CHARLOTTESVILLE The No. 22 Virginia women’s tennis team suffered its first home loss of the season, falling to No. 25 Florida State 4-3 on Friday. The loss drops the Cavaliers’ record to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the ACC.
In doubles play, the Cavaliers won a close opening point. After losing at No. 3 doubles in a tiebreaker, Virginia drew even with a tiebreaker win of its own, as Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) won 9-8 over Jessica Sucupira and Federica Seuss at No. 1. Neela Vaez (Perrysburg, Ohio) and Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) clinched the doubles point for the Cavaliers as they rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win the final seven games of the match for an 8-5 win over Katie Rybakova and Noemie Scharle at No. 2 doubles.
Singles play was close throughout the match, even though play had to be moved indoors midway through singles due to rain. Virginia got wins from Fraser at No. 1, who topped No. 56 Rybakova 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and from Rales, who topped No. 76 Suess 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 position. However, the Seminoles were able to pull out wins in the other four singles matches to secure the win.
Virginia returns to action on Sunday as it hosts No. 5 Miami. Match time at the Snyder Tennis Center is set for 11 a.m.
No. 25 Florida State 4, No. 22 Virginia 3
1. #48 Fraser/Stevens (UVa) def. Sucupira/Suess (FSU) 9-8(5)
2. #64 Rales/Vaez (UVa) def. Rybakova/Scharle (FSU) 8-5
3. Davidson/Macfarlane (FSU) def. Bartlett/Yahner (UVa) 9-8(4)
1. #81 Emily Fraser (UVa) def. #56 Katie Rybakova (FSU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. #44 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. #78 Jennifer Stevens (UVa) 6-1, 6-2
3. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
4. Amanda Rales (UVa) def. #76 Federica Suess (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Claire Bartlett (UVa) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Neela Vaez (UVa) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish:
Cavalier Tennis Programs Joining ForcesMen's Tennis6/21/17UVA's new head tennis coaches -- Andres Pedroso for the men and Sara O'Leary for the women -- want their programs to work closely together.Catching Up With Cherie Greer BrownWomen's Lacrosse6/19/17A 1994 graduate of UVA, where she was a three-time first-team All-American, the former Cherie Greer ranks among the finest players in lacrosse history.European Trip Strengthens Team's BondsWomen's Soccer6/14/17The Virginia women's soccer team recently returned from a trip to Europe, where the Cavaliers played two games in France and one in Germany.
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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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