March 11, 2011

RAMS BLOW PAST TEMPLE, 7-0, TO POST SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN

RICHMOND, Va. – After winning collecting his 900th career victory this past Sunday, the only Head Coach Paul Kostin could mention was that he wanted to make it to 1,000.

On Friday afternoon, Kostin took the first step in that direction as his Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team blew past Temple, 7-0, to post their sixth straight win to improve to 13-3 this spring.

"I really think the two losses we took a couple weeks ago gave our guys a new sense of urgency and focus," Kostin said. "We're not good enough to just walk through any matches, but if we come with that sense of urgency and an enhanced focus, we're going to have a great chance of accomplish the goals we have set for this spring."

As has been a habit of late, the Rams blew through the doubles competition, allowing no more than four points in a match, highlighted with an 8-0 sweep by senior Tim Johannsen and freshman Antoine Baroz. (pictured, right)

Singles competition was much the same story with sophomore Jaime Vazquez Catoira getting things started with an easy 6-2, 6-0 over Andrey Morozov at the third singles position.

Johannsen and sophomore Max Wennakoski kept things going for the Black & Gold with 6-2, 6-2 victories at the top two singles spots, which secured the match victory for VCU.

Freshman Alejandro Argente and junior Filip Svensson also posted straight set victories for the Rams.

VCU returns to action on Monday when they take on a tough South Alabama squad in a neutral site match, hosted by Old Dominion University. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

#53 VCU 7, Temple 0
Doubles:

1. Vazquez/Salomon d. F. Rams/Morozov, 8-3
2. Johannsen/Baroz d. Gishkaev/Hairston, 8-0
3. Wennakoski/Svensson d. Vizhunov/K. Rams, 8-4
Singles:
1. Johannsen d. F. Rams, 6-2, 6-2
2. Wennakoski d. K. Rams, 6-2, 6-2
3. Vazquez d. Morozov, 6-2, 6-0
4. Baroz d. Vizhunov, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
5. Svensson d. Stekolshikov, 6-3, 7-5
6. Argente d. Gishkaev, 6-4, 6-3

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