COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Winning on the road is never easy and the VCU men's tennis team found that out the hard way on Saturday afternoon.
The Black & Gold battled hard, but fell victim to the talented Terrapins of the University of Maryland, 5-2, in College Park, Md.
Sophomore Alejandro Argente and junior Jaime Vazquez picked up a doubles win in the third position and the Rams nearly took the doubles point, but Alexis Heugas and Antoine Baroz were barely edged at the top singles spot, 9-7, by the 21st-ranked duo of John Collins and Maros Horny.
Argente kept his strong play going in the singles competition with a straight set victory at the fourth position, 6-4, 6-2 over Andy Magee.
Maryland would pick up two more singles victories to take a 3-1 lead, but senior Filip Svensson brought the Black & Gold within one at 3-2 with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win at the third singles spot.
However, the Terrapins would take the next two singles matches to pick up the 5-2 win.
The Rams will return to action on Monday afternoon when they host the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisana-Lafayette at Thalhimer Tennis Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
Maryland 5, VCU 2
#1 - #21 John Collins/Maros Horny (MD) def. Alexis Heugas/Antoine Baroz, 9-7
#2 – Vlad Stefan/Tommy Laine (MD) def. Camill Salomon/Filip Svensson, 8-4
#3 – Alejandro Argente/Jaime Vazquez def. Jesse Kiuru/Andy Magee (MD), 8-6
#1 – Maros Horny (MD) def. Alexis Heugas, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2)
#2 – Vlad Stefan (MD) def. Antoine Baroz, 7-5, 6-1
#3 – Filip Svensson def. John Collins (MD), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
#4 – Alejandro Argente def. Andy Magee (MD), 6-4, 6-2
#5 - Tommy Laine (MD) def. Camill Salomon, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
#6 – Jesse Kiuru (MD) def. Jaime Vazquez, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-8)