NCAA Womens Tennis

Women’s Tennis Takes Down No. 6-Seed Duke in NCAA Tourney

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DURHAM, N.C. – The UCLA women’s tennis team upset No. 6-seed Duke in a 4-3 thriller Saturday evening at the Blue Devils’ Ambler Tennis Stadium, earning a berth into the NCAA Championships super-regional round.

Sasha Vagramov provided the heroics for the second time in as many tournament matches, this time with all eyes on her court. The senior won a pair of tiebreakers to complete her team’s comeback from a 3-1 deficit. Also victorious for the Bruins (15-7) in singles play were Kimmi Hance, Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer and Elise Wagle. The Blue Devils (23-5) narrowly took the doubles point and had Chloe Beck and Emma Jackson add to their tally.

Near-simultaneous finishes to start doubles play left each side with one win. Duke’s Court 2 pair of Jackson and Karolina Berankova, ranked No. 82, earned one break of serve at 3-2 and rode that to a 6-3 victory against Vagramov and Ava Catanzarite. Court 3 Bruins Lutkemeyer and Fangran Tian answered, though, using a break at 3-3 to overcome Iuliia Bryzgalova and Georgia Drummy in a 6-4 result. The tandem of Lutkemeyer and Tian has earned wins in 10 of its 11 matches played. Alternating breaks in the final two games on Court 1 led to a tiebreaker between No. 7 Hance/Wagle and No. 69 Beck/Ellie Coleman. Beck and Coleman took the first five points and held on for a 7-4 victory.

Wagle bounced back emphatically in singles play, beating Coleman 6-3, 6-3 on Court 4 to level the score. Wagle’s 11-4 dual-match singles record…

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