QUARTERFINALS SET FOR ITA NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM INDOORS
No. 1 Northwestern, defending champion Georgia Tech advance
MADISON, Wis. – The Quarterfinals have been set for the 16 teams competing in the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Women's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 Northwestern 6, Miami (FL) 1
#8 Duke 7, Wisconsin 0
#4 Baylor 4, North Carolina 3
Notre Dame 4, #5 Stanford 3
#6 Georgia 4, USC 3
#3 UCLA 4, Florida 3
#7 Georgia Tech 4, Fresno State 3
#2 California 4, Clemson 3
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Baylor (3-0): The fourth-ranked Bears rallied to edge North Carolina, 4-3. North Carolina was able to win the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. Third-ranked Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi fell to No. 15 Sanaz Marand and Sophie Grabinski, 8-5. Baylor won on court three as Secerbegovic and Kasia Siwosz defeated Reichert and Meg Fanjoy, 8-5. On court two, No. 12 Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston defeated Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (5). Baylor evened the match at 1-1 with a win from Broosova on court three. The junior extended her dual-match winning streak to 22 straight wins, topping No. 103 Austin Smith, 6-2, 6-1. North Carolina went back on top with a win on court one as No. 47 Marand defeated No. 19 Ormond, 6-4, 6-3. The Lady Bears evened the match again, as Karolina Filipak rallied for a three-set victory on court five, downing No. 83 Featherston, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. No. 32 Borsanyi defeated Tsang, 7-5, 6-3, on court two to give Baylor the lead, but Grabinski downed No. 65 Stanivuk, 6-4, 6-4, on court three to level the match. Nina Sercerbegovic, a mid-term freshman playing just the third dual match of her career, recorded an impressive come-from-behind victory over Laura Reichert on court six. After falling 6-3 in the first set, Sercerbegovic finished 7-5, 6-1 to give Baylor the win and advance the Lady Bears to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the second time in six appearances.
First Round Matchup: No. 4 Baylor def. North Carolina, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 4 Baylor vs. Notre Dame – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
California (4-0): The second-ranked Golden Bears snuck by No. 12 Clemson, 4-3 and into the Quarterfinals. The Tigers won at the first and third doubles positions to clinch the point and take a 1-0 lead in the match as Ani Mijacika and Keri Wong teamed up to upset Cal's seventh-ranked duo of Claire Ilcinkas and Marina Cossou at the top spot, 8-3. Mijacika then put the Tigers ahead, 2-0, with a three-set victory at flight one. Thirteenth-ranked Cossou won the first set, 6-3, but Mijacika, the nation's #4 player, didn't drop a game in the second set and then posted a 6-2 win in the third. Mari Andersson scored the first point for the Golden Bears with a win over Wong at the third position (6-2, 7-5), and Bojana Bobusic defeated Ina Hadziselimovic at flight five in another three-set battle. Claire Ilcinkas, currently ranked 30th picked up the win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 4 position. No. 52 Jana Juricova then clinched the match for Cal with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 upset over #10 Josipa Bek at the No. 2 singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 California def. Clemson,
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 2 California vs. Georgia Tech – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Duke (6-0): The eighth-ranked Blue Devils got the day started with a decisive 7-0 win over host Wisconsin. Duke opened the morning session by breezing through doubles play. Sophomores Ellah Nzeand Reka Zsilinszka cruised to an 8-1 victory against at No. 3. It marked the fourth time this season that the duo posted an 8-1 triumph over their opponents. In singles, Mallory Cecil grabbed a big three-set victory over Elizabeth Carpenter in the No. 1 spot. She won 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to remain unbeaten in dual action. Both Nze and Zslinszka swept their opponents in straight sets in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Melissa Mang also breezed through her singles match at No. 5. She dispatched Aleksandra Markovic 6-1, 6-2 to push her win streak to nine matches heading into the contest with the Wildcats. Amanda Granson held off a charge from Angela Chupa to win 6-3, 7-5 in the fourth spot.
First Round Matchup: No. 8 Duke def. Wisconsin, 7-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 8 Duke vs. No. 1 Northwestern – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Georgia (5-0): The sixth-ranked Bulldogs edge ninth-ranked USC, 4-3 advancing to the Quarterfinals against No. 3 UCLA. In doubles, USC picked up the point including an upset victory for the Trojans top tandem of Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu, ranked 31st, over Georgia’s seventh-ranked duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Yvette Hyndman, 8-4. Seventh-ranked Gullickson evened the match with a 6-1,6-4 victory over Sanchez. Next, Gilchrist recorded one of her best wins to date with a 7-5,6-1 victory over Fink, a senior who was ranked fifth in the preseason. The Bulldogs had grabbed their first lead of the night at 2-1 before Ueshima notched one of her biggest career wins, a three-set thriller over Ramos, beating her 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 as the Bulldogs surged ahead 3-1 in the match. Fansler provided USC with a win over Hyndman 6-4,7-5 to pull the Trojans within one. The match would be decided at No. 6 as Cameron Ellis eventually secured the team victory with a 6-0, 7-5 decision. She raised her record to 16-2 and has won her last 10 matches.
