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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Four members of the Virginia women’s tennis team began play Friday at the Wake Forest Invitational. All four players reached the quarterfinals of their singles flights, while one doubles team advanced to the semifinals.

In singles, Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) reached the Flight A quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mandy Brown of Louisville in the first round. Molly O’Koniewski (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), the No. 2 seed in Flight B, advanced with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Maria Voseckova of Marshall. In Flight C, third-seeded Marjorie Baker (Washington, D.C.) topped Alex Smyth of Richmond 6-4, 6-3. Clare Spooner (Williamsburg, Va.) won her opener in Flight E, downing Taylor Newman of Radford 7-6, 6-1.

In doubles, the team of Peretz and O’Koniewski won a pair of matches to reach the Flight A semifinals. After a first round victory over Karolina Chemaya and Borislava Nikilova of Campbell, the duo upset second-seeded Yasmine Alkema and Andressa Garcia of Winthrop 8-3 in the quarterfinals.

Action continues at the Wake Forest Invitational through Sunday. The other six players on Virginia’s roster will compete at the ITA All-American Championships next week in Los Angeles. Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) and Li Xi (Kunming, China) will begin play Saturday in the pre-qualifying draw.

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