Women's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, February 17
Feb. 18, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - The 15th-ranked Duke women's tennis team recorded a commanding 7-0 win over 60th-ranked Southern Methodist University on Sunday afternoon at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 3-0 on the year while the Mustangs fall to 6-2.
Duke came out strong in doubles play notching a pair of 8-5 victories to clinch the point and head into singles competition with a 1-0 advantage.
Action at No. 2 doubles finished first, as sophomore Tara Iyer and freshman Reka Zsilinszka combined for a win over Kristen Reid and Jessica Yanoff, and the fifth-ranked Duke duo of junior Melissa Mang and sophomore Amanda Granson followed suit with a win over Natalia Bubien and Pavi Francis at the No. 1 spot.
ATLANTA - Christy Striplin and Noelle Hickey opened the match with an 8-0 doubles win and seniors Whitney McCray and Kristi Miller won in singles to lead No. 1 Georgia Tech (7-1) to a 6-1 win against No. 29 Kentucky (7-2) Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Striplin and Hickey improved to 14-5 on the season and 7-1 in dual matches with their sweep of Megan Broderick and Sarah Woestmann. Kristi Miller and Kirsten Flower finished next with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles over the 20th-ranked pair of Carolina Escamilla and Christine Johnston, giving Georgia Tech a 1-0 lead in the match. Whitney McCray and Sasha Krupina then finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-7 (7-5) tiebreaker victory in the No. 3 spot.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's tennis team won its third consecutive match, topping Brown 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improve to 4-3 on the season with the victory.
The Cavaliers took the early lead by sweeping the three doubles matches. Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) and Hampton Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles over Itaska Kurihara and Emily Ellis. Maggie Yahner (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Lindsey Pereira (Arlington, Texas) clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with their 8-3 win over Kelley Kirkpatrick and Sara Mansur at No. 2 doubles. Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) and Lara Alexander (London, England) completed the sweep with their 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over Bianca Abousbakare and Marisa Schonfeld.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 5 North Carolina dropped its match to No. 6 Florida, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Sophomore Sanaz Marand, the No. 14 singles player in the nation, scored UNC's only win on the day, a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 59 Csilla Borsayni.
The Gators (4-1) got on the board quickly by sweeping the doubles matches. Florida won the doubles point after the Gator pair of Megan Alexander and Marrit Boonstra defeated the No. 8 ranked pair of Marand and Sophie Grabinski, 8-3. That loss followed the defeat of Meg Fanjoy and Austin Smith, who fell 8-3 to the Florida's Julia Cohen and Anastasia Revzina.
The Tar Heel pair of Katrina Tsang and Laura Reichert fought hard but fell to Whitney Benick and Lolita Frangulyan 8-5 for the sweep, putting the Gators up 1-0.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The seventh-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team suffered just it second loss of the season, both against Top-10 opposition, as No. 10 Baylor came away with a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes Sunday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Baylor (5-1) got out to an early 2-0 lead after winning the doubles point and the first singles point when No. 18 Lenka Broosova downed Romy Farah, 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 spot. No. 29 Laura Vallverdu would then put the `Canes on the board with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 15 Zuzana Zemenova in the No. 1 position.
RICHMOND, Va. - The Maryland women's tennis team fell to No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth, 7-0, Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Va. at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. The Terps fell to 1-4 on the season, while the Rams improved to 9-0.
Sophomore Maggie MacKeever and freshman Julia Huschke won their No. 3 doubles match over VCU's Kateryna Yergina and Kateryna Malakhova, 8-4, for the Terps' only win of the day.
Junior captain Michal Amir and sophomore co-captain Lisa Miller teamed up against Tatsiana Uvarova and Viktoria Konstantinova. Amir and Miller lost the No. 1 doubles match, 8-6. The freshman duo of Adela Matejkova and Karin Lundmark fell to Vera Petrashevitch and Laura Burns, 8-3, in their No. 2 doubles match.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 44 NC State women's tennis lost to No. 24 Arkansas 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. With the loss the Pack falls to 4-2 on the season and Arkansas improves to 5-4 on the season. The Wolfpack's only two losses this season have come against ranked squads. Each of Arkansas's losses have come against top-20 teams and all of them by the score of 4-3.
Due to an early scheduled flight out of Raleigh for Arkansas the match began in singles play. In the first match No. 1 Aurelija Miseviciute defeated No. 79 Daria Petrovic 6-1, 6-2. The next two matches were a pair of 6-4, 6-2 defeats. Lenka Hojckova fell to Ela Kaluder at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-2. At No. 3 singles No. 97 Berkley Brock finished next as she lost to Anouk Tigu 6-4, 6-2.