The Virginia women's tennis team suffered their first loss of the conference season, dropping a 4-3 decision to Maryland at College Park. Virginia, ranked 11th in the country, dropped to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.
"It was a rough day for us," said head coach Mark Guilbeau. "Our level of play was not strong enough on enough of the courts. The bottom line is that although our effort was good, especially on the deciding court, we put ourselves in a difficult situation by not playing well during several stages of the match, none more important than at the beginning of doubles. I feel bad for this team and hopefully we can bounce back from this and have more success in the future. Give a lot of credit to Maryland. Displaying passion for your sport and competing is a large part of what athletics is about; their coach and team showed that today."
Full details below the fold. The Hoos will try to get back on track with two home matches against ACC foes next weekend. Virginia will host No. 6 Miami on Saturday at noon and No. 35 Florida State on Sunday at 11 a.m.
#34 Maryland 4, #11 Virginia 3
1. Sanchez-Quintanar/Sanford (Md) def. #20 Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVa) 8-5
2. Belzunce/Luus (Md) def. Fuccillo/Vierra (UVa)
3. Hardenbergh/Peretz (UVa) def. Hansbrough/Huschke (Md) 8-3
1. #121 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Md) def. #55 Emily Fraser (UVa) 6-2, 6-2
2. #71 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVa) def. Ana Belzunce (Md) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jordan Sanford (Md) def. #96 Hana Tomljanovic (UVa) 6-4, 6-3
4. #80 Erin Vierra (UVa) def. Julia Huschke (Md) 6-1, 6-2
5. Welma Luus (Md) def. Maria Fuccillo (UVa) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Caryssa Peretz (UVa) def. Jordan Hansbrough (Md) 6-1, 7-5