Women's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 20

May 21, 2010

No. 2 Carolina Advances To NCAA Quarters
No. 2 North Carolina advanced to its third NCAA quarterfinal in school history with a 4-1 victory over No. 15 Florida State Thursday afternoon at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Singles wins from Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Sophie Grabinski and Shinann Featherston helped the Tar Heels hold off the Seminoles, who rallied to split sets on courts one and three after getting a victory at No. 2. UNC will face a familiar foe in Duke Saturday afternoon at 2 for a spot in the national semifinals.

Carolina (29-4) got the ever-critical doubles point with wins on courts one and two to take an early lead.

No. 31 Featherston and Katrina Tsang rolled past Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira, 8-2, on court two just moments before FSU's Amy Sargeant and Katie Rybakova won at No. 3 by the same score.

Duke Wins Thriller Over UCLA to Advance to Quarterfinals
Duke University senior Elizabeth Plotkin mounted a furious third-set comeback to lift the 10th-seeded Blue Devils to a 4-2 victory over No. 7 seed UCLA in the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament round of 16 this afternoon in Athens, Ga. Plotkin captured the final two sets, including a third-set tiebreak to clinch the victory for Duke.

Duke improves to 22-7 and advances to the quarterfinals for the 15th time overall and for the sixth time since 2000. The loss was the Bruins' first since April 3 and drops them to 21-4 overall in 2009-10.

The Blue Devils took the early 1-0 lead, capturing the crucial doubles point. UCLA grabbed the first match of the day, earning a doubles victory on court three. The pair of Pamela Montez and Carling Seguso defeated Duke's Reka Zsilinszka and Plotkin, 8-5. The Blue Devils quickly evened the score with the No. 2 team of Monica Gorny and Mary Clayton coming away with an 8-5 triumph over Noelle Hickey and Nine Pantic.

Miami Rolls Into NCAA Quarterfinals Past Northwestern, 4-1
The No. 11 University of Miami women's tennis team rolled past No. 5 Northwestern, 4-1, on Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament, housed at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia is the host for this year's event.

Miami (20-5) opened the match taking the doubles point, earning wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively.

Northwestern (23-7), the No. 6 seed in this year's tournament, took the first doubles match at the No. 3 line, using the team of Samantha Murray and Kate Turvy to power past Miami's duo of Danielle Mills and Claudia Wasilewksi, 8-1. 

No. 8 Stanford Bounces No. 9 Clemson from Sweet 16
The Eighth-seeded Stanford Cardinal knocked No. 9 Clemson out of postseason play by a 4-0 margin in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships in Athens, GA. The Cardinal (23-1) won a tight doubles point and roared out of the gate in singles, winning at flights two, three, and five on the way to the Elite Eight.

Clemson (24-6) saw its season end in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. It was the second time in the last three years that the Cardinal knocked Clemson out of the tournament. Clemson fell to 0-10 all-time against Stanford, and 0-6 in NCAA Tournament play.

The two didn’t get underway until 7:40 pm, as earlier matches caused a backup in the scheduling. Doubles took more than an hour and a half to complete as the teams were forced to play at the Henry Field courts due to a light failure at the McWhorter Courts.