April 20, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It came down to a tight, three-set match that fell the way of the Tigers on Friday afternoon, as No. 22 Virginia (14-7, 8-5 ACC) dropped a 4-3 match to No. 48 Clemson (13-11, 6-7 ACC) at the Snyder Tennis Center.
After dropping her first set, Erica Susi (Vero Beach, Fla.) battled back to win the second, forcing a third set with the overall match score tied 3-3. Susi battled back in the third set, forcing a tiebreak, but Clemson’s Daniela Ruiz prevailed to clinch the match with a 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (2) win on court six.
The Cavaliers got singles wins from Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, British Columbia) and Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine). Clemson won the doubles point and secured singles wins on courts two, five and six to pick up the match victory.
Virginia returns to action on Sunday (April 22), hosting No. 28 Wake Forest in a noon match at the Snyder Tennis Center. It will be senior day for the Cavaliers, with a recognition ceremony for the two seniors prior to the start of the match.
The Tigers took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three, with a tight contest on court one setting the tone for the afternoon. With Clemson taking a 6-1 win on court three, the Cavaliers answered with a 6-4 win on court two from the duo of Gullickson and Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.).
All eyes then turned to court one where the UVA tandem of Johanson and Kelley rallied to tie the match at 5-5 in a battle of nationally-ranked doubles teams. Virginia’s No. 16-ranked tandem of Johanson and Kelley fought from three games down to tie the match at 5-5. Clemson’s tandem of Leduc and Navarro, ranked No. 33 nationally, then won the next two games for the 7-5 victory and the doubles point.
The Cavaliers got on the board with a quick win on court three singles from Kelley as she defeated Tate Schroeder, 6-1, 6-1. Virginia’s Johanson, the No. 43 player in the singles rankings, then pushed Virginia out to its first lead of the day with a 7-5, 6-2 win on court one over No. 23 Marie Leduc.
Clemson tied the match with a three-set victory on court five, as Sydney Riley rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Virginia’s Radosavljevic.
The Cavaliers again moved back in front as Gullickson won 6-4, 6-3 over Ally Miller-Krasilnikov on court four, only to see Clemson tie things again with a straight-set win on court two.
Clemson then closed out the match with the three-set win on court six.
No. 48 Clemson 4, No. 22 Virginia 3
1. No. 43 Rosie Johanson def. No. 23 Marie Leduc (CU), 7-5, 6-2
2. Fernando Navarro (CU) def. Cassie Mercer, 6-4, 6-4
3. Meghan Kelley def. Tate Schroeder (CU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Chloe Gullickson def. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (CU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Sydney Riley (CU) def. Teodora Radosavljevic, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Erica Susi, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5, 4, 2, 6
1. No 33 Leduc/Navarro (CU) def. No. 16 Johanson/Kelley, 7-5
2. Gullickson/Mercer def. Miller-Krasilnikov/Schroeder (CU), 6-4
3. Riley/Ruiz (CU) def. Radosavljevic/Susi, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1