FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -
The ninth-ranked Virginia women's tennis team opened its 2012 season with a 4-3 win over No. 18 Tennessee on Saturday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Cavaliers rallied from dropping the doubles point to win four singles matches and improve to 1-0 on the season.
The Lady Vols (0-1) took the early lead by winning the doubles point. Joanna Henderson and Kata Szekely defeated Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) 8-2 at No. 3 to give Tennessee the early edge. The 18th-ranked duo of Brynn Boren and Sarah Toti clinched the opening point for the Lady Vols with an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.). Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Li Xi (Kunming, China) closed out doubles play with an 8-6 win for the Cavaliers at No. 1 over Natalie Pluskota and Caitlyn Williams.
Singles play began with the team score at 1-1 as Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was the recipient of a walkover win at No. 6 as Tennessee only fielded five singles players. The Lady Vols retook the lead, 2-1, as Williams defeated Vierra 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot. Fraser brought the Cavaliers back to level, 2-2, with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Boren in a top-30 singles matchup at the No. 1 position. Tomljanovic gave Virginia the lead as she completed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Henderson at No. 4 before Xi clinched the victory with her 6-3, 6-4 win over Toti at No. 3. Szekely's third-set match tiebreaker win over Hardenbergh at No. 2 in the final match on the courts made the final score 4-3.
Virginia concludes its opening weekend of play in New York as it faces No. 21 Texas on Sunday at noon at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Longhorns upset No. 4 North Carolina 4-3 in Saturday's other match in New York.
#9 VIRGINIA 4, #18 TENNESSEE 3
1. Fraser/Xi (UVa) def. Pluskota/Williams (UT) 8-6
2. #18 Boren/Toti (UT) def. Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVa) 8-6
3. Henderson/Szekely (UT) def. Tomljanovic/Fuccillo (UVa) 8-2
1. #29 Emily Fraser (UVa) def. #27 Brynn Boren (UT) 6-4, 6-1
2. #59 Kata Szekely (UT) def. #30 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) 5-7, 7-5, 10-6
3. Li Xi (UVa) def. Sarah Toti (UT) 6-3, 6-4
4. #85 Hana Tomljanovic (UVa) def. Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-4, 6-3
5. Caitlyn Williams (UT) def. #75 Erin Vierra (UVa) 6-1, 6-4
6. #89 Caryssa Peretz (UVa) won by default
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