May 8, 2009

May 7th Results

No. 3 Lady Pirates Open NCAA Action With 5-0 Win Over Carson-Newman

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 3-ranked and defending DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic State women's tennis team opened NCAA play successfully with a 5-0 victory over Carson-Newman in second-round action at the 2009 NCAA DII Women's Tennis Southeast Regional on Friday morning in Savannah.

The Lady Pirates (23-1) advance to the Southeast Region final at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday to face the winner of Clayton State and Augusta State. Carson-Newman (14-3) falls short in its bid to earn the program's second-ever berth into the Round of 16.

AASU dropped just three games in taking a 3-0 lead after doubles play. The second-ranked duo of Martina Beckmann and Alida Muller-Wehlau picked up an 8-0 win over Amanda Bartlett and Taryn Cappadona at No. 1 doubles, then 12th-ranked Kathleen Henry and Tina Ronel defeated Kylie Elliott and Emily Sorah, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles. 7th-ranked Gabriella Kovacs and Sona Novakova completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win over Cassie Moulton and Elizabeth Sneed at No. 2 doubles.

The Pirates then clinched the match with straight-set singles wins at No. 5 and No. 6. Alisa Kagukina defeated Moulton, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles, then 49th-ranked Ronel defeated Sorah, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5 singles.

Carson-Newman vs Armstrong Atlantic (May 08, 2009)
#3 Armstrong Atlantic 5, Carson-Newman 0 May 08, 2009 at Savannah, Ga. (AASU Tennis Complex) Singles competition 1. #1 Sona Novakova (AASU) vs. Amanda Bartlett (CN) 6-1, 5-0, unfinished 2. #16 Alida Muller-Wehlau (AASU) vs. Elizabeth Sneed (CN) 6-1, 5-0, unfinished 3. #30 Martina Beckmann (AASU) vs. Kylie Elliott (CN) 6-0, 3-2, unfinished 4. #19 Gabriella Kovacs (AASU) vs. Taryn Cappadona (CN) 6-3, 1-2, unfinished 5. #49 Tina Ronel (AASU) def. Emily Sorah (CN) 6-1, 6-0 6. Alisa Kagukina (AASU) def. Cassie Moulton (CN) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #2 Martina Beckmann/Alida Muller-Wehlau (AASU) def. Amanda Bartlett/Taryn Cappadona (CN) 8-0 2. #7 Gabriella Kovacs/Sona Novakova (AASU) def. Cassie Moulton/Elizabeth Sneed (CN) 8-2 3. #12 Kathleen Henry/Tina Ronel (AASU) def. Kylie Elliott/Emily Sorah (CN) 8-1

Match Notes
Carson-Newman 14-3
Armstrong Atlantic 23-1; National ranking #3 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5)
2009 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Southeast Regional - Second Round AASU advances to Southeast Region final on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
T-1:54 A-75


Lynn Women's Tennis Advances to South Region Finals

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University's second-ranked women's tennis team shutout No. 22 Flagler 5-0 on Friday morning to advance to the finals of the NCAA Division II South Region Finals.  The Fighting Knights have swept each of their last nine opponents and have not lost a point since the end of March.

Opening with a clean doubles sweep, the Blue and White (24-0) jumped to an early 3-0 lead.  Tessie Salame and Jessica Yanoff topped Deon Miller and Roxane Alt 8-1 in the third position while No. 24 Magdalena Ecker and Alisson Siaci defeated Veronica Figueroa and Jennifer Saviano 8-3 in the second spot. Closing out the shutout, fifth-ranked Eleonora Iannozzi and Katerina Jiskrova beat Chelsi de Cuba and Chelsea Taylor 8-4 in the top flight.

Wasting no time in the hot sun, the Knights put the match away with a pair of quick singles points.  Fifteenth-ranked Ekert dropped Figueroa 6-0, 6-1 in the second position before Salame sealed the win with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Alt at No. 6 singles.

