The No. 14 Virginia women’s tennis team opened the home portion of its schedule Thursday with a 7-0 victory over VCU at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
The Cavaliers (2-1) won the doubles point with victories on courts one and three before sweeping the singles matches to earn the victory over the Rams (1-1).
“The team was really excited to get out on our home courts and play in front of our family and friends today,” Virginia coach Sara O’Leary said. “We’re proud of the way they responded after a tough road trip last weekend. We had some very close matches and had some chances, but I think in that match at Ohio State we learned so much about ourselves and grew from that match. I’m excited to see how they responded today and moving forward to the rest of the season.”
With a 1-0 lead entering singles, Natasha Subhash and Rosie Johanson put the Cavaliers on the brink of clinching the match with straight-set victories at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Vivian Glozman clinched the victory for the Wahoos with a win at the fifth spot in the lineup.
Hibah Shaikh, Emma Navarro and Amber O’Dell closed things out with wins on courts four, one and six, respectively.
Virginia will host No. 18 South Carolina on Saturday in a 4 p.m. match at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Spaanstra on MAC Hermann watch list
Alexa Spaanstra, a junior forward on the Virginia women’s soccer team, has been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the Missouri Athletic Club and the United Soccer Coaches announced on Thursday.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. This year’s award was pushed back to accommodate the seasons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners will be announced May 27 at the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Press Conference and Banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
A three-year starter for the Cavaliers, Spaanstra is a three-time All-ACC selection and has been named to the ACC Championships All-Tournament team all three seasons. She was a 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection as a freshman. Spaanstra has tallied 18 goals and 20 assists in her career, including five game-winning goals. In a shortened season this past fall, she tallied six goals and a pair of assists while playing in eight matches.