CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia posted the biggest win in school history on Friday, upsetting third-ranked Baylor 4-3 in the first round of the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers, the lowest-ranked team in the field at No. 23, will meet sixth-ranked Duke in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Virginia (7-0) came out strong and dominated doubles play to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Maria Fuccillo and Rashmi Teletumbde topped Abby Stainback and Karolina Filipiak 8-2 at No. 3 to give UVa the lead. Emily Fraser and Hana Tomljanovic clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with their win at No. 1, defeating Sonia Novakova and Diana Nakic 8-1. In the match that was halted, Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra led 6-2 at the No. 2 spot.
In singles, the Cavaliers extended their lead to 3-0 with a pair of straight-set victories. Caryssa Peretz defeated Taylor Ormand 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 6 position and Tomljanovic posted a 6-2, 6-3 win against Nadina Secerbegovic at No. 3. The Bears (3-1) rallied as Jelena Stanivuk won in straight sets at No. 4 against Vierra and Filipiak and Novakova won in three sets at No. 5 and No. 1, respectively, to tie the match.
With the score knotted at 3-3, the dual match came down to the contest at No. 2 singles.
Hardenbergh had led 6-3, 5-1, but Nakic rallied to win six consecutive games to force a third set. Nakic led 5-1 in the final set and had two match points at 5-2, but Hardenbergh rallied and took a 6-5 lead. Hardenbergh had three match points in the 6-5 game, but Nakic saved them and forced a decisive tiebreaker.
In the tiebreaker, Nakic had three match points as she took a 6-3 lead. After Hardenbergh saved the first of those three match points, Nakic double-faulted to make the score 6-5 in the breaker. On the next point Hardenbergh hit a shot down the line that Nakic called out, thinking she had clinched the match for Baylor. However, the call was overruled and since it was Nakic’s fourth overrule of the match, the game penalty gave Hardenbergh the tiebreaker and the victory.
At 7-0, the Cavaliers continue their best start in school history. The victory against the third-ranked Bears marks the highest-ranked opponent Virginia has ever beaten. The previous best was a 4-3 win against No. 6 Miami in 2006.
The ITA National Team Indoor Championships continue Saturday and run through Monday at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. Admission is free. Match times are 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Virginia vs. Duke), 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.