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Quarterfinals set for 2011 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship

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No. 1 Stanford, two-time defending champion Northwestern and Host UVA Roll

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - The Quarterfinals have been set for the 16 teams competing in the 2011 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club.

ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship: First Round
#1 Stanford 4, Arkansas 0
#8 Michigan 4, Georgia Tech 1
#4 North Carolina 4, Washington 2
Northwestern 4, #5 California 1
#6 Duke 4, Tennessee 1
Virginia 4, #3 Baylor 3
Clemson 4, #7 UCLA 3
#2 Florida 4, Miami (FL) 1

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#1 STANFORD: The top-ranked, top-seeded and defending NCAA Champions from Stanford flexed their muscle against 19th-ranked Arkansas with a 4-0 shutout, showing the other teams just how much depth they have on their championship squad. Stanford certainly showed early why they are ranked No. 1 in the nation, quickly taking two of the three matches at courts one and three in that order and forge ahead for the 1-0 lead going into singles. Moving into singles, the Razorbacks did not look to have their best stuff if one just looked at the scoreboard, but actually the Hogs came out with a lot more energy, especially at the top two spots. Paulson and junior Kate Lukomskaya both had leads at one point during their first set with the highly ranked singles players of Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette. However, at courts three and four, the Cardinal were able to quickly jump on the Hogs to give Stanford a quick 3-0 lead. Court two would hold the eventual clincher as Burdette had much more control with Lukomskaya to clinch the match for Stanford with a 6-2 second set victory.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Stanford 4, Arkansas 0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Michigan

No. 1 Stanford 4, Arkansas 0
1. #3 Barte/Burdette (STAN) def. #37 Tigu/Paulson (ARK), 8-1
2. Ahn/Gibbs (STAN) vs. Lukomskaya/Roy (ARK), 6-1 DNF
3. Tan/McVeigh (STAN) def. Frampton/Starkova (ARK), 8-3

1. #2 Hilary Barte (STAN) vs. #16 Anouk Tigu (ARK), 7-5, 6-5 DNF
2. #22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) vs. Claudine Paulson (ARK), 7-5, 6-2
3. #20 Kristie Ahn (STAN) vs. Kate Lukomskaya (ARK), 6-2, 6-3
4. #21 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) vs. Emily Carbone (ARK), 6-0, 7-5
5. #87 Stacey Tan (STAN) vs. Valentina Starkova (ARK), 7-5, 4-4 DNF
6. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) vs. Jade Frampton (ARK), 6-1, 2-6, 2-1 DNF

#2 FLORIDA: The second-ranked University of Florida women's tennis team knocked off in-state rival Miami, giving head coach Roland Thornqvist his 300th career victory when the Gators took down the ninth-ranked Hurricanes, 4-1, in the round of 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather teamed and won their eighth consecutive doubles match together and clinched the doubles point for Florida (8-0) with an 8-4 win against Melissa Bolivar and Gabriela the first decision of the day. The Gators then turned their attention to the singles court, where Janowicz snapped a tough three-match slide and earned an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win against Dubins that gave Florida a 2-0 lead. The Hurricanes (5-1) collected their first team point when Danielle Mills downed Sofie Oyen, 6-1, 7-6 (3), at the No. 3 position, where the Gator rookie was serving at 6-5 in the second, but couldn't hold and Mills forced a tiebreak and eventually the win. The remaining four matches on court all went to a third set, with seventh-ranked Allie Will coming out on top first to notch her seventh consecutive singles win to give Florida a 3-1 lead. Mather would end up sealing the deal for the Gators, as she too recorded her seventh straight win, providing the clinching victory.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 Florida 4, Miami (FL) 1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 2 Florida vs. Clemson

No. 2 Florida 4, Miami (FL) 1
1. #1 Will/Oyen (UF) vs. #42 Eichkorn/Bartenstein (MIA), 7-3 DNF
2. #30 Embree/Mather (UF) def. Bolivar/Mejia (MIA), 8-4
3. Cercone/Janowicz (UF) def. Dubins/Otashliyska (MIA), 8-2

1. #7 Allie Will (UF) def. #10 Bianca Eichkorn (MIA), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #36 Lauren Embree (UF) vs. #63 Anna Bartenstein (MIA), 3-6, 6-3, 5-5 DNF
3. Danielle Mills (MIA) def. Sofie Oyen (UF), 6-1, 7-6 [3]

4. #19 Joanna Mather (UF) def. Melissa Bolivar (MIA), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
5. #40 Alex Cercone (UF) vs. #115 Gabriela Mejia (MIA), 6-1, 2-6, 5-5 DNF

6. #31 Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Brittany Dubins (MIA), 6-1, 6-4

