Miami, Georgia Tech Advance to ACC Women's Tennis Championship Title Match
April 21, 2007
CARY, N.C. - For the third year in a row, the 2007 ACC Women's Tennis Championship title match will feature co-regular season champion Georgia Tech (22-4) and No. 4 seed Miami (19-5) battling for the coveted league crown. The championship match begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Cary Tennis Park.
Miami took its opponent down to the wire for the second day in row and pulled off a 4-3 upset victory versus top-seeded Clemson. The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, but the tide turned in favor of the Hurricanes in singles action.
The nation's top-ranked player Audra Cohen of Miami got things going for the Hurricanes, defeating Clemson's Ani Mijacika in straight sets at the No. 1 singles position. Audrey Banada followed suit to give Miami a 2-1 advantage with a 6-1, 6-2 win against the Tigers' Estefania Balda at No. 3.
The Tigers notched the next two singles matches, winning at Nos. 4 and 6 before Miami tied the match behind Laura Vallverdu's 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Carol Salge. The fate of both teams came down to the No. 5 singles flight as Caren Seenauth pulled off a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) triumph over Clemson's Marie Brito to seal the victory for the Hurricanes.
In the second semifinal match of the day, No. 2 seed Georgia Tech held off a tough Tar Heel team for a 4-2 victory. The Yellow Jackets won two of the three doubles matches to secure the doubles point, but UNC fought back in singles action capturing wins at Nos. 5 and 6 for a 2-1 lead.
The Yellow Jackets would rally back as Amanda Craddock and Kristi Miller defeated their opponents in straight sets to tie the match and Amanda McDowell clinched the victory for Georgia Tech with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against UNC's Sara Anundsen in the No. 4 singles slot.
Georgia Tech chases its third straight ACC championship, while the Hurricanes seek their first-ever. Miami has finished runner-up to the Yellow Jackets in the title match the last two years.
Live coverage of the ACC Women's Tennis Championship title match will be broadcast on the internet at www.ACCSelect.com.
Saturday, April 21 - Semifinal Results