CARY, N.C. –The No. 23 Virginia women’s tennis team (17-7) advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC Championships after taking a 4-1 victory over No. 46 Notre Dame (13-12) on Thursday in the second-round of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championships.
Virginia won the doubles point and then took singles victories from freshman juniors Camille Favero (Sacramento, Calif.) and Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), and freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) to lock up the victory over the Irish.
The seventh-seeded Cavaliers will now face second-seeded Duke (21-2) at 6 p.m. on Friday (April 20). Due to expected inclement weather, all matches have been moved indoors. Virginia will face the third-ranked Blue Devils at 6 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Park’s indoor courts.
“I thought the focus our team showed to start the doubles really set the tone for the match,” said Virginia head coach Sara O’Leary. “We worked a lot on doubles this week and made some adjustments since our last match against Notre Dame when they swept us in doubles. It was great to see the belief and execution. I’m proud of the resilience we showed today and we are looking forward to getting back out on the court tomorrow.”
In a reversal of the first match between the two teams just two weeks ago, the Cavaliers claimed the doubles point with a pair of quick victories on courts two and three. It started with a 6-0 victory on court three from the duo of junior Hunter Bleser (New Braunfels, Texas) and senior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine). Virginia clinched the doubles point moments later with a 6-1 win on court two from the pairing of Munera and sophomore Vivian Glozman (Bellevue, Wash.).
Munera extended the lead for the Cavaliers with her victory on court five, wasting no time in taking the straight-set victory from Zoe Taylor, 6-0, 6-1. It was followed by another straight-set victory from Gullickson on court four as the junior defeated Brooke Broda, 6-3, 6-4.
Notre Dame then got on the board with a win on court three as Ally Bojczuk defeated freshman Amber O’Dell by a score of 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 .
Favero then closed out the match for the Cavaliers on court six, fighting through a first-set tiebreak before cruising in the second set to clinch the victory. Favero defeated Maeve Koscielski by a score of 7-6 (1), 6-1.
No. 23 Virginia 4, No. 46 Notre Dame 1
1. No. 20 Meghan Kelley vs. No. 66 Zoe Spence (ND) – 7-6 (9), 1-4 (unfinished)
2. Vivian Glozman vs. Cameron Corse (ND) – 3-6, 6-3 (unfinished)
3. Ally Bojczuk (ND) def. No. 106 Amber O’Dell – 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
4. Chloe Gullickson def. Brooke Broda (ND) – 6-3, 6-4
5. Sofia Munera def. Zoe Taylor (ND) – 6-0, 6-1
6. Camille Favero def. Maeve Koscielski (ND) – 7-6 (1), 6-1
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3, 6
1. No. 52 Chloe Gullickson/Amber O’Dell vs. No. 50 Cameron Corse/Zoe Spence (ND) – 3-3 (unfinished)
2. Vivian Glozman/Sofia Munera def. Ally Bojczuk/Zoe Taylor (ND) – 6-1
3. Hunter Bleser/Meghan Kelley def. Brooke Broda/Bess Waldram (ND) – 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2