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Feb. 19, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia women’s tennis team opened conference play Sunday with a 6-1 win over Virginia Tech at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg. The Cavaliers improve to 5-1 on the season with the win, 1-0 in the ACC, while the Hokies fall to 4-2 (0-1 ACC).

The Cavaliers took the early 1-0 by taking two of the three doubles contests. Rachel DelPriore (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Douglas Wink (Greensboro, N.C.) got the Cavaliers started with an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles over Anat Elazari and JJ Larson. After the Hokies captured a win at No. 2 doubles, the Cavalier duo of Caroline Hammond (Williamsburg, Va.) and Lindsey Pereira (Arlington, Texas) clinched the point with their 8-4 win over Ashley James and Jessica Long at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, the Cavaliers quickly extended their lead to 3-0 with a pair of straight set wins. Lori Stern (Ojai, Calif.) cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over James at No. 4 singles and Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) scored a 6-4, 6-1 win over Abbey Walker at No. 6 singles. DelPriore then clinched the dual match as she rallied from losing the first set to post a 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Long at No. 3 singles. Pereira added a 7-5, 6-3 win over Larson at No. 5 singles to extend the lead to 5-0. After the Hokies got their only point of the afternoon at No. 1 singles, Kristen James (Clifton, Va.) closed out the match with a 6-0, 7-6 win over No. 88 ranked Elazari at the No. 2 position.

With the victory, Virginia earned a point in the Commonwealth Challenge, presented by Adelphia. The Cavaliers now lead the all-sports competition between the schools by a score of 11-4. The next Commonwealth Challenge event will be next weekend at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Blacksburg.

“Obviously we are pleased with the victory, not only for us to open the ACC season, but to add another point for UVa in the Commonwealth Challenge,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “Our team had a great approach today, and played very seriously, and very focused. We are looking forward to returning home to play Marshall on Wednesday.”

The Cavaliers return home on Wednesday as they open a three-match homestand with a match against Marshall. The match will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Indoor Tennis Stadium at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

No. 70 Virginia 6, Virginia Tech 1

1. Wink/Delpriore (UVa) def. Elazari/Larson (VT) 8-3
2. Beermann/Walker (VT) def. Stern/James (UVa) 8-5
3. Hammond/Pereira (UVa) def. James/Long (VT) 8-4

1. #100 Inga Beermann (VT) def. Douglas Wink (UVa) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Kristen James (UVa) def. #88 Anat Elazari (VT) 6-0, 7-6
3. Rachel DelPriore (UVa) def. Jessica Long (VT) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
4. Lori Stern (UVa) def. Ashley James (VT) 6-1, 6-1
5. Lindsey Pereira (UVa) def. JJ Larson (VT) 7-5, 6-3
6. Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Abbey Walker (VT) 6-4, 6-1

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