HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Among most college athletic squads, the seniors are looked upon to set the pace and attitude for that given roster.
On Saturday in Hungtington, West Virginia, the Rams did just that with their lone senior, Kateryna Yergina leading VCU to a convincing 6-1 neutral site match over the Cardinals of Louisville.
"With several girls on the team that are going through their first collegiate seasons, we will always have to look for the upperclassmen to step up and set the pace on what we do," Associate Head Coach Yana Carollo said. "Today was exactly one of those days, in which Kateryna's ability to battle really showed up and set the tone for the rest of the team."
Bara and her sister, Alex Bara, both rattled off straight set singles victories to bring the Black & Gold within one point of locking down the match victory.
After Louisville picked up a point with a win at second singles, Yergina worked her magic en route to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 singles victory over Sarah Fellerhoff at the top singles position.
VCU returns to action tomorrow to take on the home squad, Marshall, at 12 p.m.
VCU 6, Louisville 1
1. Fellerhoff/Shine vs. Yergina/Alex Bara 9-7
2. Ana Bara/Hjertquist vs. Villojuan/Harris 9-8 (8-6)
3. Yakauleva/Pietzuch vs. Bokhari/Duncan 8-6
1. Yergina (VCU) vs. Fellerhoff 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
2. Shine (Louisville) vs. Hjertquist (VCU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Alex Bara (VCU) vs. Mandry 6-2, 6-1
4. Ana Bara (VCU) vs. Harris 6-2, 6-2
5. Yakauleva (VCU) vs. Duncan 6-4, 6-0
6. Terteac (VCU) vs. Bokhari 7-5, 6-2