NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, May 25

May 26, 2011

Bhambri First Ever to Advance at NCAAs

STANFORD, Calif. - Over a grueling three and a half hours, 28th-ranked Sanaa Bhambri cemented her place in NC State women's tennis history by becoming the first player in program history to advance to the round of 32 in the NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday at Taube Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.

Bhambri outlasted 55th-ranked Tayler Davis of California in dramatic fashion, winning 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in a final set tiebreaker.

De Bruycker Opens NCAA Singles Tournament with Win

STANFORD, Calif. - North Carolina sophomore Zoe De Bruycker advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship Wednesday with a 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 over Stanford's Mallory Burdette at the Taube Family Tennis Center. De Bruycker will face Maryland's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar in Thursday's second round.

De Bruycker got off to a slow start against Burdette, who was playing a day after losing the deciding match in the NCAA Team Championship final against Florida. The Stanford sophomore dropped just one game en route to a 6-1 opening set win on court five of the Taube Stadium courts.

Hardenbergh Advances in NCAA Singles Championship

STANFORD, Calif. - Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship with a first round win on Wednesday at the Taube Tennis Center. With the victory, she becomes the first Cavalier women's player to win a match at the event.

Hardenbergh defeated Alex Cercone of Florida in the first round, 6-2, 7-6(6). She used a pair of breaks to win the first set 6-2. In the second set, she fell behind 4-2 before winning four of the next five games to serve for the match at 6-5. However, Cercone broke back to force the second set tiebreaker. Cercone had a 3-1 lead early in the breaker, and had a set point at 6-5, but Hardenbergh won the final three points to clinch her victory. She will play Connie Hsu of Penn in the second round, who upset fifth-seeded Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame in the first round.

Junior Advances to NCAA Singles Second Round

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 30 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar continued her breakout first season with the Maryland women's tennis team Wednesday evening defeating Texas A&M's 26th-ranked Nazari Urbina 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Singles Championship at the Taube Tennis Center.

Sanchez-Quintanar improved to 17-4 and picked up her sixth win over a ranked opponent this season. Her performance, predominantly at No. 1 singles, helped lead the Terps to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2006 and their best record since 1989. Sanchez-Quintanar is the first Maryland player to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships since Ramona But, also in 2006.

Canes Eliminated from NCAA Singles Championship

STANFORD, Calif. - University of Miami women's tennis players Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn were eliminated from the NCAA Singles Championships after both suffered first round losses to Top 20 opponents Wednesday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

After a rain delay pushed play back a few hours, 36th-ranked Bartenstein fell to Northwestern's 10th-ranked Maria Mosolova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Later that night in the last match to start in the Round of 64, sixth-ranked Eichkorn dropped a tight two-set match, 7-5, 6-4 to Florida's Lauren Embree.

Tigers Bow Out of NCAA Singles Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - Clemson's Josipa Bek and Keri Wong were eliminated from the 2011 NCAA Women's Singles Tennis Tournament on Wednesday in Stanford, CA. Wong dropped her match in three sets to the 2010 defending National Champion, Chelsey Gullickson, while Bek retired due to a leg injury in the second game of her match with Stacey Tan of Stanford.

The duo will play in the doubles portion on Thursday, as they enter with the No. 6 national ranking and a national 5-8 seed. They will play Kristie Boxx and Katie Guthrie of Mississippi in the first round.

Fahoum and Zsilinszka Fall in NCAA First Round

STANFORD, Calif. - Duke senior's Nadine Fahoum and Reka Zsilinszka both dropped their opening round matches in the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday at the Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

Fahoum was knocked out of the singles competition by Aeriel Ellis from Texas as she started the match strong by winning the first set 6-1 and taking a 5-3 lead in the second. Ellis would mount a comeback by winning the final four games in the second set to claim a 7-5 win. With the momentum shifted in Ellis' favor, she earned a 6-3 victory in the third set to move on the second round.

O'Neill Falls in NCAA Singles First Round

STANFORD, Calif. - Georgia Tech women's tennis player Jillian O'Neill fell 6-3, 6-3 to California's Mari Andersson in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the Stanford University campus.

O'Neill, a junior from Montreal, Quebec, finishes her first season at Georgia Tech with a 24-15 overall singles mark. Playing from the No. 1 position in the Yellow Jacket lineup since mid-March, O'Neill also amassed a 10-4 dual match record and has climbed to No. 32 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. She won five of her final seven matches this season, including wins over two top 20 ranked opponents.

No. 8 Muresan Edges Pavelec in NCAA Singles Tourney

STANFORD, Calif. - In what turned out to be her final collegiate match, Wake Forest senior Martina Pavelec came up just short of what would have been the best win of her career, falling 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to No. 8-seed Denise Muresan of Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship in Stanford, Calif. Wednesday.

After digging herself into a 4-0 hole to start the match, 38th-ranked Pavelec rallied to win the next six games, taking the first set 6-4. A lengthy rain delay at the start of the second set gave Muresan a chance to regroup, and when play began again, the two players traded games until Pavelec broke the Michigander to give herself a chance to serve out the match at 5-4.

Rybakova Closes Out FSU Career

STANFORD, Calif. - Florida State's Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) wrapped up her season and career as a Seminole Wednesday, May 25 as the senior fell to No. 41 Noelle Hickey 6-2, 6-2 of UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Individual Championships held at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif. Sophomore Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) also had a first round exit falling 6-2, 6-3 to No. 34 Kristi Boxx of Mississippi.

As the most successful women's tennis player in program history, Rybakova finishes second in Florida State history with 103 all-time wins in singles and a school record four All-ACC honors. This marked her third trip to the NCAA Individual Championships and Scharle's second.