BLACKSBURG, Va. — The No. 58 Virginia Tech women’s tennis team fell to the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
Virginia (13-4, 7-1 ACC) tallied the first point of the day with the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles wins. Stephanie Nauta and Li Xi defeated the Hokie pair of Carol Kahoun and Raluca Mita 8-0 at No. 2. Danielle Collins and Maci Epstein clinched the point for the Cavaliers with an 8-4 win over Tech’s Tea Ivanovic and Sansitha Nandakumar at No. 3.
The Cavaliers topped the Hokies (10-8, 3-6 ACC) on courts three, four and six to clinch the team victory after winning the doubles point. Nauta, ranked No. 45, took a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Mita in the No. 3 slot, and Xi quickly followed suit with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ivanovic at No. 6. Virginia secured the team win with 50th-ranked Rachel Pierson’s 6-1, 6-2 win over Nandakumar at No. 4.
With the match decided, Ilinca Stoica retired at No. 1, and third-ranked Julia Elbaba was credited with the 6-3, 4-1 ret. victory. Maci Epstein added Virginia’s sixth point as she topped Kahoun 7-5, 6-4 at No. 5. Virginia rounded out the day with Collins take the No. 2 match 7-6 (3), 6-1 over Kelly Williford.
The Hokies return to action on Thurs., April 3 as they welcome Coastal Carolina to the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center for a 3 p.m. match.
No. 1 Ilinca Stoica/Kelly Williford (VT) vs. #9 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (UVa) 3-6, uf
No. 2 Stephanie Nauta/Li Xi (UVa) def. Carol Kahoun/Raluca Mita (VT) 8-0
No. 3 Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein (UVa) def. Tea Ivanovic/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 8-4
Order of finish: 2,3*
No. 1 #3 Julia Elbaba (UVa) def. Ilinca Stoica (VT) 6-3, 4-1, ret.
No. 2 #33 Danielle Collins (UVa) def. Kelly Williford (VT) 7-6 (3), 6-1
No. 3 #45 Stephanie Nauta (UVa) def. Raluca Mita (VT) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 #50 Rachel Pierson (UVa) def. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Maci Epstein (UVa) def. Carol Kahoun (VT) 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 Li Xi (UVa) def. Tea Ivanovic (VT) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,6,4*,1,5,2
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