Women's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, March 15
March 16, 2008
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The 13th-ranked Duke women's tennis team closed out its spring break trip with a 5-2 win over 20th-ranked Tennessee at the UH Tennis Complex in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday.
With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 9-1 (2-0 ACC) on the year, as head coach Jamie Ashworth picked up his 250th win. Ashworth now owns a record of 250-61 at Duke.
Doubles action saw the Blue Devils go ahead 1-0, as the third-ranked duo of sophomore Amanda Granson and junior Melissa Mang defeated the seventh-ranked tandem of Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor, 8-5, at No. 1 before junior Jessi Robinson and senior Tory Zawacki posted an 8-6 win over Connor Vogel and Jennifer Meredith at the No. 3 spot to clinch the point for Duke.
Tennessee's pair of Ghizella Schutte and Rosalia Alda was victorious at No. 2, as the tandem posted an 8-6 win over Duke's freshman duo of Ellah Nze and Reka Zslinszka.
SAN JUAN, P.R. - No. 11 North Carolina won its fifth dual match in a row with a 7-0 sweep of Princeton Saturday afternoon in Puerto Rico. Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week Sanaz Marand improved to a perfect 14-0 in singles play this spring with her straight-set victory at the top of the Tar Heel lineup.
Carolina (11-4) took the doubles point for the sixth match in a row with a trio of wins. Marand and fellow sophomore Katrina Tsang were first off with an 8-2 victory over Rebecca Parks and Taylor Marable at No. 1. Senior Alexandra Jurewitz and junior Laura Reichert then clinched the point by finishing off an 8-5 victory over Sarah Hoffman and Melissa Saiontz at No. 3. Juniors Austin Smith and Sophie Grabinski needed a tiebreak to complete the sweep, defeating Ivana King and Sarah Huah at No. 2, 8-7 (0).
Princeton (6-6) continued to be competitive in singles, but the Tar Heels were too much. Reichert and Fanjoy dropped just four games between them in making it 3-0 with straight-set victories at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions, respectively.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis team fell to No. 33 Indiana, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Tennis Center at College Park. The Terrapins dropped to 3-8 on the spring season, while the Hoosiers improved to 11-3.
The Terrapins won the first two singles matches of the competition. Junior captain Michal Amir won her match over Alba Berdala, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles slot, while freshman Karin Lundmark defeated Katya Zapadalova, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.
Sophomore Maggie MacKeever, and freshmen Oksana Krutiyenko and Julia Huschke all forced their matches into third sets. MacKeever fell to Charlotte Martin, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2, at the No. 3 position. Krutiyenko lost to Brianna Williams, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, at the No. 6 spot, and Huschke dropped her match to Sigrid Fisher, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 4 slot.
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