Women's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Wednesday, May 26

May 27, 2010

No. 1 Seed Falconi Advances To NCAA Tennis Second Round

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech sophomore Irina Falconi, the top seed in the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship, found her rhythm in the second set and cruised to an opening-round win over Vanderbilt's Jackie Wu, 6-4, 6-1, at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

With the scored tied 4-4 in the first set, Falconi won eight of the next nine games to win her 21st consecutive match. She has not lost since Feb. 13th.

"It was a good start, but I still have a few matches to go," Falconi said. "I knew she (Wu) would be a tough opponent. But once I got my rhythm going I was able to be aggressive."

Falconi will play Northwestern's Samantha Murray, who defeated Cal's Marina Cossou, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the 64-player tournament on Thursday.

UNC's Marand, Tsang Advance In NCAA Singles

ATHENS, Ga. - North Carolina seniors Sanaz Marand and Katrina Tsang each posted straight-set victories in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Marand topped Jennifer Widjaja of the University of the Pacific, 6-1, 6-4, while Tsang upset Michigan's Denise Muresan, 6-0, 7-6 (1).

No. 21 Marand, a quarterfinalist in last year's singles event, took control early against No. 82 Widjaja, winning the opening set 6-1. The Katy, Texas, senior held serve to open the match and used three breaks to take the first frame.

With the second set tied at 3, Marand dropped her serve for the first time since the third game of the match to give Widjaja a 4-3 lead. But Marand responded with a break of her own and won the final three games to complete a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

No. 54 Tsang was equally dominant in the opening set against Muresan. Tsang did not drop a game against the 19th-ranked Big Ten Player of the Year, blanking Muresan, 6-0.

Miami's Eichkorn and Vallverdu Advance in NCAA Singles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Miami's Bianca Eichkorn and eighth-seeded Laura Vallverdu each turned in straight-set victories on Thursday, advancing into the Round of 32 at the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships inside the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

For the second consecutive season, at least two Hurricanes women's tennis student-athletes will represent the University of Miami in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships. This season's tournament is being host by the University of Georgia.

Laura Vallverdu, a senior three-time All-American and four-time All-ACC selection, earned the No. 8 seed for the singles tournament, and opened her Round of 64 match on the Henry Field Courts--the main grandstand courts for the host University of Georgia Bulldogs men's and women's tennis teams.

Duke's Nze Advances in NCAA Singles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - Junior Ellah Nze held off a late charge by Washington State's Elisabeth Fournier to advance to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Individual Women's Tennis Tournament this afternoon on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Nze did not drop a game in the first set of the first round match, rolling to the 6-0 win. Fournier collected herself and rallied in the second set before Nze put away the straight-set victory, 6-0, 6-4. She improves to 24-15 on the year, and advances to Thursday's second round.

Junior Reka Zsilinszka was also selected to the 64-player draw in the singles competition. In her first round match, Zsilinszka quickly fell behind Arkansas' 29th-ranked Anouk Tigu, 5-0 in the first set.

Wake Forest's Pavelec Falls in NCAA Singles Opener

ATHENS, Ga. - Martina Pavelec's sophomore season came to a close Wednesday as she fell in three sets to Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Pavelec took the first set in a tiebreak, but Boxx battled back to win the match 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 and will face Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling in the second round.

Pavelec finishes the season with an overall singles record of 15-10 and was the first Deacon to play in the NCAA Singles Championship since Alex Hirsch competed in 2007. The Stuttgart, Germany native was the recipient of the 2010 ITA Player to Watch Award for the Carolina Region and is expected to be a major contributor on next year's team.

Virginia's Hardenbergh Falls in NCAA Singles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia women's tennis season came to a close on Wednesday as sophomore Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) fell in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga. Hardenbergh fell 6-4, 6-2 to Fani Chifchieva of Auburn.

Making her NCAA Singles Championship debut, Hardenbergh faced Chifchieva, a 2009 All-American. Hardenbergh fell behind 3-2 in the first set when she had her serve broken. She drew even at 4-4 by breaking Chifchieva's serve, but the Auburn player broke back and served out the first set, 6-4. In the second set, Chifchieva took a 4-0 lead before the players held serve in the final four games as the Tiger completed the 6-4, 6-2 win.

McCreless Closes Out Career As A 'Nole

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Lauren McCreless wrapped up her season and career as a Seminole Wednesday, May 26 as the senior fell to No. 5 Lenka Broosova of Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Individual Championship.

In her first trip out to the tournament, No. 22 McCreless pushed fifth seeded Broosova to a three-set nail bitter. The `Nole opened up the battle successfully by dominating the first set with a 6-3 victory, but was unable to keep the momentum going as she fell 6-1 in the second set. The third set saw Broosova continue governing the court by posting a 6-3 score in the third set.

As the most successful women's tennis player in program history, McCreless leaves the squad with an impressive career singles record of 102-46 and notable doubles mark of 94-61.

Clemson's Josipa Bek Eliminated From NCAA Singles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - In what was one of two first-round matchups of top-20 players in the 64-player NCAA Singles Championships, Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling defeated Clemson's Josipa Bek, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, GA. Frilling, ranked #16 nationally and a 9-16 seed, defeated Bek, who is ranked 17th in a match that took more than two hours to complete.

Frilling got revenge from her defeat to Bek last season in the same tournament. Frilling will move on to play the winner of the Martina Pavelec (Wake Forest, #42) and Kristi Boxx (Ole Miss, #44) match.

Bek ends the season with a 28-14 overall record, playing primarily at the no. 1 singles position. She was the winner of the ITA Carolina Regional in the Fall and was named to the All-ACC team in the spring.