Sept. 27, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's tennis team begins pre-qualifying in singles and doubles at the 2013 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Saturday (Sept. 28) at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Competing in pre-qualifying singles for Virginia will be seniors Li Xi (Kunming, China) and Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.), sophomore Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) and freshmen Rachel Pierson (Princeton, N.J.) and Marie Faure (Toulouse, France). Peretz and Faure will also compete in the pre-qualifying doubles draw.
Pre-qualifying features a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw. A total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play.
Qualifying singles and doubles action is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 30. Sophomores Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) will compete in the qualifying singles draw, while sophomore Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and freshman Rachel Pierson (Princeton, N.J.) and Collins and Epstein will start in the qualifying doubles draw.
The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Just as with pre-qualifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.
Main draw action is set to start Thursday, Oct. 3. Elbaba, who finished runner-up to Florida's Lauren Embree at last year's singles event, is one of 24 players in the main draw. Xi and Nauta will compete in the doubles main draw.
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, NY.
Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, for updates and news from Pacific Palisades or search for the hashtag #RivieraITA to find other tweets from those tweeting the events from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. Fans can also visit www.ITATennis.com for more information.
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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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