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April 26, 2013
CARY, N.C. – The semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship are set and will showcase four of the nation’s top 30 teams when play resumes Saturday at Cary Tennis Park.
Saturday’s 10 a.m. match finds top-seeded and nationally second-ranked North Carolina (25-2) taking on fourth-seeded and No. 10 Miami (18-5). The 1 p.m. matchup is equally captivating as seventh-seeded and No. 30 Florida State (15-6) faces third-seeded and No. 13 Virginia (17-8).
North Carolina won its eighth-straight match by blanking NC State, 4-0 and the win marked the 15th shutout of the season for the Tar Heels, who spent 10-straight weeks at No. 1 before dropping to No. 2 this week. ACC Player of the Year Gina Suarez-Malaguti teamed with Tessa Lyons for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles that clinched the doubles point for North Carolina. Collecting singles wins in the shutout were Caroline Price at No. 4, Lauren McHale at No. 5 and Whitney Kay at No. 3.
Miami took down Georgia Tech in the second match of the day, 4-1. After the Hurricanes earned the doubles point, Georgia Tech’s Kendal Woodard evened the score with her win over Kelsey Laurent, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2. Miami answered with straight set wins at No. 5, 4 and 1 to secure the win and their spot in the semis.
The day’s most intriguing match lasted over five hours and featured a trio of three-set matches, before Florida State upended Clemson, 4-3, to claim its first win over the Tigers since 2001.
Florida State took an early 2-0 lead winning at No. 2 and 3 doubles and earned the first singles point of the day at No. 4. Clemson claimed three-straight wins at No. 1, 3 and 5 to hold a 3-2 lead, but Florida State’s Kristina Schleich quickly tied the match 3-3 with her win at No. 6, leaving the match to be decided at No. 2. Anne Liz Juekeng and Francesca Segarelli spilt the first two sets before Segarelli prevailed in the third, 6-4, to put Florida State back in the championship semifinals for the fifth time in six years.
The final match of the day proved to be as dramatic as Virginia topped Virginia Tech, 4-3. ACC Freshman of the Year Julia Elbaba teamed with partner Hana Tomljanovic to secure the doubles point and then downed Ilinca Stoica in three sets, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5, for the decisive match-clinching win at No. 1. Also collecting wins for the Cavaliers were Tomljanovic at No. 3 and Erin Vierra at No. 5.