NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, May 10

May 10, 2013

No. 2 Tar Heels Cruise Into Second Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. No. 2 North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship for the 13th consecutive season with a 4-0 victory over South Carolina State Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Whitney Kay, Zoe De Bruycker and Tessa Lyons were singles winners for the Tar Heels, who will face Tennessee Saturday at 11 a.m. for a spot in the NCAA round of 16.

Carolina (26-3) dropped just six games in a dominant doubles point to take the early lead. No. 58 Kay and Caroline Price were 8-4 winners on court one before Lyons and Gina Suarez-Malaguti finished their 8-0 victory on court three. Lauren McHale and Laura Slater led 7-2 on court two when the point was halted.

The Tar Heels took the opening set on all six singles courts from the MEAC champion Lady Bulldogs (17-5). No. 39 Kay actually dropped two of the first three games of her match against Klara Dohnalova before winning the final 11 games in dominant fashion to score a 6-2, 6-0 victory on court three.


No. 13 Clemson Tigers Advance to NCAA Second Round

CLEMSON, S.C. The 13th-seeded Clemson women’s tennis team took down Ohio Valley Conference Champion Eastern Kentucky, 5-0, in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Team Championships. Clemson (15-7) advances to play Vanderbilt (16-11) in the second round at 11:00 am on Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The match was originally scheduled to be played at 1:00 pm, but will be played earlier due to the threat of inclement weather.  

Vanderbilt defeated Indiana, 4-0, earlier in the day in the other first round match. Clemson and Vanderbilt have split four all-time meetings; with the most recent coming in a 4-2 Tiger win in 2011.

The Tigers improved to 12-1 under Nancy Harris in home NCAA matches, and advanced to the second round for the 12th straight season. 

Clemson’s lineup of three freshmen and three sophomores came out firing in their first NCAA Tournament experience. The Tigers gained early momentum in claiming the doubles point, and then won all six first sets in singles in a race to the finish. 


FSU Falls in First Round to Memphis

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No.21-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No.33 Memphis, 4-1.

Due to inclement weather, play was moved indoors to the Roberta Alison Baumgarder Tennis Facility at the University of Alabama.

The match started off with the doubles point up for grabs as all three matches were evenly paired.

On court three, junior Kristina Schleich and Kerrie Cartwright jumped out to a 3-1 lead over (No. 64) Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner before surrendering the next four games. Schleich and Cartwright buckled down and created a rally of their own to take back the lead at 6-5. But, Mikesz and Wegner closed out the match on a streak of their own, taking the match 8-6.


Pack Women’s Tennis Falls to Notre Dame in NCAA First Round

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The NC State women’s tennis team was defeated, 4-1, by Notre Dame in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship Friday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Michigan.

The Wolfpack (14-10) was aggressive to start doubles and took a 2-1 lead on all three courts, but the Fighting Irish (18-8) collected wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots to clinch the doubles point.

NC State’s sophomore tandem of Nicole Martinez and Elisha Hande fell, 8-4, to Julie Sabacinski and Britney Sanders on court two, before Jenny Kellner and Chrissie McGaffigan outlasted senior Tatiana Illova and junior Joelle Kissell, 8-6, on court one to put Notre Dame ahead, 1-0, in the overall match.


Miami/UNF Match Delayed Until Saturday A.M.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. –  The University of Miami women’s tennis team holds a 3-0 lead over UNF in the first round of the NCAA Championships. However, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and the remainder of the match will be delayed due to rain and resumed Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The match will resume with the scores on Courts 1, 2, 3, and 6 as is.