Deacons will head into the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Tennis Championships with a record of 10-13 (4-7 ACC).
With the loss, the Terrapins fall to 5-12 (0-11 ACC).
For the second consecutive match, Wake Forest ended the day victorious despite losing the doubles point. Maryland swept the doubles matches to take an early lead, but the Deacs answered back with wins in five of the six singles matches.
40th-ranked Martina Pavelec got the first point for the Deacons with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Maggie MacKeever at the top singles spot. Emilee Malvehy easily defeated Julia Huschke 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to put Wake Forest in front.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - After falling on the wrong side of its past two matches decided by one point, the No. 37 NC State women's tennis team came through and beat Boston College 4-3 on Sunday, April 18. The victory moves the Wolfpack to 12-8 and 4-7 in the ACC.
The doubles point ended up being critical for the Pack. Sandhya Nagaraj and Daria Petrovic lost 8-3 to Alex Kellerher and olga Khmylev. Lenka Hojckova and Tana Illova tied the score with an 8-4 victory over Katharine Attwell and Brittany Delaney. In a match that went to a tiebreaker, Berkeley Brock and Chloe Smith pulled through with a 9-8 (5) win against Katarina Gajic and Ina Kauppila.
In singles play, the Pack took wins in three of the six matches. Brock forced Gajic to put up goose eggs in a dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory. Illova aslo won fairly easily against Kauppila, 6-1, 6-1. Petrovic took down Khmylev in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (14-9, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) closed out its regular season with a 7-0 win over Virginia Tech (10-12, 2-9) Sunday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
"We did a nice job of executing today," head coach Bryan Shelton said. "Finding the balance of applying pressure and playing consistently is something we are emphasizing. Now we need to get ready for the ACC Tournament."
The Yellow Jackets opened the day with a sweep of all three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead on the Hokies.
Georgia Tech would clinch the match behind straight set victories by sophomore Irina Falconi, sophomore Lynn Blau and freshman Elizabeth Kilborn at the No. 1, 4 and 5 positions in the lineup. Falconi closed out the ACC slate with a perfect 10-0 record against conference opponents.