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April 19, 2016

No. 5 seed Virginia (14-9, 9-5 ACC) at ACC Championships
Date & Time Wednesday – Sunday, April 20-24 | All Day
Location Cary, N.C. | Cary Tennis Park
Coverage Live Scoring | Championship Central | Championship Bracket
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 5 seeded Virginia (14-9, 9-5 ACC) women’s tennis team opens play at the 2016 ACC Women’s Tennis Championships on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. The Cavaliers will face 12th-seeded Florida State.

The Cavaliers defeated Florida State 4-0 last month. Both matches were on the road for Virginia. Florida State defeated Boston College 4-0 in the opening match of the tournament to advance to Thursday’s match.

The Cavaliers are playing for their third consecutive ACC championship after claiming their second league title last season. Virginia is 23-30 all-time in ACC Championship dual matches. Virginia has advanced to the semifinals in each of the past four seasons and seven times overall (1993, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) since 1990 when the single-elimination format with no playback was established.

A trio of seniors lead the Cavaliers into the tournament with the tri-captains continuing historic careers at Virginia. Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is currently ranked No. 2 nationally in singles, while Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) is ranked No. 16 nationally and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) is ranked No. 85.

Collins is 15-2 at No. 1 singles, while Elbaba is 15-4 at No. 2. Nauta is 6-5 at No. 3 singles, but is 11-8 overall in dual play. Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Me.) is 17-3 in singles play this season with a 5-0 record at No. 4 singles. Erica Susi (Vero Beach, Fla.) will play No. 5 singles, while Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.V.) is is slated to play No. 6 singles.

Collins, Elbaba and Nauta have all broken into the top five in singles wins in Virginia history. Elbaba is second with 126 singles wins, while Collins is third with 115 singles wins. Nauta is fifth all-time with 109 singles wins.

ACC Championship action begins on Wednesday (April 20) and runs through Sunday (April 24) with the championship match.

Live scoring for all of Virginia’s matches in the championship will be available at The semifinal and championship matches will be broadcast on live streams provided by ESPN3.

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