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April 25, 2013
CARY, N.C. – Three of the four higher seeds advanced on day one of the 2013 of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship on Thursday, while No. 11 seed Virginia Tech upset No. 5 seed Duke in a four-hour match.
Quarterfinal action on Friday finds No. 8 NC State (14-8) taking on top-seeded North Carolina (24-2) at 9 a.m. The noon matches find second-seeded Clemson (14-6) opening play against No. 7 Florida State (14-8), while fifth-seeded Georgia Tech (14-8) faces No. 4 Miami (17-5). No. 3 Virginia (16-8) will take on No. 11 Virginia Tech (14-11) at 3 p.m.
Georgia Tech, ranked No. 22 in the latest ITA Top 25, was the first team to advance on Thursday, blanking No. 12 seed Maryland (6-15), 4-0, in the morning session. The Yellow Jackets took control early by winning the doubles point, and then put the match away with straight set singles wins by Natasha Prokhnevska at No. 3, Kendal Woodard at No. 2 and Megan Kurey at No. 4.
Things were closer in the second 9 a.m. match between No. 8 NC State and No. 9 Boston College, which began at 9 a.m. and ran into the early afternoon before the Wolfpack clinched a 4-1 win following Rachael James-Baker three-set victory over Heini Salonen, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Florida State made quick work of No. 10 Wake Forest and cruised to a 4-1 win over Demon Deacons, while No. 11 Virginia Tech held on for a 4-3 win over Duke.
The Hokies won the doubles point and then earned victories at No. 6, and 5 singles before Duke rallied to tie the score at three points apiece. Kelly Williford battled back No. 4 after dropping her first set 7-5 to Marianne Jodoin to win the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the match and punch Virginia Tech’s ticket to the quarterfinals. The win over No. 14 Duke snapped the Hokies’ nine-match losing streak and marked their highest ranked win of the season.