NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, May 22

May 22, 2013

NCAA Championships

Three Tar Heels Advance In NCAA Singles

URBANA, Ill. --- North Carolina's Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Zoe De Bruycker and Caroline Price advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship with wins Wednesday at the Atkins Tennis Center at the University of Illinois. Carolina has three players in the final 32 for the first time since 2003 and just the second time in school history.

Suarez-Malaguti, the event's No. 7 seed, opened her first NCAA singles tournament with a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 34 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama. De Bruycker was also a straight-set winner, topping No. 42 Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State, 6-4, 7-5. Price was Carolina's third winner of the day in the afternoon session, grinding out a tough three-set victory over No. 50 Lacey Smyth of Arizona, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. 

UNC freshman Whitney Kay was also in action Wednesday, falling in two sets to No. 43 Klara Fabikova of Cal, 7-5, 6-2.

Gumulya, Koroleva Advance at NCAA Singles Championships

URBANA, IL - Beatrice Gumulya and Yana Koroleva each advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships in Urbana, IL on Wednesday. With Gumulya and Koroleva advancing, it marked just the fourth time in school history (1986, 2008, 2009, 2013) that two or more Tigers have won a match at the NCAA Singles Championships in the same season. 

Gumulya won a 6-3, 7-5 decision over No. 61 Dominique Harmath of Rice in a morning match. Koroleva, a national 9-16 seed, shrugged off a slow start and a change of venue against No. 23 Jenny Jullien of St. Mary’s for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 rain-interrupted victory. 

A third Tiger, freshman Liz Jeukeng, saw her season come to an end despite a huge comeback and several opportunities to move on. She fell, 0-6, 7-5, 6-7, to No. 76 Cindy Chala of VCU in a match that took nearly four hours due to rain stoppages and being forced indoors. 

Gumulya will play her second round match at 1:00 pm eastern on Thursday against No. 7 overall seed Gina Suarez-Malaguti of North Carolina. Koroleva is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm against Zoe De Bruycker, also of North Carolina. 


Wagner Advances at NCAA Singles Championship

URBANA, Ill. – The University of Miami’s Stephanie Wagner defeated San Jose State’s 54th-ranked Klaudia Boczova in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on Wednesday at Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Wagner, the ITA Southeast Rookie of the Year, dropped her first set to Boczova, 1-6. However, the Amberg, Germany native and 60th-ranked player shook off her disappointment and bounced back, winning the second set, six games to four. In third set, Wagner built a 4-0 lead before eventually winning the match, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The win improved Wagner’s spring record to 22-8 and moved the freshman into the tournament’s second round where she will face Texas’ Breaunna Addison on Thursday. Match time is set for 9 a.m. ET.

Elbaba Advances to Round of 32 at NCAA Singles Championship

URBANA, Ill. - Virginia freshman standout Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) defeated Tennessee's Brynn Boren, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Wednesday (May 22) in the round of 64 at the 2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Illinois.

The match was delayed after the first set due to rain, but No. 12 Elbaba completed the win over No. 24 Boren in three sets and improved to 35-11 overall. Elbaba will play Arizona's Lacey Smyth or North Carolina's Caroline Price in the round of 32 on Thursday, May 23. Smyth is ranked No. 50, while Price is No. 46.

UVa's Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Li Xi (Kunming, China) open the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship tomorrow against Pepperdine's Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara in the round of 32.

Mar Falls in First Round of NCAA Singles

URBANA, Ill. – Junior Hanna Mar of the Duke women’s tennis team dropped her opening round match in the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships to Tulsa’s No. 18 Samantha Vickers, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, Wednesday morning at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center.

Mar, ranked 29th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) poll started the match with two consecutive breaks over Vickers to take a commanding, 5-0, lead in the opening set. Vickers was able to respond with a break of her own and held serve to cut into the Mar advantage, 5-2, before the Blue Devil junior was able to close out the first set with her third break, 6-3. In the second set, Vickers used four breaks in serve to win the second set, 6-3, and send the match into a decisive third set.

Mar, a product of Burr Ridge, Ill., concludes the campaign with a 24-10 singles ledger.

Kissell Falls In First Round of NCAA Singles Championship

URBANA, Ill. – NC State junior and 53rd-ranked Joelle Kissell saw her season come to an end after suffering a first-round defeat in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships on Wednesday afternoon.

Kissell, the nation’s 53rd-ranked player, held a 6-5 lead in the first set, but 37th-ranked Aeriel Ellis responded to tie the match at six all and forced a tiebreaker. Ellis went on to take the tiebreak by a 7-3 count and win the first set, 7-6.

The Hostetter, Pa., native took an early 2-0 lead in the second set, but Ellis responded by winning four-straight games to grab a 4-2 advantage. Kissell would fight back and tie the frame at five all, but Ellis went on to take the final two games for a 7-5 second-set victory to close out the match. 

Kissell finishes the 2012-13 season with an 18-13 overall record, which includes eight wins over ranked opponents. The 2013 All-ACC selection became just the second player in program history to earn a bid to the singles championship in consecutive years.