#NCAAWTennis ACCtion: First & Second Rounds, May 13-15

May 15, 2011

Clemson Women's Tennis Advances to Sweet 16 With 4-2 Win Over Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Clemson advanced to the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Sweet 16 after posting a 4-2 win at the Billingsley Tennis Center over regional-host Arkansas (18-10) on Sunday. The Tigers (21-10) took a 3-0 lead and never looked back, as sophomore Nelly Ciolkowski posted a comeback, three-set win to clinch the match.

The Tigers advance to the final 16 for the fifth straight season, and the seventh in the last eight under head coach Nancy Harris.

Clemson improved to 15-0 this season when claiming the doubles point, as the No. 1 and No. 3 slots claimed victory for the second straight day. Sixth-ranked Josipa Bek and Keri Wong quickly dispatched No. 14 Anouk Tigo and Claudine Paulson, 8-2 at one. The duo improved to 30-9 on the season, setting the school mark for wins for a doubles team in a single season.

Bek also won her 36th doubles match of the season, setting a new school mark. Wong won her 35th, tying the former school record, held by Ina Hadziselimovic in 2010.

15th-Seeded Tigers Down Wichita State to Advance to NCAA 2nd Round

The 15th-seeded Clemson women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the tenth straight season after defeating Wichita State, 4-0, on Saturday in Fayetteville, AR. The teams played in breezy conditions in the mid-to-upper 50s at the Billingsley Tennis Center on the University of Arkansas campus.

Blue Devils Sweep Yale 4-0, Advance to Next Round

The Duke women’s tennis team swept Yale, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the round of 16 in Stanford, Calif. The Blue Devils will face ACC foe and No. 14 overall seed Georgia Tech on Friday at 9 a.m. (PT).

For the second day in a row Duke dominated the match in doubles and singles. In doubles, Duke grabbed an early advantage when Ellah Nze and Rachel Kahan dismantled their opponent on court one. The No. 52 doubles pair picked up their 10th win of the season with an 8-0 decision. The final doubles match came down to Nadine Fahoum and Hanna Mar as they clinched the doubles point for the Blue Devils with an 8-4 win on court two.

Duke began singles were they left off yesterday and claimed five out of six first sets. Senior Elizabeth Plotkin, playing in the No. 4 spot, dropped just a single point in the match as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-1, win. Minutes after Plotkin put the Blue Devils on top 2-0, Rachel Kahan picked up her 28th consecutive win and remains unbeaten in dual matches this season. Kahan’s 6-2, 6-3, win on court five put Duke up 3-0 and one step closer to the next round.

Duke Women Advance to NCAA Second Round

The Duke and Yale women’s tennis teams advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

Duke, the No. 3 overall seed and tournament host, waited a little over an hour past the original start time to get the match started but wasn’t affected by the delay. The Blue Devils came out firing on all cylinders in doubles to win two out of the three matches to claim the double point and take an early 1-0 lead.

No. 16 Yellow Jackets Down No. 17 Arizona State 4-1

The 16th-ranked Georgia Tech women's tennis team (15-10) was on hand Saturday to see the Yellow Jacket men's team earn a trip to Stanford and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tennis Tournament.

On Sunday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, it was the Tech women who sent themselves to the round of 16 in Stanford, Calif., with a 4-1 win over the 17th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (15-7). The Yellow Jackets will find a familiar face when they arrive on the West Coast as they will face the No. 3 ranked Duke Blue Devils in a NCAA Third Round match on Friday, May 20, at noon Eastern (9 a.m. PT).

The Yellow Jackets' 18th-ranked and number one tandem of Caroline Lilley and Jillian O'Neill started off quick against Arizona State's 25th-ranked and top doubles team of Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna, building a 3-0 lead. The Sun Devils' duo rallied back to tie the match at 3-3, before the Jackets won five of the next six games for an 8-4 win.

The doubles point has been key to Tech's success this season as the Jackets are 15-0 when winning the first point of the day.

