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May 28, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Clemson juniors Josipa Bek and Keri Wong survived and advanced into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Doubles Championships in Stanford, CA on Friday night. The Tiger duo, a 5-8 seed in the tournament, outlasted 18th-ranked Brynn Boren and Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee, 6-1, 6-7(8), 7-6(1), to win their 32nd match of the year together.
The Tigers advance to take on the second-seeded Florida duo of Allie Will and Alex Cercone on Saturday at 5:30 pm eastern. The Gators topped the Arkansas team of Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson in the Round of 16, 6-2, 6-4. Bek and Wong met each of these tandems in the team NCAA Tournament, defeating the Arkansas duo, 8-2, and falling to the Florida team, 8-6. Bek and Wong are 2-2 against Florida doubles teams this season, but 0-1 against this combination.
STANFORD, Calif. - North Carolina sophomore Zoe De Bruycker saw her run at the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship end Friday with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 loss to Georgia's Chelsey Gullickson at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. Gullickson, the defending NCAA singles champion, will advance to face top seed Jana Juricova in a rematch of the 2010 title match.
De Bruycker got off to another slow start, dropping the first five games of the match before losing the first set, 6-1. But just as she has throughout the tournament, De Bruycker righted the ship to regain momentum.
STANFORD, Calif. - The Virginia women's tennis team's historic season came to an end on Friday during day three of the NCAA Individual Championships at the Taube Tennis Center. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) lost in the singles round of 16, while Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) lost in the doubles round of 16.
Hardenbergh suffered a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor in the singles round of 16. In the first set, Secerbegovic broke Hardenbergh's serve in the first game of the match, and later for a second time en route to taking it 6-2. She broke Hardenbergh's serve again in the first game of the second set, but the Cavalier broke back to make the score 2-2. After Hardenbergh held for a 3-2 lead, Secerbegovic won the final four games of the match to close out the victory. Hardenbergh concludes the season with a 42-9 singles record, setting a new school record for wins in a season. By reaching the NCAA round of 16, she becomes the first Cavalier women's tennis All-American.
STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Miami's fifth-ranked doubles team of Bianca Eichkorn and Anna Bartenstein lost in the NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16 in a three-set defeat at the hands of Washington's 13th-ranked Venise Chan and Denise Dy Friday night at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
With the loss, the Hurricanes season - and Eichkorn's record-breaking career - came to a close.
STANFORD, Calif. - The Wake Forest women's tennis season came to an end Friday night as the Demon Deacons' 21st-ranked doubles team of Kayla Duncan and Kathryn Talbert fell 7-5, 6-3 to top-seeded Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova of California in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.
The No. 1 Golden Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set, before the Deacs rallied back to tie the score at 5-5. But after holding serve, Andersson and Juricova earned a break in the final game of the set to take the opening frame 7-5. In the second set, Cal seized an early break and would never relinquish it, serving out the rest of the set to seal the victory. Andersson and Juricova advance to face Northwestern's Linda Abu Meshrefova and Nida Hamilton in the quarterfinals.