Cavalier Women Sweep Virginia Tech in Blacksburg

The No. 3 Virginia women’s tennis team earned a 7-0 victory at Virginia Tech Saturday. The 'Hoos improved to 13-4 and 7-1 in the ACC.

The victory marked the Cavaliers’ second-straight 7-0 win against an ACC opponent. Virginia also went 6-0 in singles and won the doubles point last Sunday against Pitt.

Virginia opened the day by winning the doubles point with sophomore Stephanie Nauta and senior Li Xi cruising to an 8-0 victory on the second court followed by an 8-4 victory on the third court by sophomore Danielle Collins and sophomore Maci Epstein.

In singles, Nauta and Xi earned 6-1, 6-1 victories on courts three and six, respectively. Freshman Rachel Pierson clinched UVa’s victory with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sansitha Nandakumar at No. 4. Sophomore Julia Elbaba earned a victory on court one after her opponent retired while trailing 6-3, 4-1. Collins earned a 7-6, 6-1 victory on court two and Epstein won 7-5, 6-4 to finish off the sweep.

The Cavaliers will be home next weekend, hosting back-to-back ACC matches at Snyder Tennis Center. On Saturday, April 5, the Cavaliers host Georgia Tech at 12 p.m. followed by a Sunday, April 6 match against Clemson.

#3 Virginia 7, Virginia Tech 0
Doubles
No. 1 Ilinca Stoica/Kelly Williford (VT) vs. #9 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (UVa) 3-6, uf
No. 2 Stephanie Nauta/Li Xi (UVa) def. Carol Kahoun/Raluca Mita (VT) 8-0
No. 3 Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein (UVa) def. Tea Ivanovic/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 8-4
Singles
No. 1 #3 Julia Elbaba (UVa) def. Ilinca Stoica (VT) 6-3, 4-1, ret.
No. 2 #33 Danielle Collins (UVa) def. Kelly Williford (VT) 7-6 (3), 6-1
No. 3 #45 Stephanie Nauta (UVa) def. Raluca Mita (VT) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 #50 Rachel Pierson (UVa) def. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Maci Epstein (UVa) def. Carol Kahoun (VT) 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 Li Xi (UVa) def. Tea Ivanovic (VT) 6-1, 6-1


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