NCAA Women's Tennis Singles ACCtion: Wednesday, May 23

May 23, 2012

Capra Advances in NCAA Singles First Round

ATHENS, Ga. - Duke freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Hanna Mar opened play in first round action of the 2012 NCAA singles tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Both players made their first-ever appearances in the final tournament of the season, as Capra advanced to tomorrow's second round, despite Mar falling in straight sets.

Capra, seeded second in the 64-player draw, took on 42nd-ranked Jackie Wu from Vanderbilt in the first wave of matches during the morning session. The Ellicott City, Md., native jumped on Wu from the beginning, grabbing a quick 6-2 first set victory. The ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year found much of the same success in the second set to defeat Wu in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, and advance to the second round of the tournament.

"It's nice to walk away with a win," Capra said. "It's been a while since I played without my team and it's definitely a lot different, but I'm happy to be able to get through the first round."

Keri Wong Falls in NCAA Singles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - Clemson graduate Keri Wong fell in her final collegiate match to the nation's 19th-ranked player, Danielle Lao of Southern California, by a 6-3, 6-1 count on Wednesday afternoon on the Henry Feild Courts in Athens, GA.

The match came in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships, held by the University of Georgia.

The Jackson, MS native finished her career with 102 singles wins and 117 doubles wins, the third-most total wins in school history. She also ends her career as one of three Clemson players ever to record more than 100 singles and doubles victories. Wong is a two-time doubles All-American, and was named All-ACC three times in her career, including this season.

Kissell Advances at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. - 31st-ranked Joelle Kissell of NC State defeated No. 48 Tayler Davis of California, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday, May 23. Kissell improved her singles record to 16-9 with the victory, and picked up her 35th career singles win.

After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first set, Kissell dropped the next five games to Davis even the match. She then came back and won two straight to take the first set, 7-5. In the second set, Kissell easily pulled away from Davis, winning 6-1, and clinching the match.

Although only in her second season, Kissell is just two wins shy of cracking the all-time top-10 chart for overall career singles wins by an NC State women's tennis player.

Bartenstein Moves on to Second Round of NCAA Singles Championships

ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Miami's Anna Bartenstein defeated Liudmila Vasilieva, 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships at the Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Wednesday.

Bartenstein came into the championships as the 18th-ranked player in the nation and intends to leave with a higher one. She easily outdueled her 51st-ranked opponent from Washington State and will face USC's Zoe Scandalis, who is currently ranked 14th.

Scandalis survived a three-set opener against No. 65 Lucia Batta of UNLV, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2, and will face Bartenstein on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Hardenbergh Advances at NCAA Singles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia women's tennis team had two players in action Wednesday as the NCAA Singles Championship began at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. Seniors Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) had first round matches in the 64-player tournament.

Hardenbergh, ranked No. 43 nationally, defeated No. 30 Anett Schutting of California 6-1, 6-4, in her first round match. Fraser, ranked No. 22 nationally, lost to No. 3 Nicole Gibbs of Stanford 6-0, 6-2.

Hardenbergh opened her match strong, winning the first five games en route to taking the first set 6-1. She went up 2-0 in the second set, but Schutting broke back to get back on serve. Leading 5-4 in the second set, Hardenbergh broke Schutting's serve to close out the match. It was the third career NCAA singles win for Hardenbergh, who last year reached the round of 16 to become Virginia's first All-American. She will meet No. 2 seed Beatrice Capra of Duke, the ACC Player of the Year, in Thursday's second round.

Tar Heels Eliminated From NCAA Singles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. - North Carolina juniors Lauren McHale and Zoe De Bruycker were eliminated from the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. McHale fell to Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic, 6-3, 6-2, while De Bruycker dropped a three-setter to Baylor's Sona Novakova, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

McHale was the first Tar Heel in action Thursday, falling to No. 23 Secerbegovic in straight sets. The two players opened the match with six consecutive holds before Secerbegovic broke McHale to take a 4-3 lead. After holding serve to go up 5-3, the Baylor senior got a second break to take the first set.

McHale got a break to open the second set, but it was all Secerbegovic from there, as the Lady Bear finished off the 6-3, 6-2 victory. McHale closes her singles season with a record of 29-18.

O'Neill Falls To Tennessee's Brynn Boren In NCAA Singles Opener

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech senior Jillian O'Neill fell 6-7(2), 6-3, 4-6 to Tennessee's Brynn Boren in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship on the Henry Feild Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

O'Neill, ranked No. 11, finishes her season with a 30-14 singles record and her two-year Georgia Tech career with a 54-29 singles mark. O'Neill will pair up with Tech sophomore Alex Anghelescu in the NCAA Doubles Championship which begins Thursday in Athens. The Yellow Jacket side, ranked No. 23, will face UCLA's sixth-ranked pair of Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton in the first round.

Boren, ranked No. 32, will face Baylor's 23rd-ranked Nina Secerbegovico in the second round Thursday.

Stancu Advances to Second Round

ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Cristina Stancu won a first-set tiebreaker and shutout Texas A&M's Nazari Urbina in the second set to advance to the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Wednesday.

The Constanta, Romania native controlled the second set and earned a 7-6 (3), 6-0 victory.

The two met previously this season when the Hokies faced UGA during the ITA Kickoff Weekend.