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Duke Women Take ACC Title, Wake Forest Men Reach Final

April 21, 2009 11:22 AM
Mallory Cecil
Mallory Cecil plays a first-round match at the Family Circle Cup.

The Duke women’s tennis team narrowly won the ACC Tournament last weekend while No. 20 Wake Forest men’s team fell to Virginia in the final.

The SEC season-ending tournaments will be played this weekend.

Duke Women Captures ACC Crown In Thrilling Fashion
For the 16th time in Duke women’s tennis history the Blue Devils captured the ACC Tournament title, defeating top-seeded Miami, 4-3, in heart-stopping action. Duke University sophomore Reka Zsilinszka overcame five match points in the final match of the day to beat Bianca Eichkorn in thrilling fashion, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) and lead second-seeded Duke to the ACC Championship.

“It is by far the best feeling ever,” Zsilinszka said. “It is by far the best match ever for me. I can’t even describe the feeling it is. It was such a dejá vu. I lost 7-6 (8-6) in the third last year and it has traumatized me to this moment. I feel like I redeemed myself.”

Duke’s No. 1 player Mallory Cecil had a wildcard into the Tier I Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournament in Charleston, S.C., earlier in the week. She would have faced a dilemma if she had advanced in the pro tournament: Which tournament do I play in this weekend? But Virginie Razzano made the decision for Cecil as the No. 41 veteran Frenchwoman knocked her out in the first round 6-1, 6-2.

For the entire story and scores, go to the Duke women’s tennis web site.

Wake Forest Can’t Stop Virginia Juggernaut
The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team won its third consecutive ACC Tournament title and its fifth in the past six years by downing No. 20 Wake Forest 4-0 in Sunday’s final at the Cary 9N.C.) Tennis Park. The Cavaliers won all three of its matches in the tournament by a 4-0 score, becoming the first team in ACC Tournament history to accomplish the feat.

Here are the results:
1. #11 Parr/Forman (WF) def. #13 Inglot/Shabaz (UVa) 8-5
2. #4 Barrick/Singh (UVa) def. Atkinson/Salmon (WF) 8-6
3. Singer/Courtney (UVa) def. Wolff/Hopkins (WF) 8-3

1. #17 Dominic Inglot (UVa) def. #12 Cory Parr (WF) 6-4, 6-3
2. #27 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Steve Forman (WF) 6-2, 7-5
3. #25 Michael Shabaz (UVa) led Jonathan Wolff (WF) 6-3, 3-5 DNF
4. #83 Houston Barrick (UVa) led David Hopkins (WF) 6-2, 0-3 DNF
5. Drew Courtney (UVa) def. Iain Atkinson (WF) 6-3, 6-2
6. #87 Lee Singer (UVa) led Jason Morganstern (WF) 6-3, 1-2 DNF

Order of Finish
Doubles: 1,2,3
Singles: 1,5,2




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