NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The No. 6 Virginia women’s tennis team (9-2) picked up a 4-2 victory at No. 21 Notre Dame (8-3) on Friday (Feb. 23) at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in Notre Dame, Ind.

The Cavaliers won the doubles point and picked up victories on singles courts three, five and six. Grad student Natasha Subhash clinched the victory for the Cavaliers in their ACC opener.

Sophomore Annabelle Xu and senior Sara Ziodato opened the match with a 6-3 win on the third doubles court. Juniors Mélodie Collard and Elaine Chervinsky clinched the point with a 7-5 win on the top court.

In singles, Chervinsky sailed through a 6-2, 6-1 win on court five to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead. The Irish picked up a straight-set win at two to make it 2-1. Collard, who had battled to a 12-10 win in the tiebreaker to decide her first set against Akari Matsuno on six, won her second set 6-4 to give UVA the 3-1 lead. Notre Dame won in three sets on four to make it 3-2, but Subhash closed out a three-setter against Yashna Yellayi, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to clinch the victory.


  • Virginia closes out the weekend playing at Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.

#6 Virginia 4, #21 Notre Dame 2
Singles competition

  1. Page Freeman (ND) vs. #20 Hibah Shaikh (VA) 4-6, 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
  2. Julia Andreach (ND) def. #113 Annabelle Xu (VA) 6-2, 6-2
  3. Natasha Subhash (VA) def. Yashna Yellayi (ND) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
  4. Bojana Pozder (ND) def. #72 Sara Ziodato (VA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
  5. #65 Elaine Chervinsky (VA) def. Nibi Ghosh (ND) 6-2, 6-1
  6. #92 Melodie Collard (VA) def. Akari Matsuno (ND) 7-6 (10), 6-4

Doubles competition

  1. #20 Melodie Collard/Elaine Chervinsky (VA) def. #32 Julia Andreach/Carrie Beckman (ND) 7-5
  2. Page Freeman/Nibi Ghosh (ND) vs. #17 Natasha Subhash/Hibah Shaikh (VA) 5-6, unfinished
  3. Annabelle Xu/Sara Ziodato (VA) def. Akari Matsuno/Yashna Yellayi (ND) 6-3

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