NORFOLK, Va. – Pretty soon, the VCU men's tennis program is going to need to have its own wing for all the trophies that keep accumulating.
For the 13th time in the past 17 seasons, the Black & Gold were crowned Colonial Athletic Association Champions after a dominating effort in the finals, 4-0, over third-seeded UNCW on Sunday morning.
"I'm proud of the way this team continued to work all year long and were determined to come back champions," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "They really wanted to get better every time they stepped on the courts and it showed over the last month or so when we were playing our best tennis of the year."
Inclement weather moved the match indoors, but that didn't stop the Rams from taking over from the start with the sophomore duo of Antoine Baroz (pictured, right) and Alexis Heugas setting the pace with an 8-4 win over the Seahawks' Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank at the top double spot.
The Rams continued their dominating play going on the singles courts with Wennakoski breezing past Cooprider at #2 singles, 6-1, 6-2.
Baroz, who was strong all tournament long for the Black & Gold, blasted Pedro Mol at the fourth singles spot, 6-3, 6-4 to bring VCU within one point of the title.
Junior Jaime Vazquez brought it home when he clinched a decisive 6-4, 6-1 win over Michael Reilly at the sixth singles spot.
VCU will now have nearly a month before learning their NCAA fate with the NCAA Tournament set to kick off on May 11th. It will be the 19th NCAA Tournament appearance under the guidance of Coach Kostin.
#1 VCU 4, #3 UNCW 0
#1 Alexis Heugas (VCU) vs. Rafael Aita (UNCW) – DNF, 6-2, 5-2
#2 Max Wennakoski (VCU) d. Chris Cooprider (UNCW), 6-1, 6-2
#3 Filip Svensson (VCU) vs. Kosta Blank (UNCW) – DNF, 6-2, 5-4
#4 Antoine Baroz (VCU) d. Pedro Mol (UNCW), 6-3, 6-4
#5 Alejandro Argente (VCU) vs. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) – DNF, 0-6, 6-2, 2-2
#6 Jaime Vazquez (VCU) d. Michael Reilly (UNCW), 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 6
#1 Heugas/Baroz (VCU) d. Cooprider/Blank (UNCW), 8-4
#2 Svensson/Wennakoski (VCU) d. Reilly/Sam Williams (UNCW), 8-4
#3 Argente/Vazquez (VCU) vs. Mol/Pereira (UNCW) – DNF, 7-7
Order of Finish: 1, 2