No. 14 Virginia opened the 2014 ITA National Women's Tennis Indoor Team Championships with a 4-2 loss against No. 2 Florida Friday at Boar's Head Sports Club.
The Gators claimed the doubles point and three singles matches to improve to 5-0. Sophomores Julia Elbaba and Maci Epstein earned singles wins for the Cavaliers, who suffered their first loss of the season.
Florida earned the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. Virginia sophomores Stephanie Nauta and Epstein won 6-3 at No. 3. Senior Li Xi and sophomore Danielle Collins lost 6-3 at No. 2 and the No. 8 team of Elbaba and Rachel Pierson fell at No. 1.
No. 11 Elbaba quickly tied it at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles. No. 28 Collins lost 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 at No. 2 but Epstein tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5.
The Gators took a 3-2 lead with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 43 Pierson at No. 3 before clinching the win with a 7-6, 6-2 decision over Marie Faure at No. 6 singles.