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April 28, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference crowned a new women's tennis champion Sunday afternoon.
Fourth-seeded Miami became the fifth program to win the ACC Women's Tennis Championship when it defeated No. 7 seed Florida State, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina after rain at Cary Tennis Park forced play to move indoors.
The Hurricanes, who were making their fifth championship final appearance, earned the doubles point and three singles wins to take the ACC trophy to Coral Gables with them. Sophomore Lina Lilekite was named the tournament's most valuable player. The sophomore from Liepaja, Latvia earned two singles wins during the tournament, including an upset of North Carolina's No. 36 Whitney Kay in the Hurricanes' 4-3 semifinal win over the top-seeded Tar Heels.
Play was halted early during the doubles matches and moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. where Miami won at No. 1 and 2 doubles by identical 8-5 scores to earn the doubles point and go ahead 1-0.
Kerry Cartwright put Miami ahead 2-0 following a defeat of Monique Albuquerque, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5, before Amy Sargeant scored Florida State's lone point of the day with her 6-2, 6-1 win over Clementina Riobueno at No. 4.
The Hurricanes closed out the victory with straight set wins at No. 3 and No. 6. The tournament MVP Lileikite topped Mia Vriens, 6-2, 6-2, and Melissa Bolivar edged Kristina Schleich, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the match.
Both Miami and Florida State will await announcement of NCAA Women's Division I Tennis Championship selections and pairings. The field for the 64-team competition will be announced Tuesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m., live on NCAA.com. The announcement of those selected for individual and doubles competition will be made after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and will also be carried by NCAA.com.