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Oct. 7, 2000

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Virginia women’s tennis team had three players advance to the consolation finals and four others advance to fifth-place matches at the Carolina Classic Saturday (October 7).

First-year Laura James (Fairfax, Va. / Centerville) dropped a second-round match to Duke’s Hillary Adams, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, before winning two consecutive matches to finish fifth in the “B” flight. James defeated Natalie Cherry of UNC- Greensboro 6-1, 6-3, and won by default against Teodora Doncheva from Campbell. James also teamed with third-year Christine Kim (McLean, Va. / Bishop Ireton) to advance to the fifth-place match against Virginia teammates Christie Schweer (Houston, Texas / Memorial) and Henriette Williams (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton).

Kim and James lost 8-4 in the second round to North Carolina’s Bairos and Neibling and then beat Virginia Commonwealth’s Ciulei and Dumitrescu by default to advance to the fifth-place match. Schweer and Williams also lost in the second round, 8-4 to Duke’s Johnson and Miller, before advancing by default to face Kim and James.

In addition to making the fifth-place match in doubles, Williams advanced to the fifth-place match in the “A” flight singles draw by recovering from a loss to Duke’s Ansley Cargill, 6-0, 6-2, to to beat Elyse Salahi from Richmond, 6-1, 6-0.

In other singles play, Both Kim and fourth-year Kelly Weaver (Kingston, N.Y.Kingston) rebounded from first-round losses to advance to the finals of the “C” flight loser’s bracket where they will face each other Sunday morning.

Schweer and Jennifer Tuchband (Millburn, N.J. / Millburn) nearly duplicated Weaver and Kim’s performance. Schweer advanced to the “A” flight loser’s bracket final, where she will face Richmond’s Jodi Kenoyer. Kenoyer defeated Tuchband in the loser’s bracket semifinal match, spoiling a possible meeting of Schweer and Tuchband.

Meanwhile, Leslie Cook (Boynton Beach, Fla. / Lake Worth Christian) was eliminated from the tournament after she lost a second round match to the Tarheels’ Kate Pinchbeck and a consolation match to Campbell’s Isabel Decercq.


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