Women's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Saturday, May 15

May 15, 2010

Duke Advances With Win Over Virginia
Duke University senior Amanda Granson captured her team-best 31st victory of the year today to clinch at 4-1 victory over Virginia for the 10th-seeded Blue Devils in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament. With the win, Duke advances to the round of 16 for the third consecutive season.

The Blue Devils improve to 21-7 overall and capture their 45th all-time NCAA Tournament victory. Under head coach Jamie Ashworth, Duke is 34-12 in NCAA postseason action.

For the third straight match Duke came out and garnered the crucial doubles point. The pair of senior Elizabeth Plotkin and junior Reka Zsilinszka got up early and never looked back, easing its way to an 8-2 victory at the No. 3 slot. The win was the duo's eighth straight victory and 18th in dual matches this season. Plotkin and Zsilinszka last lost on April 2 against Virginia Tech. Duke's 32nd-ranked tandem of Granson and junior Ellah Nze provided the clinching victory with an 8-3 triumph at No. 1.

No. 2 Tar Heels Sweep UNLV For Spot In Athens
No. 2 North Carolina got singles wins from No. 54 Katrina Tsang, Sophie Grabinski and Gina Suarez-Malaguti and the Tar Heels advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2007 with a 4-0 victory over UNLV Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. UNC will make its fifth all-time appearance in the national round of 16 Thurs., May 20, at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Carolina (28-4) got on the board first courtesy of doubles victories on courts one and three.

No. 13 Sanaz Marand and Grabinski scored their second win of the weekend at the top position, outlasting No. 62 Kristina Nedeltcheva and Jana Albers, 8-5. The All-America senior duo, which will appear in the NCAA doubles tournament following the completion of the team championship, improved to 11-8 on the spring and registered its fourth win over a ranked opponent.

No. 11 Miami Advances to Sweet 16 Defeating USF, 4-0
The No. 11 University of Miami women's tennis extended its season into the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday after defeating 26th-ranked University of South Florida, 4-0, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The match was the championship of the Coral Gables Regional hosted by UM.

Miami (19-5) came out firing strong in the doubles point, picking up wins at the No. 2 and No. 1 line, giving the `Canes the early lead in the match, 1-0. USF (12-8) had reason to believe it could take the doubles point after having two teams collect wins against the `Canes at the FSU Fall Invitational in Tallahassee back in November.

The `Canes 36th-ranked tandem of Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn rolled to a decisive 8-0 win in No. 2 doubles over the Bulls' Janette Bejlkova and Lauren Shumate. The win improved the UM duo's record to 17-3 on the year, while moving them to 13-1 in the spring. In addition, they have picked up wins in their last nine matches together, all at the No. 2 position.

#9 Clemson Outlasts Georgia, 4-2, to Advance to Sweet 16
Clemson and Georgia battled each other and temperatures in the nineties for almost four hours for the right to advance to the Sweet 16. In the end, Laurianne Henry's win at flight five singles clinched the 4-2 decision for the #9 Tigers (24-5) on Saturday in Clemson to propel the Tigers to Athens for the third round.

Clemson closed its home schedule a school-record tying 13-1, and downed their eighth top-25 opponent of the season, as Georgia (13-9) came in ranked 19th. Clemson will now play in the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season, and the sixth time in the last seven years.

This season's NCAA Championships are hosted by the University of Georgia, which made it that much more important to knock off the Bulldogs. It was the second time Clemson defeated Georgia this season, as the Tigers won at then-#4 Georgia, 4-3, to move to 7-0 on the season.

`Noles Punch Ticket To Final Site
For the first time in program history the No. 15 Florida State women's tennis team will battle in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament after caging the No. 18 South Carolina Gamecocks 4-0 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. In a twist of events, the Seminoles will face ACC rival No. 2 North Carolina for the third time this season on Thursday, May 20 at noon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

With the triumph today, the Garnet and Gold not only improved their record to 16-10, but also trumped their 12th ranked opponent this season.

In impressive fashion, the Seminoles dominated doubles with a strong force by winning courts three and one for the second time this weekend.

Yellow Jackets Tripped Up By Rebels, 4-0
The Georgia Tech Women's Tennis team (19-10) will not be making a sixth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16 thanks to a relentless group of Rebels from the University of Mississippi (17-5), who topped the host Yellow Jackets, 4-0 at the Bill Moore Tennis Center Saturday.

The second of Mississippi's two nationally-ranked players, Karen Nijssen, finished off Georgia Tech's Viet Ha Ngo, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch the match for the SEC Western Division champions.

Earlier in the day, at No. 3 singles, Connor Vogel breezed past Sasha Krupina, 6-0, 6-0, and at No. 6 singles, Gabby Rangel dispatched Hillary Davis, 6-0, 6-4, for the Rebels.