TAMPA, Fla. – A week into April and there hasn't been any of the typical "April Showers" around the Richmond area.
That's probably because of the red-hot play of the VCU women's tennis team, who grabbed their sixth straight win with a dominating 7-0 defeat of Marquette in a neutral site match played at the University of South Florida on Saturday morning. The Rams are now 15-4 on the year and haven't lost since March 2nd.
Saturday's match started with yet another doubles point sweep by the Black & Gold, which marked the 14th time this spring that VCU swept the doubles matches. Sophomores Olga Terteac and Daria Yakauleva got things started with an easy 8-1 win at the second position before the sister tandem of Alex and Ana Bara secured the doubles point with an 8-5 win at the top singles spot.
Alex Bara kept the momentum going with a decisive 6-2, 6-1 win over Gillian Hush at #2 singles. Terteac continued her strong play this spring with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Rocio Diaz at the third spot in the lineup to give VCU a 3-0 cushion.
For the second straight day, Kvitashvili delivered the clinching point, this time it was a 6-1, 6-4 win over Ana Pimienta at the fifth singles position.
VCU returns to the Commonwealth for a Wednesday afternoon showdown at in-state and CAA rival, William & Mary. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
No. 48 VCU 7, Marquette 0
1. Al. Bara/An. Bara (VCU) def. G. Hush/O.Fisher (MU), 8-5
2. O. Terteac/D. Yakauleva (VCU)def. A. Pimienta/A. Dawson (MU), 8-1
3. A. Gerasimova/S. Kvitashvili (VCU) def. K. Radan/R. Diaz (MU), 8-6
1. Ana Bara (VCU) def. Olga Fisher (MU), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (5)
2. Alex Bara (VCU) def. Gillian Hush (MU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Olga Terteac (VCU) def. Rocio Diaz (MU), 6-3, 6-0
4. Alena Gerasimova (VCU) def. Ali Dawson (MU), 6-3, 7-5
5. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Ana Pimienta (MU), 6-1, 6-4
6. Marketa Placha (VCU) def. Kristina Radan (MU), 6-1, 6-4