The No. 28 Wake Forest women’s tennis team came up short as No. 22 Virginia defeated the Demon Deacons on Sunday afternoon 5-2 in the team’s regular season finale in Charlottesville, Va.
The Demon Deacons (17-12, 5-9 ACC) came out in a strong start with a solid doubles performance in their second-consecutive match. In doubles, Emma Davis and Chandler Carter pushed Wake Forest ahead with a 6-3 win over Virginia’s No. 16 ranked pair of Rosie Johanson and Meghan Kelley.
The Cavaliers (15-7, 9-5 ACC) then answered with a win at No. 2 with Kelley defeating Eliza Omirou 6-4, 6-3. Anna Ulyashchenko and Courtney Meredith clinched the opening doubles point at No. 3, with the Demon Deacons by winning a tiebreaker.
Wake Forest began widening its lead to 2-0 once Davis picked up a win in No. 1 singles when Johanson retired following the first set.
But Virginia gained momentum by taking the first set in five out of six matches. The Cavaliers picked up their first win from Teodora Radosavljevic at the No. 5 singles match to cut their deficit to 2-1.
Virginia rod the momentum as the Cavaliers won at No. 3 and No. 2 in straight-sets to take a 3-2 lead in the match.
Wake Forest will compete in the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship in Cary on Wednesday. The Demon Deacons are set to play at 11:30 a.m. as the No. 11 seed, taking on No. 14 Notre Dame.