April 10, 2016
No. 30 Tech drops 6-1 decision to No. 15 UVA
Raluca Mita tallies singles victory on Senior Day
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BLACKSBURG, Va- The 30th-ranked Virginia Tech women’s tennis team fell to in-state rival No. 15 UVA on Sunday in Blacksburg by a score of 6-1 in their last home match of the season. The Hokies are now 14-7 overall and 7-5 in the ACC with two regular season matches left to go.

Virginia (12-9, 7-5 ACC) claimed the first match of the afternoon in doubles play as the 20th-ranked duo of Danielle Collins and Meghan Kelley topped the Hokies’ Francesca Fusinato and Kelly Williford on court 1. Raluca Mita and Caroline Daxhelet evened things up with a 6-4 win over Stephanie Nauta and Cassie Mercer out of the 2 spot to set up a point-deciding contest on court 3. There, Erica Susi and Julia Elbaba outlasted Elena Cerezo-Codina and Sansitha Nandakumar 6-3 to give the Cavaliers the 1-0 advantage.

Mita recorded Tech’s only point of the afternoon with a quick take down of Susi on court 5, winning 6-0, 6-3 to even the score at 1. Over on court 1, No. 3 Collins was too much for No. 49 Fusinato, winning 6-0, 6-4 to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cavaliers. No. 93 Nauta and No. 125 Daxhelet were locked in a battle on court 3 before Nauta pulled out a third set victory (6-3, 2-6, 6-3) for Virginia’s third point. Shortly after, Williford suffered a similar fate on court 4, losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to Kelley to clinch the victory for the Hoos.

Play continued with another pair of tight three-set affairs, both of which ended in favor of Virginia. Cerezo-Codina fell to No. 17 Elbaba 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 on court 2 while Mercer defeated Katherine Butler on court 6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.

The Hokies will hit the road and visit Notre Dame and Syracuse next weekend for the final two regular season matches of the season before heading to Cary, North Carolina for the ACC Tournament the following week.

Singles competition

1. #3 Danielle Collins (VA) def. #49 Francesca Fusinato (VT) 6-0, 6-4

2. #17 Julia Elbaba (VA) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

3. #93 Stephanie Nauta (VA) def. #125 Caroline Daxhelet (VT) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

4. Meghan Kelley (VA) def. Kelly Williford (VT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

5. Raluca Mita (VT) def. Erica Susi (VA) 6-0, 6-3

6. Cassie Mercer (VA) def. Katherine Butler (VT) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (VA) def. Francesca Fusinato/Kelly Williford (VT) 6-1

2. Raluca Mita/Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Stephanie Nauta/Cassie Mercer (VA) 6-4

3. Erica Susi/Julia Elbaba (VA) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 6-3

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