Virginia Edges Yale, 4-3
March 16, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Virginia women’s tennis team edged No. 34 Yale, 4-3, in the semifinals of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Saturday at Lagoon Park Tennis Center.
The Cavaliers (5-6) will play No. 50 Tulane in the championship on Sunday (March 17). Yale falls to 9-2.
Vierra and Nauta defeated Elizabeth Epstein and Annie Sullivan 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. After Yale posted an 8-6 win at No. 2, freshman Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Li Xi (Kunming, China) clinched the point for the third consecutive match by defeating Hanna Yu and Courtney Amos 9-8 at No. 3.
Nauta gave Virginia a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Madeleine Hamilton at No. 1 singles. Sullivan put Yale on the scoreboard with a 6-2, 6-2 win over senior Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) at No. 3, but Peretz followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Amos at No. 6.
Yale rallied to tie the score at 3-3 as No. 99 Epstein beat No. 13 Elbaba 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 and Hanna Yu beat Xi 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 4.
Vierra then clinched Virginia’s fifth win with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Li at No. 5.
First serve for tomorrow’s Virginia-Tulane championship match is set for 1 p.m. ET.