NORFOLK, Va. – Every time you reach a championship it's a good thing.
For the Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team, Saturday's 4-1 win over UNC Wilmington was much more than just a win in the Colonial Athletic Association Semi-Finals. It was payback.
The Seahawks upset the Rams last year in the CAA Finals, 4-3, after Thibaut Charron (Sens, France) suffered a devastating knee injury prior to the match.
This year was a different story as the Black & Gold swept through the singles matches en route to the victory. It marks the 14th time in the past 15 seasons that VCU has appeared in the CAA Championship on the men's side.
After dropping the doubles points to UNC Wilmington, freshman Krisztian Kroscko (Budapest, Hungary) changed momentum with a quick 6-1, 6-1 win over the Seahawks' Ryan Ybarra at #3 singles.
Then it was Charron's turn as he put the Rams up 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Michael Pereira at #1 singles.
Sophomore Filip Svensson (Angelholm, Sweden) put VCU within one win of the CAA Championship with a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 singles. Freshman Max Wennakoski (Helsinki, Finland) secured the victory for the Black & Gold with a 6-2, 7-5 win at #4.
The Rams will face top-seeded William & Mary for the title on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. It will be the seventh time that these two schools have met in the CAA Finals.
#2 VCU 4, #3 UNC Wilmington 1
#1 Thibaut Charron (VCU) d. Michael Pereira (UNCW), 6-2, 6-1
#2 Tim Johannsen (VCU) vs. Kinshuk Sharma (UNCW), 1-6, 6-4, 2-0 - DNF
#3 Krisztian Krocsko (VCU) d. Ryan Ybarra (UNCW), 6-1, 6-1
#4 Max Wennakoski (VCU) d. Kosta Blank (UNCW), 6-2, 7-5
#5 Camill Salomon (VCU) vs. Illia Ziamtsou (UNCW), 6-7 (3), 0-3 - DNF
#6 Filip Svensson (VCU) d. Chris Cooprider (UNCW), 6-2, 6-1
Singles Order of Finish: 3, 1, 6, 4
#1 Sharma/Cooprider (UNCW) d. Charron/Krocsko (VCU), 8-4
#2 Johannsen/Salomon (VCU) vs. Pereira/Ybarra (UNCW), 4-4 - DNF
#3 Ziamtsou/Blank (UNCW) d. Wennakoski/Svensson (VCU), 8-2
Doubles Order of Finish: 1, 3
July 22, 2010 CHARRON EARNS FIRST-TEAM ALL-STATE ACCOLADES
April 18, 2010 RAMS CAPTURE 12TH CAA TITLE WITH 4-1 WIN OVER WILLIAM & MARY
April 11, 2010 RAMS WRAP UP 2010 SEASON WITH 6-1 WIN OVER SOUTH ALABAMA
April 7, 2010 RAMS TOPPLED BY #23 VIRGINIA TECH, 5-2
April 4, 2010 RAMS FALL AT 14TH-RANKED LOUISVILLE, 5-1
March 27, 2010 RAMS EXACT REVENGE WITH 4-3 WIN OVER UNC WILMINGTON
March 24, 2010 CHARRON SHINES, BUT RAMS FALL TO TOP-RANKED VIRGINIA
March 19, 2010 RAMS FALL TO #17 OKLAHOMA, 4-1, AT BLUE/GRAY CLASSIC
March 11, 2010 RAMS GET BACK ON TRACK WITH 5-2 WIN OVER SMU
February 28, 2010 RAMS DROP ANOTHER CLOSE ONE, 4-3, TO #22 NORTH CAROLINA
February 24, 2010 RAMS GET BACK ON TRACK WITH 5-2 WIN OVER MONARCHS
February 21, 2010 BLACK & GOLD FALL TO #21 DUKE, 6-1
February 17, 2010 RAMS DROP ANOTHER CLOSE MATCH, FALL TO WILLIAM & MARY, 4-3
February 14, 2010 RAMS BATTLE #15 WAKE FOREST HARD, BUT FALL 4-3
February 12, 2010 RAMS SWEEP THEIR WAY PAST TEMPLE, 7-0
January 30, 2010 RAMS FALL TO #43 SOUTH CAROLINA, DEFEAT UTAH AT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND
January 23, 2010 RAMS PICK UP TWO WINS ON FIRST DAY OF 4-1 INVITATIONAL