October 10, 2010

BARA, RAMS ROLL THROUGH HAMPTON ROADS COLLEGIATE INVITE

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University's Women's Tennis team saw success in singles and doubles actions at the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational. At the forefront of the Rams' success was the doubles pairing of Ana Bara (Oradea, Romania) and Josefin Hjertquist (Spanga, Sweeden). The duo won the Women's A1 Doubles draw after defeating Navy's Amanda Griffin and Kourtney Howell in the finals.

In the other doubles draw, the VCU duo of Daria Yakavleva (Minsk, Belarus) and Kateryna Yergina (Kiev, Ukraine) advanced to the semifinals of the bracket before falling to the team of Lauren Greco and Stephanie Wetmore of Georgetown University.

On the singles side of things, VCU's highlight was the all-Ram final in the Women's A2 Singles bracket. Ana Bara and Daria Yakavleva both advanced to the final. Each won three straight matches against opponents from Norfolk State, NJIT, Temple, James Madison and others.

The Rams will be back in action again on October 21st at the ITA Regionals in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ana Bara

W, Bailey (Temple) 6-2, 6-0
W, Bulling (James Madison) 6-2, 6-2

Hjertquist

L, Wetmore (Georgetown), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
W, Doran (Delaware) 8-1

Yakavleva

W, Jonsson (Norfolk State) 6-2, 6-0
W, Mayevska (NJIT) 6-3, 6-2
W, Safron (Delaware) 6-1, 6-1

Yerginia

W, Griffin (Navy) 6-2, 6-2
W, Unkaya (Drexel) 6-0, 6-1
L, Sanford (Maryland) 6-3, 6-4

Ana Bara / Hjertquist

W, Thomas / McCoy (Morgan State) 8-1
W, Saavedra / Taylor (Army) 9-7
W, Griffin / Howell (Navy) 8-5

Yakavleva / Yergina

L, Greco / Whitmore (Georgetown) 8-2
W, Kuzmenko / Mayevska (NJIT) 8-2

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