LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  The No. 11 Virginia women’s tennis team (12-4, 4-3 ACC) opened the weekend with a 6-1 victory on Friday (Mar. 25) at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky.

The Cavaliers won on doubles courts one and three to secure the point and take a 1-0 lead.

In singles, sophomore Sara Ziodato had a dominant 6-1, 6-2 win on court six against Dina Chaika, finishing her match before one of the other courts had completed its first set. Senior Sofia Munera followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory on court three to put the Cavaliers ahead 3-0. Sophomore Hibah Shaikh clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court five. Emma Navarro and Natasha Subhash followed with straight-set victories on courts one and two to make it 6-0. The Cardinals’ Tatiana Simova won 7-6 (7), 6-3 on court four to pick up Louisville’s point.


  • The Cavaliers close out the road trip at Notre Dame on Sunday, March 27 at 11 a.m.

#15 Virginia 6, Louisville 1

Singles competition

  1. #3 Emma Navarro (VA) def. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 6-3, 6-4
  2. #35 Natasha Subhash (VA) def. Rhea Verma (LOU) 6-3, 6-3
  3. Sofia Munera (VA) def. Sasha Gorchanyuk (LOU) 6-1, 6-3
  4. Tatiana Simova (LOU) def. Amber O’Dell (VA) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
  5. Hibah Shaikh (VA) def. Tyra Richardson (LOU) 6-2, 6-2
  6. Sara Ziodato (VA) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. #32 Emma Navarro/Hibah Shaikh (VA) def. Sasha Gorchanyuk/Rhea Verma (LOU) 6-4
  2. Tatiana Simova/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) vs. Sofia Munera/Natasha Subhash (VA) 4-5, unfinished
  3. Amber O’Dell/Sara Ziodato (VA) def. Dina Chaika/Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5,1,2,4)