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Cavaliers earn first ACC title in program history
CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) – In a grueling match that lasted nearly five hours in temperatures that soared above 85 degrees, Virginia defeated Duke, 4-2, to win the 2014 ACC Women’s Championship held at Cary Tennis Park.
The ACC title – a first in Cavaliers’ program history – was the second of the day for Virginia, as the men’s team also won the title.
“These are the types of matches that you want to play in,” said coach Mark Guilbeau. “We haven’t been able to play in these huge matches in the past, and now, we are getting the opportunity to do that. It is a neat thing, and this is a great moment.”
The Cavaliers grabbed an early lead in the match, as they were able to earn wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The lead only grew for Virginia, as they carried momentum into singles play with wins by Championship MVP Danielle Collins at No. 2 singles and Stephanie Nauta at No. 3 singles.
Despite the deficit, Duke gathered itself and delivered a response of its own by scoring two victories that cut the lead to 3-2.
With matches at No. 1 and No. 3 deadlocked at one set apiece, the Cavaliers needed a victory by either Julia Elbaba or Stephanie Nauta to clinch the title.
With the match momentum teetering, Nauta gave Virginia the victory that it needed by defeating the Blue Devils’ Hanna Mar, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), in a singles match that lasted three hours and 16 minutes.
No. 3 Virginia 4, No. 5 Duke 2
1. #4 Julia Elbaba (VA) vs. #7 Beatrice Capra (DU) 5-7, 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
2. #36 Danielle Collins (VA) def. #26 Ester Goldfeld (DU) 6-3, 6-1
3. #62 Stephanie Nauta (VA) def. #35 Hanna Mar (DU) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Chalena Scholl (DU) def. #69 Rachel Pierson (VA) 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
5. Maci Epstein (VA) def. #113 Alyssa Smith (DU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-1
6. Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Caryssa Peretz (VA) 7-5, 6-3
1. #5 Beatrice Capra/Hanna Mar (DU) def. Li Xi/Stephanie Nauta (VA) 8-3
2. #13 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (VA) def. #30 Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (DU) 8-6
3. Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein (VA) def. #88 Chalena Scholl/Annie Mulholland (DU) 8-6
Duke 24-4; National ranking #6
Virginia 21-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,3,4,5)
2014 ACC Championship Match