NCAA Women's Tennis Third Round ACCtion: Thursday, May 17

May 17, 2012

Miami Marches Past North Carolina, 4-2. on to Fourth Straight Elite Eight Appearance

ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Miami’s Melissa Bolivar won a three-set thriller at No. 4 singles to clinch the Canes 4-2 victory over seventh-seeded UNC in the NCAA Sweet 16 match-up that lasted into the early morning hours of Friday.

The win sends the 10th-seeded Hurricanes into the NCAA’s Elite Eight for the fourth straight year and sixth time in the last seven seasons.

After winning the always important doubles point, Miami dropped singles matches at Nos. 5 and 3 as the Tar Heels’ Tessa Lyons defeated Liat Zimmermann (6-1, 6-1) and the 104th-ranked Caroline Price upended No. 71 Lina Lileikite (6-3, 6-1), respectively.

However, UM senior and 18th-ranked Anna Bartenstein and sophomore Brittany Dubins quickly put Miami back on top, 3-2, defeating No. 38 Zoe De Bruycker (6-2, 6-4) and late replacement Haley Hemm (6-0, 6-4).

Duke Advances Past Virginia Into NCAA Quarters

ATHENS, Ga. - The third-seeded Duke women's tennis team took on Virginia for the third time this season Thursday evening, and the outcome was the same as the previous two, as the Blue Devils rallied from a lost doubles point to defeat the Cavaliers, 4-1, on the McWhorter Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. In addition to the victory, Duke won its 17th straight match, tied for the third longest winning streak in program history.

"Our team believed even after we lost the doubles point that we were going to win four or five singles matches or whatever we had to do," said head coach Jamie Ashworth. "We lost the doubles point to them in the regular season and came out and won four singles matches. Our team has so much belief in their singles play."

After a half-hour delay due to the length of a previous match, Duke and Virginia finally got underway with doubles action. The Cavaliers grabbed an early advantage when Lindsey Hardenbergh and Maria Fuccillo took down senior Monica Gorny and sophomore Hanna Mar, 8-4, in the No. 3 doubles match. The Blue Devils responded on court two, as 17th-ranked Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan defeated the nation's 43rd-ranked tandem of Hana Tomljanovic and Erin Vierra, 8-4, for the duo's 20th victory of 2012.

No. 9 Cal Tops No. 26 Georgia Tech 4-0 In Sweet 16

ATHENS, Ga. - The 26th-ranked Georgia Tech women's tennis team fell in the NCAA Championships Sweet 16 4-0 to ninth-ranked Cal Thursday morning on the McWhorter Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.

Cal improved to 20-6 and will face No. 1 UCLA in the Elite Eight. The Yellow Jackets end their season 16-12, but won seven of their final nine matches. Tech senior Jillian O'Neill will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship and O'Neill along with doubles teammate Alex Anghelescu will play in the NCAA Doubles Championship, both begin next week also in Athens.

"It was a great season," head coach Bryan Shelton said. "I felt like we got better at the end which is what you want to do. I think we dealt with some adversity throughout the year. Some of the girls had ups and downs, from confidence to injuries to different things they battled, but overall they stuck together and stuck with it. That's where I'm proud because once we got midway through the ACC season and didn't have a lot of success against the tougher teams, we could've folded a little bit. And this team didn't, they kept coming out to practice and working hard. Their idea was `let's keep developing, let's keep getting better."