Women’s Tennis: No. 20 Virginia falls against No. 1 UNC, 4-1

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The No. 20 Virginia women’s tennis team opened conference play with a 4-1 loss against No. 1 North Carolina on Friday at the Virginia Tennis Facility at the Boar’s Head Resort.

The Cavaliers (6-3, 0-1 ACC) picked up two big victories on the doubles courts. Natasha Subhash and Elaine Chervinsky, who went 9-2 as a doubles team in the fall, rising to as high as a No. 3 ranking in doubles, played together for the first time in a dual match this year, topping Reese Brantmeier and Elizabeth Scotty 6-3 on court one.

Melodie Collard and Julia Adams clinched the point with a 6-3 victory against Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig on court two. Crawley and Tanguilig were ranked No. 1 in doubles in the final rankings of the fall and the first individual rankings of the spring but fell to No. 4 in this week’s updated computer rankings.

The Tar Heels (14-1, 1-0) evened the score in singles with a straight-set victory on court four. They went up 3-0 with two more straight-set wins on courts five and one. Chervinsky had taken her first set 6-3 against Tanguilig, who is ranked No. 7 in singles, on court three, but Tanguilig battled back to win 6-1, 6-2 in the final two sets to clinch the match.

Subhash was in a tiebreaker to decide the second set against Brantmeier, who is ranked No. 27 in singles, when play was abandoned. Subhash had taken the first set 6-4. Collard was also in a third set when play was abandoned.

Virginia will close out the weekend by hosting No. 10 Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.


1. #1 Fiona Crawley (NC) def. #38 Julia Adams (VA) 7-5, 6-3
2. #110 Natasha Subhash (VA) vs. #27 Reese Brantmeier (NC) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
3. #7 Carson Tanguilig (NC) def. Elaine Chervinsky (VA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. #56 Elizabeth Scotty (NC) def. Sara Ziodato (VA) 6-3, 6-4
5. #23 Anika Yarlagadda (NC) def. #92 Hibah Shaikh (VA) 6-4, 6-0
6. Melodie Collard (VA) vs. #75 Reilly Tran (NC) 3-6, 6-1, 3-4, unfinished

1. #7 Natasha Subhash/Elaine Chervinsky (VA) def. #37 Reese Brantmeier/Elizabeth Scotty (NC) 6-3
2. #41 Melodie Collard/Julia Adams (VA) def. #4 Fiona Crawley/Carson Tanguilig (NC) 6-3
3. Hibah Shaikh/Sara Ziodato (VA) vs. Reilly Tran/Anika Yarlagadda (NC) 2-5, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3)