#4 NORTH CAROLINA: The fourth-ranked Tar Heels opened play at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Thursday, by topping No. 18 Washington, 4-2. UNC (6-1) wasted no time in doubles, taking the opening point of the match with dominating wins at positions two and three. Singles play proved to be a series of one-sided results, with all five completed matches won in straight sets. UNC's Haley Hemm continued her strong play at No. 6 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout to quickly give Carolina a 2-0 lead in the dual. Not long after, Jelena Durisic made it 3-0, as the No. 3 senior nearly captured s shutout of her own, 6-1, 6-0. Washington (7-2) showed its strength at the top of the lineup with a pair of impressive victories on courts one and two as No. 6 Denise Dy took care of No. 13 Zoe De Bruycker 6-2, 6-2 and No. 26 Venise Chan topped No. 75 Shinann Featherston, 6-3, 6-0, pulling the Huskies within one at 3-2. But UW could not handle the depth of the Tar Heels, with Suarez-Malaguti putting the clamps on Andjela Nemcevic at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2, to put Carolina into the quarterfinals. UNC will now face Northwestern Saturday in a rematch of last year's National Indoor final...but this time with revenge on their minds.

First Round Matchup: No. 4 North Carolina 4, Washington 2
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 4 North Carolina vs. Northwestern

#4 North Carolina 4, Washington 2


1. #6 Featherston/McHale (UNC) vs. #9 Chan/Dy (UW), 4-3 DNF
2. Durisic/Lyons (UNC) def. Smith/Pavlovic (UW), 8-2
3. DeBruycker/Stone (UNC) def. Krsljanin/Nemcevic (UW), 8-0


1. #6 Denise Dy (UW) def. #13 Zoe DeBruycker(UNC), 6-2, 6-2

2. #26 Venise Chan (UW) def. #75 Shinann Featherston(UNC), 6-3, 6-0

3. #119 Jelena Durisic (UNC) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-1, 6-0

4. Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW), 6-3, 6-2

5. #93 Lauren McHale (UNC) vs. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW), 6-4, 4-2 DNF

6. Haley Hemm (UNC) def. Adrijana Pavlovic (UW), 6-0, 6-0

#6 DUKE: The sixth-ranked Blue Devils, who entered this event as the top seed last year, took down No. 11 Tennessee, 4-1 infirst round play. Duke got off to a slow start, dropping the doubles point for the third match in a row. Despite being down early, Duke came out firing on all cylinders in singles action to get the come from behind win for the second time this season. Senior Ellah Nze got the Blue Devils rolling early with a straight set near shutout at the number three spot, 6-1, 6-0. Mary Clayton was next to walk off the courts with another straight set win over Whitney Wofford, 6-1, 6-3. Rachel Kahan continued to provide the Blue Devils with an edge, as she extended her win streak to seven matches and remains undefeated in singles action this season. With the ladies in blue now leading the Volunteers 3-1, Senior Elizabeth Plotkin came through in the clutch to seal the win for Duke. They will meet a familiar foe in ACC up-and-comers Virginia, who handed No. 3 Baylor its first loss of the year.

First Round Matchup: No. 6 Duke 4, Tennessee 1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 6 Duke vs. Virginia

#6 Duke 4, Tennessee 1
1. #48 Pluskota/Nichols (UT) def. Nze/Gorny (DUKE), 8-1
2. Alda/Sorbello (UT) vs. Fahoum/Mar (DUKE), 6-5 DNF
3. Szekely/Meredith (UT) def. Plotkin/Zsilinszka (DUKE), 8-1

1. #38 Nadine Fahoum (DUKE) vs. #39 Natalie Pluskota (UT), 4-6, 6-0, 4-4 DNF

2. #9 Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) vs. Rosalia Alda (UT), 2-6, 7-6 [2], 1-0 DNF

3. #48 Ellah Nze (DUKE) def. Maria Sorbello (UT), 6-1, 6-0
4. #86 Elizabeth Plotkin (DUKE) def. Kata Szekely (UT), 7-6 [8], 6-1
5. #57 Rachel Kahan (DUKE) def. Millie Nichols (UT), 6-0, 7-5
6. #42 Mary Clayton (DUKE) def. Whitney Wofford (UT), 6-1, 6-3

