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April 7, 2004

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 58 ranked Virginia women’s tennis team posted its first ACC win of the season, downing No. 56 Maryland 4-3 Wednesday afternoon at the Tennis Center at College Park. With the win, the Cavaliers improve their record to 10-10 on the season and 1-5 in the ACC.

The Cavaliers opened the match strong by taking the doubles point. The team of Caroline Hammond (Williamsburg, Va.) and Shannon Stough (Hot Springs, Ark.) won at No. 3 doubles before Kristen James (Clifton, Va.) and Mariko Fritz-Krockow (Fairfax, Va.) won at No. 1 to clinch the point.

In singles play, Virginia continued its strong play to extend their lead. Marta Bechliwanis (Etobicoke, Ont.) made the lead 2-0 with her 6-2, 6-2 upset of No. 91 Emily Marker at No. 4. James further extended the advantage with her win at No. 2. After Maryland had cut the lead to 3-1, Lauren Bruch (Lake Forest, Ill.) clinched the match with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Chloe Chavardes at No. 5.

“We have been playing better for the past couple of weeks but was nice to get a win today” said Virginia head coach Phil Rogers. “Winning the doubles point was important and the momentum from it carried us into singles.”

The Cavaliers will close out the regular season this weekend as they visit No. 27 Wake Forest and No. 71 NC State.

No. 58 Virginia 4, No. 56 Maryland 3

No. 1 #32 Ramona But (UM) def. Mariko Fritz-Krockow (UVa) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Kristen James (UVa) def. Jennifer Dent (UM) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Marianne Baker (UM) def. Dora Bechliwanis (UVa) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
No. 4 Marta Bechliwanis (UVa) def. #91 Emily Marker (UM) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Lauren Bruch (UVa) def. Chloe Chavardes (UM) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 Neda Mihnera (UM) def. Caroline Hammond (UVa) 6-4, 6-7, 10-4

No. 1 Fritz-Krockow/K. James (UVa) def. Marker/But (UM) 8-6
No. 2 Dent/Chavardes (UM) def. D. Bechliwanis/M. Bechliwanis (UVa) 8-5
No. 3 Stough/Hammond (UVa) def. Sevic/Mihnera (UM) 8-3

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