March 2, 2011

RAMS DEFEAT CAA RIVAL GEORGIA STATE, 6-1, FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis program has won 12 of the past 15 Colonial Athletic Association Championships.

On Wednesday, the Rams sent a message to the rest of the league that they are on a message to defend that title with a 6-1 throttling of Georgia State at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. The Panthers had entered the day with a 10-game winning streak, including a 5-2 defeat of Old Dominion on Monday afternoon.

"The league is competitive this year, so our guys need to be sharp in today's match and that's what we were able to do," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "We've done a nice job of continuing to work hard and improve with each match. In order to be a good team, that's what we have to do."

Sophomores Jaime Vazquez Catoira and Camill Salomon helped the Black & Gold sweep the doubles action with a 9-7 victory over Thomas Cook and Victor Valente at the top doubles spot.

VCU's lead grew to 3-0 after senior Tim Johannsen and junior Filip Svensson posted straight set wins at the first and fifth singles positions.

Freshman Antoine Baroz secured the win for the Rams with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 defeat of Juan Pablo Gutierrez at the fourth singles spot.

Vazquez and Salomon rounded out the day with singles victories of their own to clinch the 6-1 win and improves the Black & Gold's record to 11-3 on the spring season.

The Rams return to action on Sunday morning when the Colonels of George Washington come to Richmond for an 11 a.m. showdown.  

No. 58 VCU 6, Georgia State 1
Doubles

Vazquez/Salomon def. Cook/Valente, 9-7
Johannsen/Baroz def. Spinks/Badger, 8-4
Wennakoski/Svensson def. Gutierrez/Santana, 9-7
Singles
Johannsen def. Townes, 6-1, 6-3
Valente def. Wennakoski, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Vazquez def. Cook, 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3
Baroz def. Gutierrez, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
Svensson def. Verpeaux, 6-3, 6-3
Salomon def. Santana, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
Order of finish: 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, 6

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