ATLANTA -- Seventh-ranked Georgia shutout No. 25 Georgia Tech 7-0 Sunday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. With the win, the Bulldogs have now beaten the Yellow Jackets in four consecutive matches.
“We played a great match today,” head coach Jeff Wallace said. “I thought our doubles was really exciting with everybody playing at a high level and we were able to get [the point]. In singles. I thought we really played well on every court. To win 7-0 is a huge win and it’s a huge rivalry. I’m really thrilled that we could come here and get it done.”
The fifth-ranked duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase got a late break and fought to an 8-6 win against the nation’s top-ranked duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard. Shortly after, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia finalized an 8-3 win against the Yellow Jackets’ Natasha Prrokhnevska and Muriel Wacker.
In singles, Georgia took five first sets in route to six singles wins. Fuller was first off the court with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Anton-Ohlmeyer. Later, No. 6 Garcia gave Georgia a 3-0 lead after cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 win against Prokhnevska. Georgia clinched the match when No. 7 Herring topped No. 94 Woodard 6-2, 7-5.
With the outcome of the match already decided, No. 17 Kowase outlasted McAdoo 7-5, 6-4 and Kimbell got past Kurey 7-5, 7-6 (5). With the Bulldogs up 6-0, Brinson beat Anton-Ohlmeyer in strongly contested 7-6(6), 4-6, 1-0(10-8).
No. 1 Duke 6, Syracuse 1
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke earned its first conference win of the season after defeating visiting Syracuse 6-1 at Ambler Tennis Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s contest marked the first outdoor match of the conference season for the Blue Devils, with the windy conditions playing a role in the competition.
In doubles play, the No. 16 duo of juniors Annie Mulholland and Ester Goldfeld posted a strong performance at the No. 2 position. After the Syracuse tandem of Amanda Rodgers and Breanna Bachini held serve to open the match, Mulholland and Goldfeld won five consecutive games, leading the Orange 5-1. Syracuse held serve to bring the match to 5-2. Goldfeld and Mulholland surrendered one additional game before closing out on court 2, winning 8-3.
The team of senior Marianne Jodoin and freshman Alyssa Smith improved to 9-1 on the season after securing the doubles point on court 3 with an 8-4 victory. After each doubles pair held and broke serve, Jodoin and Smith won three consecutive games to bring the match to 5-2. The Blue Devil tandem rebounded after having their serve broken, winning two games in a row to lead 7-3. After dropping a game, Jodoin served out to win the match, 8-4, and clinch the first point for Duke.
The No. 6 pair of sophomore Beatrice Capra and senior Hanna Mar faced a game Syracuse tandem in Maddie Kobelt and Valeria Salazar on court 1. The match remained unfinished, with the contest tied 6-6.
The momentum from doubles play carried over to singles action, with all six Duke singles players winning the first set on their respective court.
No. 3 Stanford 7, No. 5 Florida 0
STANFORD, Calif.- Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Krista Hardebeck clinched a Stanford win against Florida.
Just like she did last May in the NCAA semifinals, Hardebeck provided the Cardinal’s clinching point again on Sunday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Then again, that feat could have been accomplished by any Cardinal player who took the court during No. 3 Stanford’s dominant 7-0 shutout of No. 5 Florida. Upperclassmen Kristie Ahn and Ellen Tsay battled their way to victories while Stanford’s talented freshmen all posted straight-set wins.
Sunday’s result was an uncharacteristic outcome in the hotly-contested rivalry, with Stanford (7-0) and Florida (8-2) combining to win the last four NCAA titles. Instead, edge-of-your-seat thrillers and dramatic individual performances have been the norm, with the defending NCAA champion Cardinal winning five of the last seven meetings overall.
This time around, it was all Stanford, which registered its fourth shutout of the year. And while February matches often mean very little when the postseason rolls around in May, this was another early measuring stick for the youthful Cardinal, which boasts three rookies among its starting six in singles and doubles.
No. 6 North Carolina 7, NC State 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina (10-2, 2-0 ACC) handed No. 46 NC State (6-1, 1-1 ACC) its first loss of the season, defeating the Wolfpack 7-0 on Sunday afternoon at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
The Tar Heels struck first in doubles and did not look back.
Kate Vialle and Laura Slater tallied Carolina's first doubles win, cruising to an 8-3 victory against Rachael James-Baker and Liza Fieldsend on court three. The Tar Heel duo of Jamie Loeb and Ashley Dai followed up by clinching the doubles point at No. 2, also by an 8-3 count.
The match on court one was suspended with Carolina's 12th-ranked pair of Caroline Price and Whitney Kay leading the Wolfpack's duo of Elisha Hand and Nicole Martinez 7-5.
In singles, the Tar Heels came away with a clean sweep that included four straight-set wins.
No. 67 Caroline Price got on the board first with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Nicole Martinez at the No. 3 spot. Eighth-ranked Hayley Carter followed up Price's victory with a 6-3, 6-2 straight-set win over her own against N.C. State's Rachael James-Baker.
Tar Heel freshman Jamie Loeb, the top-ranked player in the country, sealed the match on court one by overwhelming Joelle Kissell 6-1, 6-3.
In other singles results, No. 69 Whitney Kay claimed a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory on court four, and senior Tessa Lyons won 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 6 seed. Sophomore Kate Vialle finished the sweep for the Tar Heels, earning a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 triumph on court five.