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April 22, 2010
CARY, N.C. – An opening match that turned into a marathon highlighted the first round of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship as play opened Thursday at the Cary Tennis Park.
No. 9 Wake Forest finally turned back No. 8 NC State, 4-2, in a match that began at 9 a.m. and did not conclude until 1:22 p.m.
The rest of the day ran truer to seeded form, as No. 5 Florida State blanked No. 12 Maryland 4-0, Seveth-seeded Georgia Tech topped No. 10 Virginia Tech 4-1, and No. 6 Virginia shut out No. 11 Boston College, 4-0.
The tournament resumes with quarterfinal matches on Friday Nationally top-ranked and top-seeded North Carolina (24-3) faces Wake Forest (11-13) at 9 a.m. Fourth-seeded Duke (19-6) and Florida State (13-9) also get off to an early start with a 9 o’clock match.
Friday’s noon match finds No. 2 Miami (17-4) facing Georgia Tech (15-9), while third-seeded Clemson (21-4) and Virginia (14-8) close out the day’s action at 3 p.m.
Three-set victories on each of the top three singles courts made the difference for Wake Forest against NC State. The Demon Deacons’ Martina Pavelec outlasted the Wolfpack’s Sandhva Nagaraj 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a battle of All-ACC players at No. 1. Wake Forest clinched the match at No. 2 singles, where another All-ACC player, Sasha Kulikova, edged Berkely Brock by 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3) count after the players battled for close to three hours.
The match also featured a pair of 8-6 doubles victories by the Demon Deacons. NC State (12-10) got wins from Daria Petrovic and Tana Illova at No. 4 and No. 5 singles.
Florida State became the first team to register a victory in Thursday morning’s opening round. Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira scored the clinching wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, and both players were also part of victorious teams that helped the Seminoles grab the doubles point. Maryland closed its season with a 5-14 mark.
ACC Player of the Year Irina Falconi helped Georgia Tech get past Virginia Tech by posting her 17th straight singles victory. Falconi also teamed with Sasha Krupina for a win at No. 1 doubles. Singles wins by Lynn Blau (at No. 4) and Elizabeth Kilborn (No. 5) helped the Yellow Jackets seal the win. No. 6 seed Holly Johnson scored the lone singles victory for the Hokies (10-13).
Wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots wrapped up Virginia’s win over Boston College (6-16). Jennifer Stevens and Katie Gater provided the winning points after top-seeded Lindsey Hardenbergh’s straight-set win Alex Kelleher at No. 1. Stevens and Hardenbergh were also part of winning doubles teams for the Cavaliers.