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No. 14 women’s tennis dominates Virginia Commonwealth and picks up win against No. 18 South Carolina

The Cavaliers clinched both doubles matches this week, leading to two victories — including a 7-0 sweep of Virginia Commonwealth and a 4-1 victory over No. 18 South Carolina

<p>The Cavaliers picked up their first win against a ranked opponent this season in a commanding fashion.</p>

The Cavaliers picked up their first win against a ranked opponent this season in a commanding fashion.

In its first home game of the season, No. 14 Virginia faced off against in-state opponent Virginia Commonwealth Thursday and found success across the board with a 7-0 victory.

The Cavaliers (3-1, 0-0 ACC) won their first doubles point of the season against the Rams (1-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10) after the pairings of senior Rosie Johanson and freshman Emma Navarro, and junior Amber O’Dell and freshman Hibah Shaikh, each clinched decisive 6-2 victories. 

Virginia carried its momentum from the doubles round into the singles matches, where the Cavaliers proved to be the superior team. Winning all six singles matches, Virginia clinched the dual victory in a dominating performance.

On Saturday, the Cavaliers headed into a top-20 matchup against No. 18 South Carolina. Virginia took an early lead against the Gamecocks (3-3, 0-0 SEC), winning the doubles point in thrilling fashion. Junior Sofia Munera and sophomore Natasha Subhash took down the No. 20 pairing of senior Silvia Chinellato and sophomore Emma Shelton 6-2, and Johanson and Navarro won off a tie-break against the No. 29 ranked pair of senior Megan Davies and senior Mia Horvit. 

In the singles round, No. 104 O’Dell, No. 47 Johanson and No. 80 Navarro all found success. Navarro’s three-set win —1-6, 6-0, 6-1 — ultimately sealed the Cavaliers’ 4-1 victory. This is the team’s first win this season against a ranked opponent.

Virginia will resume play Feb. 19 against ACC opponent Duke, with hopes of building upon its success outside of the conference.