Women’s Tennis: Adams & Collard’s run comes to end in NCAA Doubles semis

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Virginia women’s tennis players Julia Adams and Mélodie Collard fell in the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship on Friday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

Adams and Collard, who are ranked No. 10 in the ITA doubles rankings, were edged 6-4, 7-6 (3) against North Carolina’s No. 11 Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig.

It will be an all-North Carolina final in doubles with Rese Brantmeier and Elizabeth Scotty advancing from the other side of the bracket.

This is the second time in program history that a Cavalier duo has advanced to the semifinals, matching the run of Rosie Johanson and Emma Navarro in 2021.

Adams and Collard earn All-America honors for doubles with their finish in the championship. They finish the season with a record of 24-6 as a doubles team.

Adams and Collard opened the tournament on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-3 win against No. 23 Amelia Honer and Kira Reuter of UC Santa Barbara. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers won a pair of tiebreakers to take down No. 9 Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki of NC State, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) in the Round of 16. They topped No. 17 Katherine Duong and Megan Hesuer of Illinois 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Adams earned at-large invitations to compete in both the singles and doubles championships. Natasha Subhash earned an at-large invitation to the singles championship.

Adams lost in the first round of the singles tournament while Subhash defeated No. 48 Daria Kuczer of Tennessee in the opener before falling against No. 14 Fangran Tian in the Round of 32. Tian has advanced to Saturday’s singles final.

Adams played four seasons at Furman before coming to Virginia as a grad transfer in the fall of 2022. This is Adams’s second straight year of playing in both the singles and doubles championships and her third overall appearance in doubles. This is Collard’s first time playing in the individual championships.

64 #50 Layne Sleeth (Oklahoma) def. #61 Julia Adams (Virginia) 6-2, 6-3
64 #53 Natasha Subhash (Virginia) def. #48 Daria Kuczer (Tennessee) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
32 #14 Fangran Tian (UCLA) def. #53 Natasha Subhash (Virginia) 6-4, 6-0

32 #10 Mélodie Collard/Julia Adams (Virginia) def. #23 Amelia Honer/Kira Reuter (UC Santa Barbara) 6-4, 6-3
16 #10 Mélodie Collard/Julia Adams (Virginia) def. #9 Nell Miller/Amelia Rajecki (NC State Wolfpack) 7-6, 7-6
QF #10 Julia Adams/Mélodie Collard (Virginia) def. #17 Katherine Duong/Megan Heuser (Illinois) 6-1, 6-3
SF #11 Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig (UNC) def. #10 Julia Adams/Mélodie Collard (Virginia) 6-4, 7-6 (3)