May 22, 2010

Courtesy of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga.-----The No. 2 seed North Carolina defeated Duke 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

"We're very, very excited to beat Duke and advance to the semifinals for the first time ever," said North Carolina coach Brian Kalbas. "(Sanaz) Marand and the freshmen really stepped up big for us today."

The Blue Devils won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. The No. 32 tandem of Ellah Nze and Amanda Granson beat the 13th-ranked team of Sanaz Marand and Sophie Grabinski, 8-5 at No. 1, then No. 38 Monica Gorny and Mary Clayton defeated the No. 31 duo of Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston, 8-6 at No. 2.

The Tar Heels tied it in singles as No. 54 Katrina Tsang beat No. 81 Elizabeth Plotkin, 6-4, 6-3, but Duke moved back ahead when 34th-ranked Reka Zsilinszka downed Grabinski, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3. UNC answered back at Nos. 6 and 4 to take a 3-2 lead. At No. 6, Zoe De Bruycker beat Mary Clayton, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, then Gina Suarez-Malaguti beat Granson, 7-6(1), 6-1.

After Gorny defeated the Tar Heels' Featherston, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 5, North Carolina's No. 21 Marand outlasted No. 47 Nze at No. 1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to clinch the match.

#2 NORTH CAROLINA (30-4) def. #10 DUKE (22-8), 4-3

Doubles (Order of finish: 1,2)
1. #32 Ellah Nze/Amanda Granson (DUKE) def. #13 Sanaz Marand/Sophie Grabinski (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-5 2. #38 Monica Gorny/Mary Clayton (DUKE) def. #31 Katrina Tsang/Shinann Featherston (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-6 3. #73 Elizabeth Plotkin/Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) vs. Jelena Durisic /Jocelyn Ffriend (NORTH CAROLINA), 5-7, unf.

Singles (Order of finish: 2,3,6,4,5,1*)
1. #21 Sanaz Marand (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #47 Ellah Nze (DUKE), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 2. #54 Katrina Tsang (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #81 Elizabeth Plotkin (DUKE), 6-4, 6-3 3. #34 Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) def. Sophie Grabinski (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 6-3 4. Gina Suarez-Malaguti (NORTH CAROLINA) def. Amanda Granson (DUKE), 7-6(1), 6-1 5. Monica Gorny (DUKE) def. Shinann Featherston (NORTH CAROLINA), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 6. Zoe De Bruycker (NORTH CAROLINA) def. Mary Clayton (DUKE), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0