NO. 16 YELLOW JACKETS BLANK JACKSONVILLE STATE, 4-0

The 16th-ranked Georgia Tech women's tennis team (14-10) had to wait longer than expected to begin its NCAA Tournament First Round match against Jacksonville State (14-10) on Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets did not wait nearly as long in moving into the second round with a decisive 4-0 win over the Gamecocks.

Tech and JSU had to wait for the first round marathon match between the Ole Miss Rebels and Arizona State Sun Devils to finish before beginning play in their NCAA opener. The Sun Devils came away victorious, 4-3, and will face the Jackets on Sunday.

Canes Reach Sweet 16 For the Sixth Straight Season

The University of Miami women's tennis team is headed to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the sixth straight season.

The fifth-ranked and top-seeded Hurricanes defeated No. 2 seed Texas, 4-1, Saturday afternoon in second round action of the Coral Gables Regional at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

Ahead 3-1, sophomore Danielle Mills clinched the win for Miami (20-6) a day after she did the same against FIU. Mills defeated Juliana Gajic, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 5 position to send the Canes to California.

Yaroshuk-Tews Wins 200th As Miami Cruises Past FIU in NCAA Opener

The University of Miami women's tennis team is advancing into the second round of the NCAA Championship for the 10th straight season as the top-seeded Hurricanes cruised past No. 4 seed FIU, 4-0, Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The win improved the Canes' all-time NCAA record to 36-25 overall and 23-10 under head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, who with Friday's win clinched her 200th career victory as a head coach.

No. 4 Tar Heels Storm Into Sweet Sixteen

No. 4 North Carolina advanced to the final site of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship for the second year in a row Saturday with a 4-1 win over No. 28 Washington at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Zoe De Bruycker, Lauren McHale and Gina Suarez-Malaguti were singles winners for the Tar Heels, who will travel to Stanford, Calif., looking to improve upon last season's program-best run to the national semifinals.

UNC (25-5) went in front right away thanks to a strong doubles point. The sophomore tandem of De Bruycker and Suarez-Malaguti made quick work of Andrijana Pavlovic and Vanja Radunovic on court three, cruising to an 8-1 win. Jelena Durisic and Tessa Lyons then sealed the point on court two with an 8-3 victory over Denise Dy and Alexandra Krsljanin.

Just as they had done in the earlier in the season against Washington, the Tar Heels capitalized on the doubles momentum to quickly gain the advantage in singles.

McHale dropped just three games on court four in giving UNC a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Krsljanin.

No. 4 Tar Heels Sweep Past ETSU, 4-0

No. 4 North Carolina needed just two hours to move into the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship, rolling past Atlantic Sun champion East Tennessee State, 4-0, Friday afternoon at sultry Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Zoe De Bruycker, Shinann Featherston and Jelena Durisic were singles winners for the Tar Heels, who will face No. 28 Washington Saturday morning at 11 for a spot at the final site in Stanford, Calif.

Carolina (24-5) wasted little time moving ahead in doubles, using the All-America duo of Featherston and McHale to jump out to a quick lead. The seventh-ranked Tar Heel tandem easily disposed of Paula Jaime and Karina Kedzo on court one, 8-1. Durisic and Tessa Lyons then took care of Kelly Holtzhausen and Marine Wieliczko at No. 2, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point.

Virginia Women's Tennis Reaches First Ever NCAA Round of 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The No. 11 Virginia women's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after downing No. 25 NC State 4-2 in a second match Sunday. The Cavaliers (20-7) also secured their first ever 20-win season and will next meet sixth-seeded UCLA on Friday at Stanford.

Virginia jumped out to a quick start in doubles, up a break in two of the three matches, when severe weather hit the Snyder Tennis Center. After a nearly two-hour lightning and rain delay, play resumed indoors at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers continued their momentum after the break and secured the doubles point. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.), who were tied 2-2 with Tatiana Illova and Lenka Hojckova at No. 2 outdoors, rolled off six straight games indoors for an 8-2 win. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) clinched the opening point with an 8-4 win at No. 1 over Sanaa Bhambri and Sandhya Nagaraj.

