March 24, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 29 Virginia women’s tennis team (7-6, 5-1 ACC) dropped its first ACC match of the season, falling by a score of 6-1 at No. 17 Duke (10-3, 3-0 ACC) at the Ambler Tennis Stadium on Friday (March 24) afternoon.
The Cavaliers got on the scoreboard as No. 44 Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, British Columbia) posted a singles win on court one.
The Blue Devils grabbed the doubles point to start the day, winning on courts one and three as the home team took the early lead in the match. The No. 26 pairing of Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy defeated the Cavalier duo of Johanson and Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) by a score of 6-3 on court one. The Virginia team of Camille Favero (Sacramento, Calif.) and Brooke Sutherland (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) also fell 6-3 on court three.
The duo of Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.V.) and Teodora Radosavljevic (Belgrade, Serbia) led 5-3 on court two when the doubles point was clinched by Duke.
After securing the doubles point, Duke then got wins on courts six, two, five and four, in that order, to lock up the win.
Johanson got the point for the Cavaliers with her singles win on court one, defeating No. 49 Samantha Harris in a super tiebreak after splitting the first two sets. Johanson battled back from a large deficit in the super tiebreak, fighting back from seven points down to claim the 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (8) win.
Duke closed out the day, winning the final match on court three in a third-set super tiebreak.
Virginia will return to action on Sunday, continuing ACC play on the road at No. 4 North Carolina. The Cavaliers and Tar Heels will play at 1 p.m.
No. 17 Duke 6, No. 29 Virginia 1
No. 44 Rosie Johanson def. No. 49 Samantha Harris, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (8)
No. 25 Meible Chi def. No. 94 Cassie Mercer, 6-1, 6-3
No. 52 Chalena Scholl def. Meghan Kelley, 6-0, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (6)
No. 76 Kaitlin McCarthy def. Teodora Radosavljevic, 6-4, 6-2
Alyssa Smith def. Camille Favero, 6-4, 6-1
Rebecca Smaller def. Brooke Sutherland, 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 2 ,5, 4, 1, 3
No. 26 Chi/McCarthy def. Johanson/Kelley, 6-3
Mercer/Radosavljevic vs. Scholl/Smith, 5-3 (unfinished)
Harris/Smaller def. Favero/Sutherland, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Cooper Thriving Under New StaffSwimming & Diving12/12/17A senior from Atlanta and one of the team's captains, Caitlin Cooper set the UVA women's record in the 50-yard freestyle early this month in Athens, Georgia.Hazzard Aiming to Uphold Family TraditionTrack & Field, Cross Country12/11/17A freshman from Long Island, New York, Halle Hazzard is the younger sister of Payton Hazzard, who was an All-America sprinter for the Cavaliers.UVA's Campbell Winners Share Special BondFootball12/6/17UVA is the only ACC school with multiple winners of the prestigious Campbell Trophy: Tom Burns in 1993 and Micah Kiser this year.
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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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