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No. 11 women’s tennis improves to 5-0 record, best start since 2012

The Cavaliers beat Richmond and Boston College over the weekend

Looking to continue its hot start to the season, No. 11 Virginia faced Richmond Thursday in Charlottesville and then traveled to Boston College Sunday.

The Cavaliers (5-0, 1-0 ACC) began the week by playing a struggling Richmond team (1-4, 1-0 Atlantic 10) that lost its last three matches. Virginia started strong by winning all three doubles matches and claiming the doubles point. Senior Chloe Gullickson and sophomore Amber O’Dell won 6-1, as did juniors Vivian Glozman and Rosie Johanson. Sophomore Sofia Munera and freshman Natasha Subhash also won in straight sets 6-2.

On the singles side, No. 30 Subhash kept the momentum going with a 6-0, 6-0 beatdown of junior Emily Dunbar in the first singles match. Gullickson won handly as well ­— 6-1, 6-1. No. 35 Johanson secured the match for Virginia, prevailing in straight sets against senior Dessi Zlateva at the second singles match.

The remaining three singles matches all went the Cavaliers’ way. No. 78 Munera, Glozman and O’Dell all won in straight sets to give Virginia a 7-0 victory.

Three days later, the Cavaliers ventured north to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face then-undefeated Boston College (7-1, 0-1 ACC) in the two teams’ first ACC match of the season.

Virginia once again secured the doubles point, winning two of three doubles matches. On the singles side, O’Dell began by losing in straight sets at No. 3 singles. The Cavaliers responded with a victory of their own after Johnson came back to win after losing her first set. However, Subhash fell to junior Yufei Long in a third set tiebreak, tying the match 2-2.

Virginia rallied, picking up the final three singles matches — Munera, Glozman and Gullickson all won handily — and giving the Cavaliers a decisive 5-2 victory.

With the two wins over the weekend, Virginia improves to a 5-0 record — the Cavaliers’ best start since 2012. 

Virginia next travels to Chicago to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next weekend.