March 8, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE - No. 12 North Carolina defeated No. 5 Virginia 5-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference women's tennis action Saturday (March 8) at Snyder Tennis Center.
Virginia (8-3, 3-1 ACC) won the doubles point and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) stayed unbeaten in dual play with a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 83 Whitney Kay in the loss. North Carolina (12-3, 4-1 ACC) claimed five singles matches to post the win.
The Cavaliers began the match by winning the doubles point. UNC took the early advantage with a win at No. 2, as ninth-ranked Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb topped Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Li Xi (Kunming, China) 8-3. Virginia drew even seconds later as seventh-ranked Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Rachel Pierson rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to top fifth-ranked Caroline Price and Whitney Kay 8-5. With the opening point on the line, Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) and Nauta upset 32nd-ranked Kate Vialle and Laura Slater 8-6 to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead in the match.
Singles play was close as each team won three first sets. The Cavalier lead doubled to 2-0 with Nauta's win over Kay at No. 4 singles. The Tar Heels recorded their first point at No. 6 where Tessa Lyons defeated Marie Faure (Toulouse, France) 6-3, 6-4. Sixth-ranked Carter tied the match for North Carolina as she downed Collins 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
In a battle of two of the top players in the nation, top-ranked Loeb topped fourth-ranked Elbaba 6-1, 7-5 at No. 1 singles to give UNC a 3-2 lead. Each of the final two matches went to decisive third sets. At No. 3, Price came back from dropping the first set to top Pierson 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the Tar Heels' victory. Vialle edged Epstein 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) at No. 5 singles to make the final margin 5-2.
The Cavaliers host Maryland in ACC action Sunday. First serve at Snyder Tennis Center is set for 12 p.m. Live video and stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Prime Opportunity Eludes CavaliersWomen's Basketball2/18/18Virginia, which lost Sunday to ACC rival Miami at John Paul Jones Arena, has two regular-season games remaining, both on the road.Jackson Comfortable in Leading RoleWomen's Lacrosse2/16/18As a sophomore last season, Maggie Jackson led the Cavaliers in points, ground balls and draw controls and tied for the lead in assists.Eikhoff Eager to Assume Larger RoleBaseball2/15/18No. 15 Virginia, which opens the season Friday against No. 22 Central Florida, is counting on production from junior infield Nate Eikhoff.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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