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Feb. 26, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s tennis team had its upset bid of No. 19 William & Mary fall short on Sunday afternoon, falling 4-3 to the Tribe at the Indoor Tennis Stadium at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers fall to 6-3 on the season with the loss, while the Tribe improves to 8-2 on the year.

William & Mary took a 1-0 lead by winning two of the three doubles matches. Lori Stern (Ojai, Calif.) and Kristen James (Clifton, Va.) defeated Lauren Cash and Megan Muth 8-4 at the No. 2 position, but the Tribe won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take the opening point.

The Cavaliers rallied in singles, winning the first two matches off the courts to take a 2-1 lead. Lindsey Pereira (Arlington, Texas) tied the match as she downed Lingda Yang 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles. Stern then gave the Cavaliers the lead with her 6-2, 6-3 win over Cash at No. 4 singles. The Tribe tied the match at 2-2 when No. 29 ranked Megan Moulton-Levy downed Douglas Wink (Greensboro, N.C.) in three sets at No. 1 singles. William & Mary then clinched the match with wins at No. 6 and No. 3. At No. 2 singles, James rallied for the three set win. After trailing 5-1 in the third set to Katarina Zoricic, James won six straight games for the 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win.

“We are very impressed with the level of tennis and sometimes it is important to put wins and losses aside and focus on the process,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “As we continue to play at this level and give this type of effort on match days, soon we will be able to enjoy the result as well. Right now, these kids should enjoy knowing they have give a great effort and we are very close to maximizing our level. William & Mary is a very good team and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.”

The Cavaliers will have two weeks off before traveling to Clemson and Georgia on March 11 and 12.

No. 19 William & Mary 4, No. 69 Virginia 3

1) Moulton-Levy/Zoricic (W&M) def. Wink/DelPriore (UVa) 8-5
2) Stern/James (UVa) def. Cash/Muth (W&M) 8-4
3) Kasztelaniec/Zidek (W&M) def. Hammond/Pereira (UVa) 8-6
Order of finish: 1,2,3

1) #29 Megan Moulton-Levy (W&M) def. Douglas Wink (UVa) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
2) Kristen James (UVa) def. Katarina Zoricic (W&M) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
3) Megan Muth (W&M) def. Rachel DelPriore (UVa) 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3
4) Lori Stern (UVa) def. Lauren Cash (W&M) 6-2, 6-3
5) Lindsey Pereira (UVa) def. Lingda Yang (W&M) 6-0, 6-0
6) Klaudyna Kasztelaniec (W&M) def. Amanda Rales (UVa) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 5,4,1,6,3,2

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