CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's tennis team begins its 2011 fall season this weekend as it hosts the UVa Fall Invitational at the Snyder Tennis Center. The tournament runs Friday-Sunday with play beginning each day at 9 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free.
This year's field includes players from nine schools. Joining the Cavaliers are Marshall, NC State, Old Dominion, UNC Greensboro, VCU, Wake Forest, William & Mary and Winthrop.
The tournament features six ranked singles players and four ranked doubles teams. The "A" singles draw is highlighted by three ranked Cavaliers, No. 18 Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.), No. 74 Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) and No. 5 newcomer Li Xi (Kunming, China). The "A" doubles draw has two top-10 teams, seventh-ranked Kathyrn Talbert and Kayla Duncan of Wake Forest and the ninth-ranked team of Hardenbergh and Vierra.
Eight of the 10 players on Virginia's roster will compete in the event. The other two, Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton. Fla.), will compete this weekend at the Duke Fab-4 Invitational in Cary, N.C.
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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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