#8 MICHIGAN: The No. 8-ranked Wolverines entered last year's tournament as a surprise underdog, but after rising to a top-10 ranking and a 4-1 dominating win over former ITA Team Indoor Champions, Georgia Tech, Michigan made a statement that they belong among the nation's elite. UM triumphed in doubles play and on three of the first four singles matches setting up an opportunity to take down top-ranked Stanford in the quarterfinals tomorrow. The Maize and Blue came out strong and took the doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Moving to singles, No. 6 Rika Tatsuno and No. 3 Brooke Bolender pushed Michigan's lead to 3-0 before the Yellow Jackets answered with a victory from former ITA Small College Champion, Jillian O'Neill, who posted a three-set win over 34th-ranked Sam Critser at No. 2, cutting the Wolverine lead to 3-1. However, moments later, Mimi Nguyen, raned #123 in the nation, clinched the match for the Wolverines with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Elizabeth Kilborn.
First Round Matchup: No. 8 Michigan 4, Georgia Tech 1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 1 Stanford

#8 Michigan 4, Georgia Tech 1
1. #22 Bolender/Muresan (UM) vs. #70 Krupina/Kilborn (GT), 8-4
2. Taney/Tatsuno (UM) vs. #68 O'Neill/Ngo (GT), 8-6
3. Critser/Nguyen (UM) vs. Lilley/Blau (GT), 7-6 DNF

1. #8 Denise Muresan (UM) vs. #105 Christina Ngo (GT), 7-6 [1], 2-1 DNF

2. #61 Jillian O'Neill (GT) def. #34 Sam Critser (UM), 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

3. #104 Brooke Bolender (UM) vs. Sasha Krupina (GT), 6-0, 7-5
4. #71 Whitney Taney (UM) vs. Lynn Blau (GT), 4-6, 7-6 [4], 0-0 DNF
5. #123 Mimi Nguyen (UM) vs. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT), 7-5, 7-5

6. Rika Tatsuno (UM) vs. Rocio Lopez (GT), 6-2, 6-2

CLEMSON: The No. 12 Tigers knew they'd be in for an uphill battle when they drew No. 7 UCLA in the Final 16 of the ITA National Team Indoors on Friday, that hill became even steeper after facing a 3-1 deficit. Clemson (9-1) did not back down from the challenge and eventually fought all the way back to claim a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Bruins (6-3), advancing to the Final Eight of the Team Indoors for the first time in school history. Clemson's two freshmen, Klara Vyskocilova and Masha Belaya, posted upset victories over ranked opponents to even the score, and put the match in the hands of top player Josipa Bek, who took advantage of the opportunity, winning her 11th straight match, and second straight three-setter. The match took exactly five hours to complete at after UCLA took the doubles nearly four hours prior. In singles play, UCLA featured five players ranked among the nation's top-100, while Clemson had just two. However, those two, Josipa Bek and Keri Wong are the team's inspiration and provided key leadership in the Tiger's upset victory. The Bruins took what appeared to be a stranglehold on the match, as Maya Johanssen was victorious at flight six, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 58 Andrea Remynse, 6-2, 6-2 at the three spot. With a 3-1 lead, UCLA needed just one more win to clinch. Belaya was the first to hold her ground, defeating No. 73 Pamela Montez. Vyskocilova was also in a battle at flight four, as her first tiebreak set took nearly two hours to complete over No. 78 Courtney Dolehide, eventually prevailing and shifting the focus to flight one, where Bek, ranked 14th in the nation, had her hands full with 96th-ranked McCall Jones. Jones won the first set, 6-4, before Bek took the second and third sets, 6-3 to clinch the comeback for the Tigers. Bek has now won all 11 of her matches in 2011.
First Round Matchup: Clemson 4, No. 7 UCLA 3
Quarterfinal Matchup: Clemson vs. No. 2 Florida

Clemson 4, #7 UCLA 3
1. #2 Bek/Wong (CLEM) def. Dolehide/Seguso (UCLA)
2. Jones/Hickey (UCLA) def. Magnusson/Ciolkowski (CLEM)
3. Remynse/Montez (UCLA) def. Vyskocilova/Belaya (CLEM)

1. #14 Josipa Bek (CLEM) def. #96 McCall Jones (UCLA), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

2. #37 Keri Wong (CLEM) def. #90 Noelle Hickey (UCLA), 6-3, 6-0

3. #58 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. Nelly Ciolkowski (CLEM), 6-2, 6-2
4. Klara Vyskocilova (CLEM) def. #78 Courtney Dolehide (UCLA), 7-6 [5], 6-3
5. Maria Belaya (CLEM) def. #73 Pamela Montez (UCLA), 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
6. Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Caroline Magnusson (CLEM), 6-3, 6-2

