RICHMOND, Va. – Last season, Alex Bara burst onto the scene, posting an 18-2 record in the spring en route to a top-100 ranking and a First-Team All-CAA honor.
With less than 10 matches left in her collegiate career, Bara is turning it on again and helped lead the VCU women's tennis team to their third straight victory with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Georgia State on Friday afternoon at Thalhimer Tennis Center.
The pesky Panthers earned the doubles point to grab the early momentum. The momentum carried over to singles when Abigail Tere-Apisah toppled VCU's Ana Bara at the top singles spot to give GSU a 2-0 lead.
That's when Alex Bara turned the tide of the match with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Tereza Lerova at the second singles position. Sophomores Olga Terteac and Daria Yakauleva followed suit with hard-fought three set singles victories to grab the lead in the Black & Gold's favor, 3-2.
Freshman Salome Kvitashvili secured VCU's third consecutive win with a straight set victory in the sixth spot.
The Rams have a quick turnaround with a talented Marshall squad coming to Richmond for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday morning.
VCU 4, Georgia State 3
1) Abigail Tere-Apisah/Tereza Lerova d. Ana Bara/Alex Bara (VCU), 8-5
2) Whitney Byrd/Maryna Kozachenko d. Olga Terteac/Daria Yakauleva (VCU), 9-8 (5)
3) Alena Gerasimova/Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) d. Martina Ondrackova/Masa Grgan, 8-1
1) Tere-Apisah (GSU) d. Ana Bara (VCU), 6-3, 6-0
2) Alex Bara (VCU) d. Lerova (GSU), 6-3, 7-5
3) Olga Terteac (VCU) d. Byrd, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
4) Kozachenko (GSU) d. Alena Gerasimova (VCU), 5-7, 7-5, 10-8
5) Daria Yakauleva (VCU) d. Grgan (GSU), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
6) Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) d. Chaimaa Roudami (GSU), 7-6 (5), 6-0