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May 19, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Third-seeded Duke entered one of the most hostile environments in which the team has played all season, but for the third time in its last five matches, rallied back from a lost doubles point to defeat sixth-seeded Georgia, 4-2, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday evening at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The victory ties the program's second-longest winning streak at 18 straight.
"Obviously it was a great match," head coach Jamie Ashworth said. "To play Georgia here in the NCAA Tournament was a great opportunity and experience. I talked with USC men's head coach Peter Smith and he told me it's like a right of passage to win an NCAA tournament match against Georgia here. I kept thinking about that all day."
Playing in front of a crowd of 1,511 spectators, the afternoon began with doubles play, and the Bulldogs, feeding off the energy of the home crowd, grabbed a quick, 8-1 win on court one as the 46th-ranked duo of Nadja Gilchrist and Kate Fuller upset the Blue Devils' 21st-ranked tandem comprised of junior Mary Clayton and freshman Ester Goldfeld.
Despite the disappointing outcome in the No. 1 doubles match, Duke (29-2) battled it out on court two, as the 17th-ranked unit of sophomore Rachel Kahan and freshman Beatrice Capra outlasted Chelsey Gullickson and Lauren Herring, 8-6. Capra and Kahan improved to 21-5 overall and 17-2 playing at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
ATHENS, Ga. - After falling in a long, dramatic doubles affair, the University of Miami Hurricanes were unable to recover in a 4-0 loss to Florida in the NCAA Quarterfinals at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Saturday.
The doubles point came down to a marathon match at No. 3 with Miami's duo of Anna Bartenstein and Brittany Dubins battling back from a 4-1 hole and tying the match at 6. However, the 100-minute battle ended with the UF tandem of Alex Cercone and Caroline Hitmana winning the last two points for the 8-6 victory.
Miami's 76th-ranked pair of Gabriela Mejia and Lina Lileikite won their match over No. 22 Joanna Mather and Lauren Embree, 8-4, after UM's Melissa Bolivar and Liat Zimmermann fell, 8-3, to the Gator's top-ranked squad of Sophie Oyen and Allie Will.
Florida closed the door on the Canes with wins at Nos. 5, 6 and 3 as UF's No. 79 Cercone, Oliva Janowicz and No. 21 Joanna Mather defeated Miami's Zimmermann (6-2, 6-2), Dubins (6-3, 6-2) and Lina Lileikite (6-2, 6-4) respectively.