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May 15, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 2 North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship for the 10th consecutive season with a resounding 4-0 win over Richmond Friday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. After needing less than 30 minutes to win the doubles point, Carolina got straight-set victories from No. 54 Katrina Tsang, Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Shinann Featherston to clinch the victory and a second-round date with No. 36 UNLV Saturday morning at 11.
UNC (27-4) showed no ill effects of the 19-day layoff since last month's ACC Championship, storming out to a 1-0 lead on the strength of a pair of nationally-ranked doubles tandems.
No. 13 Sophie Grabinski and Sanaz Marand, playing together for the first time since April 10, dropped just one game in blitzing Erin Clark and Alex Smyth at the top position, 8-1. No. 31 Tsang and Featherston then clinched the point with a spotless 8-0 victory over Kelly Tidwell and Isabel Arana at No. 2.
The Tar Heels wasted no time jumping ahead in singles, as the Atlantic 10 champions from Richmond (8-11) struggled to keep pace.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 11th-ranked Hurricanes of Miami (18-5) wasted little time advancing to the second round of this year's NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament on Friday afternoon, claiming a 4-0 victory over Boston University (11-12) in an opening-round match of the Coral Gables Regional played inside the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Miami.
In the second meeting this season between the Hurricanes and Terriers, it was a bit of history that Boston University, members of the America East Conference, played its first and last match of the 2010 spring season against the Hurricanes in Coral Gables as part of a tournament, both matches being opening-round events.
Miami rolled to the doubles point after turning in mirror 8-1 scores in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, respectively.
"The girls came out firing today," said UM head women's tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, now in her ninth season at the helm in Coral Gables. "They looked really fresh, and they really came out and played well. It was nice to see because you never know how a team is going to respond after being off for three weeks. However, I thought they responded well in spite of that fact."
CLEMSON, SC - Ninth-seeded Clemson advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the ninth straight season with a 4-0 win over the College of Charleston on Friday in Clemson. The Cougars (20-10) started off quickly, leading in four of six singles matches, but Clemson's (23-5) three All-ACC players saw to it that the Tigers hold strong.
"The girls played hard today," said Nancy Harris, who improved to 18-10 in NCAA Tournament matches. "I am very happy for them and happy to get them out of the sun. It was a cooker today. We needed a tough match like this today. We gave a great effort today and hopefully we come out very fired up tomorrow against a good Georgia team."
The Tigers advance to play Georgia (13-8), who defeated Harvard 4-0 earlier in the day. Clemson and Georgia will get underway Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center for the right to go to Athens for the Sweet 16.
All-ACC performers Keri Wong, Josipa Bek, and Ina Hadziselimovic combined for all of Clemson's five counting victories on the day.
ATLANTA - Senior Amanda McDowell had a triumphant return to the court as the 14th-seeded Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (19-9) defeated Austin Peay (18-4), 4-0, Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
"I thought we came out ready to play today," head coach Bryan Shelton said. "I was happy to see us start so well in the doubles, with a good focus. We're excited about the postseason. We had a good run at the ACC tournament, and we want to keep that going, so it was nice to get on the board today early and to finish it out at No. 6 singles."
McDowell, who has been sidelined most of dual-match season due to a lingering back injury, returned to the court in doubles and teamed with Lynn Blau to clinch the doubles point for the Yellow Jackets. After Elizabeth Kilborn and Viet Ha Ngo upended Demi Georgiakopoulos and Michelle Liew, 8-3, on court three, McDowell and Blau finished off Carolin Weikard and Yuki Nakamura, 8-3, for the point at No. 2 doubles.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the fourth consecutive year, fifth overall, the No. 15 Florida State women's tennis team (15-10) will make a second round appearance at the NCAA Tournament after dominating No. 68 North Florida 4-0 in the first round on Friday, May 14. The Seminoles are slated to face No. 18 South Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"The girls did a great job today," FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "It was a tough match. North Florida has come a long way. We needed a good first round today and they gave it to us. The girls did a good job of controlling the courts by taking an early lead on all the courts and never backing down. We did what we needed to do today. We are going to enjoy today, but we've got our work cut out for us tomorrow."
FSU kicked off the match strong by posting two doubles wins on court three and one to take the lead point.
The twosome of Amy Sargeant and Katie Rybakova dominated Lauren Holton and Victoria Krook on court three 8-0 to improve their dual-match record to 8-2.Court one saw No. 55 Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli defending their territory as the duo defeated Aline Berkenbrock and Raquel Castro 8-3 to improve their record to 9-9.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In its first-ever home match in the NCAA Tournament, the Virginia women's tennis team advanced to the second round with a thrilling 4-3 win over Princeton Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (15-9) will meet reigning champion Duke on Saturday at 4 p.m. for a trip to the round of 16.
"This win was a total team effort and I am extremely proud of this group," said head coach Mark Guilbeau. "We knew this was going to be a close, close match where a point here or there was going to decide it. I was pleased with how we rose to the occasion today."
The Cavaliers opened the match by winning a close doubles point, which proved to be crucial. Princeton (20-6) went up an early break on all three courts and recorded an 8-2 win at No. 1 where Taylor Marable and Hilary Bartlett downed Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Katie Gater (Dunblane, Scotland). However, the Cavaliers rallied at the bottom two positions. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) drew Virginia even with their 8-5 win at No. 3 over Blakely Ashley and Monica Chow. With the opening point on the line, Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) completed an 8-6 come-from-behind win at No. 2 against Meilssa and Rachel Saiontz.