NORTHWESTERN: After boasting a No. 1 and No. 2 ranking during its runs to the ITA National Indoor Team titles in 2009 and 2010, 20th-ranked Northwestern looked just fine in its new role of underdog on Friday as it ousted fifth-ranked California by a 4-0. By eliminating a highly ranked Golden Bears squad from the tournament draw for the second consecutive year, Northwestern ran its winning streak at the National Indoor Team Championship to an incredible nine matches. Northwestern got off to an equally hot start in singles play, winning four first sets en route to the shutout upset victory. Even though three of the six singles matches were extremely competitive through two sets, the combination of Northwestern's victory in doubles and dominant performances at No. 3, 5, and 6 singles meant the dual's outcome was almost never in doubt down the stretch. Northwestern and fourth-ranked North Carolina, the finalists at the 2010 ITA Indoor Team Championships, will meet this year in the quarterfinal round Saturday in Charlottesville.
First Round Matchup: Northwestern 4, No. 5 California 1
Quarterfinal Matchup: Northwestern vs. No. 4 North Carolina

Northwestern 4, #5 California 1
1. #5 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) vs. #15 Mushrefova/Hamilton (NU), 8-2
2. #66 Chernyakova/Wowchuk (NU) def. Davis/Goransson (CAL), 8-6
3. #58 Mosolova/Niu (NU) def. Cossou/Schutting (CAL), 8-4

1. #4 Jana Juricova (CAL) vs. #29 Maria Mosolova (NU), 4-6, 6-2, 0-0 DNF

2. #70 Mari Andersson (CAL) vs. #45 Brittany Wowchuk (NU), 6-4, 2-1 DNF
3. #100 Belinda Niu (NU) def. #51 Tayler Davis (CAL), 6-3, 6-3
4. #35 Annie Goransson (CAL) vs. #98 Kate Turvy (NU), 6-4, 0-6, 2-1 DNF
5. Stacey Lee (NU) def. Anett Schutting (CAL), 6-2, 6-0
6. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Alice Duranteau (CAL), 6-4, 6-1

VIRGINIA:The Virginia women's tennis team posted the biggest win in school history on Friday, upsetting third-ranked Baylor 4-3 in their home court as host of the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The No. 23 Cavaliers (7-0), the lowest ranked team in the field at No. 23, came out strong and dominated doubles play to take a 1-0 lead in the match. In singles, the Cavaliers extended their lead to 3-0 with a pair of straight set victories. Caryssa Peretz defeated Taylor Ormand 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 6 position and Tomljanovic posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Nadina Secerbegovic at No. 3. The Bears (3-1) rallied as Jelena Stanivuk won in straight sets at No. 4 and 12th-ranked Sona Novakova, a former ITA Small College Champion, won in three sets at No. 5 and No. 1 respectively to tie the match. With the score tied at 3-3, the dual match came down to the match at No. 2 singles. UVA's Lindsey Hardenbergh had led 6-3, 5-1, but the high ranked Diana Nakic rallied to win six straight games to force a third set. Nakic led 5-1 in the final set and had two match points at 5-2, but Hardenbergh rallied and took a 6-5 lead. Hardenbergh had three match points in the 6-5 game, but Nakic saved them and forced a decisive tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Nakic had three match points as she took a 6-3 lead. After Hardenbergh saved the first of those three match points, Nakic double-faulted to make the score 6-5 in the breaker. On the next point Hardenbergh hit a shot down the line that Nakic called out, thinking she had clinched the match for Baylor. However, the call was overruled and since it was Nakic's fourth overrule of the match, the game penalty gave Hardenbergh the tiebreaker and the victory. At 7-0, the Cavaliers continue their best start in school history. The victory over the third-ranked Bears marks the highest ranked opponent Virginia has ever beaten. The previous best was a 4-3 win over No. 6 Miami in 2006.

First Round Matchup: Virginia 4, No. 3 Baylor 3
Quarterfinal Matchup: Virginia vs. No. 6 Duke

Virginia 4, #3 Baylor 3


1. #10 Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVA) def. Novakova/Nakic (BU), 8-1

2. #67 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVA) vs. Secerbegovic/Stanivuk (BU), 6-2 DNF

3. #51 Fuccillo/Teltumbde (UVA) def. Stainback/Filipiak (BU), 8-2


1. #12 Sona Novakova (BU) def. #41 Emily Fraser (UVA), 7-6 [2], 4-6, 6-3

2. #67 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVA) def. #30 Diana Nakic (BU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 [6]

3. Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) def. #53 Nadina Secerbegovic (BU), 6-2, 6-3

4. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #54 Erin Vierra (UVA), 6-2, 6-4

5. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Maria Fuccillo (UVA), 7-6 [1], 1-6, 6-3

6. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Taylor Ormond (BU), 6-2, 6-2

For complete results, visit The ITA National Team Indoor Championship continues Saturday and run through Monday at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Admission is free. Match times are 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m ET.


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