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March 24, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 62 ranked Virginia women’s tennis team dropped its fourth consecutive match, falling to No. 56 VCU 5-2 Wednesday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The loss drops the Cavaliers’ record to 9-6 on the season.

VCU (10-6) took an early advantage by taking the doubles point. After the Rams defaulted at No. 3 doubles, they rallied for wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to secure the point. The Cavaliers tied the match at 1-1 when VCU had to default at No. 6 singles and took the lead when Dora Bechliwanis (Etobicoke, Ont.) posted a straight set win at the No. 5 position. However, the Rams won the final four matches on the courts to rally for the 5-2 win.

The Cavaliers will return to action on March 27 and 28 as they visit ACC foes Georgia Tech and Clemson.

No. 56 VCU 5, No. 62 Virginia 2

1. Silvia Urickova (VCU) def. Mariko Fritz-Krockow (UVa) 7-6, 6-1
2. No. 51 Olga Borisova (VCU) def. Kristen James (UVa) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. No. 97 Cristina Arribas (VCU) def. Lauren Bruch (UVa), 6-2, 7-6
4. Cristina Gago (VCU) def. Marta Bechliwanis (UVa) 6-4, 2-6, 10-6
5. Dora Bechliwanis (UVa) def. Camille Ripert (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Virginia won by default

1. Arribas/Borisova (VCU) def. K. James/Fritz-Krockow (UVa) 8-4
2. Urickova/Gago (VCU) def. Bruch/Stough (UVa) 8-5
3. Virginia won by default

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