April 13, 2006
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
The No. 25 ranked Virginia women's tennis team captured its fourth consecutive victory, downing No. 75 Boston College 7-0 Thursday afternoon. The win improved the Cavaliers' record to 12-7 on the season, 6-4 in the ACC as they clinched their first winning season in the ACC since 1994.
The Cavaliers took an early 1-0 lead after sweeping the doubles matches. The No. 11 ranked team of Kristen James (Clifton, Va.) and Lori Stern (Ojai, Calif.) posted an 8-2 win over Dasha Cherkasov and Lana Krasnopolsy at No. 1 doubles. Rachel DelPriore (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Lara Alexander (London, England) downed Alina Sullivan and Gia Nafarrete 8-1 at No. 3 doubles. Caroline Hammond (Williamsburg, Va.) and Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) completed the sweep with a tiebreaker win at No. 2 doubles over Sarah Svoboda and Lindsey Nash.
In singles, the Cavaliers extended the lead to 2-0 when Stern won at No. 3 singles when Sullivan had to retire in the second set. DelPriore and Lindsey Pereira (Arlington, Texas) pushed the lead to 4-0 as they each lost just one game to post wins at No. 1 and No. 4 singles respectively. Rales and Hammond each scored straight set wins, at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, to make the score 6-0 before James closed out the match by winning at No. 2 singles in a superbreaker.
"Today was another positive day for this team," said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. "All along we have been impressed with the effort and today was another match played at that extremely high level."
The Cavaliers headed to Fenway Park Thursday night to catch the Red Sox-Blue Jays game before traveling to Maryland where they will close out the 2006 regular season on Saturday.
No. 25 Virginia 7, No. 75 Boston College 0
1) #11 Stern/James (UVa) def. Cherkasov/Krasnopolsky (BC) 8-2
2) Hammond/Rales (UVa) def. Svoboda/Nash (BC) 8-7 (12)
3) DelPriore/Alexander (UVa) def. Sullivan/Nafarrete (BC) 8-1
1) Rachel DelPriore (UVa) def. Dasha Cherkasov (BC) 6-0, 6-1
2) #105 Kristen James (UVa) def. Lana Krasnopolsky (BC) 4-6, 7-6, 10-8
3) Lori Stern (UVa) def. Alina Sullivan (BC) 6-2, 2-1 ret.
4) Lindsey Pereira (UVa) def. Sarah Svoboda (BC) 6-1, 6-0
5) Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Lindsey Nash (BC) 6-1, 6-4
6) Caroline Hammond (UVa) def. Gia Nafarrete (BC) 6-2, 6-4