Virginia gets comfortable win vs. GT
UVa's seven conference wins this season a new school record
ATLANTA – No. 17 Virginia concluded its regular season with a 6-1 win at No. 13 Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (18-6, 7-4) tied the school record for wins in a season and set a new school record with their seventh conference victory. The Yellow Jackets conclude their regular season at 12-9 overall and 5-6 in the ACC.
"This was an extremely impressive performance by this team - clearly our very best effort from top to bottom all year,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “And credit to Georgia Tech. It would not have been such a great match if both teams weren't competing so hard at all spots. They battled us for every point on every court. It was exactly what teams need at this time of the season - such a high competitive level that it truly takes on an excitement that goes beyond the winning and losing. I know our team believed and wanted to win. It is a great step for this team and for each of these players."
Virginia took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. At No. 3, Maria Fuccillo and Caryssa Peretz defeated Viet Ha Ngo and Sasha Krupina, 8-5. Emily Fraser and Hana Tomljanovic clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with their 8-5 win at No. 2 against Elizabeth Kilborn and Lynn Blau. The Yellow Jackets followed with a win at No. 1, where Jillian O’Neill and Caroline Lilley edged Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra, 9-7.
In singles, the Cavaliers doubled their lead when Fuccillo topped Kilborn 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 6 position. Georgia Tech got on the board with Lilley’s 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 2 versus Fraser, but Tomljanovic followed with a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 against Blau to give the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead. Hardenbergh clinched the victory with her 7-6, 7-6 win at the top spot versus O’Neill. Peretz added a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 against Krupina and Vierra downed Ngo 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 3 to make the final score 6-1.
Virginia ties the school record for wins in a season with 18, set in 1993 (18-8). With seven ACC wins, the Cavaliers set a new school record for conference wins, breaking the mark of six set in 2006 and 2007. The win also marked Virginia’s second-ever top-15 road win, recording the first one a day earlier with the 4-3 win at No. 12 Clemson.
“What a well earned victory by this team,” Guilbeau said. “They deserve to enjoy the moment and feel great about the approach they have been taking to make these achievements happen.”
Guilbeau hopes that his team can ride this wave of momentum into next week's ACC Tournament.
"We are excited to head into the ACC Tournament and produce the same type of intensity and high level tennis as we did this weekend,” Guilbeau said.