Erin Vierra clinched Virginia's first win against a top-ranked opponent.
March 30, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 27 Virginia defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 4-3, in Atlantic Coast Conference women's tennis action Saturday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The win was Virginia's first against a top-ranked opponent in program history.
Virginia also defeated North Carolina Central, 6-0, improving to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in the ACC after the two-match sweep. North Carolina fell to 17-2, 3-1, while North Carolina Central dropped to 10-5.
The Cavaliers claimed the doubles point against North Carolina and received singles wins from junior Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), and the match-clinching win from co-captain Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.).
The Cavaliers rallied for the important doubles point after the Tar Heels opened with a win at No. 3. Vierra and freshman Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) beat No. 42 Caroline Price and Whitney Kay 8-6 at No. 1 and Elbaba and senior Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Tessa Lyons at No. 2.
North Carolina tied the match at 1-1 as No. 25 Kay defeated Li Xi (Kunming, China) 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Peretz gave UVa a 2-1 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 over Ashley Dai at No. 6 and Elbaba increased the lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 43 Zoe De Bruycker at No. 2.
No. 9 Suarez-Malaguti beat Nauta 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 and North Carolina tied the match at 3-3 with Price's 6-0, 7-6 win over Tomljanovic at No. 4.
Vierra clinched the win with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Kate Vialle at No. 5 singles.
Virginia defeated North Carolina Central, 6-0, as Elbaba, Xi, Tomljanovic, Peretz, Vierra and Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) posted singles wins.
The Cavaliers host Wake Forest on Saturday, April 6 at Snyder Tennis Center. First serve is set for 12 p.m.
No. 27 Virginia 4, No. 1 North Carolina 3
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center
Saturday, March 30, 2013
1. Erin Vierra/Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. No. 42 Caroline Price/Whitney Kay (NC) 8-6
2. Julia Elbaba/Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) def. Tessa Lyons/Gina Suarez-Malaguti (NC) 8-6
3. Ashley Dai/Zoe De Bruycker (NC) def. Li Xi/Maria Fuccillo (UVA) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
1. No. 9 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (NC) def. No. 65 Stephanie Nauta (UVA) 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 15 Julia Elbaba (UVA) def. No. 43 Zoe De Bruycker (NC) 6-3, 6-1
3. No. 25 Whitney Kay (NC) def. Li Xi (UVA) 6-1, 6-1
4. No. 33 Caroline Price (NC) def. Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) 6-0, 7-6
5. Erin Vierra (UVA) def. Kate Vialle (NC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
6. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Ashley Dai (NC) 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,6,2,1,4,5
No. 27 Virginia 6, North Carolina Central 0
1. No. 15 Julia Elbaba (UVA) def. Olesya Palko (NCC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Li Xi (UVA) def. Ekaterina Nekrasova (NCC) 7-5, 6-3
3. Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) def. Aissa Muamba (NCC) 6-1, 6-4
4. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Rebecca Wood (NCC) 6-0, 6-2
5. Maria Fuccillo (UVA) def. Julia Aguilar (NCC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Erin Vierra (UVA) won by default
Order of Finish: 6,5,4,1,2,3
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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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