FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Ninth-ranked Virginia improved to 2-0 in 2012 by rallying for a 4-3 win against No. 21 Texas on Sunday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Cavaliers erased a 3-0 deficit to win the final four matches on the courts to defeat the Longhorns (1-1), who had upset No. 4 North Carolina 4-3 a day earlier.
The doubles point came down to the match at No. 2 after Lina Padegimaite and Noel Scott won at No. 1 for Texas and Lindsey Hardenbergh and Maria Fuccillo won at No. 3 for Virginia. In the deciding match Aeriel Ellis and Cierra Gaytan-Leach edged Hana Tomljanovic and Erin Vierra 9-8 (2) to clinch the opening point for Texas.
The Longhorns extended their lead to 3-0 by winning the first two singles matches off the court with straight-set wins by Damico at No. 3 and Elizabeth Begley at No. 6.
Three straight-set victories by Virginia drew the Cavaliers level at 3-3 as Emily Fraser topped Ellis at No. 1, Hardenbergh downed Scott at No. 2 and Tomljanovic defeated Gaytan-Ellis at No. 4.
In the final match on the courts, Vierra rallied from losing the first set for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win against Padegimaite to give Virginia its second 4-3 win of the season. The Cavaliers defeated No. 18 Tennessee in their season opener on Saturday.
“What a well deserved win,” Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau said. “I am so proud of this team. Despite a tough doubles point and a 3-0 deficit overall, the team did not flinch. The focus was incredible and the players stayed on task – one point, one shot at a time. The entire group showed a winning spirit throughout and that made all the difference. Texas deserves a lot of credit. It was a great match by both teams. We are fired up and ready to keep improving as well.”