Sept. 23, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, British Columbia) and junior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) set the tone for Virginia with wins over nationally-ranked foes on day one at the Big 5 Challenge hosted by TCU on Friday (Sept. 22).

Playing in the top flight in singles competition, No. 34 Johanson picked up wins over a pair of ranked players, including the nation’s No. 6 player in Kate Fahey of Michigan. Kelley, who is ranked No. 124 in singles and is playing in the second flight of singles, also picked up a win over a nationally-ranked foe with a victory over No. 101 Sabrina Federici of Texas Tech. Both Johanson and Kelley went 2-0 on the day in singles.

Johanson and Kelley also paired up in doubles, going undefeated on the day in doubles with a pair of wins over top 10 doubles teams, including the nation’s top-ranked doubles team of Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian of Michigan.

Also competing for the Cavaliers on day one at the Big 5 Challenge in singles were seniors Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.V.) and Teodora Radosavljevic (Belgrade, Serbia), junior Erica Susi (Vero Beach, Fla.), sophomores Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Camille Favero (Sacramento, Calif.) and freshman Lizzie Baker (Washington). Baker also paired up with freshman Maya Das (Potomac, Md.) in doubles action.

Play at the Big 5 Challenge continues on Saturday (Sept. 23) with Virginia players taking the court at 10 a.m. ET as round-robin play continues.

Singles Flight 1
No. 34 Rosie Johanson (UVA) def. No. 120 Alex Valenstein (TTU): 6-1, 6-4
No. 34 Rosie Johanson (UVA) def. No. 6 Kate Fahey: 7-6, 6-4

Singles Flight 2
No. 124 Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. No. 101 Sabrina Federici (TTU): 6-4, 4-6, (10-7)
No. 124 Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Alex Najarian (Mich.): 6-2, 6-1

Singles Flight 3
No. 74 Cassie Mercer (UVA) def. Sarah Dvorak (TTU): 6-1, 6-3
No. 115 Chiara Lommer (Mich) def. Teodora Radosavljevic: 6-0, 6-2

Singles Flight 4
Teodora Radosavljevic (UVA) def. Katelyn Jackson (TTU): 7-6, 6-2
Camille Favero (UVA) def. Lera Patiuk (UM) 6-2 6-0

Singles Flight 5
Lana Rush (TTU) def. Chloe Gullickson (UVA): 7-6, 6-3
Camille Favero (UVA) def. Lera Patiuk (Mich): 6-2, 6-0
Bella Lorenzini (Mich) def. Erica Susi (UVA) 6-2 2-6 (10-5)

Singles Flight 6
Vivian Wolff (UGA) def. Lizzie Baker (UVA): 6-4, 6-1
Katherine Butler (VT) def. Maya Das (UVA) 4-6 6-3 10-6
Katelyn Jackson (TTU) def. Lizzie Baker (UVA) 6-1 6-4

Doubles Flight 1
Rosie Johanson/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. No. 8 Sabrina Federici/Sarah Dvorak (TTU): 7-6 (6)
Rosie Johanson/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. No. 1 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (Mich): 6-3

Doubles Flight 2
Alex Valenstein/Lana Rush (TTU) def. Cassie Mercer/Chloe Gullickson (UVA): 6-1
Chiara Lommer/Lera Patiuk (Mich) def. Cassie Mercer/Teodora Radosavljevic (UVA): 6-4

Doubles Flight 3
Katelyn Jackson/Alex Angyalosy (TTU) def. Maya Das/Lizzie Baker (UVA): 6-0
Sarah Dvorak/Katelyn Jackson (TTU) def. Erica Susi/Camille Favero (UVA) 6-3