Women's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Friday, May 28

May 29, 2010

Georgia Tech's Falconi Rolls Into NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech sophomore Irina Falconi continued her run at the 2010 NCAA Singles Tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 Round of 16 victory over Venise Chan of Washington Friday at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Falconi, who is the tournament's No. 1 seed, sped through the first set but quickly went down 3-0 to Chan in the second frame. Behind 4-1, Falconi staged a furious second-set comeback for the second straight day by winning the final five games to take the match.

"Yesterday was pretty much the same," Falconi said. "I was down 4-1 in the second set after winning the first. I just felt like everything started to click and a switch came on. I figured I had nothing to lose at that point. I took some chances and started to be much more aggressive. I kept that plan through the end of the set because it was working so well."

Falconi has now won 23 straight matches and is 40-2 in singles this year. She is just the third Yellow Jacket in the history of the program to reach the 40-win plateau, joining Kristi Miller, who accomplished the feat twice, and 2008 NCAA singles champion Amanda McDowell.

Three NCAA Women's Quarterfinal Spots Belong to Miami

ATHENS, Ga. - University of Miami women's tennis players Bianca Eichkorn and Laura Vallverdu turned in straight-set wins on Friday, cruising into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. In addition, Miami's doubles team of Gabriela Mejia and Vallverdu advanced to the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals with a straight-set win over the defending national doubles champions from the University of California.

Miami is the only team in this year's field with multiple players still in action as part of the singles tournament. For the second consecutive season, UM women's tennis head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews has two student-athletes in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Tournament, and now a doubles pair into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. Additionally, 2009 NCAA Singles Runner-Up Laura Vallverdu is a competitor for the `Canes in both the singles and doubles brackets.

"I think Bianca [Eichkorn] and Laura [Vallverdu] are playing some of the best tennis they have played all season," stated Yaroshuk-Tews. "They're both competing very hard, and they're just playing with such confidence and heart right now, and it's showing with some great tennis on the courts in this tournament."

Duke's Nze Falls In NCAA Round of 16

ATHENS, Ga.- Duke University junior Ellah Nze had her season come to an end this afternoon in a 3=6, 6-0, 6-1 loss to 20th-ranked Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor University in the NCAA Individual Singles Tournament round of 16. Nze closes out the year with a 25-17 overall record.

Nze used a couple service breaks to cruise to a 6-3 victory in the opening set against Secerbegovic. The Baylor sophomore quickly evened the match, blanking Nze 6-0 to force the decisive third set. The 20th-ranked Secerbegovic carried that second-set momentum into the third set and breezed to the 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory.

The native of Tampa, Fla., advanced to the round of 16 for the second consecutive season with two wins in the NCAA Individual Tournament. An All-ACC performer, Nze posted a 15-11 record in dual matches for the season as Duke's top player.

Clemson Tandem Eliminated From NCAA Doubles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - Clemson's seventh-ranked doubles team of Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic fell to Baylor's 11th-ranked duo of Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship. Baylor won, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, GA, to advance to the Final Eight.

For the Tiger duo, who fell to 25-9 on the season, it marked the end of the season for the women's tennis program, which advanced to the Sweet 16 as a team this season. It was the final match of Ina Hadziselimovic's decorated career, which features school records for doubles wins in a season (35) and a career(105). She is also ranked ninth in school history in singles wins with 88, and was an All-ACC selection.

Bek, a sophomore, will lead the Tigers in 2011, as the will again be one of the top players in the country as a three-time All-American and two-time All-ACC competitor.

The tandem earned All-America status by virtue of their top-eight seed in the doubles competition, the second such honor for each. Last season, the duo advanced to the round of eight before bowing out, but fell this season to the top doubles team form the Bears, who were the #1 overall seed in the team tournament.