No. 10 Wake Forest Splits Pair of Matches on Final Day of Blue Gray Classic
The Demon Deacons defeated No. 31 Alabama, but fell, 4-3, to No. 5 Illinois in the championship match.
Feb. 24, 2018
Final Stats (Match 1) | Final Box Match 1 (PDF)
Final Stats (Match 2) | Final Box Match 2 (PDF)
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The No. 10 Wake Forest women's tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, defeating No. 31 Alabama before falling, 4-3, to No. 5 Illinois in the championship match.
Match 1 - No. 31 Alabama
The Demon Deacons (8-3) started off the match strong by taking the doubles point on Friday afternoon. Playing at No. 2, Eliza Omirou and Anna Ulyashchenko took their match, 6-2. Then, the Deacs clinched the point with a 6-4 win from Emma Davis and Chandler Carter at No. 1.
When singles play resumed on Saturday morning, the Crimson Tide (12-2) evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6, setting the stage for a hard-fought match.
Wake Forest retook the lead with Ulyashchenko's 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4. However, the Crimson Tide answered back with a three-set victory at No. 5 to even the match at two apiece.
With three matches going to the third set, the Deacs closed out the first two to claim the 4-2 victory. First, Davis blanked No. 118 Andie Daniell, 6-0, in the third set to put the Demon Deacons within one point of winning. Then, Omirou clinched the victory with a 6-4 third-set win at No. 2.
Match 2 - No. 5 Illinois
In the championship match against Illinois (10-1), Wake Forest started strong by taking the first two doubles matches to establish a 1-0 lead.
First, Davis and Carter continued their outstanding play with a 6-2 win at No. 1 before Mary Caroline Meredith and Joanna Zalewski clinched the opening point with a 6-4 win at No. 3.
After dropping the first singles match to allow the Fighting Illini to tie the score, the Demon Deacons answered with a pair of straight-set wins from Ulyashchenko at No. 4 and Meredith at No. 6 to put them within one match of winning the tournament.
However, Illinois responded by taking all three of the matches that went to three sets. Asuka Kawai closed out Davis, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the championship for Illinois.
Up next, the Demon Deacons return home to host No. 4 Duke this Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m.
Doubles Results - Match 1
1. No. 31 Emma Davis / Chandler Carter (WF) def. Andie Daniell / Ann Selim (ALA) 6-4
2. Eliza Omirou / Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Kylie Moulin / Alba Cortina-Pou (ALA) 6-2
3. Mary Caroline Meredith / Joanna Zalewski (WF) vs. Smith Hinton / Jacqueline Pelletier (ALA) 6-5, unfinished
Singles Results - Match 1
1. No. 33 Emma Davis (WF) def. No. 118 Andie Daniell (ALA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0
2. No. 63 Eliza Omirou (WF) def. Smith Hinton (ALA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
3. Chandler Carter (WF) vs. Luca Fabian (ALA) 2-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
4. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Jacqueline Pelletier (ALA) 6-1, 6-4
5. Kylie Moulin (ALA) def. Joanna Zalewski (WF) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Anna Selim (ALA) def. Mary Caroline Meredith (WF) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles Results - Match 2
1. No. 31 Emma Davis / Chandler Carter (WF) def. Jaclyn Switkes / Emilee Duong (ILL) 6-2
2. Eliza Omirou / Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) vs. Daniela Pedraza Novak / Sasha Belaya (ILL) 4-5, unfinished
3. Mary Caroline Meredith / Joanna Zalewski (WF) vs. Asuka Kawai / Mila Rabinowitz (ILL) 6-4
Singles Results - Match 2
1. Asuka Kawai (ILL) def. No. 33 Emma Davis (WF) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 79 Jaclyn Switkes (ILL) def. No. 63 Elliza Omirou (WF) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Mila Rabinowitz (ILL) def. Chandler Carter (WF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
4. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Emilee Duong (ILL) 6-1, 6-4
5. Daniela Pedraza Novak (ILL) def. Joanna Zalewski (WF) 6-2, 6-2
6. Mary Caroline Meredith (WF) def. Sasha Belaya (ILL) 6-4, 6-3