Women's Tennis NCAA Quarterfinal ACCtion: Saturday, May 22

May 22, 2010

No. 2 Tar Heels Outlast Duke For Spot in National Semis

ATHENS, Ga. - North Carolina's Sanaz Marand topped Duke's Ellah Nze in a three-setter for the third time in 2010 and the second-ranked Tar Heels advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in program history with a 4-3 win over the 10th-seeded Blue Devils Saturday afternoon at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Katrina Tsang, Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Zoe De Bruycker were also singles winners for Carolina, who will face No. 3 Florida in Monday's semis.

It was a dream start to doubles for Duke (22-7), as the Blue Devils got early breaks on all three courts and quickly led 4-0 at Nos. 1 and 2.

No. 32 Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson were first off at No. 1, as the Duke pair topped UNC's 13th-ranked Marand and Sophie Grabinski, 8-5. Nze and Granson led 7-2 before the Tar Heels won three straight games to pull back all but one break, but Granson served out the victory.

On court two, No. 31 Tsang and Shinann Featherston quickly righted the ship and were up a break at 6-5 after winning six of seven games. But No. 38 Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny got the break back on Featherston's serve and took the final three games of the match to give Duke the doubles point.

Jelena Durisic and Jocelyn Ffriend also rallied from an early deficit and were up 7-5 against Reka Zsilinszka and Elizabeth Plotkin on court three when the match was abandoned.

No. 11 Miami Falls to No. 3 Florida in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4-0

ATHENS, Ga. - The 11th-ranked Miami Hurricanes fell to the No. 3 Florida Gators, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon, bowing out in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. This year's event is being hosted by the University of Georgia.

Florida (28-2) opened the match collecting the doubles point, earning victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Miami (20-6) was just unable to bounce back, falling in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.

The Gators took the upper hand in the doubles portion of the match behind the team of Caroline Hitimana and Anastasia Revzina at the No. 3 line, claiming an 8-3 win from Miami's Danielle Mills and Claudia Wasilewksi. The clincher for the Gators came at the No. 2 position, using the tandem of 29th-ranked Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather to move past the `Canes 36th-ranked team of Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn, 8-3.

In singles, Florida advanced its lead at 2-0 when ninth-ranked Lauren Embree topped UM senior and ninth-ranked Laura Vallverdu at the No. 1 spot. Embree used a 6-4, 6-2 line to claim the victory.