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‘Hoos fall in semifinals of Cavalier Match Play

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

The No. 12 Virginia women’s team won its quarterfinal match and lost in the semifinals during the first day of competition at the Cavalier Match Play tournament at Birdwood Golf course. No. 2 Duke will face No. 14 Virginia Tech in the event finals on Wednesday while the Cavaliers will battle Maryland for third place.

The Hoos downed NC State 5-0 during the morning round and fell to No. 14 Virginia Tech 3-2 in the afternoon.

In UVA’s quarterfinal win vs. the Wolfpack, Riley Smyth picked up a 2 Up victory against Monika Vicario, Celeste Valinho won 1 Up versus Isabel Amezcua, Beth Lillie won 3&1 playing Natalie Ambruester and Virginia Bossi defeated Inja Fric 2&1. Jennifer Cleary needed 21 holes to pick up her victory against Lea Klimentova.

Smyth recorded a 3 UP win against Virginia Tech Alyssa Montgomery and Virginia Bossi picked up a 19-hole win vs. Jessica Spicer for the Cavaliers two wins against the Hokies. UVA’s Lillie dropped a close match to Becca DiNunzio 1 Down, Valinho was defeated by the Hokies’ Keera Foocharoen 4 Down and Cleary lost to VT’s Emily Mahar 3 Down.

In other quarterfinal matches, No. 2 Duke dispatched Richmond 5-0, No. 14 Virginia Tech handed North Carolina a 3-2 loss and No. 20 Maryland downed Louisville 3-2.

In the consolation semifinals, Louisville defeated Richmond 4-1. Play was suspended due to darkness with North Carolina and NC State undecided.

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