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Jan. 18, 2014

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 13 Virginia women’s tennis team dominated No. 31 Tennessee during first-day action of the UVa Winter Invitational Saturday (Jan. 18) at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

The Cavaliers went 6-1 in singles and 6-1 in doubles against the Lady Volunteers.

Claiming singles wins for Virginia were No. 11 Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), No. 43 Rachel Pierson (Princeton, N.J.), No. 85 Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas), Marie Faure (Toulouse, France), Li Xi (Kunming, China) and Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.). Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added a win over Marshall’s Dana Oppinger.

Virginia’s No. 8 tandem of Elbaba and Pierson posted a pair of victories to lead the Cavaliers in doubles. Elbaba and Pierson beat Joanna Henderson and Victoria Olivarez, 6-0, and Henderson and Eve Repic, 6-2. Also posting wins were Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Xi, Epstein and Nauta, Faure and Peretz and Nauta and Xi.

The UVa Winter Invitational will crown individual champions in singles and doubles, as no team scoring is being used. Each player will be assigned points per win and loss according to her position in singles and doubles. The players with the most points at the end of the weekend will be named the singles and doubles winners.

No. 31 Tennessee, No. 39 VCU, No. 58 Utah and Marshall are joining Virginia in the tournament. The teams will play singles and doubles each day in a round-robin format. Action continues Sunday at 9 a.m. and on Monday at 8 a.m. Admission is free.

UVa Winter Invitational Schedule (Subject to Change)
Sunday, Jan. 19 – Virginia vs. Utah and Tennessee vs. VCU/Marshall
Monday, Jan. 20 – Virginia vs. VCU/Marshall and Tennessee vs. Utah

No. 13 Virginia vs. No. 31 Tennessee

1. #11 Julia Elbaba (UVA) def. #99 Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-0, 6-0
2. #53 Eve Repic (UT) def. #28 Danielle Collins (UVA) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0(6)
3. #43 Rachel Pierson (UVA) def. Tiffany Tavares (UT) 6-0, 6-2
4. #85 Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Brittany Lindl (UT) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(7)
5. Marie Faure (UVA) def. Victoria Olivarez (UT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Li Xi (UVA) def. Laurence Guevremont (UT) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(7)
7. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Dana Oppinger (MU) 6-1, 6-1
8. Maci Epstein (UVA) vs. Ashlee Boles (UT) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Round 1
1. #8 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (UVA) def. Joanna Henderson/Victoria Olivarez (UT) 6-0
2. Danielle Collins/Li Xi (UVA) def. Eve Repic/Laurence Guevremont (UT) 6-1
3. Maci Epstein/Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Ambika Pande/Brittany Lindl (UT) 6-2
4. Marie Faure/Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Tiffany Tavares/Ashlee Boles (UT) 6-2

Doubles Round 2
1. #8 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (UVA) def. Joanna Henderson/Eve Repic (UT) 6-2
2. Stephanie Nauta/Li Xi (UVA) def. Laurence Guevremont/Brittany Lindl (UT) 7-6(5)
3. Tiffany Tavarez/Victoria Olivarez (UT) def. Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein (UVA) 6-3

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