May 6, 1997
Virginia Heads to NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
Heading into the NCAAs
Virginia brings a 9-11 overall record (7-10 in the spring) into the NCAA East Region tournament at Brown. The Cavaliers have lost their last three matches, including a 5-3 decision to N.C. State in the first round of the ACC Tournament in their most recent action. Virginia is 5-1 against East Region schools this spring (and 2-1 in the fall). After dropping a 6-3 decision to Virginia Tech in early February, the Cavaliers have won their last five matches against East teams. This includes wins over Richmond (ranked 74th at the time) and Maryland (ranked 43rd at the time).
NCAA Tournament History
This is Virginia's second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and fourth in the last five years. The Cavaliers received a bid to the NCAA East Regional last season. They defeated Penn 5-1 in the first round, but fell to William & Mary 5-0 in the second round. Virginia also received bids to the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1994.
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 163-146 (.528). Rogers is fourth in ACC history in wins. He has guided the Cavaliers to all of their NCAA Tournament appearances.
In the Rankings
The Cavaliers are ranked 50th in the current Rolex Collegiate Rankings, down from 46th in the previous poll. That was Virginia's highest ranking of the season.
Virginia vs. Harvard
The Cavaliers have not had much success vs. Harvard over the years. Harvard leads the all-time series 11-3. Virginia won the most recent meeting 5-0 in the fall of 1993 in the finals of the ITA Northeast Region tournament. No current Cavalier has ever played anybody on the Harvard roster.
Back to the Brown Courts
Several Cavaliers played on the courts at Brown University when they competed in the 1995 Brown Fall Invitational. Stacy Gingold captured the Flight C singles title with four consecutive wins, while Pam Carton won the Flight D title. Kendall White won her first three matches before falling to Carton in the finals of Flight D. Paige Boiko lost her first round match in Flight B, but won four straight in the back draw. Emily Hill won her first two matches before falling in the semifinals of Flight B.
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, the Cavaliers haven't been forced to forfeit any matches this spring due to injury.
Boiko, White ACC Champions
The tandem of Paige Boiko and Kendall White are the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference champions at #2 doubles. They compiled a 5-3 league mark en route to the crown. They are 20-8 overall this season. Their nine-match winning streak in the fall is the longest by a Virginia duo this season.
Carton, Pomeroy Click as a Team
Pam Carton and Christy Pomeroy form UVa's #3 doubles team. They have a 14-10 record this season and finished as the runner-up in the ACC at #3 with a 4-4 league record.
Boiko, Hill Lead Virginia
Paige Boiko and Emily Hill are Virginia's leading winners this season with 18 wins apiece. Boiko has fashioned an 18-14 record playing at #1 this season, while Hill is 18-12 playing at #3 in the line-up. They were Virginia's only singles winners in the loss to N.C. State in the ACC Tournament.
Five Have Been Here Before
Five of six Cavaliers have previous NCAA Tournament experience; only senior co-captain Christy Pomeroy is making her first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Paige Boiko, Pam Carton, Stacy Gingold and Kendall White posted wins in last year's tournament in their first tournament appearance. Emily Hill dropped her two matches in last season's tournament. No current Cavalier has played a doubles match in the NCAA Tournament.