Women’s Tennis: Cavaliers come up short, 4-2, at Michigan in NCAA Round of 16

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The Virginia women’s tennis team had its season come to an end in the Round of 16 of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Tennis Team Championship with a 4-2 loss against Michigan on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor.

Virginia (20-7) hopped out to a 2-0 lead, but Michigan won four straight singles matches for the victory.

The Cavaliers took the doubles point after Julia Adams and Mélodie Collard won 6-1 on court two and Natasha Subhash and Annabelle Xu won 6-4 on two.

Hibah Shaikh made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Andrea Cerdan on singles court four.

Michigan (25-3) then picked up straight-set wins on courts one five and two to take a 3-2 lead. Gala Mesochoritou clinched the Wolverine victory with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win on court six.

The Cavaliers are the No. 12 seed in the tournament but are No. 11 in the latest ITA team rankings. Michigan is the No. 5 seed and the No. 5 team in the rankings. This was Virginia’s eighth time advancing to the Round of 16.

Adams and Collard will be competing in the NCAA Doubles Championship May 22-27 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Adams and Subhash will play in the singles championship at the same location.


1. #36 Kari Miller (MICH) def. #61 Julia Adams (VA) 6-4, 6-4
2. #22 Nicole Hammond (MICH) def. #53 Natasha Subhash (VA) 6-4, 6-3
3. #51 Julia Fliegner (MICH) vs. #92 Annabelle Xu (VA) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
4. Hibah Shaikh (VA) def. Andrea Cerdan (MICH) 6-2, 6-0
5. Lily Jones (MICH) def. Sara Ziodato (VA) 6-1, 6-4
6. Gala Mesochoritou (MICH) def. Mélodie Collard (VA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

1. #10 Julia Adams/Mélodie Collard (VA) def. Jaedan Brown/Andrea Cerdan (MICH) 6-1
2. Natasha Subhash/Annabelle Xu (VA) def. Lily Jones/Julia Fliegner (MICH) 6-4
3. Merri Kelly/Kari Miller (MICH) vs. Sara Ziodato/Hibah Shaikh (VA) 4-4, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,5,2,6)