April 15, 2012

RAMS ROLL PAST BOSTON, 7-0, TO CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN

RICHMOND, Va. – Every collegiate student-athlete remembers their last time playing in front of the home crowd. It's a moment you'll never forget.

That's exactly what Sunday was for the Bara sisters of VCU women's tennis team. The sisters made sure to end their home careers on a high note, leading the Rams to a dominating 7-0 win over Boston University. It was the Black & Gold's eighth straight win and helped VCU close out the regular season with a 17-4 ledger.

VCU started the day by sweeping the doubles matches led by the sophomore duo of Olga Terteac and Daria Yakauleva, who breezed to an 8-1 win at the second position in the doubles lineup.

With a 1-0 lead, Alex Bara's opponent at #2 singles retired due to injury to quickly make it 2-0. Her sister, Ana Bara, followed close behind with an easy 6-1, 6-2 win at the top singles spot to bring VCU within one point of securing the victory.

Freshman Salome Kvitashvili continued her strong debut season and locked up the win with a 6-3, 6-3 win at the fourth singles spot.

Terteac, freshman Marketa Placha and junior Josefin Hjertquist all posted straight set victories of their own to round out the Sunday afternoon sweep.

VCU will now take the week to prepare for the CAA Championships in which the Black & Gold enter as the top seed. After a first-round bye, the Rams will hit the courts on Friday for their quarterfinal match.

VCU 7, Boston University 0

Doubles:
1. Ana Bara/Alex Bara def. Mical/Lieb   8-5
2. Yakauleva/Terteac def. Martinez/Drake 8-1
3. Gerasimova/Kvitashvili def. Santini/Athanasiodis 8-6

Singles:
1. Ana Bara def. Athanasiodis 6-1, 6-2
2. Alex Bara def. Santini 3-3 (def. injury)
3. Terteac def. Mical 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)
4. Kvitashvili def. Lieb 6-3, 6-3
5. Placha def. Martinez 6-2, 7-5
6. Hjertquist def. Drake 6-1, 6-2

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