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Women's tennis crushes Ole Miss, falls to Memphis

The Virginia women’s tennis team partially recovered from a shaky start to the season by dominating Ole Miss 6-1 Saturday. The Cavaliers were unable to carry this momentum into Sunday, though, and fell to Memphis 5-2.

Virginia (2-4, 0-0 ACC) was bracing for a stiff challenge from Ole Miss (2-4, 0-0 SEC), especially with the stellar season of the Rebels’ junior leader Caroline Rohde-Moe. The Cavaliers, however, were prepared for everything the plucky underdog Ole Miss could throw at them. Led by the No. 5 tandem of freshman Maci Epstein and senior Erin Vierra, the Cavaliers swept the doubles point. Virginia proved equally strong in singles play, only dropping one match in six. The most anticipated matchup of the contest featured No. 11 Virginia freshman Julia Elbaba outlasting Rohde-Moe 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.

By 11 a.m. Sunday, the squad had already driven from Oxford, Miss. to Memphis and taken the court again to face the Tigers (6-2, 0-0 C-USA). The Cavaliers led briefly 2-1 before Memphis snatched four consecutive singles victories. The Tigers closed out the match with sophomore Alyssa Hibberd’s 6-1, 6-2 win against Virginia junior Caryssa Peretz.

Virginia has two weeks off until it begins ACC competition against Maryland Mar. 9 in College Park.

—compiled by Ryan Taylor

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