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feb. 14, 1998

Cavaliers Upset Virginia Tech

Virginia Wins Close Match, 5-4

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Virginia upset #32 Virginia Tech 5-4 this evening in women's tennis action at the indoor courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers avenged a fall loss to the Hokies and raised their overall record to 4-2 this season (2-1 in the spring).

Virginia fell behind 2-1 after three singles matches, but won three consecutive three-set matches to take a 4-2 lead after the singles play. Stacy Gingold lost the first set of her match against Majka Serafini at #2, but won the next two sets to post a relatively easy 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win.

Emily Hill also dropped the first set of her match against Sabrina Pardo at #3, but rebounded to grab a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 triumph.

Freshman Kelly Weaver won the first set and lost the second to Katherine Chen at #6. Weaver claimed the third set to polish off a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.

The Hokies made things interesting by winning at #2 and #3 doubles to tie the match at four. Virginia Tech took the lead in both matches and held off spirited Virginia comebacks to tie the score.

For the second straight evening, the match came down to #1 doubles. In last night's 5-4 loss to Illinois, Stacy Gingold and Emily Hill couldn't get the job done for the Cavaliers.

Tonight they took control early and built a 4-1 lead over Katherine Chen and Daga Mrozek. But the Hokies battled back to knot the score at four. The Cavaliers took the lead at 7-5, but again the Hokies fought back and took an 8-7 lead and had match point, with Mrozek serving. Gingold hit a volley toward the line that Mrozek called out, beginning a Tech celebration. But the referee overruled the call, giving the point to Virginia. The Cavaliers went on to win that game and tie the third set at eight and force a tie-breaker.

With the Cavaliers serving match point, Chen hit a Gingold volley long to win the match for Virginia.

Virginia   5, Virginia Tech    4
Singles
1--Antonella Pozzi (VT) def. Paige Boiko 6-2, 6-3 
2--Stacy Gingold (V) def. Majka Serafini 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3--Stacy Hill (V) def. Sabrina Pardo 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
4--Leslie Cook (V) def. Vanessa Pardo 5-7, 6-2 retired--injury
5--Daga Mrozek (VT) def. Christie Schweer 7-5, 6-3
6--Kelly Weaver (V) def. Katherine Chen 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles
1--Gingold/Hill (V) def. Chen/Mrozek 9-8 (7-5)
2--S. Pardo/Pozzi (VT) def. Kendall White/Boiko 8-4
3--Michele Martaus/Serafini (VT) def. Cook/Schweer 9-7

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