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March 11, 2006

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Virginia women’s tennis team suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling to No. 29 Clemson 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Facility. The Cavaliers fall to 6-4 (1-1 ACC) with the loss while the Tigers improve to 6-4 (1-1).

The Cavaliers took the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point. The team of Douglas Wink (Greensboro, N.C.) and Rachel DelPriore (Williamsville, N.Y.) upset the No. 40 ranked team of Daniela Alvarez and Alexandra Luc 8-5 at No. 2 doubles. The duo of Caroline Hammond (Williamsburg, Va.) and Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) then clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with their 8-6 win over Maria Brito and Marie Scriba at the No. 3 position.

In singles, the Tigers rallied to take a 2-1 lead with straight set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Clemson extended its lead to 3-1 as Brito rallied in the third set to defeat Lori Stern (Ojai, Calif.) at No. 4 singles. The Tigers then clinched the match as Carol Salge defeated DelPriore 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 singles. Clemson added a win at No. 5 singles, before Rales closed out the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Scriba at No. 6 singles.

The Cavaliers continue their road trip on Sunday as they visit Georgia Tech. Match time in Atlanta is 11:00 a.m.

No. 29 Clemson 5, No. 64 Virginia 2

1. #9 Salge/van Adrichem (CU) def. #33 James/Stern (UVa) 8-6
2. DelPriore/Wink (UVa) def. #40 Alvarez/Luc (CU) 8-5
3. Hammond/Rales (UVa) def. Brito/Scriba (CU) 8-6

1. #119 Daniela Alvarez (CU) def. Douglas Wink (UVa) 7-5, 6-2
2. #46 Federica van Adrichem (CU) def. Kristen James (UVa) 6-1, 7-6
3. Carol Salge (CU) def. #125 Rachel DelPriore (UVa) 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
4. Maria Brito (CU) def. Lori Stern (UVa) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
5. Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Lindsey Pereira (UVa) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0
6. Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Marie Scriba (CU) 6-3, 6-2

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