Women's tennis splits weekend conference matches

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The No. 8 Virginia women’s tennis team opened this past weekend with a 4-3 win over No. 15 Clemson, but the Cavaliers followed up with their first ACC loss of the season in Sunday’s match against No. 24 Duke.

In the Clemson match, the Tigers’ (10-6, 5-2 ACC) top-ranked doubles pair of Beatrice Gumulya and Jessie Rompies defeated juniors Danielle Collins and Stephanie Nauta 8-2 on court one. Virginia (12-3, 5-1 ACC), however, was still able to jump to an early lead by securing the doubles point with wins on courts two and three.

In singles, Clemson won three straight matches to move to a 3-1 lead with three matches remaining. With the Tigers only needing one more win to clinch the match, the Cavaliers rallied to win three straight matches. Junior Skylar Morton, freshman Cassie Mercer and Collins all posted singles victories to pull past Clemson 4-3.

Against Duke (11-5, 6-0 ACC), Virginia once again secured the doubles point with 8-5 wins on both courts two and three. In singles, No. 25 Nauta dropped 6-2, 6-1 on court three while junior Maci Epstein posted a 6-3, 3-1 win by retirement on court five to make the score 3-1.

The Cavaliers would not win again after Epstein’s victory. Virginia lost three straight matches allowing the Blue Devils to clinch the match. Top-ranked junior Julia Elbaba would add a three-set victory on court one to make the final score 4-3.

Virginia will return to action this Friday, March 27 against No. 14 Miami. The first serve is set for 4 p.m at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville.

—compiled by Daniel Fisher

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