Pairings set for ACC Women's Tennis Championship Semifinals
April 20, 2012
CARY, NC. - The semifinals of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Championship will showcase four of the nation's top 25 teams when play resumes Saturday at Cary Tennis Park.
Saturday's 10 a.m. match finds top-seeded and nationally second-ranked Duke (23-2) taking on fifth-seeded and 15th-ranked Virginia (18-6). The 1 p.m. matchup is equally intriguing as second-seeded and eighth-ranked North Carolina (21-5) faces sixth-seeded and No. 25 Georgia Tech (14-10), which upset third-seeded and ninth-ranked Miami in Friday's quarterfinals.
Both Saturday semifinals action and Sunday's finals are scheduled for delayed webcast on theACC.com, beginning at 6 p.m. Mac McDonald will handle the play-by-play, while Parke Morris will provide color commentary.
Virginia earned a spot opposite Duke in the semifinals with an impressive 4-1 win over fifth-seeded Clemson on Friday. The Cavaliers turned the tables following a 6-1 road loss to the Tigers late in the regular season. After grabbing the doubles point, the Cavaliers put the match away with wins in each of the three singles spots. Emily Fraser outlasted Keri Wong at No. 1 in a battle of All-ACC players , then Hana Tomlijanovic outlasted Klara Vyskocilova 6-2, 6-2 for the clinching points.
Duke won its 12th consecutive match this season against ACC opposition by blanking ninth-seeded NC State, 4-0.. It marked the 14th shutout win of the season for the nationally second-ranked Blue Devils, who saw ACC Player/Freshman of the Year Beatrice Capra team with Rachel Kahan for a win at No. 1 doubles, and then down oelle Kissell 6-0, 6-2 for the clinching point at No. 1 singles.
Duke received one of its tougher tests of the regular season against Virginia when the teams met in Charlottesville on March 23. The then-No. 5 Blue Devils outlasted the then-No. 8 Cavaliers by a 4-3 score.
North Carolina turned back seventh-seeded Florida State for a 4-2 win on Friday in a rematch of the 2011 ACC Championship finals. Shinann Featherston, who was named MVP of the 2011 ACC Championship after scoring match-clinching wins in the semifinals and finals, was at it again on Friday. The All-ACC senior's 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 6-1 marathon win over Leyla Erkins gave the Tar Heels their decisive point after the stubborn Seminoles had scrapped to within 3-2.
As has been their custom in recent ACC Championships, Georgia Tech and Miami waged a battle to the finish. After Tech's Alex Anghelescu turned back the Hurricanes' Liat Zimmerman on the No. 4 singles court, the match stood knotted at 3-3. It came down to the No. 3 court and a three-set thriller between Miami freshman Lina Lileikite and Tech veteran Elizabeth Kilborn.
Kilborn fought back from a 3-1 deficit with five unanswered points to snare a 6-3 victory and send the Yellow Jackets into the semifinals. Improbable ACC Championship victories are becoming a habit for the Yellow Jackets, who won the tournament two years ago as the No. 7 seed.
North Carolina and the Georgia Tech met twice during the regular season, with the Tar Heels winning on each occasion. UNC claimed a 4-2 victory in the ITA Indoor consolation round at Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 11, then scored a 4-3 win in the ACC matchup between the teams at Chapel Hill, N.C., on March 30.
#5 Virginia 4, #4 Clemson 1
Records: Virginia 18-6; Clemson 15-8
#1 Duke 4, #9 NC State 0
Records: Duke 23-2; NC State 6-18
#2 North Carolina 4, #7 Florida State 2
Records: North Carolina 21-5; Florida State 13-10
No. 6 Georgia Tech 4, No. 3 Miami 3
Records: Miami 18-4; Georgia Tech 14-10