No. 64 Tech falls to No. 50 UVa, 4-3
Hokies win three singles matches in ACC opener
February 10, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 64 Virginia Tech women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 50 Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Sunday afternoon at Burrows- Burleson Tennis Center. The Hokies fell to 5-2 on the season with their second consecutive loss and are now 0-1 in conference dual match action.

Freshman Yasmin Hamza (Cairo, Egypt) took the first set against Jenny Stevens, 6-4, in No. 2 singles then held on for a 7-6 win in the second set to earn a point for the Hokies in the dual match. The victory evened Hamza's record to 3-3 overall this season, including a 3-1 mark in the second slot.

A pair matches needed a third set to determine a winner, and the Hokies came away with victories in both.

Holly Johnson dominated the first set in the No. 6 match against Hampton Williams, 6-0, then

dropped the second, 6-3. The freshman from Tallahassee, Fla, went on to take the third set, 1-0 (3), and move to 12-6 overall.

Jessica Long (Sr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) dropped the first set in the No. 3 doubles match, 7-5, to Lindsey Periera, then battled back for a 6-1 win in the second set. Long completed the comeback with a win in the third set (1-0 (8)) and is now 11-4 this season.

Inga Beerman (Jr., Bad Salzuflen, Germany) lost a heart-breaking decision in the first set and went on to drop the second set of her No. 1 singles match against Amanda Rales by a score of 7-5, 6-3, and is now 16-4 overall this season. Jessica Brouwer (Jr., Maarssen, Netherlands) loss to Maggie Yahner in the No. 4 match, 6-4, 6-0, and stands 7-10 this season. Abbey Walker (Jr., Lancaster, S.C.) fell to 7-13 on the year with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Lara Alexander in the No. 5 match.

The Cavaliers swept the doubles point by identical 8-4 scores in the Nos. 1 and 3 matches, then won by an 8-2 count in the No. 2 match. Beerman and Larson suffered their first loss of the dual season to Rales and Alexander at No. 2, and are now 6-2 overall. Johnson and Long dropped to 4-2, while Brouwer and Hamza fell to 4-3 in doubles action.

The Hokies will play their sixth consecutive home dual match against Davidson at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Tech will conclude its seven-match homestand at 3:30 p.m. on the same day against UNC Greensboro.

1. Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Inga Beerman (VT), 7-5, 6-3
2. Yasmin Hamza (VT) def. Jenny Stevens (UVa), 6-4, 7-6
3. Jessica Long (VT) def. Lindsey Periera (UVa), 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (8)
4. Maggie Yahner (UVa) def. Jessica Brouwer (VT), 6-4, 6-0
5. Lara Alexander (UVa) def. Abbey Walker (VT), 6-2, 6-3
6. Holly Johnson (VT) def. Hampton Williams (UVa) 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (3)
Finishing Order: 4,1,2,5*,6,3

1. Rales/Alexander (UVa) def. Brouwer/Hamza (VT), 8-4
2. Yahner/Periera (UVa) def. Beerman/Lason (VT), 8-2
3. Stevens/Williams (UVa) def. Long/Johnson (VT), 8-4
Finishing Order: 2,3*,1

* clinching match