STRONG DOUBLES NOT ENOUGH AGAINST NC STATE

Score: NC State 5, VCU 2

Date: Feb. 17, 2018

Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 6-2, NC State 7-0

The short story: Despite a strong performance in doubles, VCU fell to NC State 5-2 in a non-conference match on Saturday.

OPENING SERVE

  • After dropping No. 3 doubles, the Rams quickly responded with victories at No. 1 and 2 doubles to secure the first point of the match.
  • Juniors Vitor Lima and Philip Mobius teamed up to defeat Alexis Galarneau and Tadas Babelis 6-4, then sophomore Javier Amantegui and junior Arvid Noren took down Igor and Ivan Saveljic 6-3. Amantegui and Noren lead the Rams with seven doubles wins this season.
  • Mobius notched the lone VCU win in singles play, defeating Georgiy Malyshev in a third-set tiebreaker.
  • Lima battled against Galarneau, the 19th-ranked singles player in the country, but ultimately fell 6-1, 7-5.

THE RESULTS

Doubles
1- Vitor Lima/Philip Mobius (VCU) def. Alexis Galarneau/Tadas Babelis (NCSU)  6-4
2- Javier Amantegui/Arvid Noren (VCU) def. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NCSU)  6-3
3- Michael Ogden/Georgiy Malyshev (NCSU) def. Timo Zgraggen/Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) 6-3

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles
1- Alexis Galarneau (NCSU) def. Vitor Lima (VCU)  6-1, 7-5
2-  Tadas Babelis (NCSU) def. Javier Amantegui (VCU)  4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3- Igor Saveljic (NCSU) def. Arvid Noren (VCU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
4- Philip Mobius (VCU) def. Georgiy Malyshev (NCSU)  (5)6-7, 7-6(5), 10-7
5- Ivan Saveljic (NCSU) def. Timo Zgraggen (VCU)  6-1, 6-0
6- Robert Turzak (NCSU) def. Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) 7-5, 1-6, 10-8
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 5, 4, 6

UP NEXT

VCU returns to action in a week when it hosts Atlantic 10 rival George Washingon on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

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