The Virginia women's tennis team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Cavaliers advanced with a 4-1 win over Baylor Thursday afternoon in the Round of 16 in Athens, Georgia. UVa had lost its other two previous matches in the Round of 16 the past two years.
UVa will face Stanford at 12 p.m. Saturday in the national quarterfinals. The Cardinal advanced with a 4-3 upset of California on Thursday.
Rain in Georgia delayed the start of Thursday's match with Baylor, and forced play indoors. Once play began, UVa captured the doubles point thanks to wins by Danielle Collins and Maci Epstein (8-4) and Stephanie Nauta and Li Xi (8-5).
No. 1 singles player Julia Elbaba made quick work of Baylor's Kiah Generette, winning 6-0, 6-1 to give UVa a 2-0 lead. The Bears' Blair Shankle held off UVa's Rachel Pierson for a, 0-6, 6-7 win at No. 4 to get Baylor on the board. But Nauta at No. 3 (6-4, 7-5) and Collins at No. 2 (6-4, 6-3) finished up straight-set wins to secure the win for UVa.
Thursday's win is the latest historic milestone for the UVa program this spring. The Cavaliers won the team's first-ever ACC Tournament title last month, and followed that with a program-best No. 3 seed in this year's NCAA Tournament.
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