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Feb. 25, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 28 Virginia Women’s tennis team capped off an unbeaten weekend by defeating Brown (3-4), 7-0, this morning. The Cavaliers (6-2) swept the doubles point and only lost one set the entire match as Virginia ends their season-opening eight match road trip with a pair of victories.

Virginia began the match by sweeping the doubles matches. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Caroline Hammond (Williamsburg, Va.) and Lara Alexander (London, England) downed Kelley Kirkpatrick and Emily Ellis, 8-2. Brintney Larson (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Maggie Yahner (Las Vegas, Nev.) defeated Sara Mansur and Brett Finkelstein at the No. 2 position, 8-4, to clinch the opening point for the Cavaliers. At the No. 3 position, Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) and Amanda Rales (Bethesda, Md.) completed the sweep by besting Daisy Ames and Kathrin Sorokko, 8-1.

The Cavaliers continued their strong play in singles matches by sweeping every contest against the Bears. At the No. 1 position, Stevens defeated Ames, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Larson rebounded from a defeat yesterday to down Mansur, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 position. At the No. 3 position Yahner cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ellis and clinched the victory for Virginia. Third-year Lindsey Pereira (Arlington, Texas) defeated Alexa Baggio at the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-2. Hammond continued her exceptional singles play with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Kirkpatrick at the No. 5 position. Capping off the sweep was Rales, who defeated Tanja Vucetic, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 6 position.

“A lot of great things happened this weekend for this team,” said head coach Mark Guilbeau. “And it was more than just getting two very solid victories. There are many challenges as you go through any season and this team certainly faced some of them this weekend. [Assistant coach Troy Porco and I] are very proud of this team’s efforts. We feel great that the group of players that we have out there are all completely committed to playing with a strong fighting spirit and will do whatever it takes to have team and individual success.”

No. 28 Virginia 7 Brown 0

#1 – Hammond/Alexander (UVa) def. Kirkpatrick/Ellis (BU) 8-2
#2 – Larson/Yahner (UVa) def. Mansur/Finkelstein (BU) 8-4
#3 – Stevens/Rales (UVa) def. Ames/Sorokko (BU) 8-1

#1 – Jennifer Stevens (UVa) def. Daisy Ames (BU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
#2 – Brintney Larson (UVa) def. Sara Mansur (BU) 6-3, 6-2
#3 – Maggie Yahner (UVa) def. Emily Ellis (BU) 6-1, 6-0
#4 – Lindsey Pereira (UVa) def. Alexa Baggio (BU) 6-2, 6-2
#5 – Caroline Hammond (UVa) def. Kelley Kirkpatrick (BU) 6-4, 6-1
#6 – Amanda Rales (UVa) def. Tanja Vucetic (BU) 6-1. 6-3

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