Women's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 22 - Sunday, May 25
May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 25
ATLANTA - One day after becoming the first Yellow Jacket in school history to compete in the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, sophomore All-American Amanda McDowell has become the first women's tennis player at Georgia Tech to advance to the NCAA championship match, as she will square off against Baylor's Zuzana Zemenova for the national title Monday at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
McDowell won her semifinal match over No. 9-16 seeded Fani Chifchieva, 6-3, 6-2, one day after knocking off UCLA's Tracy Lin by the same score in the quarterfinals.
The win was McDowell's school-record 44th of the season, and she currently holds an 83-18 career singles record through two years on the Flats.
After recording a 6-3 win in her first set, McDowell won the first three games of the second set before dropping two to the Auburn standout. The Atlanta native then finished off the straight-set win by sweeping her last three games to push her into the championship match.
McDowell has now won seven-straight sets, and has dropped just one out of her last 11 sets on her run to the title match.
TULSA, Okla. - Sophomore All-American Amanda McDowell has become the first women's tennis player in school history to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships after recording a straight-set win over Baylor's Lenka Broosova in quarterfinal action Saturday.
McDowell, the seventh-seeded player in this year's tournament, notched her single-season record 43rd singles win of the season with an easy 6-3, 6-2 victory over Broosova and will face Auburn's No. 9-16 seed Fani Chifchieva Sunday in the semifinals.
Broosova's teammate Zuzana Zemenova and top-seeded Aurelija Miseviciute will square off in the other semifinal match Sunday.
With her quarterfinal win Friday, McDowell recorded her 42nd singles victory of the 2008 season, tying the mark for most singles wins in a season at Georgia Tech. Kristi Miller, a senior on the 2008 squad that finished her career with 151 singles wins, notched 42 singles wins in her first year on the Flats.
TULSA, Okla. - The Clemson women's tennis doubles tandem of Ani Mijacika and Carol Salge fell in the NCAA Doubles Championship quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The Tiger duo finished the season with a 17-3 overall record.
Mijacika and Salge earned All-America honors for reaching the round of eight, while earning the fourth seed in the national tournament also qualified them for the accolade.
They fell to Fresno State's team of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova by a 6-2 margin in the opening set on Saturday. The Tiger tandem then rallied to win the tiebreak in the second set (7-3) and captured the first two games of the third set. However, the Bulldogs rebounded to claim the set (6-4) and match.
TULSA, Okla. - Duke's doubles tandem of Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang saw their run in the NCAA Doubles Championships end in the quarterfinals on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
The two Blue Devils, ranked No. 7 in the ITA doubles rankings, suffered a straight set loss to No. 2 Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe of Fresno State. The battle of top-10 teams went in favor of the Bulldogs as they took the match 6-2, 6-4 to move on to the semifinal round as one of four teams remaining in the field.
"I think they (Granson and Mang) have grown a lot as a doubles team," said Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth. "Going back to the first time we put them together at the end of October, it wasn't really a combination we were thinking about for doubles. I think they have done a good job as a team of getting better. They played their best at the end of the year and making the NCAA quarterfinals is the best result we have had at Duke in a long time."
Friday, May 23
TULSA, Okla. - For the second straight year, Clemson's Ani Mijacika advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship. The Tiger sophomore fell in singles action at the Michael T. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, OK on Friday, but paired with senior Carol Salge to reach the final eight in doubles.
She and Salge won in straight sets over Texas' team of Vanja Corovic and Mariya Milic on Friday evening. They posted a 6-2 win in the first set and withstood a rally by the Longhorn tandem in the second to improve to 17-2 on the year.
The Clemson duo held a 5-2 lead in the second set before dropping the next three games. Mijacika and Salge went ahead, 6-5, but the Texas team forced the tiebreak. The Tigers prevailed, 7-5, to advance. They will face the winner of the match between Fresno State's Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova and Alex Haney and Melissa Koning of Auburn on Saturday.
TULSA, Okla. - The No. 7 ranked doubles team of Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang won for the second straight day to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Granson and Mang faced No. 32 Nika Koukhartchouk and Karen Nijssen of the University of Mississippi on Friday. The Ole Miss duo controlled the early part of the match and took a 5-2 lead in the first set. The two Blue Devils, facing a loss in the first set, fought all the way back with five straight games to win by a 7-5 count.
"When we were down 5-2 we just told ourselves we had to remain positive," said Granson. "We just needed to try and get back to what we do best which is being aggressive and getting to the net. We just did everything we could to play the game like we like to play. That is in our favor."
