March 14, 2001
MIAMI, Fla. - The No. 55 University of Virginia women's tennis team lost to No. 36 Florida International University Wednesday afternoon (Mar. 14), 6-1, in Miami, Fla. The Cavaliers fall to 9-3 overall with the loss.
Virginia's top doubles team of Henriette Williams (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) and Christie Schweer (Houston, Texas/Memorial) got the Cavaliers off to a solid start with an 8-3 victory over Annelise Rose and Mari Toro. Virginia's other two doubles teams lost and forfeited the lone doubles point to FIU.
UVa experienced only limited success in singles as well. Second-year Jennifer Tuchband (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) was the only Cavalier player to win her singles match. She defeated Cristina Campana at No. 5 singles. No. 6 singles player Kelly Weaver (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) forced Mei Ly to three sets. Weaver lost in the final set, which was played as a 10-point tiebreaker, 10-8. Virginia's other singles players lost in straight sets.
The road does not get any easier for the Cavaliers as they face No. 38 Miami on Friday (Mar. 16) and No. 40 Florida State on Sunday (Mar. 18).
Florida International 6, Virginia 1
1 Annelise Rose (FIU) def. Amy O'Donnell (UVa), 6-4, 6-3.
2 Mari Toro (FIU) def. Henriette Williams (UVa), 6-4, 6-2.
3 Alexandra Guzman (FIU) def. Christie Schweer (UVa), 6-1, 6-3.
4 Mariana Faustinelli (FIU) def. Laura James (UVa), 6-1, 6-1.
5 Jennifer Tuchband (UVa) def. Cristina Campana (FIU), 6-2, 6-0.
6 Mei Ly (FIU) def. Kelly Weaver (UVa), 6-7, 6-4, 10-8.
Doubles 1 Schweer/Williams (UVa) def. Rose/Toro (FIU), 8-3. 2 Guzman/Campana (FIU) def. Kim/O'Donnell (UVa), 8-1. 3 Faustinellu/Elsawaf (FIU) def. Tuchband/Weaver (UVa), 8-5.
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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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