Unfinished matches saw every other Knight up at least a set.  Eleventh-ranked Jiskrova led de Cuba 6-2, 3-2 in the top spot and No. 46 Iannozzi was up 6-3, 3-2 over Miller in the third flight.  At No. 4 singles, Yanoff led Saviano 6-3, 4-2 and Siaci was up 6-3, 3-1 over Taylor at the fifth slot.

Lynn returns to action on Saturday against the winner of Friday's other semifinal between ninth-ranked Rollins and No. 13 Barry.


Francis Marion Beats Erskine 5-0 In NCAA Regional Semifinal

FLORENCE, S.C. - Seventh-ranked Francis Marion University lost only four games in sweeping the three doubles matches and the Patriots went on to a 5-0 win over 36th-ranked Erskine College, Friday morning (May 8) in a semifinal match at the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Southeast Regional in Florence, S.C.

Francis Marion ups its record to 19-4 and advances to Saturday afternoon's (1 p.m.) regional championship match against the Columbus State University/Georgia College & State University winner.

Erskine, which yesterday picked up its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, concludes its season with a 17-8 record.

The 13th-ranked doubles team of Tereza Sykorova and Sabina Baberadova won their eighth consecutive match with an 8-0 blanking of Tessa Rheault and Mary Claire Rollins at the No.2 position.  FMU's advantage increased to 2-0 when Valeska Ibscher and Saskia Ludwig earned an 8-1 decision at the No.3 spot. 

The sixth-ranked duo of Jitka Gavdunova and Kristyna Horakova completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 victory over Britton Bignon and Kacie Knox at the No.1 position.

In singles play, Sykorova downed Rheault in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) at No. 1 and Ibscher beat Knox 6-2, 6-0 at No.4 to end the match.  Sykorova is ranked 18th among Division II singles players.

"Anytime you win an NCAA match, it's a great result and a great day for your program," said FMU head coach Garth Thomson.  "I felt we played well in doubles, and then Tereza played perhaps her best match of the season in winning at No.1 singles.  She was very efficient."

Earlier this season, the 17-year head coach surpassed 200 career coaching wins at the helm of the Patriots. Thomson is also a former Patriot tennis player and a Francis Marion graduate.

Francis Marion advances to the regional title match for the fourth consecutive year.  The Patriots are making their ninth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and even their all-time tournament record at 8-8.  Erskine was making its fifth trip to the NCAAs.



No. 11 Clayton State Advances to Southeast Region Final With 5-1 Win Over ASU


SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 11-ranked Clayton State Lady Lakers advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Southeast Region final with a 5-1 victory over No. 19 Augusta State on Friday afternoon at the AASU Tennis Complex in Savannah.

Clayton State (11-6) will now face host AASU at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday to determine which team advance to the 2009 NCAA DII Women's Tennis National Championships in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on May 13-16. The matchup is a rematch of last year's Mid-Atlantic Region final, won by AASU, 5-0. Augusta State ends its season at 13-8 after making its seventh NCAA Championships appearance.

The Lady Lakers won two of three doubles matches, then picked up three straight-set singles wins to clinch the match. Augusta State earned its doubles point as Marina Ferreira and Bianca Machado blanked Evelin Csizi and Veronika Jasenovcova, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles. Clayton State's Marie Cercelletti and Selma Hidass then defeated Camila Correa and Giovana Fenstersifer, 8-0, at No. 3 doubles. Ninth-ranked Viktoriya Semyrodenko and Katie White beat Fernanda Chiaparini and Nathalia Rodrigues, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles to give Clayton State the edge heading into singles.

Clayton State won four of the six first sets, then clinched the match behind Csizi, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Correa at No. 4 singles; Semyrodenko, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Chiaparini at No. 2 singles and Hidass, who clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Machado at No. 4 singles.


West Florida Moves Past Florida Southern

VALDOSTA, Ga. - In the second day of the first round of the NCAA South Regional Tournament for women's tennis, two Florida teams battled it out with West Florida beating Florida Southern, 5-0.

The Argonauts took two doubles matches by matching scores of 8-1. In the second doubles match, West Florida won, 8-4.

