CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 29 Virginia women’s tennis team snapped a six-match losing streak with a 5-2 win over No. 37 Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The win improves the Cavaliers’ record to 11-8 overall and 4-6 in the ACC.
In doubles play, the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by sweeping all three matches. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) scored an 8-4 win over Sasha Kulikova and Sierra Poske at No. 1 doubles. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Neela Vaez (Perrysburg, Ohio) defeated Katarina Reveche and Christian Tara 8-4 at No. 3 doubles. Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) and Maggie Yahner (Las Vegas, Nev.) completed the sweep with a tiebreaker victory over Emilee Malvehy and Aileen Davis at the No. 2 position.
The Cavaliers’ lead was extended to 2-0 early in singles play as Fraser downed Kulikova 6-3 6-1 at the top position. The Demon Deacons cut the lead in half as Ryann Cutillo topped Vaez at No. 5 singles. Rales made the score 3-1 as she completed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Malvehy at No. 3 singles. Yahner then clinched the win for Virginia with her 7-5, 6-1 victory at No. 6 over Reveche. Stevens later added a three-set win over Poske for the Cavaliers.
"It was a very good win for the team today," said head coach Mark Guilbeau. "Occasionally a positive result like this comes from a desire and strength that is found prior to the match. This team did a great job of making that happen and deserved a great result today. I am proud of these players and appreciate the commitment and effort they displayed. The positive energy out there on the courts was the highest we have seen this year. We saw a determination that lead to a clear focus; an ability to implement suggested skills and 'plays' immediately and effectively; and a very strong overall spirit and competitiveness. We had some great support from our fans as well. It was definitely a well earned and well played win for this team. We are looking forward to an exciting day tomorrow and another great match as we close out the regular season and celebrate senior day."
The Cavaliers conclude the regular season on Sunday as they host NC State. Match time is noon and before the match, Rales and Yahner will be honored as part of senior day.
No. 29 Virginia 5, No. 37 Wake Forest 2
1. #42 Fraser/Stevens (UVa) def. Kuilkova/Poske (WF) 8-4
2. Rales/Yahner (UVa) def. Malvehy/Davis (WF) 8-7(5)
3. Hardenbergh/Vaez (UVa) def. Reveche/Tara (WF) 8-4
1. #79 Emily Fraser (UVa) def. #55 Sasha Kulikova (WF) 6-3, 6-1
2. #88 Jennifer Stevens (UVa) def. Sierra Poske (WF) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
3. Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Emilee Malvehy (WF) 6-4, 6-3
4. Christian Tara (WF) def. Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Ryann Cutillo (WF) def. Neela Vaez (UVa) 6-2, 6-3
6. Maggie Yahner (UVa) def. Katarina Reveche (WF) 7-5, 6-1
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