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Women's Tennis Falls at Miami (Fla.) 5-2

March 7, 2003

CORAL GABLES, FLA- - The No. 39 Virginia women's team concluded their spring break trip to Florida with a 5-2 loss Friday at No. 22 Miami. The Cavaliers went 3-1 on the four match trip and are now 7-4 on the season.

The Cavaliers opened the match strong, winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. Fourth-years Jennifer Tuchband (Millburn, N.J.) and Henriette Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) upset the No. 52 ranked team of Igna DeVilliers and Abby Smith at No. 1 while first-years Kristen James (Clifton, Va.) and Lori Stern (Ojai, Calif.) won at No. 2. However, the Hurricanes would rebound in the singles, by taking five of the six singles matches to win the match. The Cavaliers lone win came at No. 2 singles, where Tuchband upset No. 77 ranked Melissa Applebaum in three sets.

"We came out strong and played great doubles today," stated Virginia head coach Phil Rogers. "We had high energy and kept it going in singles, but Miami responded. It ended up a a close match that could have gone either way. Overall, it was a great trip that will help us the remainder of the season."

Virginia will continue their travels on Wednesday, March 12 as they visit Richmond.

No. 22 Miami 5, No. 39 Virginia 2

Singles 1. No. 87 Megan Bradley (UM) def. Henriette Williams (UVa) 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2 2. Jennifer Tuchband (UVa) def. No. 77 Melissa Applebaum (UM) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 3. No. 94 Mari Toro (UM) def. Lori Stern (UVa) 6-4, 6-2 4. Sihem Bennacer (UM) def. Kristen James (UVa) 6-1, 6-2 5. Staci Stevens (UM) def. Marta Bechliwanis (UVa) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 6. Sara Robbins (UM) def. Dora Bechliwanis (UVa) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles 1. Williams/Tuchband (UVa) def. No. 52 DeVilliers/Smith (UM) 8-4 2. Stern/K. James (UVa) def. Toro/Bradley (UM) 9-8 (4) 3. Applebaum/Robbins (UM) def. Bechliwanis/Bechliwanis (UVa) 8-0

 

 

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