ROME, Ga. –  The Virginia women’s tennis team (19-4) opened play at the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship with a 4-2 victory against NC State (23-5) in a quarterfinal match on Friday (April 22) at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Ga.

Virginia fell behind 2-0 but rallied with four-straight singles victories to win the match. Freshman Elaine Chervinsky won the clinching point on court three.

Virginia will face top-seeded North Carolina (24-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.

NC State won the doubles point with 6-3 and 6-1 wins on courts one and three. The Wolfpack took a 2-0 lead with a straight-set victory on singles court two.

All five of the other singles matches went to three sets.

Sophomore Emma Navarro put the Cavaliers on the board with a win on court one against No. 12 Jaeda Daniel. Navarro took the first set 6-3, but Daniel took the second by the same score. Navarro won 6-0 in the third to take the point.

Sophomore Sara Ziodato tied the match 2-2 with a win on court six against Sophie Abrams. Ziodato won her first set 6-4, but dropped the second by that same score before taking the third 6-2.

Hibah Shaikh battled through two tight sets against Amelia Rajecki on court five, winning the first 7-5 but being edged in the second 6-4. She won 6-0 in the third to put the Cavaliers on the cusp.

Chervinsky won her first set 6-4 against Priska Nugroho, but was edged 6-4 in the second. She won the third 6-3 to clinch the victory for the Cavaliers.

Senior Sofia Munera was in her third set when play was halted. Munera had lost her first set 6-1 against Nell Miller, but took her second set to a tiebreaker, winning it 7-4 to force the third set.


“It was an absolute war today with NC State. They came out really strong in doubles and we didn’t play our best. I was super proud of the composure our team showed out there no matter what the situation was. I love the belief they have in themselves and in each other and we are excited for tomorrow’s match!”


  • Virginia is the 4-seed and NC State the 5-seed
  • NC State is ranked No. 3 in the latest ITA team rankings. Virginia is No. 7
  • North Carolina is the top seed in the tournament and ranked No. 1 in the ITA team rankings
  • The Cavaliers have won their last eight matches, including two victories against No. 3 NC State. It is the longest active win streak in the conference
  • Last season, the Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals with a 4-2 win against Duke before falling 4-1 against North Carolina. Natasha Subhash had the lone point for the Cavaliers in the loss to the Tar Heels

#7 Virginia 4, #3 NC State 2

Singles competition

  1. #1 Emma Navarro (VA) def. #12 Jaeda Daniel (ST) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
  2. #40 Abigail Rencheli (ST) def. #42 Natasha Subhash (VA) 6-4, 6-3
  3. Elaine Chervinsky (VA) def. #66 Priska Nugroho (ST) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
  4. Sofia Munera (VA) vs. Nell Miller (ST) 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-3, unfinished
  5. Hibah Shaikh (VA) def. Amelia Rajecki (ST) 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
  6. Sara Ziodato (VA) def. Sophie Abrams (ST) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. #2 Jaeda Daniel/Nell Miller (ST) def. #7 Emma Navarro/Hibah Shaikh (VA) 6-3
  2. #59 Sofia Munera/Natasha Subhash (VA) vs. #26 Amelia Rajecki/Abigail Rencheli (ST) 4-5, unfinished
  3. Sophie Abrams/Priska Nugroho (ST) def. Elaine Chervinsky/Amber O’Dell (VA) 6-1

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