WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Finishing strong has been nothing new for the VCU women's tennis squad in recent years, and the 2012 campaign has been no different. The Rams, who have just one regular season match remaining, extended their season-long win streak to seven Wednesday afternoon following a 6-1 victory at William & Mary.
The Black & Gold improved to 16-4 overall including an unblemished 5-0 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play.
William & Mary (5-15) held an early edge in doubles action after its top duo and 24th-ranked Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans defeated Alex Bara/Ana Bara 8-2, but VCU rallied with back-to-back 8-6 victories to secure the doubles point. The tandem of Olga Terteac/Daria Yakauleva defeated the Tribe's Anik Cepeda/Hope Johnson before Alena Gerasimova/Salome Kvitashvili gave the Rams an early lead after topping William & Mary's Katie Kargl/Nina Vulovich.
VCU went on to build a 2-0 advantage after Terteac defeated Johnson (6-2, 6-0) at No. 3 singles before William & Mary's top singles player Belaya made it 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Ana Bara. However, Alex Bara, Gerasimova, Kvitashvili and Marketa Placha each followed with victories as the Rams won the final four singles matches en route to their 6-1 triumph.
VCU concludes the regular season with a home match against Boston University on April 15. The Colonial Athletic Association Championship is set for April 19-21 in Norfolk, Va.
#42 VCU 6, William and Mary 1
No. 1 – #118 Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Ana Bara (VCU) – 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 – Alex Bara (VCU) def. Jeltje Loomans (W&M) – 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 – Olga Terteac (VCU) def. Hope Johnson (W&M) – 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 – Alena Gerasimova (VCU) def. Nina Vulovich (W&M) – 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (1)
No. 5 – Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Anik Cepeda (W&M) – 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Marketa Placha (VCU) def. Katie Kargl (W&M) – 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 – #24 Belaya/Loomans (W&M) def. Alex Bara/Ana Bara (VCU) – 8-2
No. 2 – Terteac/Yakauleva (VCU) def. Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) – 8-6
No. 3 – Gerasimova/Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Kargl/Vulovich (W&M) – 8-6