Women's Tennis Concludes Regular Season with 6-1 Win at No. 13 Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, Ga. –The No. 17 Virginia women’s tennis team concluded the regular season with a 6-1 win at No. 13 Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (18-6, 7-4) tied the school record for wins in a season and set a new school record with their seventh conference victory. The Yellow Jackets conclude the regular season at 12-9 overall and 5-6 in the ACC.
“This was an extremely impressive performance by this team – clearly our very best effort from top to bottom all year,” said head coach Mark Guilbeau. “And credit to Georgia Tech. It would not have been such a great match if both teams weren’t competing so hard at all spots. They battled us for every point on every court. It was exactly what teams need at this time of the season – such a high competitive level that it truly takes on an excitement that goes beyond the winning and losing. I know our team believed and wanted to win. It is a great step for this team and for each of these players.”
Virginia took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. At No. 3, Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) and Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) defeated Viet Ha Ngo and Sasha Krupina 8-5. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with their 8-5 win at No. 2 over Elizabeth Kilborn and Lynn Blau. The Yellow Jackets followed with a win at No. 1, where Jillian O’Neill and Caroline Lilley edged Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) 9-7.
In singles, Virginia doubled its lead when Fuccillo topped Kilborn 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 6 position. Georgia Tech got on the board with Lilley’s 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 2 over Fraser, but Tomljanovic followed with a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 over Blau to give the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead. Hardenbergh clinched the victory with her 7-6, 7-6 win at the top spot over O’Neill. Peretz added a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Krupina and Vierra downed Ngo 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 3 to make the final score 6-1.
Virginia ties the school record for wins in a season with 18, set in 1993 (18-8). With seven ACC wins, the Cavaliers set a new school record for conference wins, breaking the mark of six set in 2006 and 2007. The win also marked Virginia’s second-ever top-15 road win, recording the first one a day earlier with the 4-3 win at No. 12 Clemson.
“What a well earned victory by this team,” said Guilbeau. “They deserve to enjoy the moment and feel great about the approach they have been taking to make these achievements happen.”
The Cavaliers will travel next week to Cary, N.C. for the ACC Tournament. Seeds and match times for the tournament will be announced by the conference office.
“We are excited to head into the ACC Tournament and produce the same type of intensity and high level tennis as we did this weekend,” said Guilbeau.
#17 Virginia 6, #13 Georgia Tech 1
1. O’Neill/Lilley (GT) def. #56 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVa) 9-7
2. #31 Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVa) def. Kilborn/Blau (GT) 8-5
3. Fuccillo/Peretz (UVa) def. Ngo/Krupina (GT) 8-5
1. #42 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) def. #39 Jillian O’Neill (GT) 7-6, 7-6
2. #94 Caroline Lilley (GT) def. #52 Emily Fraser (UVa) 6-4, 7-6
3. #106 Erin Vierra (UVa) def. #66 Viet Ha Ngo (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
4. #98 Hana Tomljanovic (UVa) def. Lynn Blau (GT) 7-6, 6-3
5. Caryssa Peretz (UVa) def. Sasha Krupina (GT) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
6. Maria Fuccillo (UVa) def. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 6-3, 6-3
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