RICHMOND, Va. – On Saturday morning in Richmond, the 11th annual Monument Avenue 10k was run by nearly 40,000 participants.
While there is not quite that many players on the Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis roster, this upcoming stretch may feel like running a 10k for the Black & Gold.
If that's the case, the Rams have sped ahead of the competition through the first third after a 6-1 thrashing of Georgia State. The conference match is the first of a stretch of three matches in three days, two of which are against CAA foes, for the Black & Gold.
VCU swept through the doubles matches led by the duo of Alex Bara (Oradea, Romania) and Olena Leonchuk (Kiev, Ukraine) at #3 doubles with a 8-1 beat down of Kir Kemp and Lindsay Hearn.
Freshman Manuela Pietzuch (Hechingen, Germany) kept the momentum going into the singles competition with a 6-1, 6-0 win at #6 singles, followed by reigning CAA Player of the Week Kateryna Yergina (Kiev, Ukraine) picking up a straight set win at #2 singles, 6-2, 6-1.
Laura Burns (Hertford, England), Bara and senior Olena Leonchuk (Kiev, Ukraine) all went on to register singles wins and help the Rams secure their 14th win of the year.
Next up for the Black & Gold are the Terriers of Boston University in a 10 a.m. match on Sunday morning at Thalhimer Tennis Center. #24 VCU 6, Georgia State 1
1. Ana Bara/Hjertquist def. Nakic/Hricistova (GSU), 8-7 (5)
2. #47 Burns/Yergina def. Gresova/Lerova (GSU), 8-4
3. Alex Bara/Leonchuk def. Kemp-Hearn (GSU), 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
1. #28 Diana Nakic (GSU) def. Josefin Hjertquist (VCU), 6-1, 6-4
3. Yergina (VCU) def. Kir Kemp, 6-2, 6-1
5. Burns def. Katerina Gresova, 6-3, 6-0
4. Alex Bara def. Tereza Lerova, 6-3, 6-3
6. Leonchuk def. Linda Hricistova, 6-4, 6-2
6. Pietzuch def. Lindsay Hearn (GSU), 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6,2,3,5,1,4
April 26, 2010 CHARRON, YERGINA EARN MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS AWARDS
April 18, 2010 RAMS TOP WILLIAM & MARY, 4-3, TO CAPTURE THIRD CAA TITLE
April 17, 2010 RAMS ADVANCE TO CAA FINALS WITH 4-0 WIN OVER OLD DOMINION
April 3, 2010 LATE RALLY BY RICE DOOMS #27 RAMS, FALL 4-3
March 28, 2010 YERGINA LEADS RAMS TO 6-1 WIN OVER BOSTON UNIVERSITY
March 27, 2010 24TH-RANKED RAMS RETURN HOME TO DROP GEORGIA STATE, 6-1
March 18, 2010 #23 RAMS DOMINATE SINGLES, TOP TCU, 5-2
March 13, 2010 #19 RAMS BLAST MONARCHS OF ODU, 5-2
March 6, 2010 RAMS STAY HOT, ROLL PAST 25TH-RANKED VIRGINIA, 5-2
February 28, 2010 WIN STREAK REACHES SEVEN AS RAMS TOP IOWA STATE, 6-1
February 27, 2010 LEONCHUK, RAMS LOCK UP NITTANY LIONS, 5-2, PICK UP SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
February 23, 2010 BLACK & GOLD BATTLE PAST WINTHROP, 6-1, FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
February 21, 2010 RAMS THROTTLE PENN, 6-1, FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
February 20, 2010 RAMS BLOW PAST IN-STATE RIVAL VIRGINIA TECH, 5-2
February 13, 2010 RAMS ROLL PAST TEMPLE, 7-0
February 12, 2010 RAMS POUNCE ON #27 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL, 6-1
January 30, 2010 RAMS TOP #39 WAKE FOREST, FALL TO #1 DUKE AT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND
January 29, 2010 RAMS TOP #39 WAKE FOREST, FALL TO #1 DUKE AT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND
January 24, 2010 RAMS FALL AT #14 CLEMSON, 5-2