WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. The Virginia women’s tennis team suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling to Wake Forest 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. The Cavaliers fall to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the ACC with the loss.
The Demon Deacons took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Virginia recorded a win at No. 1 doubles and Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) and Lara Alexander (London, England) defeated Sasha Kulikova and Sierra Poske 8-4. Wake Forest scored wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the opening point.
In singles, Wake Forest won four of the six matches to seal the 5-2 dual match victory. Virginia got a win at No. 1 singles where Rales, playing the first match of her career as a ranked singles player, topped Alex Hirsch 6-4, 6-4. At No. 4 singles, senior Lindsey Pereira (Arlington, Texas) won in a third set superbreaker, defeating Poske 2-6, 7-5, 10-8.
The Cavaliers continue their roadtrip on Sunday as they visit No. 52 NC State. Match time in Raleigh is 1 p.m.
No. 37 Wake Forest 5, No. 66 Virginia 2
1. Rales/Alexander (UVa) def. Kulikova/Poske (WF) 8-4
2. Tara/Jerman (WF) def. Yahner/Pereira (UVa) 8-6
3. Hirsch/Davis (WF) def. Stevens/Williams (UVa) 8-5
1. #124 Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Alex Hirsch (WF) 6-4, 6-4
2. Sasha Kulikova (WF) def. Jennifer Stevens (UVa) 6-4, 7-5
3. Christian Tara (WF) def. Maggie Yahner (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
4. Lindsey Pereira (UVa) def. Sierra Poske (WF) 2-6, 7-5, 10-8
5. Emilee Malvehy (WF) def. Lara Alexander (UVa) 6-2, 6-1
6. Katarina Reveche (WF) def. Cathy Nimitz (UVa) 6-3, 6-3
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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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