In singles, the Wolfpack (16-9) drew even in the match as Joelle Kissell topped Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 4 position. Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) gave the Cavaliers the lead again, 2-1, with her 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Christy Sipes. At No. 2, Fraser fought off three first-set set points and used that momentum to cruise in the second set for a 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Nagaraj to make the score 3-1. Hojckova cut that lead in half when she won a pair of tiebreakers for a 7-6(1), 7-6(0) win over Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) at No. 5. Seconds later Hardenbergh clinched the Cavaliers' ticket to the round of 16 with her 7-5, 6-2 win over Bhambri at the top spot. With the win, Hardenbergh becomes the first Cavalier women's player to reach 40 singles wins in a season.

Virginia Tops Army 4-0 in NCAA First Round

The No. 11 Virginia women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Army in a first round match Saturday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers (19-7) set a new school record for wins in a season with their 19th and will look for their first ever trip to the NCAA round of 16 when they meet NC State in the second round on Sunday.

Pack Advances with Shutout Win

Charlottesville, Va. -- 25th-ranked NC State women's tennis advanced to the regional final with a 4-0 dismantling of 37th-ranked VCU at the Boar's Head Club Saturday.

NC State took the first two decisions of the morning to win the doubles point. Joelle Kissell and Ashley Miller wrapped first, sealing an 8-5 win in the third spot. Miller and Kissell improve their record to 8-3, good for the team-leading win percentage.

'Noles Closeout Season

The No.12 Florida State women's tennis team (16-9, 10-5 ACC) wrapped up the 2011 season Sunday, May 15 as it fell to No. 32 SMU (23-5) 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. With the loss the Seminoles will not advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, but will walk away with many other accomplishments this season.

FSU began the match a little slow in doubles as the Mustangs won 8-0 on court one and held a commanding 5-2 lead on court three. The momentum started to shift as the Seminoles secured their first victory in doubles on court two as sophomore Francesca Segarelli (Rome Italy) and freshman Ruth Seaborne (London, England) defeated Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer, 8-3. The dynamic duo of sophomore Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) and senior Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) then completed their furious comeback on court three with an 8-5 victory over Shahzoda Hatamova and Ashley Turpin to secure the doubles point for the Seminoles. With the victory the Seminoles have won on courts two and three for the second time this weekend.

'Nole Domination

COLLEGE STATION, TX. – The No. 12 Florida State women’s tennis team (16-8, 10-5) came out of the gates firing on all cylinders with a dominating 4-0 victory over Southern University Jaguars (11-13) at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center during the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The match took only two hours and ten minutes on a windy Saturday morning as the Seminoles will now face the winner of No. 31 Texas A&M and No. 32 Southern Methodist University tomorrow, May 15, at 1 p.m. CST.

FSU kicked-off the match with one of the most solid doubles performances of the season. Winning the first point was the dynamic duo of sophomore Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) and senior Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) on court three with an 8-1 defeat of Demetria Woods and Lisbeth Castaneda. Securing the doubles point for the Seminoles was on court one as sophomore Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) and Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) won 8-4 over Carlista Mohammed and Jo’Vonna Gaines.

No. 33 Maryland concludes season with loss to No. 28 Washington in first NCAA appearance since 2006

After storming its way through a surprising 2010-2011 season, the University of Maryland women's tennis team fell 4-0 to the 28th-ranked Washington Huskies Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

Maryland finishes the season with a mark of 13-10, and double-digit victories for the first time in five seasons. Washington (13-10) meanwhile awaits the winner of 4th-seeded North Carolina and East Tennessee State in the second round.

Led all season by All-ACC selection Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, the Terps fought hard against the Huskies falling just short of claiming the doubles point. Sanchez-Quintanar and junior Jordan Hansbrough, playing together for the first time all season, routed UW's Adrijana Pavlovic and Vanja Radunovic 8-0. After battling back to 7-6 deficit Welma Luus and Ana Belzunce dropped to Venise Chan and Samantha Smith giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.