Women's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 27

May 28, 2010

Clemson's Bek, Hadziselimovic Advance to Final 16 of NCAA Doubles Championship

ATHENS, GA - Clemson's Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic, ranked 7th nationally and a national 5-8 seed, defeated #35 Dominica Zaparanza and Michaela Kissell of Marshall in the first round of the NCAA Doubles competition in Athens, GA on Thursday. The Tigers' 7-6(5), 6-4 win in the first round advances them to the Final 16 of the 32-team field.

They will take on Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova (Baylor, #11), who beat Brittany Blalock and Suzie Matzenauer (Cal Poly, #48) in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. The match is slated to start at 3:00 pm at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

In the doubles championship, the players are playing best-of-three sets to six, as opposed to the pro-set format played throughout the dual match season.

Duke's Nza Advances to NCAA Tournament Round of 16

ATHENS, Ga.-Duke University junior Ellah Nze added another win to her record to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Women's Tennis Individual Singles Tournament. Nze defeated Boise State's Pichittra Thongdach in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (4) to continue her season.

Nze and Thongdach traded shots throughout the opening set, but it was Nze coming through with the key break to win the first set 6-4. The second was much of the same as they remained on serve throughout. With Thongdach leading 5-4, 47th-ranked Nze captured two straight games to go in front 6-5. The Broncos No. 49 senior answered by evening the set 6-6 to send it to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Nze dominated, winning 7- 4 to earn overall win 6-4, 7-6.

Georgia Tech's Falconi Moves On To NCAA Round of 16

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech sophomore Irina Falconi, the top seed in the NCAA Singles Tournament, registered her 22nd straight victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Samantha Murray of Northwestern Thursday in the second round at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

"I had another slow start today and got down in my match early," Falconi said. "I had to get my feet moving and get more aggressive to get in a good rhythm in the match. In the second set, I finally got in a good rhythm and I won five straight games which was a great way to end the match. For tomorrow's match I have to make sure that I work into the match and find a good balance of fire and focus."

Falconi opened the day by taking the first game but then proceeded to quickly fall behind Murray, 3-1. The Yellow Jacket All-American stormed back to take the next five games and win the first set, 6-3.

Miami Advances Two Into NCAA Singles Sweet 16

ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Laura Vallverdu and junior Bianca Eichkorn each collected ITA All-America honors on Thursday, turning in victories in the Round of 32 during the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. They now advance into Friday's "Sweet 16" matches of the singles tournament.

In doubles play, the sixth-ranked team of Gabriela Mejia and Laura Vallverdu advanced to the Round of 16 in the doubles portion of this year's tournament.

For Vallverdu, the All-America honor is her fourth consecutive during her storied career in Coral Gables. Meanwhile, Eichkorn collects her second consecutive All-America honor after making it to the "Sweet 16" of the singles tournament for consecutive years.

Wake Forest's Kulikova and Talbert Eliminated From NCAA Doubles

ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Sasha Kulikova and freshman Kathryn Talbert dropped a tight 7-5, 6-4 match to Kristi Boxx and Karen Nijssen of Ole Miss in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

The Rebels only break of the first set came at an opportune time as they won a game on the Deacons' serve while leading 6-5 to take the set 7-5. In the second set, the Deacs twice rallied back from being down a break, but the third time was not the charm, as the Ole Miss team broke the Deacs at 4-5 to close out the match.

It was the second straight day that Demon Deacon players lost to an Ole Miss foe, after Martina Pavelec fell in three sets to Boxx in the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday.

Tar Heels Eliminated At NCAA Championships

ATHENS, Ga. - North Carolina seniors Sophie Grabinski, Sanaz Marand and Katrina Tsang were eliminated from the NCAA Individual Championships Thursday afternoon at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Marand and Tsang were defeated in the second round of the singles event while Marand and Grabinski lost in the opening round of doubles competition.

Marand opened the day against No. 12 Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia. The 21st-ranked Marand trailed 5-3 in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreak. Gullickson won four of the first five points in the tiebreak and hit an ace on set point to win 7-6 (4).

Marand rebounded to break Gullickson in the first game of the second set and led 4-3 before Gullickson got back on serve at 4-all. The Georgia sophomore then held and broke for the 7-6, 6-4 victory.