Suzana Cavalcante and Naomi Higa won the two singles matches the Argonauts needed to finish off the Mocs. Cavalcante won, 6-4, 6-3, in the top spot while Higa took care of business at the sixth position with a 6-1, 6-1 win.



Hilltoppers defeat Northeastern State, 5-1; advance to first-ever Sweet 16


SAN MARCOS, Texas - The 18th-ranked St. Edward's women's tennis team defeated #21 Northeastern State, 5-1, in the NCAA South Central Regional #2 Championship Friday afternoon at the Bobcat Tennis Complex. The victory sends the Hilltoppers to their first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

St. Edward's (18-6) jumped out of the gates in doubles action, taking all three matches to go up 3-0. Freshman Heather Brein and Alex Henry combined to defeat Agata Skorupska and Claire Chanay, 8-0 at the number three position. Freshman Mary Bain and junior Liz Jacobi teamed up to down Karolina Cichon and Michaela Romanova, 8-2 at the number two position. The 15th-ranked team of senior Regina DelBosque and freshman Audrey Tompkins won their 11th-straight match by beating Zuzanna Osinska and Emina Spirtovic, 8-3, at the number one position.

In singles play, Henry took an early victory at the number six position over Claire Chanay, 6-1, 6-0. The Hilltoppers needed just one more point and they found it in Jacobi at the number four position. Jacobi defeated Romanova, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Hilltoppers the clinching point. Romanova came into today's match with a 20-1 record. Freshman Heather Brein lost just before the team match completed. She fell to Skorupska 6-2, 6-0.

The Hilltoppers will advance to the Sweet Sixteen National Championships in Orlando, Fla., which will take place Wednesday and run through next Saturday. The Hilltoppers do not know their opponent or the time of the match. Check the Hilltopper Athletic Website for updates.


Bloomsburg University Downs Slippery Rock

BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg University women’s tennis advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship tournament in Orlando, FL next week with a 5-3 win over Slippery Rock on Friday in an Atlantic Region final.

The two teams played a classic three and-a-half hour marathon just two weeks after playing a four-hour thriller in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference semi-finals. In Friday’s play, three of the singles matches went three sets with each team winning one and one that did not get completed.

The Huskies took a 2-1 lead coming out of doubles play, the team of Alison Carney and Emily Palko won 8-3 at number one, while Laura Sullivan and Andrea Malatesta picked up an 8-3 win at number three. For the Rock, Laura Handy and Chelsea Gibson posted an 8-2 victory at number two.

In singles play, Handy won at number two for Slippery Rock to make it 2-2. After Bloomsburg’s Kristen Bonito won 6-1, 6-4 at number six the Huskies were back on top 3-2. Bloomsburg made it 4-2 on the scoreboard with a 6-1, 6-4 win by Sullivan at number four. But, the Rock closed the gap to 4-3 when Kayla Blackburn rallied from being a set down to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at one singles.

With just two matches left the Rock needed to win both to advance. However, Bloomsburg’s Carney rallied from a set down to pull out the deciding match at number three singles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Of course, the win was not without some nail biting. Slippery Rock’s Jessica Hillborn trailed 4-1 in the third set, but got to within 5-4 before Carney was able to close out the match.

The only match not be completed was at five singles where Bloomsburg’s Malatesta was leading 4-2 in the third set of her match with Gibson.

Bloomsburg, now 15-5, will be making its sixth trip in the last eight years to the NCAA round of 16. Slippery Rock closes out it season at 21-5.


California (Pa.) Captures Third Straight Regional Title

GREENSBURG, Pa. - The No. 12 California University of Pennsylvania tennis team captured its third-straight regional title on Friday with a 5-0 win against No. 39 University of Charleston (W.Va.) in the third round of the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship Tournament at the Greensburg Racquet Club.

The Vulcans improve to 22-2 overall this season and now advance to the Round of 16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Cal U will face Stonehill College (Mass.) (21-3), the Northeast-10 Conference champions, on Wednesday, May 13.

Cal U jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles play for the 11th-consecutive match. The Vulcans lost only a combined five games in the three doubles matches against the Golden Eagles.

