BLACK & GOLD BATTLE PAST WINTHROP, 6-1, FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis program has appeared in the top-25 during six different years under the guidance of Head Coach Paul Kostin.

The Black & Gold is on its way to making that it seven different years as the Rams reeled off their fifth straight win in a 6-1 decision over the Eagles of Winthrop University on Tuesday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.

VCU started the afternoon off by picking up the doubles point. Sophomore Alex Bara (Oradea, Romania) and senior Olena Leonchuk (Kiev, Ukraine) dropped Lisa Wilkinson and Paula Pereira, 8-2, to lead the way for veterans Laura Burns (Hertford, England) and Kateryna Yergina (Kiev, Ukraine) to lock up the doubles point with an 8-6 win over Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portiolli.

Yergina then continued her hot play in singles, picking up her fourth consecutive straight-set victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Herrera. Bara followed with a near perfect 6-1, 6-0 decision over Portiolli to give the Black & Gold a 3-0 lead.  

Freshman Josefin Hjertquist (Spanga, Sweden) then secured the win for the Rams with a hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Yasmine Alkema at #2 singles. The stellar newcomer now moves to 20-5 overall and 7-2 in dual matches.

Leonchuk and Burns also picked up wins to improve to 9-1 and 8-1, respectively.

The Rams are back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Nittany Lions of Penn State visit Thalhimer for a 4 p.m. showdown.  

#27 VCU 6, #59 Winthrop  1

Doubles:
1. Zaytseva/Alkema def. Ana Bara/Hjertquist, 8-3
2. Burns/Yergina def. Herrera-Portiolli, 8-6
3. Alex Bara/Leonchuk def. Wilkinson/Periera, 8-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1

Singles:
1. Elizaveta Zaytseva def. Ana Bara, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8
2. Hjertquist def. Yasmine Alkema, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
3. Yergina def. Sandra Herrera, 6-1, 6-2
4. Alex Bara def. Giovanna Portiolli, 6-1, 6-0
5. Leonchuk def. Lisa Wilkinson, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
6. Burns def. Paula Pereira, 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 3,4,2,5,6,1

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