NCAA Women's Tennis ACCtion: Thursday, May 26

May 27, 2011

De Bruycker Powers Into NCAA Round of 16

STANFORD, Calif. - North Carolina sophomore Zoe De Bruycker moved into the round of 16 at the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship in impressive fashion, defeating Maryland's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, Thursday afternoon at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. De Bruycker will face defending NCAA singles champion Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia Friday in the round of 16.

De Bruycker got off to a slow start for the second straight day, dropping the first game and falling behind 15-40 in her first service game. But the sophomore All-America quickly adjusted to the play of Sanchez-Quintanar and rallied for the key hold. After trading holds the next two games, De Bruycker ran off the final four games of the set to take control of the match.

Hardenbergh Reaches NCAA Singles Round of 16

STANFORD, Calif. - Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship with a second round win on Thursday at the Taube Tennis Center. With the victory, she becomes the first All-American in program history.

Hardenbergh defeated Connie Hsu of Penn in the second round, 6-4, 6-4. She fell behind early in the match, 3-0, and trailed 4-1 before rolling off five straight games to take the first set. Hardenbergh was up two breaks, serving at 4-1, in the second set, but Hsu rallied to draw back to 4-3. After each player held serve in the next two games, Hardenbergh served out to record the victory. She will play Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor in the round of 16 on Friday.

Clemson Duo Advances to Final 16 at NCAA Doubles Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - A day after falling in the NCAA Singles Championships, Clemson juniors Josipa Bek and Keri Wong came out with a strong, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, win in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships in Stanford, CA. The Tigers, a national 5-8 seed, battled Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie of Mississippi for more than two hours in a match that didn't end until 12:20 am eastern on Friday.

The Tiger duo advances to play Tennessee's 19th-ranked duo of Natalie Pluskota and Brynn Boren on Friday at 6:30 pm eastern. Fans can watch the match live courtesy of

Miami Makes Quick Work of VCU in NCAA Doubles Action

STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Miami's fifth-ranked doubles team of Bianca Eichkorn and Anna Bartenstein advanced out of the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championship with a 6-0, 7-5 win over VCU's 33rd-ranked tandem of Alex Bara and Kateryna Yergina Thursday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The win moves the Canes into the Round of 16, where they will face the winner of Thursday night's match between Washington's Venise Chan and Denise Dy and NC State's Sanaa Bhambri and Sandhya Nagaraj. Washington is ranked 13th nationally while NC State is ranked 17th.

Duncan and Talbert Beat Baylor in NCAA Doubles

STANFORD, Calif. - Wake Forest's top doubles team of Kayla Duncan and Kathryn Talbert overcame a second-set stumble to ease past Baylor's Sona Novakova and Nina Secerbegovic 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships Thursday on the campus of Stanford University.

Duncan and Talbert, who are ranked 21st nationally, advance to the Round of 16 where they will face the tournament's No. 1 overall seeds Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova of California, who beat Tennessee's Rosalia Alda and Millie Nichols in the first round.

Fahoum and Nze Drop Opening Doubles Match

STANFORD, Calif. - Senior's Nadine Fahoum and Ellah Nze fell in their opening doubles match in the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championships to close out their careers at Duke on Thursday night.

The No. 16 duo fell in their first round match to the No. 3 overall seed Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez from Southern California. Fahoum and Nze battled throughout the opening set with Christian and Sanchez as the Blue Devil pair took an early 2-0 lead. Fahoum and Nze swapped games with the No. 3 overall seed all the way up to the tiebreaker in the first set. The USC duo would prevail in the first set 7-6 and used its momentum to earn a 6-1 win in the second set to move on to the second round.

Terps Eliminated from NCAA Singles-Doubles

STANFORD, Calif. - Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar made school history Wednesday and was attempting to build on that accomplishment one day later.

But the junior, ranked No. 30 nationally, was eliminated from the NCAA Singles Championship Thursday by Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina who posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the round of 32.

Bhambri Falls in Three Sets at NCAAs

STANFORD, Calif. - 28th-ranked Sanaa Bhambri suffered a three-set loss to Stacey Tan of Stanford Thursday in the round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championship.

Bhambri took the first set, but ultimately fell 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 to the 43rd-ranked Tan.

Bhambri and Nagaraj Ousted in Doubles

STANFORD, Calif. - 17th-ranked Sanaa Bhambri and Sandhya Nagaraj fell in the round of 32 at the NCAA Doubles Championship Thursday.

Bhambri and Nagaraj were outlasted by 13th-ranked Venise Chan and Denise Dy of Washington, 4-6, 3-6.