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Saturday, May 22, 2010

No. 2 North Carolina Defeats Defending Women's Champion Duke to Reach Its First Semifinal



Senior Sanaz Marand of North Carolina clinches Tar Heels victory over ACC rival Duke with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Ellah Nze at No. 1 singles.

UNC Head Coach Brian Kalbas is quoted as saying:
“We’re very, very excited to beat Duke and advance to the semifinals for the first time ever. “(Sanaz) Marand and the freshmen really stepped up big for us today.”


Full Results:
#2 NORTH CAROLINA (30-4) def. #10 DUKE (22-8), 4-3
Head Coaches: Jamie Ashworth (Duke) and Brian Kalbas (North Carolina)
Doubles (Order of finish: 1,2)
1. #32 Ellah Nze/Amanda Granson (DUKE) def. #13 Sanaz Marand/Sophie Grabinski (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-5
2. #38 Monica Gorny/Mary Clayton (DUKE) def. #31 Katrina Tsang/Shinann Featherston (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-6
3. #73 Elizabeth Plotkin/Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) vs. Jelena Durisic /Jocelyn Ffriend (NORTH CAROLINA), 5-7, unf.

Singles (Order of finish: 2,3,6,4,5,1*)
1. #21 Sanaz Marand (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #47 Ellah Nze (DUKE), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
2. #54 Katrina Tsang (NORTH CAROLINA) def. #81 Elizabeth Plotkin (DUKE), 6-4, 6-3
3. #34 Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) def. Sophie Grabinski (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 6-3
4. Gina Suarez-Malaguti (NORTH CAROLINA) def. Amanda Granson (DUKE), 7-6(1), 6-1
5. Monica Gorny (DUKE) def. Shinann Featherston (NORTH CAROLINA), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
6. Zoe De Bruycker (NORTH CAROLINA) def. Mary Clayton (DUKE), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

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