Virginia Blanks Wake Forest 4-0 in ACC First Round
CARY, N.C. – The No. 15 Virginia women’s tennis team opened play at the 2012 ACC Tournament with a 4-0 first round victory over Wake Forest Thursday morning at the Cary Tennis Park. The fifth-seeded Cavaliers (17-6) needed less than two hours to defeat the 12th-seeded Demon Deacons (3-18) and advance to a Friday quarterfinal matchup with fourth-seeded Clemson.
The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) topped Rebecca Siegler and Karen Forman 8-2 at the No. 2 position. Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Va.) and Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) clinched the opening point with an 8-2 win at No. 3 over Brigita Bercyte and Catherine Roach.
In singles, Virginia won all six first sets and picked up three straight-set wins the quickly clinch the victory. A pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins extended the lead to 3-0 as Fuccillo downed Roach at No. 6 and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) topped Forman at No. 4. At No. 3, Li Xi (Kunming, China) returned to the singles lineup after missing nearly a month due to injury and won the clinching point, defeating Siegler 6-0, 6-2.
“We are happy to advance,” said head coach Mark Guilbeau. “As a team and staff, we are confident after playing so well and know that will help us tomorrow. I was very impressed with our doubles. The energy and movement we showed, along with the aggressiveness at the net, was as good as we have been all year. We were focused throughout the match and I am confident we can play the same way tomorrow.”
The Cavaliers will meet Clemson in a quarterfinal at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Cary Tennis Park. The Tigers won the regular season meeting between the teams 6-1 on April 7 in Charlottesville.
#15 VIRGINIA 4, WAKE FOREST 0
1. #64 Tomlajnovic/Vierra (UVa) led Duncan/Cutillo (WF) 6-2 DNF
2. #13 Hardenbergh/Fraser (UVa) def. Siegler/Forman (WF) 8-2
3. Fuccillo/Peretz (UVa) def. Bercyte/Roach (WF) 8-2
1. #38 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) led #69 Kayla Duncan (WF) 6-3, 1-0 DNF
2. #117 Hana Tomljanovic (UVa) led Ryann Cutillo (WF) 6-2, 1-5 DNF
3. #99 Li Xi (UVa) def. Rebecca Siegler (WF) 6-0, 6-2
4. Erin Vierra (UVa) def. Karen Forman (WF) 6-0, 6-0
5. Caryssa Peretz (UVa) led Brigita Bercyte (WF) 6-2, 1-0 DNF
6. Maria Fuccillo (UVa) def. Catherine Roach (WF) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish:
Li Xi Postmatch Interview