NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 11

May 11, 2013

No. 6 Miami Women's Tennis Completes Win Over UNF

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The sixth-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team needed only 45 seconds to conclude its delayed match against UNF on Saturday, advancing to the NCAA tournament's second round at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

Rain washed away any chance of completing the match on Friday evening, but that didn't affect UM sophomore Lina Lilekite. The nation's 105th-ranked player needed only two serves to complete her 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Osprey's Marina Cunningham.

Before the delay, the Hurricanes (21-5) claimed the doubles point for the 22nd time this season. Brittany Dubins and Stephanie Wagner remained a perfect 4-0 as a team after a late-season switched paired them together. The duo cruised to an 8-4 win over the UNF combo of Taylor Hollander and Marina Cunningham at No. 3.

Melissa Bolivar and Kelsey Laurente clinched the point with their 8-3 victory on Court No. 2. The win was the 14th doubles victory on the season for the tandem, tying them for the most on the team this season.


Bea-lieve it! Clemson Tigers Move on to NCAA Third Round

CLEMSON, S.C. - The 13th-seeded Clemson women's tennis team overcame a big Vanderbilt lead and a bout of rain in defeating the Commodores, 4-2, in the NCAA Women's Tennis Team Championships at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. Sophomore Beatrice Gumulya overcame a first set loss to bounce back for a 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 win as she fought full-body cramps. 

With the win, Clemson advances to the Round of 16, held at the Kahn Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., and hosted by the University of Illinois. 

This is the 11th NCAA Round of 16 berth for the Tigers all-time, and the eighth in the last ten seasons. The Tigers improved to 15-1 under Nancy Harris in NCAA matches held at home, and this might have been the most impressive, advancing without a junior or senior on the roster. 




HOW SWEET IT IS! Canes Advance to Sweet 16

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Eight.

That's the number of consecutive Sweet 16 appearances the sixth-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team has advanced to in the NCAA Championships.

The Hurricanes (22-5) secured their latest trip with a 4-0 win over 30th-ranked Purdue (18-6) in the tournament's second round on Friday from the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

It was another interesting day for the Canes, as they had to complete their delayed match against UNF. Rain halted Friday's match and it was scheduled to resume Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Sophomore Lina Lilekite needed only two points to complete the sweep of the Ospreys. Then it was on to the Boilermakers for a 1 p.m. start.

As has been the case nearly all season, UM took care of business in earning the doubles point.


No. 2 Heels Sweet Sixteen Bound Again

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 2 North Carolina advanced to the NCAA final site for the fourth year in a row with a 4-1 win over No. 31 Tennessee Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Carolina dropped the doubles point but got singles wins from Caroline Price, Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Lauren McHale and Tessa Lyons to earn a spot in the round of 16 next Friday, May 17, in Urbana, Ill.

Tennessee (13-12) edged the Tar Heels in a tight doubles point that was decided by a tiebreak on court two. The Lady Vols' All-America duo of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely got the first win, topping No. 58 Price and Whitney Kay on court one, 8-6. Carolina responded with an 8-5 victory from Suarez-Malaguti and Lyons on court three to turn the focus to the middle court.

With the match tied at 6, Tennessee's Joanna Henderson and Sarah Toti broke McHale and Laura Slater to take a 7-6 lead. But the Tar Heel pair broke back to even the match at 7 before winning a marathon game to push ahead, 8-7. The Lady Vols held to force a tiebreak and raced out to a 6-1 lead before finally winning, 7-4, to grab the dual's first point.

Despite the setback, Carolina (27-3) responded well in singles, taking early leads on four of six courts before a 31-minute rain delay.


Blue Devils Top Ole Miss, 4-1, at NCAA Tournament

LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior Mary Clayton and junior Hanna Mar clinched the crucial doubles point before cruising in their respective singles matches to lead the 15th-ranked Duke women's tennis team past No. 37 Ole Miss, 4-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, hosted by Texas Tech at the McLeod Tennis Center. The Blue Devils are now a perfect 18-0 in first round matches, dating back to when the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1996.

In doubles action, the tandem of junior Marianne Jodoin and sophomore Annie Mulholland traded games early with the 40th-ranked duo of Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic on court two, but grabbed the edge when the Blue Devils broke serve to take a 4-3 lead. After Mulholland held serve, Duke went up another break to take a commanding 6-3 lead, but Ole Miss responded by winning consecutive games. Mulholland fended off two break points to give the duo a 7-5 lead, then closed out the match when she unleashed a ferocious cross-court forehand to take the match, 8-5.


Yellow Jacket Tennis Rallies for 4-3 Win Over Yale

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Natasha Prokhnevska knew the challenge facing her and she responded in a big way to clinch a 4-3 Georgia Tech comeback win over Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on the University of Florida campus Saturday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 23, improve to 15-9 on the season while the Bulldogs, ranked No. 35, finish their season 17-4. Tech will face No. 1 Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Prokhnevska faced Yale junior Annie Sullivan, who entered the NCAA Tournament with a perfect 19-0 singles record in dual matches this spring. The short-handed Yellow Jackets had to win four of five singles matches in order to defeat the Bulldogs. Prokhnevska started quick, running out to a 3-0 lead in the first set before Sullivan rallied for a 6-3 first set win.

Knowing her teammates needed her, Prokhnevska bounced back in a big way, winning the second set 6-0 and forcing a decisive third set. The Wilmington, Del., native held serve to take a 4-3 lead, and earned a break to go up 5-3 before her two-handed backhand went by Sullivan to send the Yellow Jackets into the second round. It is the third match this year Prokhnevska has clinched and the fourth time this season Tech has won the dual after losing the doubles point.


Virginia Blanks Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0 in NCAA Tournament

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia opened the 2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament with a convincing 4-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (18-9) will play Texas (18-10) in the second round on Sunday (May 12) at 1 p.m. The Longhorns defeated William & Mary, 4-0, earlier today.

The Cavaliers won the doubles point, claiming wins at Nos. 1 and 2. Freshman Julia Elbaba and senior Hana Tomljanovic beat Anna Rapoport and Nicole Chis 8-1 at No. 1. Junior Li Xi and senior Maria Fuccillo clinched the point with an 8-2 win over Egzona Morina and Celine Maier at No. 2.

Virginia then posted wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 6 singles to cruise to the 4-0 win. Elbaba blanked Rapoport 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1, Xi defeated Chis 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 and Fuccillo beat Manuela Leme 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6.