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Virginia Tops Texas A&M at National Indoors

February 08, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 14 Virginia won the doubles point and then took command in singles by winning five of six first sets en route to a 4-0 victory over No. 7 Texas A&M in a consolation match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championship at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

It was the second consecutive loss for the Aggies, who fall to 3-2 on the season. Virginia improves to 4-1.

“Tonight we were outplayed by a home team that was really on,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “While the scoreboard doesn’t necessarily suggest it, I thought we played with the most focus and passion we have thus far in the young season. We will need to bounce back tomorrow and avoid any discouragement from tonight’s outcome.”

Virginia took a 1-0 lead after winning the first two doubles matches to be completed. The Cavaliers’ eighth-ranked tandem of Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson jumped out to a 2-0 lead against A&M’s 22nd-ranked Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu at the No. 1 line and kept the lead for the remainder of the match in a 6-2 victory.

The Cavaliers then clinched the point at the No. 2 line, where Danielle Collins and Li Xi held off 51st-ranked Rutuja Bhosale and Ines Deheza, 6-4.

Virginia’s Maci Epstein and Stephanie Nauta held a narrow 5-4 lead over A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska and Anna Mamalat at the No. 3 line when the match was stopped.

Nauta, ranked No. 85 in singles, gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead with a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mamalat at No. 4 singles. Epstein continued the scoring for Virginia, handing Hristov her first singles loss of the year with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 line.

In a match-up between top-15 players, 11th-ranked Elbaba topped No. 14 Stancu, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to clinch the 4-0 victory for the Cavaliers.

Deheza, playing third singles, was the only Aggie to win a first set, as she downed 43rd-ranked Pierson, 7-6, winning the tiebreaker, 7-4. Pierson held a 3-1 advantage in the second set when play was stopped.

Aggie freshman Jana McCord, making her second appearance of the season, had dropped her first set, 6-3, against Marie Faure at No. 6, but the second set was knotted at 4-4 before Virginia closed out the team victory and the match went unfinished.

The Aggies close out the tournament against former Big 12 Conference rival and 17th-ranked Texas on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CT)

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No. 14 Virginia 4, No. 7 Texas A&M 0
ITA National Team Indoor Championship (Consolation)
Boar’s Head Sports Club Chapel Hill, N.C.
February 8, 2014

1.     #11 Julia Elbaba (UVA) def. #14 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 6-1, 6-3
2.     Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) vs. #28 Danielle Collins (UVA), 4-6, 1-3 unfinished
3.     Ines Deheza (TAMU) vs. #43 Rachel Pierson (UVA), 7-6 (4), 1-3 unfinished
4.     #85 Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-1, 6-1
5.     Maci Epstein (UVA) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-4
6.     Jana McCord (TAMU) vs. Marie Faure (UVA), 3-6, 4-4 unfinished

Doubles (Virginia wins the point)
1.     #8 Elbaba/Pierson (UVA) def. #22 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU), 6-2
2.     Collins/Li Xi (UVA) def. #51 Rutuja Bhosale/I. Deheza (TAMU), 6-4
3.     Gavrilovska/Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Epstein/Nauta (UVA), 4-5, unfinished

Order of finish
Doubles:  1, 2
Singles: 4, 5, 1

Team records
Texas A&M: 3-2
Virginia: 4-1

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