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Feb. 7, 2014
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CHARLOTTESVILLE - No. 14 Virginia opened the 2014 ITA National Women's Tennis Indoor Team Championships with a 4-2 loss against No. 2 Florida Friday (Feb. 7) at Boar's Head Sports Club.
The Gators claimed the doubles point and three singles matches to improve to 5-0. Sophomores Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) earned singles wins for the Cavaliers (3-1).
Florida earned the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. Virginia sophomores Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Epstein defeated Alexandra Cercone and Stefani Stojic 6-3 at No. 3. Olivia Janowicz and Kourtney Keegan then beat senior Li Xi (Kunming, China) and sophomore Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) 6-3 at No. 2 and Florida clinched the point with a 6-4 win from No. 32 Belinda Woolcock and Sofie Oyen over No. 8 Elbaba and Rachel Pierson (Princeton, N.J.) at No. 1.
No. 11 Elbaba quickly tied it at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 17 Janowicz at No. 1 singles. No. 23 Cercone gave Florida a 2-1 lead by ousting No. 28 Collins 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 at No. 2. Epstein tied the score at 2-2 by defeating No. 39 Keegan 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5.
No. 18 Morgan gave the Gators a 3-2 lead with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 43 Pierson at No. 3 before No. 36 Woolcock clinched the win with a 7-6, 6-2 decision over Marie Faure (Toulouse, France) at No. 6 singles.
Virginia plays Texas A&M in consolation action Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Dual matches are scheduled at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the championship match set for 11 a.m. on Monday. Each of the 16 teams is guaranteed three matches during the championship. Fans can attend the four-day championship FREE of charge.
Live online video is available for all matches played on the Boyd Tinsley Courts, including every Virginia match. Fans can access the live video for FREE at VirginiaSports.com/allaccess.
Live stats for the event can be found at VirginiaSports.com and fans are encouraged to visit ITATennis.com for comprehensive information about the championship. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014