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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The ninth-ranked Virginia women’s tennis team announced its captains for the 2012 season. Seniors Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) will lead the program this season.

“Emily and Lindsey have meant everything to this program throughout their careers at UVa,” said head coach Mark Guilbeau. “They have been great students, athletes, teammates, leaders and representatives of the great things the University of Virginia and our women’s tennis program stand for. It is extremely difficult to come into a program with the expectation of changing it into a much harder working, higher achieving group. Emily and Lindsey have done this. They have carried forward the positive examples set in place here by previous leaders, and have pushed even further to assure that the purpose and commitment of this program is at the highest level. The coaching staff is extremely proud of what they have made possible here and look forward to their leadership on and off the courts throughout this spring. Emily and Lindsey have helped take this team to the top 10 level of collegiate tennis. We intend to work harder than ever this spring to further this position and give this team and all of its members a chance to compete for and win at the highest level within the ACC and ultimately at the NCAA Championships in May.”

Fraser and Hardenbergh open the spring season both ranked in the top 30 nationally in singles, at No. 29 and No. 30 respectively. Both players participated in last year’s NCAA Singles Championship, with Hardenbergh reaching the round of 16 to become the first All-American in program history.

The Cavaliers open the spring season with a pair of individual tournaments January 14-16. Most of the team will be in action at the UVa Winter Classic at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, which features No. 23 Alabama, No. 49 Utah and No. 62 Wake Forest along with Virginia. Action begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Select players will travel to Palm Springs, Calif., for the National College Tennis Classic.

Virginia opens the dual match season on Feb. 21 as it faces No. 18 Tennessee at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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