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May 25, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. – The Virginia women’s tennis team had its season come to an end Thursday as the team of Kristen James (Clifton, Va.) and Lori Stern (Ojai, Calif.) fell in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Doubles Championship at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cavalier duo was defeated by Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter of Fresno State, 6-0, 6-2.

The Bulldog team, seeded 5-8 and ranked No. 7 nationally, jumped out to the early led by winning the first set 6-0. After the Cavaliers held serve in the opening the game of the second set, the Fresno State team won the next five games. Virginia held serve to make the score 5-2, but the Bulldog team held serve in the next game to clinch the match.

“To make the NCAA Tournament is a great accomplishment and Kristen and Lori should be proud of all the hard work they put in to reach this point,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “Fresno State has a great team and they played very good tennis today. This is not a result our team should be ashamed of. We are proud of our entire team for all they accomplished this season and hope that this is just the first step of building this program.”

The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships continue through Monday on the campus of Stanford University.

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