ORLANDO, Fla. –The Virginia women’s tennis duo of senior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) and freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) ended their season on Tuesday (May 21) in the opening round of doubles in the NCAA Championships at the USTA National Campus.
The No. 17 tandem of Kelley and Munera dropped a 6-1, 6-2 match with the No. 37 duo from Michigan of Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor.
“Congrats to Michigan on a well-played match tonight,” said Virginia head coach Sara O’Leary. “They played really well. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and the composure they showed. Unfortunately, Meghan has been battling a brutal stomach bug the last four days, but she left everything she had out on the court and showed fight, toughness and belief no matter how she felt. She is a champion in every sense of the word and I am grateful I had the chance to coach her these last two years. She transformed our program through her work ethic, leadership and belief. We are all so proud of her and so appreciative of everything she did for this program.”
Michigan took the first set from the Cavalier duo, breaking serve with the score tied 1-1 before going on a four-game win streak to take the first set 6-1.
The second set started with the Michigan tandem again breaking serve early to go up 2-0, but the Virginia duo would return the favor with a break and then holding serve to tie the set at two games each. Michigan then won the next four games to close out the match with a 6-2 win in the second set.
The loss in the NCAA Championships capped a year that saw the Virginia duo post a 13-4 record. Kelley and Munera claimed the ITA Atlantic Regional championship, advancing to the ITA National Fall Championships where the pair won the consolation bracket of the prestigious event.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FIRST ROUND DOUBLES
Kate Fahey/Brienne Minor (Michigan) def. Meghan Kelley/Sofia Munera (UVA), 6-1, 6-2