First Round Matchup: No. 6 Georgia def. USC, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 3 UCLA – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Georgia Tech (3-0): The seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets dropped the doubles point but came back to defeat No. 13 Fresno State in their opening round match. The day opened with the Yellow Jackets' fifth-ranked duo of Amanda McDowell and Irina Falconi falling to No. 2 Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kecerkova, 8-3, at the top spot in the lineup. Christy Striplin and Noelle Hickey then fell at the No. 2 doubles position to No. 23 Tinesta Rowe and Melanie Gloria, 8-5, to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead. In singles play, Falconi, the 23rd-ranked player in the nation, tied the match from the top flight after defeating No. 17 Gloria, 6-1, 6-3 and Sasha Krupina gave Tech a 2-1 lead behind a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Laura Pola at No. 5 singles. The Bulldogs stormed back behind No. 29 Petukhova's 6-3, 6-0 win over 11th-ranked McDowell, who is battling a virus, at the second spot in the lineup. Kecerkova then put Fresno State ahead with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of No. 27 Striplin at the No. 3 flight. The Yellow Jackets once again evened the score with Fresno State when 57th-ranked Hickey finished off Rowe, 6-4, 6-3, at the fourth spot in the lineup. Freshman Viet Ha Ngo clinched the Yellow Jackets comeback victory from the No. 6 position with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Danon Beatty.
First Round Matchup: No. 7 Georgia Tech def. Fresno State, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 7 Georgia Tech vs. No. 2 California – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Northwestern (4-0): The top-ranked Wildcats cruised past the #15 Miami (FL) with a 6-1 victory. The No. 1 doubles match featured NU’s 25th-ranked tandem of Lauren Lui and Georgia Rose squaring off against Julia Cohen and Laura Vallverdu of Miami, with the Wildcats eventually coming out on top, 9-7. The nation’s top-ranked singles player, Maria Mosolova, led No. 8 Julia Cohen 3-1 in the first and went on to claim a 6-2 set victory. Cohen took a 2-1 lead in the second and held on to send the match to a third set with a 6-3 win. Mosolova responded in the extra frame, earning her 19th win with a 6-4 score in the third. Nazlie Ghazal picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win and moved to 16-4 overall in her senior campaign. The 28th-ranked Rose came back on a positive note for the ’Cats, clinching the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, against No. 114 Vallverdu. Lui also picked up an impressive upset over No. 20 Bianca Eichkorn in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Northwestern def. Miami (FL), 6-1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 1 Northwestern vs. No. 8 Duke – 3:30 (CT)
Notre Dame (5-0): The 14th-ranked Irish used a huge comeback to knock off the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 4-3. Stanford jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after clinching the doubles point with the nation’s top-ranked duo of Kristy Frilling and Kelcy Tefft getting the only Irish doubles win, as they defeated Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, 8-4. After Cosmina Ciobanu evened the score at 1-1 taking down Veronica Li, 6-0, 6-2, Stanford pushed their lead to 3-2, as No. 97 Burdette knocked off No. 46 Krisik, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, and No. 26 Barte defeated No. 45 Tefft, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Frilling, the 39th-ranked singles player, pulled the Irish within one when she downed Jessica Nguyen, 7-5, 6-3. Shannon Matthews tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jennifer Yen. No. 62 Kristen Rafael gave the Irish the win as she defeated Carolyn McVeigh, 7-5, 6-1.
First Round Matchup: Notre Dame def. No. 5 Stanford, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Baylor – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
UCLA (4-0): The third-ranked Bruins edge Gators for the 4-3 victory as junior Yasmin Schnack pulled out a three-set victory at No. 3 singles. The Bruins captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and 3 positions, capped with the thrilling 9-7 decision at the top position. UCLA then took a 2-0 lead in the team scoring when Maya Johansson downed Megan Alexander, 6-1, 6-3 on court No. 3. Jessica Alexander earned Florida’s first team point of the dual match after posting a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Carling Seguso at the No. 5 spot. Gator junior Marrit Boonstra followed with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win against Andrea Remynse at No. 1. Joanna Mather gave Florida its first lead of the dual match after she posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ashley Joelson at the No. 4 position. UCLA found itself down 3-2 with just two matches remaining on court. Stephanie Wetmore did her part, taking a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Barbara Pinterova at court No. 6. With the score then tied 3-3, Schnack won the clincher at court No. 2, battling back from a set down to defeat Anastasia Revzina, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. First Round Matchup: No. 3 UCLA def. Florida, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 6 Georgia – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
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