COLUMBIA, S.C. – Head Coach Paul Kostin of the Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis program has talked all year about getting better every time his team steps on the court.

The Black & Gold look like they are listening, reeling off their eight straight win with a decisive 6-1 win on the road at South Carolina.

"I knew coming into the year that we have some talented guys, but it's a group that needs to be focused every time they step on the court," Kostin said. "Over the past couple weeks, we've done just that. We have to come with the same hunger and determination every time."

It wasn't easy, but the Rams secured the doubles point when sophomores Jaime Vazquez Catoira and Camill Salomon toughed out a 9-8 (2) win over Ivan Machado and Nick Jones at the top doubles position.

Sophomore Max Wennakoski kept momentum on VCU's side with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win at the second singles spot, while freshman Antoine Baroz breezed to a 7-5, 6-2 victory at the fourth singles position.

Vazquez Catoira secured the match victory for the Black & Gold with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Chip Cox at #3 singles, while senior Tim Johannsen and Salomon also notched singles wins to wrap up the dominating day for VCU.

The Rams wrap up their Spring Break action with a home match against in-state rival, Virginia Tech, in a 1 p.m. showdown at Thalhimer Tennis Center.

No. 56 VCU 6, South Carolina 1

1. Jaime Vazquez/Camill Salomon (VCU) def. Ivan Machado / Nick Jones (SC) 9-8 (2)
2. Alexander Kostanov / Chip Cox (SC) def. Tim Johannsen/Antoine Baroz (VCU) 8-2
3. Max Wennakoski/Filip Svensson (VCU) def. Johannes Pulsfort / Chris Sheehan (SC) 8-6
1. Tim Johannsen (VCU) def. Ivan Machado (SC) 6-3, 6-7 (1), 1-0 (7)
2. Max Wennakoski (VCU) def. Alexander Kostanov (SC) 6-2, 6-3
3. Jaime Vazquez (VCU) def. Chip Cox (SC) 7-6 (2), 6-4
4. Antoine Baroz (VCU) def. Nick Jones (SC) 7-5, 6-2
5. Camill Salomon (VCU) def. Johannes Pulsfort (SC) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7)
6. Harry Menzies (SC) def. Filip Svensson (VCU) 6-1, 6-2