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Virginia Completes Day One Action at Winter Invitational

Erin Vierra

Jan. 19, 2013


The No. 11 Virginia women's tennis team opened its spring season Saturday by hosting the eighth annual UVa Winter Invitational at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club.

The Cavaliers competed against No. 13 Northwestern as individuals in singles and doubles action, as no team scoring is being used during the invitational.

Virginia claimed two doubles wins and one singles victory against the Wildcats. No. 10 Li Xi (Kunming, China) and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) defeated Veronica Corning and Belinda Niu at No. 2 doubles. Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) added an 8-3 win over Northwestern's Brittany Wowchuk and Kate Turvy at No. 3 doubles.

Senior Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) beat the Wildcats' Linda Abu Mushrefova 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles for UVa's lone singles victory.

Virginia will compete against No. 23 Tennessee on Sunday. The action begins at 10 a.m. at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The public is welcome free of charge.

No. 11 Virginia vs. No. 13 Northwestern

1. No. 42 Nida Hamilton / Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) def. No. 5 Erin Vierra / Maci Epstein (UVA) 8-2
2. No. 10 Li Xi / Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Veronica Corning / Belinda Niu (NU) 8-3 
3. Julia Elbaba / Maria Fuccillo (UVA) def. Brittany Wowchuk / Kate Turvy (NU) 8-3

1. No. 67 Kate Turvy (NU) def. No. 4 Julia Elbaba (UVA) 6-3, 7-6
2. Veronica Corning (NU) def. Maci Epstein (UVA) 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
3. Belinda Niu (NU) def. No. 43 Stephanie Nauta (UVA) 6-1, 6-4
4. Brittany Wowchuk (NU) def. No. 44 Li Xi (UVA) 6-3, 7-6
5. Erin Vierra (UVA) def. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Maria Fuccillo (UVA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
7. Elizabeth Barnett (NU) def. Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) 6-0, 6-1

No. 34 Utah vs. No. 23 Tennessee

1. Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely (UT) def. Paige Miles/Tereza Bekerova (UU) 8-2
2. Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson (UT) def. Natasha Smith/Elena Najera-Salas (UU) 8-4
3. Callie Craig/Sarah Pham (UU) def. Sarah Toti/Mimi Fotopolous (UT) 8-3

1. Brynn Boren (UT) def. Sarah Pham (UU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Tereza Bekerova (UU) def. Kata Szekely (UT) 6-2, 6-4
3. Callie Craig (UU) def. Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-4, 6-1
4. Caitlyn Williams (UT) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (UU) 6-1, 7-5
5. Mimi Fotopolous (UT) def. Elena Najera-Salas (UU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Tiffany Tavares (UT) def. Natasha Smith (UU) 6-2, 6-3
7. Paige Miles (UU) def. Kayla McMurray (UT) 7-5

UVa Winter Invitational Schedule (Subject to Change)
Saturday - Virginia vs. Northwestern and Utah vs. Tennessee
Sunday - Virginia vs. Tennessee and Utah vs. Northwestern
Monday - Virginia vs. Utah and Tennessee vs. Northwestern




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