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April 19, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State sophomore Amy Sargeant and Virginia junior Lindsey Hardenbergh have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s final Women’s Tennis Players of the Week for the 2011 season.
Sargeant keyed the Seminoles to upset wins over fourth-ranked North Carolina and third-ranked Duke during a span of three days, while Hardenbergh had a pair of singles wins and a doubles win over highly-ranked opponents to lead Virginia past No. 12 Clemson and No. 13 Georgia Tech.
Sargeant of Walsall, England, was instrumental in both FSU victories, winning in three out of four doubles and singles matches. It extended a remarkable comeback for Sargeant, who recently returned to action at the end of February after missing nearly nine months due to hip surgery.
Against North Carolina, Sargeant teamed up with senior Katie Rybakova, and the two fought back from behind to defeat the Tar Heels’ tandem of Haley Hemm and Tessa Lyons 9-8 (10-8) to clinch the critical doubles point victory. In singles, Sargeant was again victorious, defeating Lyons 6-1, 6-3 to push the Seminoles lead to 3-0. Against Duke, Sargeant battled back and forth against No. 79 Mary Clayton, winning the match 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 to clinch the Seminoles victory over the Blue Devils. The wins over North Carolina and Duke mark the two highest ranked opponents the Seminoles have defeated in program history.
Virginia also made team history over the weekend, as Hardenbergh led the Cavaliers to the two highest ranked road wins in school history. The Cavaliers, who earned the No. 4 seed for this week’s ACC Championship at Cary, N.C., set a school record for conference wins in a season (7) as the result of those two victories.
In the 4-3 win over No. 12 Clemson, Hardenbergh rallied for a three-set win over No. 9 Josipa Bek for the highest ranked win of her career. Hardenbergh, of Fairfax Station, Va., also clinched the key doubles point with Erin Vierra with a win over third-ranked Bek and Keri Wong. In the 6-1 win at No. 13 Georgia Tech, Hardenbergh won the clinching match with a 7-6, 7-6 win over No. 39 Jillian O’Neill. Hardenbergh finished her ACC regular season 11-0 in singles (5-0 at No. 1, 6-0 at No. 2).