April 15, 1997

Women's Tennis Takes on N.C. State

The Racquet Club of the South--Norcross, Ga.
April 17-20, 1997

Looking to Get Back on Winning Track
The Cavaliers will look to snap their current two-match losing streak against N.C. State in the first round of the 1997 ACC Women's Tennis Tournament. The Cavaliers finished the spring season with a 7-9 overall record and 2-6 in the ACC. Virginia enters the tournament as the ninth seed, while N.C. State is seeded eighth.

The Cavaliers are ranked 46th in the current Rolex Collegiate Rankings, up from 58th in the previous poll. This is Virginia's highest ranking of the season.

Head Coach Phil Rogers
Phil Rogers, a 1971 Virginia graduate, is in his 15th season as head coach of the Cavaliers. His record at Virginia is 163-145 (.529). Rogers is fourth in ACC history in wins.

Virginia in the ACC Tournament
Virginia is the ninth seed in the 1997 ACC Tournament, the first time the Cavaliers have been the ninth seed. They face N.C. State in the first round on Thursday (April 17) at 10 AM at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga. The winner will face top-seed Duke the following day at 3 PM.

The Cavaliers have not fared well in recent ACC Tournaments. Since the single elimination format was adopted for the 1990 tournament, Virginia has advanced to the semifinals once (1993). Florida State has eliminated the Cavaliers each of the last two years by identical 5-3 scores.

Virginia vs. N.C. State during the 1997 Regular Season
The Cavaliers dropped a 5-4 decision to the Wolfpack in Raleigh on March 30. N.C. State won at the #1 through #5 singles positions to claim victory. Senior Christy Pomeroy was the lone singles winner for Virginia. She defeated Elizabeth Perry 6-1, 6-1. The Cavaliers doubles play remained strong as they won all three doubles matches against the Wolfpack.

Virginia is 13-6 all-time against N.C. State, including 1-1 in the ACC Tournament. The ACC Tournament history between the two schools shows that N.C. State won 5-4 in the 1986 tournament, while the Cavaliers won 6-3 in 1987.

Boiko, Hill Lead Virginia
Paige Boiko and Emily Hill are Virginia's leading winners this season with 17 wins apiece. Boiko has fashioned a 17-14 record playing at #1 this season, while Hill is 17-12 playing at #3 in the line-up.

No Rest for the Weary
Head coach Phil Rogers' charges have had to do their best impressions of Cal Ripken this season and not bow to injury. The Cavalier roster lists six players and an injury would put Virginia at a distinct disadvantage. Luckily for Rogers he hasn't had any player injured during the spring season.

Coming Home
Junior Emily Hill returns to her home for this season's ACC Tournament. A native of Atlanta, Hill graduated from the Westminster School. She is tied for the team lead in wins this season with a 17-12 record (2-6 in ACC dual matches). Hill began the spring playing #4, but moved to the #3 position on the spring trip against Richmond on March 10 and has remained there since. Hill teams with sophomore Stacy Gingold at #1 doubles. They are 13-15 this season, including 3-5 in ACC dual matches. Hill's career singles record is 45-41. She needs one win to tie her career high for wins set in 1994-95.

Gingold Moves to #2
Stacy Gingold led the team with 25 victories and was the ACC champion at #5 with a 6-2 league mark as a freshman last season. This season hasn't gone as smoothly for her, though. After winning three of her first four dual matches at #3 this spring, she moved into the #2 position. She won three consecutive matches last month, but is 1-5 since then.

Virginia in the ACC Tournament (1986-96)    
TEAM               W   L   Pct.    First Round*  Quarterfinals*  Semifinals*  Finals*
Clemson            1   2   .333    0-0           0-0             0-0          0-0
Duke               0   4   .000    0-0           0-1             0-1          0-0
Florida State      0   3   .000    0-0           0-3             0-0          0-0
Georgia Tech       1   0  1.000    0-0           0-0             0-0          0-0
Maryland           2   0  1.000    0-0           0-0             0-0          0-0
North Carolina     1   1   .500    0-0           0-1             0-0          0-0
N.C. State         1   1   .500    0-0           0-0             0-0          0-0
Wake Forest        1   2   .333    0-0           1-1             0-0          0-0
Total              7  13   .350    0-0           1-6             0-1          0-0
 *since single elimination format instituted in 1990