Sept. 14, 1997

Cavaliers Claim Three Titles at SUnity Life Tennis Classic

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The University of Virginia women's tennis team kicked off its 1997-98 fall season by winning one singles title and two doubles crowns at the 16th annual SUnity Life Tennis Classic at Syracuse University.

Freshman Leslie Cook was the lone Cavalier to win a singles championship. She defeated Shareen Lai of Syracuse 6-1, 7-6 (4) at #3 in the finals for the title in the first action of her collegiate career. Cook upset second-seed Mercedes del Valle of Boston College 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.

The Cavaliers' number-one doubles team of Stacy Gingold and Emily Hill took the title in the #1 doubles flight with an 8-4 win over Cynthia Coriat and Lara Manoukian of Rutgers this afternoon. The unseeded Cavalier duo upset the top-seeded tandem of Trishna Patel and Elisa Banner of Brown 8-3 in the first round.

Virginia also claimed the title at the third doubles flight. Cook teamed with fellow freshman Christie Schweer to defeat the top-seeded combination of Christina Malone and Kimberly Arbuckle of Boston College 8-5.

In other singles results Stacy Gingold finished third in flight one, Emily Hill sixth in flight two, Schweer third in flight four, Kendall White tied for seventh in the fifth flight and Rebecca Weeks fifth in the sixth flight.

Paige Boiko and White placed fifth at the second doubles flight.