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Clemson snaps women's tennis' win streak

No. 17 Cavaliers beat No. 19 Georgia Tech, fall to No. 14 Tigers to end six-game run

The No. 17 Virginia women’s tennis team stretched its winning streak to six matches Saturday against No. 19 Georgia Tech in Atlanta before falling to No. 14 Clemson Sunday in South Carolina.

The Yellow Jackets (11-8, 5-4 ACC) kept things close against the Cavaliers (14-8, 7-2 ACC) but ultimately fell in a 4-3 nail-biter. Virginia continued its strong doubles play, clinching the point when the No. 88 pair of freshman Julia Elbaba and senior Hana Tomljanovic won 8-5 at the No. 2 position.

Georgia Tech quickly rallied to take a 2-1 lead after Cavalier senior Erin Vierra and freshman Stephanie Nauta dropped their singles matches at No. 5 and No. 2, respectively.

Virginia recovered to take a 3-2 lead by winning the next two matches, yet did not clinch the victory until the last match was decided. No. 11 Elbaba outlasted No. 80 senior Elizabeth Kilborn 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to secure the narrow Cavalier victory.

Virginia continued its road swing Sunday against Clemson (12-6, 7-2 ACC), but was unable to extend its winning streak, losing 4-3. The Cavaliers again earned the doubles point by securing two of three matches in the competition, with the veteran duo of junior Li Xi and senior Maria Fuccillo locking up the doubles point with an 8-5 triumph at No. 3.

In singles, Clemson took the first three points before Tomljanovic stopped the bleeding with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4. The Tigers did not cede momentum though as No. 24 freshman Liz Jeukeng halted the Cavaliers’ win streak at six with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Nauta.

The Cavaliers will look to close the season strong in their final two matches when they host No. 30 Florida State Saturday and No. 10 Miami the following day.


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