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May 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Duke freshman and second-ranked Beatrice Capra continued her journey through the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship Friday afternoon, defeating ninth-ranked Lauren Embree of the University of Florida, 6-1, 6-3, at a humid, sun-soaked Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia. The win propelled Capra into the Saturday's quarterfinals and one step closer to an individual championship.
In addition to the story of two, top-10 players facing off, Embree and Capra share a very close friendship off the courts. The two often traveled together while playing on the junior tour, and Friday's match was the first time in almost three years that the two had competed against one another.
"It's definitely hard," Capra said. "We were talking right before the match. You have to handle it as just another match and go out there and do what you need to do. Lauren is such a great competitor and that's what I love about her. We can just go fight - do whatever we need to do on the court, and then after the match, we're friends again. It's really good playing her."
ATHENS, Ga. - The two winningest players in the history of the Virginia women's tennis program saw their careers come to an end Friday as they lost in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.), ranked No. 18 nationally, were edged 7-6(3), 7-6(2) by No. 10 Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely of Tennessee.
In the first set, Fraser and Hardenbergh took a 4-2 lead after breaking Pluskota's serve. The Lady Vol team responded by breaking Fraser's serve in the ensuing game. The Cavaliers led 5-4 when Pluskota served again and UVa had two set points at 15-40, but the Tennessee team won the next four points to hold serve. They broke Fraser's serve again for a 6-5 lead, but Virginia broke Szekely at love in the ensuing game to force a tiebreaker. The breaker was tied 2-2 before the Tennessee team won five of the next six points to win the set.
The second set was tied at 1-1 before the Tennessee team rolled off four straight games to take a 5-1 lead. The Cavaliers broke Szekely's serve and Fraser held to cut the lead to 5-3. As Pluskota served for the match at 5-3, she led 40-15. Fraser and Hardenbergh saved those the two match points and broke back to get back on serve. With Hardenbergh serving at 4-5, she saved three more match points before holding for 5-all. Virginia broke Szekely's serve to take a 6-5 lead, but Tennessee broke back on Fraser's serve to force a tiebreaker. Just like the first set breaker, the teams split the first four points for 2-2. The Lady Vols then won the next five points to close out the win.