CHARLOTTESVILLE - No. 14 Virginia defeated No. 7 Texas A&M 4-0 in consolation action Saturday (Feb. 8) at the 2014 ITA National Women's Tennis Indoor Team Championships at Boar's Head Sports Club.
The Cavaliers, who lost three matches to Texas A&M last season, won the doubles point and three singles matches to earn the shutout.
Virginia (4-1) took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. No. 8 Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and freshman Rachel Pierson (Princeton, N.J.) beat No. 22 Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov 6-2 at No. 1. The Cavaliers clinched the point when senior Li Xi (Kunming, China) and sophomore Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) beat No. 51 Rutuja Bhosale and Ines Deheza 6-4 at No. 2. Virginia sophomores Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) were leading 5-4 at No. 3 when Xi and Collins clinched.
No. 85 Nauta made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Anna Mamalat at No. 4 singles and Epstein made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Hristov and No. 5. No. 8 Elbaba clinched the win with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 14 Stancu at No. 1 singles.
Virginia plays No. 12 Alabama in consolation action Sunday 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. 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.
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