May 14, 2011
From Army Athletic Communications
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Army's women's tennis season came to an end on Saturday with a 4-0 loss at No. 11 Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Championship. The Black Knights end the season with a 23-8 mark which included their 12th Patriot League title and 11th NCAA Tournament berth.
With showers covering Charlottesville, the match against the Cavaliers (19-7) was moved inside to Virginia's Boar's Head Sports Club.
UVA opened with a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point with a pair of wins at No. 1 and No. 2. The Virginia lineup featured two ranked doubles pairs - No. 32 Lindsey Herdenbergh and Erin Vierra playing at No. 1, and 20th-ranked Emily Fraser and Hana Tomljanovic competing at No. 2.
Senior Annie Houghton and freshman Jamila Paul faced Herdenbergh and Vierra, falling 8-4, while senior Annie Hang and sophomore Erin Colton lost, 8-1, to Fraser and Tomljanovic. Freshmen Margaret Iliev and Carly Riney faced Caryssa Peretz and Maria Fuccillo at No. 3, with the Virginia duo leading, 7-1, when the match was called.
Army's six combined games-won in doubles is the most by a Black Knight squad in NCAA Championship play since 2007 against No. 14 Fresno State. Houghton and Paul's wins total (four) ties an Army record for doubles games won in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, Niki Flach and Brooke Jones won four games (7-4) at No. 1 doubles against Fresno State, and in 2001 Melanie Bundoc and Melissa Sentelle lost 8-4 at No. 3 against 12th-seeded Washington.
The Cavaliers increased their lead to 2-0 when 60th-ranked Emily Fraser defeated Jamila Paul, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Paul finished her first year in Black & Gold with a 19-7 singles mark, including 8-3 in duals.
UVA jumped ahead 3-0 when 27th-ranked Lindsey Herdenbergh topped Annie Houghton, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles. Houghton, Army's all-time singles wins leader, finished her decorated career with a 98-51 record, including 65 victories at No. 1 singles in dual matches.
The Cavaliers clinched the victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles, as Maria Fuccillo topped freshman Emily Stein. Stein finishes her first year at West Point with an 18-10 mark, including 12-9 in dual matches.
Matches went unfinished at Nos. 3, 4 and 5. At No. 3, 101st-ranked Erin Vierra was ahead 6-3, 6-0 against Colton. At No. 4, 118th-ranked Hana Tomljanovic led Annie Hang, 6-2, 3-1, while at No. 5 Caryssa Peretz was leading freshman Della Taylor, 6-2, 5-1.
The Black Knights won a combined 13 games in singles play against UVA, the most since 2006 when Army collected 14 games against No. 3 Southern California.
Army drops to 0-11 all-time in NCAA Championship matches, while Virginia improves to 7-11. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series against the Black Knights, 2-0.
With the win, UVA advances to the second round for the third-straight season and fifth time in the last six years. The Cavaliers will face No. 25 North Carolina State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 11 Virginia - 4
Army - 0
1. #32 Hardenbergh/Vierra (V) def. Houghton/Paul, 8-4
2. #20 Fraser/Tomljanovic (V) def. Colton/Hang, 8-1
3. Peretz/Fuccillo (V) ahead of Iliev/Riney, 7-1 DNF
Order of finish: 2, 1
1. #27 Lindsey Hardenbergh (V) def. Annie Houghton, 6-0, 6-0
2. #60 Emily Fraser (V) def. Jamila Paul, 6-1, 6-0
3. #101 Erin Vierra (V) ahead of Erin Colton, 6-3, 5-0 DNF
4. #118 Hana Tomljanovic (V) ahead of Annie Hang, 6-2, 3-1 DNF
5. Caryssa Peretz (V) ahead of Della Taylor, 6-2, 5-1 DNF
6. Maria Fuccillo (V) def. Emily Stein, 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 6