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Cavaliers earn second consecutive ACC title
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Virginia Cavaliers captured the 2015 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship on Sunday, defeating Georgia Tech, 4-0, after weather forced a relocation to the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Virginia won its second consecutive title after taking home the crown last season, also marking the second conference championship in program history. The ACC title was the second of the day for the Cavaliers, as the men’s team also won their championship.
“Georgia Tech was unbelievable and give them a ton of credit,” Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau said. “You’re always fortunate to be here on that last day, and not to mention winning it. I’m so proud of the kids, everyone was fighting and no one was going to give a match away, and that has a tremendous impact. It feels good to win [a second straight ACC title] and Troy [Porco] and I are really happy for the kids.”
Virginia came out strong, earning the doubles point behind victories from their No. 1 and No. 2 teams of Skylar Morton/Julia Elbaba and Stephanie Nauta/Cassie Mercer. The Cavaliers kept the pedal to the medal in singles, earning an early point after a Georgia Tech retirement at No. 2, and then taking No. 3 with a solid straight set victory from Stephanie Nauta.
That set the stage for Tournament MVP Skylar Morton at No. 4 singles, who clinched the title for the Cavaliers, earning the victory 6-4, 6-3.
1. #5 Julia Elbaba (UVa) vs. #102 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 2-6, 6-3, 0-3 DNF
2. #19 Danielle Collins (UVa) def. #53 Paige Hourigan (GT) 6-4, retired
3. #36 Stephanie Nauta (UVa) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 6-4, 6-2
4. Skylar Morton (UVa) def. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 6-4, 6-3
5. Maci Epstein (UVa) vs. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 1-6, 6-4, 3-1 DNF
6. Cassie Mercer (UVa) vs. Megan Kurey (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 2-1 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4
1. Elbaba/Morton (UVa) def. #16 Woodard/Hourigan (GT) 8-4
2. Nauta/Mercer (UVa) def. Kurey/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 8-5
3. Collins/Epstein (UVa) vs. Renaud/McAdoo (GT) 7-5, DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2