A tennis tournament in Charlottesville is honoring the life and legacy of a University of Virginia lacrosse player killed by her ex-boyfriend.
Teams battled it out at the third annual One Love Tennis Tournament to benefit the foundation created in Yeardley Love's name to prevent dating violence. Love was murdered three years ago by her on-again off-again boyfriend - George Huguely.
Yeardley Love was known for playing lacrosse and her involvement in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, but friends say she also loved tennis. Sunday afternoon's tournament was a way to celebrate her life and raise money in her memory.
University of Virginia second-year Courtney Swan remembers Yeardley Love's beauty - inside and out.
"The first thing was she was absolutely gorgeous," Swan said. "She was just the sweetest girl because when I came here, my friend told me to meet three specific people and she was one of them."
Swan was in high school visiting UVA when she met Love. Swan and her UVA lacrosse teammates organized the tennis tournament at the Snyder Courts to benefit the One Love foundation.
"I think it was something outside of lacrosse that we wanted to kind of remember her by and I feel like tennis is kind of a sport everyone can kind of come together and play," said UVA lacrosse player Anne Thomas.
The tournament featured 32 teams of doubles. Registration costs will support the foundation's efforts to spread awareness about the dangers of dating violence - using Love's story to help victims recognize the signs before it's too late.
"I was the last grade who was here when Yeardley died so I think it's really important to have an event like this to carry her legacy on and educate others about what happened," said Kappa Alpha Theta sorority member Sophie Nosseir.
A legacy lives on by channeling Love's spirit on the courts.
"It's something positive coming out of something negative and I think that she would enjoy this tournament just as much as we do," Thomas said.
"At first I thought it was going to be, it's a little cold but it's beautiful and I think that just shows she's looking down," Swan said.
Last year's event raised more than $2,000 for the One Love foundation. Organizers expect to donate even more this year because more players took part in this weekend's tournament.
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