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:
'Hoos Looking to Make More HistoryMen's Tennis5/22/17A win over No. 9 seed North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon would give second-seeded Virginia its third straight NCAA men's tennis title.McKee Thriving in New SurroundingsTrack & Field, Cross Country5/22/17A transfer from Kansas, Kelly McKee will compete in the triple jump this week at the NCAA East Regional meet in Lexington, Kentucky.Cavalier Men's Basketball NotebookMen's Basketball5/16/17The Cavaliers are heading into their ninth season under head coach Tony Bennett, who has led them to four straight NCAA tournaments.
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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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