RAMS TOP PENN FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

Score: VCU 4, Penn 2

Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)

Date: Jan. 28, 2018

Records: VCU 5-0, Penn 0-3

The short story: VCU men's tennis extended its season-opening win streak to five matches with a 4-2 triumph over Penn on Sunday afternoon.

OPENING SERVE

  • The Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point. Sophomore Javier Amantegui and junior Arvid Noren defeated RJ Sands and Nicholai Westergaard 6-4 at No. 2 doubles, before freshman duo Inigo Torre Martin and Timo Zgraggen took down Aleks Huryn and Max Cancilla 7-5 to clinch the point.
  • Noren breezed through his No. 3 singles match against Dmitry Shatalin, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
  • The Quakers tied the match at 2-2 with wins at No. 4 and No. 1 singles.
  • Amantegui was leading his No. 2 singles match in the third set when his opponent, Josh Pompan, pulled out due to illness.
  • Zgraggen clinched the win for the Rams, defeating Huryn in a third-set tiebreak at No. 5 singles.

THE RESULTS

Doubles
1- Vitor Lima/Philip Mobius (VCU) vs. Kyle Mautner/Dmitry Shatalin (PENN)  6-6 DNF
2- Javier Amantegui/Arvid Noren (VCU) def. RJ Sands/Nicholai Westergaard (PENN) 6-4
3- Inigo Torre Martin/Timo Zgraggen (VCU) def. Aleks Huryn/Max Cancilla (PENN)  7-5

Order of finish: 2, 3

Singles
1- Kyle Mautner (PENN) def. Vitor Lima (VCU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
2- Javier Amantegui (VCU) def. Josh Pompan (PENN) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1 Penn Default due to illness
3- Arvid Noren (VCU) def. Dmitry Shatalin (PENN)  6-1, 6-3
4- Max Cancilla (PENN) def. Philip Mobius (VCU) 6-2, 7-5
5- Timo Zgraggen (VCU) def. Nicholai Westergaard (PENN)  7-5, 4-6, 7-6(2)
6- Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) vs. Aleks Huryn (PENN)  7-5, 1-0 DNF
Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 5

UP NEXT

With the home match against Richmond postponed, the next scheduled match for the Rams is a home dual against East Tennessee State on Saturday, Feb. 10. First serve at Thalhimer Tennis Center is set for 10 a.m.

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