NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, May 12

May 12, 2013

Virginia Earns Third Straight NCAA Sweet 16 Berth

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior Li Xi(Kunming, China) saved two match points during her match-clinching victory at No. 4 singles as No. 14 Virginia rallied for a dramatic 4-3 win over No. 18 Texas in the second of the NCAA Women's Tournament on Sunday (May 12) at Snyder Tennis Center.

The Cavaliers improve to 19-9 and advance to the NCAA Round of 16 for the third straight season. Virginia takes on Texas A&M on Friday, May 17. First serve at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus is set for 5 p.m. ET.

Texas captured the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. Virginia won the first doubles match at No. 3 as Xi and senior Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) defeated Annat Rabinovich and Lina Padegimaite 8-4. Texas responded as Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis beat freshman Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and senior Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) 8-2 at No. 2. No. 19 Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott clinched the point with an 8-4 win over senior co-captain Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) and freshman Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) at No. 1.

Jodoin Leads Duke into NCAA Tournament Round of 16

LUBBOCK, Texas - Juniors Hanna Mar and Marianne Jodoin both dropped the first set in their respective singles matches, but rallied to lead the 15th-ranked Duke women's tennis team past No. 17 Texas Tech, 4-3, Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With the win, the Blue Devils advance to the Round of 16 for the 21st time in the previous 25 tournaments, where they are slated to face top-seeded Florida May 17 in Urbana, Ill.

The Blue Devils kicked off the match as the aggressor in doubles, claiming the doubles point for the second consecutive match. In the top position, the duo of Mar and senior Mary Clayton fell behind 3-4 to 16th-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo early after dropping consecutive serves, but responded by winning the next three to take a 5-4 advantage. Despite being down 15-40 in the next game, Clayton unleashed a number of serves to push the game into deuce, where the Blue Devil tandem was able to extend the lead to 6-4. After breaking serve, Mar slammed an overhead volley that ended up in the third-row of the stands and served out the rest of the game to claim the match, 8-4.

On court two, Jodoin and sophomore Annie Mulholland were level at 2-2 with Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde, but took the lead when the Blue Devils were able to break serve. After Mulholland held, Duke was again able to break serve, taking a commanding 6-3 lead. After trading games, Mulholland served out the match, capped off by an outstanding drop shot by Jodoin to clinch the doubles point for Duke.

Georgia Tech Falls 4-0 at No. 1 Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Georgia Tech women's tennis team's 2013 season came to an end Sunday afternoon when the Yellow Jackets dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators at the Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

Georgia Tech, ranked No. 23, finishes its season with a 15-10 overall record. The Gators, who are two-time defending national champions, improve to 24-2 and advance to the Sweet 16 which begins May 16 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the University of Illinois.

The Gators took an early edge when the Florida pair of Alexandra Cercone and Caroline Hitimana downed Tech's pair of Jasmine Minor and Natasha Prokhnevska 8-2 on court two doubles.