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No. 11 women’s tennis competes in ITA National Team Indoor Championships

The Cavaliers fall to No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 Pepperdine, but knock off No. 14 Arizona State

<p>No. 21 Natasha Subhash had three hard-fought matches at the No. 1 spot for Virginia but was only able to secure one win.&nbsp;</p>

No. 21 Natasha Subhash had three hard-fought matches at the No. 1 spot for Virginia but was only able to secure one win. 

Following its first ACC victory of the season against Boston College, No. 11 Virginia traveled to Chicago for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, facing No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Pepperdine and No. 14 Arizona State in the team’s first appearance there since 2016.

The Cavaliers (6-2, 1-0 ACC) began the tournament Friday in a hard-fought defeat against the Bulldogs (5-2, 0-0 SEC). Virginia started the match well, picking up the doubles point with ease. Juniors Vivian Glozman and Rosie Johanson won 6-1, while sophomore Sofia Munera and freshman Natasha Subhash triumphed 6-2.

On the singles side, however, the Cavaliers could not keep up with the Bulldogs. Senior Chloe Gullickson and No. 87 Munera both lost in straight sets to begin the match. No. 55 Johanson won in three sets to tie the match at 2-2, but No. 21 Subhash and No. 78 sophomore Amber O’Dell were both defeated in three hard-fought sets to give Georgia a 4-2 victory.

Saturday, Virginia was back in action, facing off against No. 6 Pepperdine. On the doubles side, the Cavaliers were once again dominant, winning all three matches over the Waves (3-2, 0-0 WCC). However, this momentum did not carry over to the singles side. O’Dell, Glozman and Subhash all fell, giving Pepperdine a 3-1 lead. Although Gullickson won in the sixth singles spot, Munera fell in two sets. Virginia once again lost 4-2. 

The Cavaliers rounded out the weekend against No. 14 Arizona State, facing the Sun Devils (6-2, 0-0 Pac-12) in the consolation round. For the third time in as many matches this weekend, they grabbed the doubles point. Gullickson and O’Dell won the decisive third match 7-5.

At the first singles spot, Subhash won her singles match in straight sets. Both Gullickson and Johanson fell, tying the match 2-2. O’Dell and Glozman both played in gritty three-set matches, with O’Dell prevailing and Glozman losing. In the deciding and final set, Munera’s three-set victory handed the Cavaliers their first win of the weekend.

Virginia will be back in action in Charlottesville against No. 10 Michigan Saturday at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville. Matches are set to start at 11 a.m.