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Miami's run at the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championship came to an end Friday as the nation's top-ranked singles player and top-ranked doubles team eliminated two-time All-American Laura Vallverdu and teammate Romy Farah in the round of 16 at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
For the second time in as many days, Vallverdu played back-to-back matches with her doubles matches alonside Farah coming just a few hours after the conclusion of her singles contests. On Friday, Vallverdu - ranked No. 19 in singles play - lost for only the second time in more than two months with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas before she dropped her doubles match with Farah to the No. 1 duo of Tracey Lin and Reka Zalameda of UCLA, 6-3, 6-3.
Thursday, May 22
TULSA, Okla. - Clemson women's tennis player Ani Mijacika was victorious in both singles and doubles play on Thursday at the NCAA Individual Championships, held at the Michael T. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. She won easily in singles action and teamed with Carol Salge to advance to the round of 16 in both brackets.
Salge fell in her second-round singles match-up to end her run in the singles tournament.
Number-two seeded Mijacika breezed through the second round, completing her match in just over an hour for the second straight day. The Tiger sophomore downed #44 Tatsiana Uvarova of Virginia Commonwealth in the first set, 6-0. She then won the second, 6-3, to post her 30th win of the season. Mijacika will take on 9-16 seed and 14th-ranked Fani Chifchieva of Auburn in the round of 16.
TULSA, Okla. - Duke freshman Reka Zsilinszka earned her second straight victory while Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang won their first doubles match to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla. on Thursday.
Zsilinszka, ranked No. 24 in the ITA singles rankings, defeated No. 57 Lindsey Nelson of Southern California in the second round. It was a matchup of Duke's freshman against the experienced senior for the Trojans. Nelson has played in the NCAA Singles Championship match in each of the past two seasons.
"What a great match Reka played," said Ashworth. "That girl (Nelson) from Southern Cal had gone to the finals the last two years. Reka did a good job of controlling her emotions and the tempo of the match. She got a little nervous in the second set but when it came down to the pressure situations she did a good job of controlling her emotions."
TULSA, Okla. - Amanda McDowell, the No. 7 seed in the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships, has advanced to the third round following a three-set victory over South Carolina's Gira Schofield Thursday morning.
The Yellow Jacket sophomore is Tech's lone remaining competitor in the tournament that opened Wednesday. Six-time All-American Kristi Miller lost her second round match against Cal's Claire Ilcinkas, 6-7, 6-0, 4-6, to end her successful singles career at Georgia Tech with a 151-39 record over the last four years. The Yellow Jacket standout owns the Tech career records in singles wins and winning percentage.
Miller and fellow senior Whitney McCray also saw their final NCAA Doubles Championships run come to an end in the first round of action Thursday, falling to TCU's tandem of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Just hours after Vallverdu won her second round singles match to advance to the round of 16 in singles play, she paired with teammate Farah to pick her up second win of the day and the first NCAA doubles victory for both players.
No. 20 Vallverdu and Farah (18-6) edged out No. 21 Taylor and Ulery (15-8) in the first set, 6-4, to take the early lead. In the second set, UM's top doubles duo made quick work of their opponents from Vanderbilt, clinching the match with a 6-2 win.
TULSA, Okla. - For the third straight season and the fourth time in the last five years, the University of Miami will be represented in the NCAA Round of 16 in singles play after sophomore All-American Laura Vallverdu defeated Southern California's Gabriela Niculescu, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, Thursday morning in second round action the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championship at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The win for No. 19 Vallverdu (31-9) - her 18th in her last 20 matches - sets up a battle with the nation's top-ranked player, Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas, on Friday at 12 p.m. EST. Miseviciute (50-5), who has suffered two losses in her last seven decisions coming into Friday, downed Baylor's Taylor Ormond, 6-1, 7-5, on Thursday to advance.
TULSA, Okla. - North Carolina's doubles tandem of junior Sophie Grabinski and sophomore Sanaz Marand and Sophie Grabinski came up short in an upset attempt against No. 2 Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe Thursday at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Earlier in the day, Marand and fellow sophomore Katrina Tsang fell in second round singles matches.
Grabinski and Marand dropped the opening set to the Fresno State duo, 6-3, but regrouped to take the second set, 7-5. The teams were even at 4-4 before Fresno State broke the Tar Heels for a 5-4 lead and proceeded to serve out the match.
Marand took the first set against Sacramento State's Katrina Zheltova before falling in the second set, 6-1. Zheltova then took the deciding set 6-4 to complete the 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4, upset of the nation's No. 9 player. Tsang was eliminated by UCLA's Tracy Lin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.