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UNC wins tight match against Georgia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- North Carolina won a thrilling 4-3 match against Georgia on Sunday in the consolation round of the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championship.

Second-ranked Jamie Loeb defeated No. 4 Lauren Herring at No. 1 singles to decide the match in a third-set tie breaker, capping an incredibly tight match that featured five of the six singles matches going to a breaker in the third set.

North Carolina (6-2) won the doubles point fairly comfortable with a pair of 6-2 wins to take a 1-0 lead.

Katie Vialle at No. 6 singles put Carolina up 2-0 as she won in come-from-behind fashion 0-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Georgia wasted little time in evening the match at 2-2 with wins at third and fourth singles. No. 5 Hayley Carter swung the momentum back in favor of the Tar Heels with a 6-2, 5-7, 10-4, victory at No. 2 singles.

The Bulldogs later tied the match at 3-3 with a win at No. 5 singles, setting up an epic finish between two of the top four ranked players in the nation. Loeb ultimately prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 10-6, against Herring to cap a week that saw Carolina face four teams ranked in the top 10.

No. 5 UCLA 4, Northwestern 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- For the third year in a row the UCLA women's tennis team has earned a spot in the final of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, as the fourth-seeded Bruins dispatched of unseeded Northwestern, 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Virginia.

UCLA will square off against seventh-seeded Duke in Monday's final at 11 a.m. (EST). The Blue Devils were 4-2 winners against sixth-seeded Cal in Sunday's other semifinal.

After claiming the doubles point, UCLA (8-0) received straight-set singles wins from Jennifer Brady, Robin Anderson and Kaitlin Ray to secure the 4-0 victory. Ray posted the clinching win for the second straight match, downing Maddie Lipp, 7-6(6), 6-1 for the Bruins' fourth point of the afternoon. Ray also downed USC's Ellie Yates in the Bruins' 4-0 victory against USC in Saturday's quarterfinals.

No. 10 Duke 4, No. 8 Cal 2

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the second consecutive day at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Indoors, the 10th-ranked and seventh-seeded Duke women’s tennis team came through in tiebreakers as the Blue Devils downed eighth-ranked California, 4-2, to advance to the finals at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Duke (7-0) will make its fifth National Team Indoors final appearance and the second out of the last three years.  The opponent for the Blue Devils will be fourth-seeded and fifth-ranked UCLA, who defeated Northwestern, 4-0, in the semifinals.  Monday’s championship match will start at 11 a.m.

“We’ve played them [California] here a couple times,” said Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth.  “We played them in the finals of the NCAAs a couple years ago. It was a battle there. We know that they’re going to come out and swing. They’re big hitters. Our goal coming into this weekend was to try to make a statement about where our program is. We’ve really felt like we were better than where we were [in the preseason rankings].”

Continuing its stellar play in doubles, the Blue Devils came out on the second court and took a 2-0 lead behind solid play from Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith.  California’s Denise Starr and Kelly Chui would not fold easily as the duo won three straight games to take a 3-2 lead.  Duke responded by winning four consecutive games to take the match, 6-3. 

California’s tandem of Lynn Chi and Alice Duranteau came back from being down 4-3 to Duke’s Annie Mulholland and Marianne Jodoin to win court three, 7-5. 

The doubles point came down to Duke’s Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar up against Maegen Manasse and Anett Schutting of the Bears.  The Blue Devils came out and opened a 3-1 lead, but California came back to take a 5-4 advantage.  Capra and Mar won two straight points to take a 6-5 lead, but the Cal duo came back to even the score, 6-6.  In the tiebreaker, the Blue Devils would never trail en route to winning 7-4 and giving Duke a 1-0 advantage. 

The victory for Capra and Mar was their fourth in a row and improved their overall record to 7-2 on the year. 

No. 11 Michigan 4, No. 9 Miami (Fla.) 1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Michigan completed action at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 4-1 win against Miami (Fla.) on Sunday morning at the Boar's Head Sports Club.

Michigan won the doubles point for the first time at the tournament, using wins at Nos. 1 and 3 for the match's first point. Michigan's No. 1 pair of junior Emina Bektas and senior Brooke Bolender won easily, 6-2, as the first match off court.

U-M dropped a 6-4 decision at No. 2 to even the doubles competition. Needing one more win for the doubles point, the Maize and Blue duo of junior Kristen Dodge and sophomore Ronit Yurovsky defeated No. 55 Brittany Dubins and Stephanie Wagner 6-2 to win the doubles point.

Miami tied the match at 1-1 with a win at No. 6 before the top of Michigan's lineup flexed its muscle. Junior Sarah Lee eased to a 6-1, 6-2 win against Lina Lileikite at No. 3 to push Michigan back on top, 2-1.

Bektas dropped her first set to No. 64 Kelsey Laurente 6-4 before rebounding for a 6-1 triumph in the second set. She outlasted Laurente in the 10-point tiebreaker 12-10 to wrap up Michigan's third point of the day.

Yurovsky provided the Wolverines' final point of the day with a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6) victory at No. 2 versus No. 32 Stephanie Wagner. The other two matches in progress at No. 4 and No. 5 were abandoned.