ACC Tennis Tournaments: UNC men win, Duke women fall

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 07:16 PM

The ACC men and women opened conference tennis tournament play Thursday at the Cary Tennis Park with eight women’s teams and six men’s teams looking to advance to today’s quarterfinals.

The Duke men and North Carolina women received byes into the quarterfinals.

In men’s action Thursday, No. 8 seed UNC shut out No. 9 Miami 4-0, closing out the match in less than two and a half hours. UNC improved to 12-12 while Miami fell to 13-13. The Heels will meet No. 2 ranked and top-seeded Virginia in the quarterfinals today.

The No. 6 seed Duke women were eliminated by No. 11 Virginia Tech 4-3.

Because of injury, Duke had to play without a No. 6 singles player and also to forfeit one of three doubles matches, meaning it had to sweep both remaining doubles matches to win the doubles point. The Blue Devils also opened with a singles loss due to the No. 6 slot forfeit.

On Thursday, Duke split with No. 11 Virginia Tech in doubles, thereby losing the doubles point, putting itself in an 0-2 hole and having to win four of the five contested singles matches to advance.

Duke won the top three singles matches, but lost at No. 5 to put all the pressure on Blue Devil Marianne Jodoin in a No. 4 singles matchup with Tech’s Kelly Williford. In the only match to stretch to three sets, Jodoin won the opener 5-7, but Williford won the next two sets, the match and the team victory 6-3, 6-3.

In other women’s openers Thursday, No. 8 seed N.C. State beat No. 9 Boston College 4-1, No. 5 Georgia Tech shut out No. 12 Maryland 4-0 and No. 7 Florida State eased past No. 10 Wake Forest, 4-1.

The Nos. 1-4 seeds — UNC, Clemson, Virginia and Miami, respectively — had first-round byes.

In today’s quarterfinals at Cary Tennis Park, UNC meets N.C. State at 9 a.m., Miami takes on Georgia Tech and Clemson meets Florida State — both at noon, and Virginia takes on Virginia Tech at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side Thursday, No. 7 Florida State beat No. 10 Georgia Tech 4-1 and No. 6 Virginia Tech downed No. 11 Boston College 4-0.

The Nos. 1-4 seeds — Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State, respectively — had first-round bye.

In today’s men’s quarterfinals at Cary Tennis Park, Virginia takes on UNC and N.C. State meets Clemson — both at 9 a.m., Duke meets Florida State at noon and Wake Forest meets Virginia Tech at 3 p.m.