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April 21, 2011
CARY, N.C. – The higher seeded teams all advanced in Thursday’s opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship, setting up four intriguing quarterfinal matchups between nationally-ranked teams on Friday.
Friday’s schedule at Cary Tennis Park finds top-seeded Duke facing eighth-seeded N.C. State at 9 a.m.
The noon matchupa find second-seeded North Carolina facing seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, while fourth-seeded Virginia meets fifth-seeded Florida State. Third-seeded Miami faces sixth-seeded Clemson in the 3 p.m. contest.
All eight of the remaining teams in the tournament field are ranked among the nation’s Top 30 in the latest ITA rankings (No. 3, Duke, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Miami, No. 11 Virginia, No. 12 Clemson, No. 15 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Florida State and No. 28 NC State).
NC State blanked ninth-seeded Boston College, 4-0 as play got under way on Thursday. Sanaa Bhambri and Sandhya Nagaraj clinched the doubles point for the Wolfpack with a grueling 9-8 (10) win over Veronica Corning and Erina Kukichi on the No. 1 court. NC State (15-7) then put the match away with three singles wins.
Florida State also put up a shutout, blanking No. 12 Wake Forest by a 4-0 score. ACC Co-Player of the Week Amy Sargeant had the clinching win for the Seminoles (13-7), a 6-4, 6-0 sweep of Brigita Bercyte on the No. 6 court. Sargeant also teamed with Katie Rybakova for the clinching doubles point at No. 3.
Defending champion Georgia Tech, seeded No. 7 in the tournament for the second straight year, scored a 4-1 victory over 10th-seeded Maryland. Lynn Blau clinched the win for the Yellow Jackets on the No. 4 court, outlasting Welma Luus, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Clemson wrapped up women’s play on Thursday by topping 11th-seeded Virginia Tech,4-1. Josipa Bek defeated Yasmin Hamza 6-2, 7-5 on the No. 1 court in a matchup of nationally-ranked ranked players who had been named to the All-ACC team earlier in the day. The third-ranked doubles team of Bek and Keri Wong also picked up a win at the No. 1 spot to help the Tigers earn that point.