When We Last Left Our Heroes
The women's tennis team had scored an unlikely upset over ACC champions and #3 seeded North Carolina to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for only the second time in program history. The defending national champions Vanderbilt awaited.
How Did It Go?
After having just about everything go right against the Tar Heels, the bounces turned against the Hoos this time, resulting in a 4-2 loss to the Commodores. Virginia came out flat in doubles and got pounded at #2 and #3 doubles, 6-0. Danielle Collins, however, responded with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory at #1 singles over Sydney Campbell to tie the match at 1-1.
From there on, very little went right for the Cavaliers. Vanderbilt won four first sets, and cruised to straight set victories at #3 and #5 singles to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman Meghan Kelley gave Virginia a shred of hope when she closed out a 6-4, 6-3 victory at #4 singles for a second point, but Vanderbilt clinched a semifinal berth with Frances Altick's 6-4, 6-2 win over Julia Elbaba at #2 singles.
Virginia finished the season with a 19-11 record.
Collins and Elbaba will play in the NCAA singles tournament starting on Wednesday, and Kelley will join Collins in the first round of the doubles tournament on Thursday. Collins won the 2014 NCAA Single Championship, and will be the #2 seed overall in the bracket.