Women's Tennis Hits The Road For ACC Championship

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April 20, 2000

23rd Annual ACC Championship
The Racquet Club of the South-Norcross, Ga.
April 20-23, 2000

The 1999-2000 Season: Virginia currently stands at 12-9 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. The Cavaliers, ranked 52nd in the April 12 ITA Poll, are the sixth seed in the ACC Championship for the second year in a row.

UVa meets Clemson in the quarterfinals of the ACCs on Friday at 9:00 a.m. The Tigers lead the all-time series 20-3. The winner faces either #2 Duke or #7 Maryland on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the semifinals. The finals are scheduled for Sunday at noon.

Virginia in the ACC Tournament: The Cavaliers are the sixth seed in this year's ACC Tournament as a result of their sixth place finish and 3-5 conference record in 2000. This is the fifth time and second consecutive year the Cavaliers have been the sixth seed in the ACC Tournament since the current single-elimination format was introduced in 1990. Since 1990 Virginia has won just one tournament match-a win over Wake Forest in the 1993 quarterfinals. The Cavaliers have advanced to the finals twice (1978 fall tournament, 1989) throughout the years under the old dual match format that was used through 1989, but they haven't been since 1989.

Three Consecutive Winning Seasons: The Cavaliers are 12-9 this season (spring record of 10-8) and have equalled last season's win total. In 1998, the Cavaliers won 13 matches en route to a 13-10 record. This is the first time since 1991-94 that the Cavaliers have posted three consecutive winning seasons. It is also the first time since then that they have won 10 or matches in consecutive years (UVa won 12 in 1992, a school-record 18 in 1993 and 12 in 1994).

Head Coach Phil Rogers Wins 200th Career Match : Phil Rogers, a 1971 Virginia graduate, won the 200th match of his coaching career when his Cavaliers upset 37th-ranked North Carolina 6-3 on April 9 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville.

Rogers is in his 18th season as Virginia's head coach. He has led the Cavaliers to all five NCAA Tournament berths in school history, including bids in three of the last four seasons. The dean of ACC head coaches, Rogers is the fourth-winningest coach in ACC history with a 201-174 (.536) record. He has guided the Cavaliers to 54 ACC wins, the third-most in league history.

O'Donnell Receives ITA Ranking: Second-year Amy O'Donnell earned her first ITA ranking with a rating of No. 99 in the rankings released April 12. O'Donnell plays #1 singles for the Cavaliers and is 9-13 (3-5 in the ACC) in that slot. Overall, she is 16-16 in singles play in 1999-2000.

As a first-year in 1998-99, O'Donnell was UVa's #3 player and registered a 29-11 record. She fell just one win shy of Alison Cohen's 1992-93 rookie record of 30 singles victories.

Fabulous First-Years Take Two: Amy O'Donnell had a terrific rookie season last year and a pair of UVa first-years have followed her footsteps. First-years Jennifer Tuchband and Henriette Williams have both had excellent freshman seasons. Tuchband has registered the team's best singles record at 23-10 (.697) and is 16-5 at #5 singles. Tuchband and third-year Kelly Weaver have also combined for a 17-8 doubles record. Tuchband is 20-10 overall in doubles play. Classmate Henriette Williams has been impressive as well with a 19-12 singles record, including a very respectable 14-8 mark at #3 doubles.

Virginia vs. Clemson During the 2000 Regular Season: UVa, ranked 55th, fell to 35th-ranked Clemson 5-4 on April 2 in Clemson, S.C. The match was tied at 3-3 after singles play, but the Tigers won two of three doubles matches to secure the 5-4 victory.

In singles, the 'Hoos earned wins at the #1, #2 and #5 slots. At #1 singles, Amy O'Donnell's opponent Carmina Giraldo retired with O'Donnell leading 3-0 in the first set. Christie Schweer was leading 6-2, 4-1 when her opponent Cath Galvin retired. The Cavaliers' third singles win came at #5 as Jennifer Tuchband posted a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Christina Oldock. At #3 singles, UVa's Henriette Williams lost 6-3, 6-1 to Renata Brito. UVa lost three-set matches at #4 and #6 singles. Leslie Cook lost to Clemson's Laurence Jayet 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, while Kelly Weaver fell to the Tigers' Anna Savitskaya 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

In doubles play, UVa was only able to win the #2 match. O'Donnell and Christine Kim teamed to defeat Savitskaya and Oldock 8-5. At #1 doubles, Cook and Schweer lost to Brito and Jayet 8-3, while Tuchband and Weaver dropped an 8-6 decision to Ana Stiglic and Cynthia Clausen.

Five Players with 18 or More Victories: The Cavaliers have five players with 18 or more singles victories this season. Jennifer Tuchband and Kelly Weaver, UVa's #5 and #6 singles players, respectively, lead the team with 23 wins apiece. Tuchband is 23-10, while Weaver is 23-13. Henriette Williams, the 'Hoos #3 player, is third with 19 singles wins and stands at 19-12 overall. Leslie Cook and Christie Schweer both have notched 18-16 records. Cook plays #4 for UVa, while Schweer holds the #2 singles spot.

UVa vs. Ranked Teams: The Cavaliers are 3-8 this season vs. ITA ranked teams at the time the match was played. Five of the losses against ranked teams have come against ACC opponents. The Cavaliers' three victories over ranked teams have come against #16 North Carolina, #53 Harvard, and #75 Virginia Tech.

Virginia is 10-1 against unranked teams this season. UVa's lone loss to an unranked team was a 5-4 loss to Princeton in the finals of the ECAC Team Tournament in October.

Neutral Site Equals Win: The Cavaliers are 4-0 in 1999-2000 in neutral site matches. In the fall, UVa defeated Seton Hall and Dartmouth on neutral courts during the ECAC Team Tournament. UVa also beat Harvard and Dartmouth on neutral sites during the spring.