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Vahaly first ACC player to make All-American final

Third-year tennis player Brian Vahaly lost yesterday to Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel 6-1, 6-3 in the finals of the 1999 Reebok/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's All-American Championships at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center at the University of Texas.

Despite the loss, Vahaly is the first ACC player to reach the All-American final. He was the sixth seed in the tournament and is now ranked ninth by the ITA. The third year beat five of the top 60 ranked players to reach his first collegiate grand slam final.

Field hockey falls to North Carolina

The No. 4 North Carolina field hockey team knocked off No. 9 Virginia 2-0 Sunday. After a scoreless first half, the teams battled for most of the second half before the Tar Heels were awarded a penalty corner with just over 12 minutes to play. Kristen McCann tipped in Jana Toepel's shot to put the Heels up 1-0.

With 3:53 to play, Virginia's Carrie Goodloe was assessed a yellow card, putting the Cavs down a player for the remainder of the game. On the restart, North Carolina's Holly Huff knocked the ball in the goal with 3:40 to play to give the Heels the insurance goal.

No. 15 Clemson knocks off Cavs

Clemson's senior outside hitter tallied a match-high 17 kills and 16 digs to lead the No. 15 Clemson volleyball team to a 3-0 (15-5, 15-6, 15-13) victory over Virginia Saturday at University Hall. With the loss the Cavs fell to 12-6 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, while Clemson improved to 18-1 overall and 7-1 in the Conference.

Third-year outside hitter Katie Jones led Virginia with 15 kills, while fourth-year outside hitter Whitney Bilger added 13 kills and 16 digs. Fourth-year setter Mary Frances Scott recorded a team-high 47 assists and added 12 digs, while 1998 First Team All-ACC selection Jessica Parsons contributed a team-high 17 digs, nine kills and three block assists.

Virginia returns to action tomorrow, when it hosts Wake Forest in a crucial ACC match at 7:30 p.m. in U-Hall.

Cross country places at ECAC Championships

Virginia's Jennifer Owens finished second in the ECAC Championships Friday at Van Courtlandt Park in New York City, helping pace the Cavaliers to a third-place finish; This is the first meet in 1999 that Owens has not won. She was joined in the top 10 by Sarah Folse and Dana Coons, who finished ninth and tenth respectively.

On the men's side, Bobby Thiele finished 11th, while the team finished seventh overall.

Women's tennis falls in finals

The Virginia women's tennis team fell to Princeton 5-4 in the finals of the 1999 ECAC Invitational Team Championship Sunday at the Lenz Tennis Center in Princeton, N.J.

The Cavaliers trailed 4-2 after singles play and needed to win all three doubles matches, but fell short as they were able to capture only the first two matches.

Princeton won the No. 1, 2, 3 and 6 singles matches. The Cavaliers won the No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches, however.

Virginia rebounded to tie the match at 4-4 with doubles wins at No. 2 and No. 3. During the deciding No. 1 doubles match, however, Princeton's Amanda Hastings-Phillips and Gailor Large bested Virginia's Christie Schweer and Leslie Cook 8-5.