April 20, 2000
GREENSBORO, N.C. - University of Virginia first-year Jen Tuchband
(Millburn, N.J./Millburn) and third-year Kelly Weaver (Kingston,
N.Y./Kingston) have earned 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis
Flight Champion honors by virtue of their regular season ACC play.
Tuchband and Weaver earn the honor at #5 and #6 singles, respectively. Two
players in each of the six singles and two tandems in each of the three
doubles flights have been named ACC Flight Champions. North Carolina's
Courtney Zalinksi and Florida State's Ali Weber were the other ACC Flight
Champions at #5 and #6, respectively.
Tuchband and Weaver are the sixth and seventh Virginia women's players to
garner ACC singles flight champion accolades and are the first since 1996
when Stacey Gingold was the #5 singles champion. In 1998, current Cavalier
third-years Leslie Cook and Christie Schweer were the #3 doubles flight
champions. Since 1990 the ACC singles and doubles champions have been
determined through regular season play.
Tuchband has had an outstanding rookie season for the Cavaliers. Tuchband
is tied with Weaver for the team lead in singles wins with 23 and she has
posted a team-best 23-10 (.697 winning percentage) record. She is 16-5
(.762 winning percentage) at #5 singles, including a 4-4 mark in ACC play.
Tuchband has teamed with Weaver for a 17-8 record in doubles play. The duo
is 13-3 at #3 doubles, which includes a 2-2 ACC record. Overall, Tuchband
is 20-10 in doubles action in 1999-2000. In September, Tuchband was the
Wolfpack Invitational Flight B Doubles Champion along with Weaver and the
runner-up in Flight C Singles of the same tournament.
Weaver, a tri-captain, has had an equally impressive 1999-2000 campaign.
She has posted a 23-13 singles record for a .639 winning percentage. At #6
singles, Weaver is 12-9 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. With 23 singles wins,
Weaver is just two wins shy of her collegiate high of 25 in the 1998-99
season. In addition to teaming with Tuchband to win the Wolfpack
Invitational Flight B Doubles title in the fall, Weaver was the Flight C
Singles Champion at the Brown Invitational in October.
Virginia, 13-9 overall and 3-5 in the ACC, is currently tied for 53rd in
the nation in the WingspanBank.com rankings released Wednesday, April 19.
The Cavaliers are the sixth seed for the ACCs and will play third-seeded
and 26th-ranked Clemson on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. in the
quarterfinals. The ACC Championship is being held April 20-23 at the
Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga.