UVa blanks Hokies in ACC opener
Cavaliers improve to 12-2 overall following dominating win
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia women’s tennis team opened its conference schedule with a 7-0 win against No. 68 Virginia Tech Sunday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improve to 12-2 overall (1-0 ACC), while the Hokies fall to 5-6 overall (1-2 ACC).
Virginia took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Maria Fuccillo and Rashmi Teltumbde gave UVa the early edge by downing Shannon Betts and Tea Ivanovic 8-1 at the No. 3 position. Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra clinched the opening point with an 8-4 win at No. 2 against Martha Blakely and Courtney Rauscher.
In singles, the Cavaliers won all six matches, five in straight sets. Emily Fraser cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Yasmin Hamza at the top spot to make the score 2-0. Hana Tomljanovic extended the advantage to 3-0 as she won 6-1, 6-2 against Ivanovic at No. 3. Caryssa Peretz clinched the victory when she completed a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Isel Martinez-Marcos at No. 6. Vierra posted a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Holly Johnson at No. 4 and Hardenbergh added a 6-2, 6-4 win over Blakely at No. 2. Fuccillo completed the shutout with her 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 against Betts.
“I was impressed with our team this weekend,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “It is always tricky when you play on the road one day and home the next, but we handled that well. We have played a lot of tennis over the first two months of the season and we have expended a lot, both physically and mentally. They deserve this upcoming break and we look to come back refreshed and ready for the rest of a challenging ACC schedule.”