UVA tennis players suspended

Maci Epstein, Cassie Mercer and Skylar Morton, pictured, along with Victoria Olivarez and Meghan Kelley were suspended indefinitely from the UVA women's tennis team for reasons that aren't entirely clear.
UVA Athletics Maci Epstein, Cassie Mercer and Skylar Morton, pictured, along with Victoria Olivarez and Meghan Kelley were suspended indefinitely from the UVA women’s tennis team for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. UVA Athletics

University of Virginia women’s tennis team head coach Mark Guilbeau announced that five players on the team would be suspended indefinitely for “violations of team rules” just hours before the No. 7 nationally ranked Cavaliers took on South Carolina at the Boar’s Head Sports Club January 29.

Competing without five players, Virginia was forced to forfeit one of its doubles matches and one singles match, leading the team to its first loss of the season.

Guilbeau said seniors Maci Epstein and Skylar Morton, junior Victoria Olivarez, sophomore Cassie Mercer and freshman Meghan Kelley would not be allowed to resume competitive play until he reinstated them.

While Virginia Athletics did not reveal what team rules the players violated, the Daily Progress reports the players were suspended for leaving the Boar’s Head Inn during the snowstorm that hit Virginia on January 22 and 23.

For at least three of these players, however, the ban seems to have been lifted. At the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships that took place February 5 through 8, Kelley and Olivarez played in all three of Virginia’s matches.

In addition, Epstein was listed on Virginia’s final master lineup for the tournament.

Morton and Mercer were not listed in the lineup, and Guilbeau has not commented on whether these players remain suspended.

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