NCAA Women's Tennis Singles/Doubles ACCtion: Thursday, May 24

May 24, 2012

Capra Advances in Singles, But Doubles Teams Falter

ATHENS, Ga. - Duke freshman Beatrice Capra advanced to the Round of 16 and became the 30th player in program history to garner All-America honors with a second round victory in the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles Championship Thursday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, their two doubles teams were unable to advance out of the first round of the tournament.

Capra, seeded second in the 64-player draw, opened the morning against 43rd-ranked Lindsey Hardenbergh of Virginia in her second round singles matchup. The Ellicott City, Md., native easily won the first set, 6-2, but Hardenbergh refused to go down without a fight. Hardenbergh, a 2012 All-ACC selection, responded with a 6-4 second set victory to send the match to a decisive third frame. Capra regained the momentum and took the final set, 6-1, to reach Friday's Round of 16.

"It was a really tough match," Capra said. "She definitely made me work to win that match today. I think in the first set, I did a good job of stepping up and moving forward in the court. In the second set, she made me play a lot more balls and I was kind of on the defense. I knew what I needed to do to win that match in the third set and I just did it."

Featherston And McHale Eliminated At NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. - No. 3-seeded Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale fell to Tennessee's Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely, 7-6 (2), 6-3, Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

The two-time All-America duo ends the 2012 season with a record of 21-6.

The opening set was close throughout and would ultimately be decided in a tiebreak. Tennessee took a 4-2 lead into the first changeover and won the next three points to take the breaker, 7-2, and the set, 7-6.

Hardenbergh and Fraser Advance at NCAA Doubles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia women's tennis team had two players continue play at the NCAA Individual Championships on Thursday. Seniors Lindsey Hardenbergh and Emily Fraser were victorious in the first round of doubles, but Hardenbergh lost earlier in the day in the second round of singles.1

Hardenbergh and Fraser, ranked No. 18 nationally, defeated No. 42 Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith of TCU 6-2, 7-6(3) in the doubles first round. In singles, Hardenbergh, ranked No. 43 nationally, fell to No. 2 seed Beatrice Capra of Duke, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

In doubles, Hardenbergh and Fraser led 2-1, on serve, in the first set when they broke Nichols' serve for a 3-1 lead. They held that advantage until they broke Nichols' serve again to close out the set 6-2. The start of the second set mirrored the first, with the Cavalier duo breaking Nichols' serve for a 3-1 lead.

Kissell Falls at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. - NC State's Joelle Kissell wrapped up her strong sophomore season on Thursday, falling to No. 6 Christina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.

31st-ranked Kissell dropped the first three games of the opening set, but cut her deficit down to two with a victory in the fourth game, making the score 3-1. Sanchez-Quintanar came back and won three of the next four games to take the first set, 6-2.

Sanchez-Quintanar then pulled away in the second set, winning 6-0 to clinch the match.

Bartenstein Falls in Second Round of NCAA Singles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Miami's Anna Bartenstein ended her NCAA Singles Championship run with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to USC's Zoe Scandalis in the tournament's second round at the University of Georgia Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Thursday.

"Anna came up a little short today against a great player," said Miami Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "Anna has exemplified character, passion and pride in The U since she arrived three years ago. Her presence and competitive spirit will definitely be missed."

Bartenstein came into the tournament with a No. 18 national ranking and at one point during the season moved all the way up to No. 12. She jumped out to a great start against the 14th-ranked Scandalis, claiming the first set, 6-1.

Stancu Downed, Doubles Fall in Three at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Cristina Stancu, ranked No. 28 nationally, dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to ninth-ranked Lauren Embree of Florida Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

In doubles action, 33rd-ranked Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus lost a hard-fought three-set match to 23rd-ranked Jillian O'Neill and Alex Anghelescu of Georgia Tech in the opening round of the doubles championship.

After Stancu and Embree split the first four games, Embree won the next four to secure the first set. Embree carried the momentum into the second set to win the match.