WOMEN’S TENNIS POSTS STRONG WEEKEND AT ANNUAL HAMPTON ROADS INVITATIONAL

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The VCU Women's Tennis squad continued its fall season over the weekend with an impressive showing at the annual Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational at Huntington Park in Newport News, Va.

The Rams represented well, posting victories in the top two women's singles flights.  Josefin Hjertquist (pictured) and Alena Gerasimova were declared co-champions of their singles bracket, while Marketa Placha defeated teammate Salome Kvitashvili in the championship round of their respective flight.

Hjertquist picked up a trio of straight set wins, defeating Delaware's Dorothy Safon (6-0, 6-4), Old Dominion's Melissa Esnal Olquin (6-0, 6-1) and Juliana Pires (6-1, 6-1).  Meanwhile, Gerasimova also posted wins over Howard's Katelyn Stokes (6-3, 7-5), Pires (5-7, 6-2, 1-0) and Ensal Olquin (2-6, 6-2, 1-0).

Both Placha and Kvitashvili reeled off a pair of straight set victories before meeting in the championship.  Placha defeated Nika Khmolovska from ODU (6-1, 6-2) and Samantha Carnall from Delaware (6-1, 6-2), while Kvitashvili topped UD's Amanda Halstrom (6-0, 6-2) and Navy's Darien Sears (6-2, 6-2).  Kvitashvili eventually edged Placha in the final, 6-4, 6-0.

The duos of Hjertquist/Gerasimova and Placha/Kvitashvili each went a perfect 2-0 in doubles action.

VCU concludes its fall schedule on Oct. 20 at the ITA Regionals in Norfolk, Va.

Josefin Hjertquist
W, Dorothy Safon (Delaware) 6-0, 6-4
W, Melissa Esnal Olquin (ODU) 6-0, 6-1
W, Juliana Pires (ODU) 6-1, 6-1

Alena Gerasimova
W, Katelyn Stokes (Howard) 6-3, 7-5
W, Juliana Pires (ODU), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0
W, Melissa Esnal Olquin (ODU) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0

Marketa Placha
W, Nika Khmolovska (ODU) 6-1, 6-2
W, Samantha Carnall (Delaware) 6-2, 6-0
W, Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) 6-4, 6-0

Salome Kvitashvili
W, Amanda Halstrom (Delaware) 6-0, 6-2
W, Darien Sears (Navy) 6-2, 6-1
L, Marketa Placha (VCU) 6-4, 6-0

Hjertquist/Gerasimova
W, Ton/Decquir (Navy) 8-5
W, Stokes/Morgan (Howard) 8-5

Placha/Kvitashvili
W, Sears/Shewalter (Navy) 8-3
W, Belyakova/Olguin (ODU) 8-3

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