February 9, 2013
Tech falls to No. 53 William & Mary
Hokies now 4-1
(53) William & Mary 4
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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team fell to No. 53 William & Mary 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

Tech won the first point of the day in dramatic fashion. Carol Kahoun and Raluca Mita got the Hokies on the board quickly with an 8-2 victory over Hope Johnson and Leeza Nemchinov at No. 3.

Third-ranked Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans evened the doubles matches at one as they defeated Ilinca Stoica 8-5 at No. 1.

The Hokies won the doubles point with a tie-break victory at No. 3. Emily Lauten and Isel Martinez-Marcos defeated Anik Cepeda and Sydney Smith 8-7 (5) and propelled the Hokies in to singles play with a 1-0 lead.

Tea Ivanovic quickly extended the Tech lead with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sydney Smith at No. 6.

William & Mary countered with Leeza Nemchinov’s win over Isel Martinez-Marcos at No. 2, 6-4, 6-1.

The Tech lead stayed at one as Kelly Williford defeated Hope Johnson 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4, but Raluca Mita fell to Leeza Nemchinov 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3.

The Tribe tied the match 3-3 as Maria Belaya fended off Ilinca Stoica to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 1. Anik Cepeda clinched the come-from-behind victory for William & Mary with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Carol Kaoun at No. 5.

The Hokies are back in action Sunday with a double-header. Tech takes on UMBC at 9:30 a.m. and Liberty at 5 p.m.


No. 1 #3 Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans (W&M) def. Ilinca Stoica/Kelly Williford (VT) 8-5

No. 2 Carol Kahoun/Raluca Mita (VT) def. Hope Johnson/Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) 8-2

No. 3 Emily Lauten/Isel Martinez-Marcos (VT) def. Anik Cepeda/Sydney Smith (W&M) 8-7 (5)

Order of finish:2,1,3*


No. 1 Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Ilinca Stoica (VT) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

No. 2 Jeltje Loomans (W&M) def. Isel Martinez-Marcos (VT) 6-4, 6-1

No. 3 Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) def. Raluca Mita (VT) 6-2, 6-4

No. 4 Kelly Williford (VT) def. Hope Johnson (W&M) 6-3, 6-4

No. 5 Anik Cepeda (W&M) def. Carol Kahoun (VT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

No. 6 Tea Ivanovic (VT) def. Sydney Smith (W&M) 6-0, 6-1

Order of finish:6,2,4,3,1,5*

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