The Virginia men’s and women’s tennis teams played against Duke on Friday at the Ambler Tennis Center in Durham, North Carolina. The Cavaliers and Blue Devils split the pair of games, with the No. 18 UVA men’s team sweeping Duke 4-0 and the No. 12 Virginia women’s team falling to the No. 9 Duke 4-3.
Men’s tennis: Virginia 4, Duke 0
Virginia’s Gianni Ross and William Woodall won their doubles match 6-2, then Inaki Montes and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg won 6-4 to earn the doubles point for the Cavaliers.
Ryan Goetz beat Duke’s Edu Guell 6-3, 6-1 to make it 2-0 in favor of UVA. Gianni Ross won their match 6-4, 6-2, then Inaki Montes beat Garrett Johns 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the 4-0 sweep for Virginia.
Montes’ straight-set victory concluded the match, so the other three matches, featuring UVA’s Chris Rodesch, Jeffrey von der Schulenburg and Jackson Allen, were suspended and unfinished.
With the win, Virginia moves to 7-5 and 1-0 in ACC play. The Cavaliers play at No. 27 North Carolina on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Women’s tennis: Virginia 3, Duke 4
This showdown between the top 12 opponents was a competitive battle from start to finish. Emma Navarro and Hibah Shaikh won their doubles match without losing a match, but Duke responded as Ellie Coleman and Eliza Omirou beat Natasha Subhash and Sara Ziodato 6-4. UVA managed to capture the doubles point as Sofia Munera and Amber O’Dell beat Chloe Beck and Margaryta Bilokin 6-4 to give Virginia a 1-0 lead in the match heading into the singles competition.
Duke quickly tied things at 1-1 as No. 11 Chloe Beck beat No. 15 Natasha Subhash in a near-perfect 6-0, 6-1 victory for the Blue Devils.
Hibah Shaikh salvaged a point for the Cavaliers, beating Ellie Coleman 6-1, 6-2 on Court 6. No. 28 Emma Navarro beat No. 19 Georgia Drummi 6-2, 6-4 to give UVA a 3-1 lead. The Hoos only needed to win one of the three singles matches still in play to clinch victory.
Duke’s Kelly Chen beat Sofia Munera 6-3, 6-3 and Margaryta Bilokin beat Sara Ziodato 6-1, 6-3 to tie the game at 3-3. Finally, in the only singles match that went to three sets, No. 53 Emma Jackson outlasted Amber O’Dell to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 and complete the victory 4-3 of Duke.
Virginia drops to 10-2 and 2-1 in ACC play. The Cavaliers play No. 1 North Carolina (14-0, 3-0 ACC) Sunday at 2 p.m. in a rematch of the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships from less than of a month, which ended in a 4-1 victory for the Tar Heels, who won the ITA Indoors title.
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