NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, May 20

May 21, 2011

No. 4 Tar Heels Sweep Into Quarters, 4-0

STANFORD, Calif. --- No. 4 North Carolina advanced to the national quarterfinals for the fourth time in school history Friday as the Tar Heels defeated Vanderbilt, 4-0, in round of 16 of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. Carolina rallied for a stunning win in doubles before getting singles victories from Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Tessa Lyons and Shinann Featherston to earn a date with No. 5 Baylor in Sunday's quarters.

Carolina (26-5) traded doubles wins with Vanderbilt (17-9) at the top two positions before staging a dramatic comeback to steal the point. Vandy's Chelsea Preeg and Jackie Wu defeated Lyons and Jelena Durisic, 8-4, on court two before No. 7 Featherston and Lauren McHale topped No. 36 Rachael Dillon and Alex Leatu by the same score on court one.

Things looked bleak for the Tar Heels on court three, as Commodores Lauren Mira and Keilly Ulery jumped out to a 7-2 lead on the Carolina tandem of Suarez-Malaguti and Zoe De Bruycker. But the sophomore duo somehow righted the ship and ran off six straight games to take an 8-7 lead.

Mira and Ulery held at 7-8 to force a tiebreak and had a chance to serve out the match with a 5-4 lead in the tiebreak. But Suarez-Malaguti and De Bruycker won both points on the Vandy serve and converted their first match point of the day to win, 9-8 (5), and clinch the doubles point for the Tar Heels.

Zsilinszka Clinches Duke's 4-3 Win over Georgia Tech in NCAA Round of 16

STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Reka Zsilinszka came through in the clutch once again for Duke as she clinched a 4-3 win over Georgia Tech in the round of sixteen to propel the Blue Devils to the quarterfinals on Friday morning at the Taube Tennis Center Stadium Courts.

Duke will face UCLA in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 12 p.m. (PT), 3 p.m. (ET), on Sunday, May 22, at the Taube Tennis Center Stadium Courts. Live scoring and live video will be available on

The match began in thrilling fashion as the doubles point was up for grabs from the beginning as Duke was ahead on two out of the three courts. Georgia Tech began to rally as the No. 18 duo Jillian O'Neil and Caroline Lilley jumped out to a 4-1 lead on court one over the No. 52 pair of Rachel Kahan and Ellah Nze and never looked back. The Yellow Jacket duo picked up an 8-3 win to take the first doubles match with two remaining.

Miami Advances to Elite Eight for Third Straight Year

STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Miami women's tennis team is advancing into the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five seasons as the Canes took down Michigan, 4-2, Friday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center.

With Miami leading, 3-2, freshman Kayla Rizzolo earned a come-from-behind, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Sam Crister in the No. 4 singles position.

The Canes will now face No. 2 national seed Florida, who won a close battle with Clemson to advance, on Sunday at 3 p.m. EST.

Virginia Women's Tennis Falls to UCLA 4-1 in NCAA Round of 16

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 11 Virginia women's tennis team had its season come to an end with a 4-1 loss to No. 6 UCLA in a NCAA Tournament round of 16 match on Friday at the Taube South Courts. The Cavaliers conclude the season with a 20-8 record, the first 20-win season in program history, while the Bruins advance to meet Duke in the quarterfinals.

"I am really, really proud of this team," said head coach Mark Guilbeau. "Obviously, congrats to UCLA for the getting the win, but both teams showed incredible fight and heart. It was a great match. We were only a few points in a couple of games away from being in position to get a 4-3 win. I was really impressed with how we composed ourselves after doubles and fought so much in singles."

UCLA took the early 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles point. Maya Johannson and Pamela Montez downed Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) and Caryssa Peretz (Cheery Hill, N.J.) 8-1 at the No. 3 position. Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones clinched the point with their 8-2 win at No. 2 over Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.).

No. 1 Florida Survives Scare; Ousts Clemson from Sweet 16

STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked and second-seeded Florida (28-1) took down Clemson (21-11), 4-1, in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Friday in Stanford, CA. The Tigers gave the Gators all they could handle, pushing them to the limit for more than four hours, but ultimately bowing out in the Round of 16 for the fifth straight season.

Florida, who entered the match with a 63-2 mark in SEC singles play and was 56-1 in its last 57 singles matches, needed every bit of three sets against the Tigers. Clemson freshman Klara Vyskocilova posted Clemson's lone point, a 6-3, 6-3 win over first-team All-SEC performer Sofie Oyen, who went a perfect 9-0 in SEC play.

54th-ranked Alex Cercone defeated Masha Belaya, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(5) in a wild third set to clinch the match. Belaya, who was unranked, was familiar with the Gator freshman, as they met many times in juniors.