No. 8 Cavaliers Rally Past No. 15 Clemson 4-3
Box Score March 20, 2015
CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 8 Virginia extended its winning streak to seven matches with a 4-3 win over No. 15 Clemson in ACC women’s tennis action on Friday (March 20) at Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
The Cavaliers (12-2, 5-0 ACC) recorded three singles wins and the doubles point to remain unbeaten in ACC play. The Tigers fell to 9-6, 4-2 ACC.
Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.), Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.) and Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) each recorded singles wins for the Cavaliers. Morton’s win stopped a Clemson rally and Mercer tied the score at 3-3 before Collins clinched the win.
Virginia got off to a good start by claiming the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. The 23rd-ranked tandem of Mercer and Morton beat 72nd-ranked Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar on court two. Clemson’s top-ranked tandem of Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies beat Collins and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) 8-2 on court one, but Virginia clinched the win as Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) topped Joana Eidukonyte and Daniela Ruiz 8-5 on court three.
Clemson rallied for three straight singles wins as 24th-ranked Eidukonyte topped 25th-ranked Nauta 6-4, 6-2 on court three before 43rd-ranked Koelzer upset top-ranked Elbaba 6-4, 6-1 on court one. Epstein fell 7-5, 6-2 to 122nd-ranked Rompies on court five.
Morton ousted Dewar 6-1, 6-4 on court four to cut the deficit to 3-2 and Mercer tied the score at 3-3 with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Ruiz on court six. No. 30 Collins clinched the win with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Gumulya on court two.
Virginia plays at No. 24 Duke on Sunday, March 22. First serve is set for 11 a.m. Live video and scoring is available on VirginiaSports.com.