Cavaliers Beat Hokies 5-2
Box Score April 18, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 12 Virginia defeated in-state rival No. 38 Virginia Tech 5-2 in ACC women’s tennis action on Saturday (April 18) at Snyder Tennis Center.
The Cavaliers recorded the doubles point and received singles wins from Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.), Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.) and Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) to improve to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in the ACC. Virginia Tech fell to 14-8, 6-7 ACC.
With the victory, the Cavaliers earned one point in the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at Virginia and Virginia Tech, giving UVa an 11-7 lead. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. Fans are also encouraged to support their team through a fan-based point. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Fans are reminded to visit TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information.
Virginia claimed a competitive doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Virginia Tech’s Elena Cerezo-Codina and Francesca Fusinato struck first by beating No. 41 Mercer and Morton 8-3 on court two. The Cavaliers rallied for the doubles point as Collins and captain Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) beat Raluca Mita and Ilinca Stoica 8-4 on court one and Epstein and Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) downed Caroline Daxhelet and Kelly Williford 8-5 on court three.
In singles, Epstein gave UVa a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Katherine Butler on court five. Collins made it 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 50 Fusinato on court two. Mercer clinched the win, making it 4-0 with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Williford on court six. No. 85 Stoica upset No. 4 Elbaba 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 on court one, but Morton made it 5-1 with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win over Daxhelet on court four. Cerezo-Codina outlasted No. 30 Nauta 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on court three.
Virginia hosts NC State in its regular season finale on Sunday (April 19). First serve at Snyder Tennis Center is set for 10 a.m. There will be free Domino’s Pizza and Pepsi products for fans in attendance while supplies last. The team will conduct a post-match clinic for children grades eight and below following the match weather permitting. Live video and scoring for the match is available on VirginiaSports.com. Admission is free and fans can park for free at the Culbreth Garage.