April 15, 2012
The No. 15 Virginia women's tennis team concluded its regular season with a 4-3 win at Florida State on Sunday. Caryssa Peretz rallied from down a break in the third set of the decisive singles match to give the Cavaliers (16-6, 7-4 ACC) their seventh ACC win of the season, tying the school record.
Florida State took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The Cavaliers had an early edge as Lindsey Hardenbergh and Emily Fraser topped Mia Vriens and Leyla Erken 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. The Seminoles drew even as Carolina De Los Santos and Francesca Segarelli downed Li Xi and Peretz 8-6 at the No. 3 spot. The match at No. 1 determined the opening point, with Ruth Seaborne and Amy Sargeant defeating Hana Tomljanovic and Erin Vierra 8-6 to give Florida State a 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles doubled their lead early in singles play as Sargeant downed Molly O’Koniewski, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6. The Cavaliers rallied to tie the match at 2-2 with wins at the top two spots. Fraser defeated Seaborne 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 and Hardenbergh topped Erkan 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.
Florida State retook the lead as Segarelli posted a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Vierra. Tomljanovic brought Virginia back even at 3-3 as she completed a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 3 over Vriens. The match came down to the contest at No. 5, where Peretz rallied from losing a first set tiebreaker to De Los Santos to force a decisive third set. In the final set, De Los Santos led 4-2 before Peretz won the final four games to seal a 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4 win that gave the Cavaliers the 4-3 victory.
Virginia’s seven ACC wins this season tie the school record, set last season when the Cavaliers also finished league play with a 7-4 record.
The Cavaliers will travel to Cary, N.C. for next week’s ACC Tournament. The tournament will run from April 19-22 at the Cary Tennis Center.