Women's Tennis Blanks BC 4-0 in ACC Opener
CARY, N.C. – The No. 26 Virginia women’s tennis team opened play at the 2010 ACC Tournament with a 4-0 win over Boston College Thursday afternoon at the Cary Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (14-8, 6-5 ACC) advanced to the quarterfinals where they will meet Clemson on Friday.
The Cavaliers wasted little time taking a 1-0 lead, winning the doubles point from the Eagles (6-16, 1-10 ACC) in 40 minutes. Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) won 8-3 at No. 1 over Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev, and Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) defeated Katharine Attwell and Brittany Delaney 8-2 at No. 2.
In singles, Virginia doubled their lead as Stevens rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ina Kauppila at the No. 5 position. Hardenbergh made the score 3-0 with her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kelleher at the top position. Katie Gater (Dunblane, Scotland) clinched the victory with her 6-3, 7-5 win over Delaney at No. 6. The other three singles matches were abandoned.
“The key in any match, but in particular during tournament play, is trying to do as much as you can of the things you do well, and to control what you can control,” said head coach Mark Guilbeau. “I thought we did a good job of that today. Clearly Boston College has improved this season, but I think we have as well. It was a very good match for us to play. The fact that the singles was more competitive that it has been in the past helps us for tomorrow. We have a match under our belts now. I liked how the doubles was very decisive for us. That is what it needs to be and that is where we start tomorrow.”
The Cavaliers meet eighth-ranked Clemson at 3 p.m. on Friday. It is a rematch of the regular season finale where the Tigers edged Virginia 4-3 in Charlottesville.
“You just have to go out and find a way to get four points,” said Guilbeau. “And I truly believe we are going to do that. This team has put itself in position and worked hard enough to get this opportunity. I feel good about them because they have made it clear that they want to do this. We need to play smarter in doubles than we did [last week], but I know we have already taken the steps to do that. It is going to be a good start for us in a match that ultimately will be another great contest.”
No. 26 Virginia 4, Boston College 0
1. #26 Stevens/Tomljanovic (UVa) def. Kelleher/Khmylev (BC) 8-3
2. #45 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVa) def. Attwell/Delaney (BC) 8-2
3. Gater/Fraser (UVa) led Gajic/Kauppila (BC) 5-0 DNF
1. #50 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) def. Alex Kelleher (BC) 6-2, 6-1
2. Katharine Attwell (BC) led Emily Fraser (UVa) 7-5, 4-6, 3-1 DNF
3. Erin Vierra (UVa) led Katarina Gajic (BC) 1-6, 6-2, 5-2 DNF
4. Hana Tomljanovic (UVa) led Olga Khmylev (BC) 3-6, 6-3, 4-2 DNF
5. Jennifer Stevens (UVa) def. Ina Kauppila (BC) 6-1, 6-3
6. Katie Gater (UVa) def. Brittany Delaney (BC) 6-3, 7-5
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