April 23, 2011

RAMS FALL TO THIRD-SEEDED GEORGIA STATE IN CAA SEMIS, 4-2

NORFOLK, Va. – It wasn't what they had planned, but the Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis team will have to play the waiting game this week.

That waiting game will be in hopes of the Rams reaching the NCAA Tournament after their stay at the CAA Championships was cut short by the third-seeded Panthers of Georgia State, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

"Bottom line, we just didn't play well," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "In this league where things have gotten pretty competitive, you have to be at the top of the game or you're going to get beat. That's what happened today. Now, we'll just hope that the things we did in the regular season were good enough to earn us a berth."

The day started with high hopes as sophomore Josefin Hjertquist (right) and junior Ana Bara helped VCU capture the doubles point with an 8-4 victory at the second doubles position.

However, doubles was where the momentum stopped as junior standout Alex Bara was the Ram to notch a singles victory. Bara moved her spring record to 18-1 with an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Georgia State's Tereza Lerova at the second singles spot.

The Panthers jumped all over the Black & Gold in the rest of the singles matches to reach their second CAA Championship match in the past two years.

VCU, who entered the weekend 31st in the ITA Rankings, will have to wait until May 3rd at 5 p.m. when the NCAA Tournament selections are announced.

#3 Georgia State 4, #2 VCU 2
Singles

#1 – Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Yergina, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
#2 – Al. Bara def. Tereza Lerova (GSU), 6-2, 6-2
#3 – Maryna Kozachenko (GSU) def. Hjertquist, 6-2, 7-5
#4 – Katerina Gresova (GSU) def. An. Bara, 6-1, 6-0
#5 – Kir Kemp (GSU) def. Yakavleva, 6-2, 6-4
#6 – Martina Ondrackova (GSU) vs. Tereteac, 6-2, 2-6, 1-2, DNF
Order of Finish: 4,2,3,1,5
Doubles
#1 – Tere-Apisah/Kozachenko (GSU) vs. Yergina/Al. Bara, 6-6 DNF
#2 – Hjertquist/An. Bara def. Lerova/Gresova (GSU), 8-4
#3 – Yakavelva/Pietzuch def. Kemp/Ondrackova (GSU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,3

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