NCAA Women's Tennis First Round ACCtion: Friday, May 11

May 11, 2012

Clemson Takes Down Arizona State, 4-0, in NCAA First Round

ATHENS, Ga. - The Clemson women's tennis team cruised to a 4-0 victory over Arizona State (11-10) in the First Round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships in Athens, GA. Clemson (16-9) will play the winner of Friday afternoon's match between No. 6 Georgia and College of Charleston on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Clemson won the doubles point, and then won three singles matches in straight sets to oust the Sun Devils.

Clemson's three seniors, Josipa Bek, Keri Wong, and Nelly Ciolkowski hopped in the team vehicle immediately following the match to head back to Clemson in order to walk in the Commencement ceremonies in Clemson. They will return to Georgia on Friday night.

The Tigers improved to 3-1 all-time against the Sun Devils, and 25-18 all-time in NCAA play. In fact, Clemson has now won at least one NCAA Tournament match in each of the past 11 seasons.

'Canes March On Into NCAA Second Round

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami women's tennis team moved on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over in-state foe UNF at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Friday.

Melissa Bolivar clinched the match for the Hurricanes with her 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 win over North Florida's Simona Weymar at No. 4 singles.

With the win, Miami moves to 19-4 on the season and will face Utah tomorrow for a chance to travel to Athens, Ga. for a Sweet 16 appearance. The Utes advanced to Saturday's match-up with the Canes after a 4-3 upset win over the Coral Gables Region's second-seeded team from Texas Tech.

Miami has advanced to the Sweet 16 each of the last six seasons but head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews refused to look ahead, "Our philosophy is to focus on our next match, that's the way it has always been here and we need to focus on Utah."

Duke Defeats Winthrop, 4-0, in NCAA First Round

DURHAM, N.C. - Seeded third overall in the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, Duke eased past Winthrop, 4-0, Friday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium. With the victory, Duke tied its school record for home wins in a season, running its unblemished mark to 13-0, while also notching its 16th shutout of the year, tying the 1998-99 team for the school record.

"I thought Winthrop competed really well," head coach Jamie Ashworth said. "To get a win, quick, and get off the courts in two-and-a-half ours is a good thing for us as we head into our match tomorrow."

The Blue Devils applied pressure out of the gates in doubles, grabbing early leads on all three courts. In the No. 3 spot, sophomore Hanna Mar and freshman Annie Mulholland defeated Camille Amrani and Ekin Gunaysu, 8-2, to give Duke an early advantage. On court two, senior Monica Gorny and sophomore Rachel Kahan clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 victory over Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portioli.

No. 7 Tar Heels Roll Into NCAA Second Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 7 North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship for the 12th year in a row with a 4-0 victory over Richmond Friday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Haley Hemm, Tessa Lyons and Caroline Price were singles winners for the Tar Heels, who will face Arizona Saturday at 3 p.m. for a spot in the round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

Carolina (23-6) was dominant out of the gate in doubles, getting a pair of quick victories to secure the point. No. 4 Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale were first to finish, as the All-America pair did not drop a game in an 8-0 win over Melissa Kandinata and Elizabeth Sims at the top position. Jennifer Stone and Zoe De Bruycker then ended doubles play with their 8-1 victory over Nil Horoz and Mariana Arana on court three.

Singles was more of the same for the hosts, as the Atlantic-10 champion Spiders (14-5) were unable to stem the tide.

Virginia Blanks Fairleigh Dickinson in NCAA Opener

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 14 Virginia women's tennis team began play in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 first round victory Friday over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (19-7) will meet Tennessee in the second round on Saturday, while the Knights (16-8) end their season after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

"We are very happy to advance," said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. "I was pleased with our team's performance today. We had a little bit of adversity to overcome as a few of them were feeling a little under the weather. Because of that we had some players step up and they did great. Fairleigh Dickinson didn't make any of that easy. The scoreboard isn't indicative of how well they played. When your opponent is playing well and you aren't giving up many games, that is a good sign."

The Cavaliers opened the match by taking the doubles point. At the No. 2 position, Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) downed Julia Prnatl and Egzona Morina 8-2 to give Virginia an early advantage. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) reunited with Li Xi (Kunming, China) at No. 1 doubles and their 8-3 victory over Anna Rapoport and Irina Dementyeva clinched the opening point.

No. 26 Georgia Tech Downs No. 38 Oklahoma State 4-1 in NCAA Opener

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The Georgia Tech women's tennis team faced a ranked opponent in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, but finished the day in the same fashion as it had in the previous 10 NCAA Tournament openers, with a 4-1 victory over the No. 38 Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets improve to 15-11 on the season and have won six of their last seven matches, while the Cowgirls end their season with an 11-10 record. Tech advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time overall and 11th straight year.

Tech won the doubles point for the 17th time this season to begin the match. Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn earned their 18th doubles win of the spring with an 8-3 victory over the Cowgirls' Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah on court two.

Jillian O'Neill and Alex Anghelescu, ranked No. 23 in the latest college tennis polls, clinched the first point of the day for the Jackets with an 8-3 victory over OSU's 39th-ranked side of Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose. It was the eighth win of the spring over a ranked foe for O'Neill and Anghelescu.

'Noles Fall to Cougars

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No.36 ranked Florida State women's tennis team fell to the No.31 Washington State 4-3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Pavilion in Gainesville, Fla.

The Seminoles fell into a 1-0 hole as they dropped the doubles point. Junior Francesca Segarelli and freshman Mia Vriens lost to Elisabeth Fornuier and Charlotte Koning 8-4 on court three. On court one, juniors Amy Sargeant and Carolina De los Santos fell in a 8-6 battle with Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras on court one.

"That doubles point was a big difference," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We didn't maintain control on two of those courts and it was pretty costly. We are pretty disappointed to finish our season like this, but give credit to Washington State. They fought hard."

Segarelli would tie the match at one for Florida State as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court three against Googe.