NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Thursday, May 23

May 23, 2013

NCAA Championships

Koroleva on to Round of 16 After Comeback Victory

URBANA, IL - Sophomore Yana Koroleva defeated North Carolina’s Zoe De Bruycker, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on Thursday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, IL. Koroleva becomes the first Clemson player to advance to the Round of 16 since 2009, when Josipa Bek accomplished the feat. 

In doing so, Koroleva earns her first All-America honor. She’ll play Zsofi Susanyi of Cal on Friday for a shot at the quarterfinals. Susanyi is the No. 5 overall seed in the tournament, while Koroleva is a 9-16 seed. 

Also on Friday, fellow sophomore Beatrice Gumulya fell short in her upset bid of No. 7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti of North Carolina. Gumulya won the first set, 6-2, reeling off the final five games, but Suarez surrendered just two games the rest of the way en route to the 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory. 

If Koroleva is able to advance to the quarterfinals, she will be the first person since Julie Coin to advance that far, and just the fourth player in school history to make the claim. 



Price, Suarez-Malaguti Advance At NCAAs


URBANA, Ill. --- North Carolina's Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Caroline Price advanced to the round of 16 with second round wins in the NCAA Singles Championship Thursday at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illnois. The wins give Carolina two players in the final 16 of the singles tournament for the first time in school history, and Price now joins Suarez-Malaguti as an ITA All-America honoree for the first time in her career.

Price was the first Tar Heel in action Thursday, moving into the round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Price, who will earn ITA All-America honors by virtue of advancing to the final 16, will face No. 41 Natalie Beazant of Rice. 

Suarez-Malaguti struggled out of the gate in her second round match against No. 40 Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson, dropping the opening set, 6-2. But the ACC Player of the Year steadied herself after the first set, and Suarez-Malaguti won 12 of the last 14 games to score a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory and advance to the third round. 

Carolina's Zoe De Bruycker was also in action Thursday, and the Saratoga, Calif., senior fell to Clemson's Yana Koroleva, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. 

Wagner Falls in NCAA Singles Second Round

URBANA, Ill. – The University of Miami’s Stephanie Wagner fell in her second round match to Texas’ Breaunna Addison, 6-2, 6-2, Thursday morning at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship at Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Wagner, an All-ACC Team member, dropped her first set to Addison, 6-2, but built a 2-1 lead in the second set. However, Addison, the nation’s 31st-ranked singles player was able to close out the match by winning the next five games.

Wagner’s ends her freshman campaign with a spring record of 22-9. For her outstanding play this season, the nation’s 60th-ranked player was recently named the ITA Southeast Rookie of the season.

Elbaba, Nauta and Xi Eliminated at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

URBANA, Ill. - Virginia's Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Li Xi (Kunming, China) were eliminated Thursday (May 23) at the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships, help on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Elbaba was defeated by North Carolina's Caroline Price, 6-2, 6-1 in the singles round of 32, while No. 32 Nauta and Xi were defeated by No. 17 Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine, 6-2, 6-1, in the doubles round of 32. No. 12 Elbaba's match started at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, but was moved indoors to Atkins Tennis Center due to inclement weather with No. 46 Price leading 6-2, 3-0.

Elbaba finished her freshman season with a 35-12 record, establishing a new UVa first-year record for most wins in a season. Nauta and Xi finished the season with a 15-12 doubles record.