8 Weekender Friday, October 28, 1977
Virginia has new hope
for match here today
By WILL WILSON
After the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tennis tournament three weeks
ago, Virginia probably figured something would have to give in order for it to defeat
North Carolina in their upcoming dual match. The Tar Heels won the ACC event,
while Virginia finished third, well back.
Evidently, something has happened, if comparative scores are any indication.
Yale came to Chapel Hill Oct. 16 and routed the Tar Heels, 7-2. The next day, the
Bulldogs drove up to Charlottesville and were beaten, 5-4.
So now, the Cavaliers have new optimism that they can handle Carolina. They
will get their chance at 2 p.m. today when they visit UNC's Country Club Road
courts to take on the Tar Heels, and Coach Homer Richards said Wednesday his
squad was anxious and ready to play.
"We're very up for the match," he said. "Any time it's ACC competition, it's a big
Virginia has won three of its four dual matches this fall, defeating West Virginia,
Madison and Yale. It fell, 6-3, to Princeton, a team Carolina defeated 5-4 in
Richards has had one less worry than UNC Coach Kitty Harrison this week the
weather. Virginia has three indoor courts, so rain or shine, it gets to practice every
But if the Tar Heels want to practice when it rains, they must go to Greensboro
and rent indoor courts there. The budget does not permit such a trek too often.
When Carolina lost to Yale, it was coming off three days of missed practices
because of rain. Yale had practiced at home and again on the Greensboro courts
during the period.
Harrison admitted after the match that the team just was beaten soundly, but she
blamed the layoff for much of the team's poor performance.
"I'm not going to let them stay out even two days again," she said Wednesday,
faced with a forecast of two days of rain. "1 may take them to Greensboro even if 1
have to do it at my own expense."
The loss to Yale is the only blemish on Carolina's fall record. They are 8-1 in dual
matches in addition to winning the ACC tournament. While it wouldn't take the
loss away, a win over Virginia would at least make Carolina feel it could have beaten
Yale if practice had not been interrupted.
Even though Carolina finished above the Cavs in the ACC event, it lost four of
the six individual matches it played against them.
The top four players in each lineup are expected to be the same todav as they were
then. Carolina has switched its fifth and sixth players, while Virginia has put Keri
O'Donnell in at No. 5, pushing her twin sister Cheri down to No. 6.
Virginia, with the same six players, lost to the Tar Heels during the spring, 5-4,
after winning by the same score with a slightly different lineup last fall. Both times,
Carolina's lineup barely resembled the one this season.
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last major hurdles to undefeated seasons today against Virginia. Hatcher, 12-0. will
play Cindy Brinker while Shands, 10-0, will take on Keri O'Donnell. Staff photo by
In tournament play last season, Virginia consistently finished ahead of the Tar
Heels. They won the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Region 1 1
championship here in May and went on to finish 12th nationally.
At No. 1, UNC's Susie Black lost to Barbara Goldman, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. UNC's
Carney Timberlake upset Beth Bondurant, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, at the second spot.
Virginia's Kappie Clark, at No. 4, defeated Margaret Scott in three sets in the
semifinals. In the top doubles match, Bondurant and Goldman last season's
regional champions, defeated Timberlake and Lloyd Hatcher, 6-4, 6-4.
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