"We are very happy to advance," said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. "I was pleased with our team's performance today. We had a little bit of adversity to overcome as a few of them were feeling a little under the weather. Because of that we had some players step up and they did great. Fairleigh Dickinson didn't make any of that easy. The scoreboard isn't indicative of how well they played. When your opponent is playing well and you aren't giving up many games, that is a good sign."
The Cavaliers opened the match by taking the doubles point. At the No. 2 position, Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) downed Julia Prnatl and Egzona Morina 8-2 to give Virginia an early advantage. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) reunited with Li Xi (Kunming, China) at No. 1 doubles and their 8-3 victory over Anna Rapoport and Irina Dementyeva clinched the opening point.
In singles, Virginia quickly doubled their lead as Molly O'Koniewski (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 over Manu Leme. Vierra followed with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 4 over Dementyeva to extend the lead to 3-0. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) closed out the Cavalier win by completing a 6-1, 6-2 win over Elmine Botes at the No. 2 position. Virginia led in all three matches that were abandoned.
The Cavaliers will look to advance to the round of 16 for the second consecutive year as they meet No. 23 Tennessee (15-12) on Saturday. That match is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Lady Vols advanced to the second round with a 4-0 win over VCU in Friday's other first round match in Charlottesville.
Virginia and Tennessee met in this year's season opener, a 4-3 Cavalier victory on Jan. 21 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
"It is going to be a battle," said Guilbeau. "You have two teams that are legitimately top-10 teams, even though the rankings don't show that right now. We both showed that early in the season before we both had some injury issues to overcome. Those things build character and I think both of us are playing well now, so it will make for a great match."
#14 VIRGINIA 4, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 0
1. #31 Fraser/Xi (UVa) def. Rapoport/Dementyeva (FDU) 8-3
2. #43 Tomljanovic/Vierra (UVa) def. Prantl/Morina (FDU) 8-2
3. Fuccillo/O'Koniewski (UVa) led Botes/Leme (FDU) 5-2 DNF
1. #22 Emily Fraser (UVa) led Anna Rapaport (FDU) 6-1, 5-2 DNF
2. #43 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) def. Elmine Botes (FDU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #118 Li Xi (UVa) led Julia Prantl (FDU) 6-1, 5-2 DNF
4. Erin Vierra (UVa) def. Irina Dementyeva (FDU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Maria Fuccillo (UVa) led Egzona Morina (FDU) 6-4, 3-2 DNF
6. Molly O'Koniewski (UVa) def. Manu Leme (FDU) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish:
Power Surge Contributing to Cavaliers' SuccessBaseball5/21/16Timely home runs helped No. 8 Virginia win the first two games of its series with ACC rival Virginia Tech at Davenport Field.Versatile Doherty Delivers AgainBaseball5/20/16On a night when starter Connor Jones struggled, Kevin Doherty pitched four innings of scoreless relief in No. 8 Virginia win over Virginia Tech at Davenport Field.Long Thriving in New SurroundingsWomen's Rowing5/19/16Virginia rower Heidi Long, who's from England, was named the ACC freshman of the year last week.
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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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