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Virginia’s season ends with 4-1 loss in NCAA Round of 16

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

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The No. 13 Virginia women’s tennis team had its season end in the Round of 16 of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship with a 4-1 loss against No. 3 Georgia on Sunday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

Georgia (22-1) won the doubles point and picked up singles victories on courts two, three and five. Freshman Hibah Shaikh (Teaneck, N.J.) earned a point for UVA (16-7) with a victory on singles court four.

The Bulldogs held an early advantage in doubles with a 6-2 win on court two, but senior Vivian Glozman (Bellevue, Wash.) and Shaikh countered with a 6-2 win of their own on court three. Freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) and senior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, Canada) were edged 6-4 on the top court by the No. 6 doubles team of Katarina Jokic and Ariana Arseneault to give the point to Georgia.

In singles, Georgia took a 2-0 lead with a straight-set victory on court three. On court five, O’Dell dropped her first set in a tiebreaker against No. 52 Marta Gonzalez, and then fell 6-3 in the second set to give Georgia a 3-0 lead.

The other four courts were all three-set battles.

Shaikh had won her first set 6-4 but lost her second 6-0 on court four against Morgan Coppoc. She battled back to win the third set 6-2 to put the Cavaliers on the board.

On court two, sophomore Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.) had won her first set 6-2 against Lea Ma, but dropped the second 6-3. The two battled to a 6-6 deadlock in the second set, forcing a tiebreaker. Subhash held an early 2-0 lead, but Ma rallied and won 7-4 to close out the victory.

Court one featured a head-to-head showdown between Navarro, ranked No. 3 in singles, and Jokic, ranked fourth. The match was abandoned with Jokic leading 5-3 in the third set.

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