No. 10 Women’s tennis defeats No. 21 South Carolina, 5-2

Strong doubles performances pace Cavaliers to victory

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The Virginia women’s tennis team topped South Carolina by a 5-2 final score Friday afternoon at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, bouncing back from a short-handed loss to No. 6 Baylor Jan. 24 in Waco, Texas.

The No. 10 Cavaliers (3-1) raced out to a 3-0 lead before holding off a late rally by the No. 21 Gamecocks (4-1) when UCLA-transfer junior Skylar Morton claimed a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win against No. 99 senior Meghan Blevins at No. 4 singles.

Virginia captured the doubles point with 6-2 wins from its top two pairings. No. 11 Morton and freshman Cassie Mercer downed No. 33 Blevins and sophomore Brigit Folland to get the Cavaliers started.

No. 22 juniors Julia Elbaba and Stephanie Nauta then defeated senior Elixane Lechemia and freshman Hadley Berg on court one to give Virginia the point.

No. 16 Nauta rolled past Folland 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles to put the Cavaliers up 2-0, and Epstein kept the ball rolling with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Berg on court five.

South Carolina answered with wins at No. 6 and No. 2 singles, where junior Ximena Siles Luna topped Mercer 6-1, 6-4 and sophomore Caroline Daily edged No. 42 junior Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-6(4), respectively.

Morton then squashed the Gamecock comeback before No. 1 junior Julia Elbaba posted a 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 win at No. 1 singles.

Virginia hosts No. 9 Georgia Monday at the Boar’s Head. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.

—compiled by Matthew Morris

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