Junior Helena VanEysendeyk (Meythet, France/Zurich International) and freshman Alina Stanila (Alexandria, Romania/Technical) earned their 20th doubles victory of the season after posting an 8-3 victory over Bre Moyle and Neha Rana at the first position. In second doubles, freshman Axelle Fernandez (Nice, France/Institut Familial) and sophomore Nina Kowalski (Hofheim, Germany/Man Taunus) claimed an 8-1 win against Katie Kim and Alyssa Hackworth. Freshman Anastassiya Zherdeva (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and sophomore Galina Vishnikina (Almaty, Kazakhstan/Sport Military) remain unbeaten as a doubles team after dealing Alexa Kay and Sarah Monsheimer an 8-1 defeat.

In singles play, Stanila registered her team-leading 28th win in singles play after earning a 6-1, 6-0 win against Rana at the second position. Sophomore Laurie Navarro (Eysus, France/Jules Supervielle) earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Kay at sixth singles.


Montana State Billings Collects First Round Victory over Minnesota State at NCAA Regional

SARTELL, Minn. - In the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Central Region women's tennis tournament, Montana State University -Billings collected a 5-3 victory over Minnesota State University Mankato at the Sartell High School Tennis Complex in Sartell, Minn. on May 8. 

The Yellowjackets won the match with victories at third doubles, second singles, third singles, fifth singles and sixth singles.  The match was ended at 5-3 as MSUB owned the match advantage.  MSUB will now advance to play St. Cloud State University (26-8) in the second round of the NCAA Division II Central Region.  The match will be played at the Sartell High School Tennis Complex in Sartell, Minn. on May 9, at 1 p.m.

Admission is free for this event, and the public is encouraged to stop by the courts in Sartell to see some great NCAA tennis action.  




CSU Outlasts GCSU and Rain

FLORENCE, SC – Eighth-ranked Columbus State University rallied for wins at the top two doubles positions and then endured a long rain delay before claiming a 5-0 win over 29th-ranked Georgia College & State University, Friday afternoon (May 8) in the second semifinal of the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Southeast Regional Tournament in Florence, S.C.

The Cougars improve to 21-3 and advance to face seventh-ranked and host Francis Marion University (19-4) in the regional title match, Saturday at 1 p.m.  That winner advances to the Division II national finals (Sweet Sixteen), May 13-16, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

GCSU ends its season with a 9-11 record.

Columbus State’s Erin Reynolds and Daniela Castillo took an 8-1 win at No.3 doubles to give the Cougars an early 1-0 lead.  However, GCSU held leads of 5-4 at No.1 and 4-3 at No.2 doubles.

CSU’s Hanane Toumi and Roxana Dondera won two straight games and then dropped two in-a-row to still trail 6-5 to Diane Danna and Bertille Lion at the No.2 position.  Toumi and Dondera captured the come-from-behind victory by winning the final three games for an 8-6 score.

At the top spot, CSU’s Eva Petschnig and Lindsey Groenewald rallied from 5-4, 6-5, and 7-6 deficits to take an 8-7 lead, but GCSU’s Marjorie Ceppo and Gabby Acuna rallied to knot the match at 8-8 and force a tiebreaker.  The GCSU pair again got off to the early lead at 2-0, but the Columbus State duo won seven of the next eight points, capped by an unforced error by GCSU, to win the tiebreaker 7-3 and the third doubles point.

As singles play began, a thunderstorm enveloped the Kassab Courts and play was halted for two hours and twenty minutes.  After play resumed, Castillo earned a quick 6-0, 6-0 win at the No.4 singles position, and a short time later, Reynolds ended the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No.6.

CSU assistant coach James Bryce was pleased with the Cougars’ effort.  “In tournament play, you are always happy to move on.  I was happy with our play in singles and we took care of business.  Now we must rest up and come out ready to play on Saturday.”

Francis Marion and Columbus State split two meetings during the 2009 season with CSU claiming a 5-4 regular-season win in Florence and the Patriots getting a 5-3 win in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.