The Virginia women’s tennis team opened the NCAA Tournament by blanking Youngstown State 4-0 on Friday at Snyder Tennis Center.
The No. 3-seeded Cavaliers improved to 22-5 and will play Kentucky on Saturday in the second round, with the winner advancing to the NCAA round of 16 next week in Athens, Ga. The Wildcats posted a 4-2 win over Columbia on Friday.
The Cavaliers' win over Youngstown state marked the 300th career victory for Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau.
“It’s become a very business-like team and at the same time having a lot of fun," Guilbeau said. "We’ve talked about having a purpose in practice and they’ve done that to the highest level. They’ve done a great job of valuing every match and we’re getting to the point now where pretty much every point these kids are playing, they’re giving one hundred percent."
The 'Hoos claimed the doubles and point and received singles wins from Caryssa Peretz, Rachel Pierson, and Stephanie Nauta.
The Cavaliers captured the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. No. 7 Julia Elbaba and Pierson blanked Annina Brendel and Nehel Sahni 8-0 on court one. The Cavaliers clinched the point as Danielle Collins and Maci Epstein beat Marta Burak and Dominika Lackova 8-3 on court three.
Peretz gave Virginia a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Carolyn Jesko on court six. No. 76 Pierson beat Brendel 6-0, 6-1 on court four and No. 53 Nauta clinched the win for the second straight match with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lackova on court three.
First serve for the Virginia-Kentucky match is set for 3 p.m.