- Score: VCU 4, Maryland 3
- Records: VCU (10-4), Maryland (4-4)
- Location: Thalhimer Tennis Center - Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: The newcomers for the VCU women's tennis team led the Rams to a hard-fought, gritty 4-3 win over ACC foe, Maryland, on Friday afternoon. The newcomers stepped up with three singles victories and part of one doubles victory to pace the Black & Gold.
How It Happened:
- Junior Olga Terteac and sophomore Salome Kvitashvili helped the Rams set the tone early with an 8-2 win at the third doubles spot. Junior Daria Yakauelva and newcomer Olga Barscheuskaya followed right behind with an 8-4 win of their own to earn the doubles point.
- Sophomore Cindy Chala quickly moved that to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 decision at the top singles spot.
- Fellow newcomer Yukako Noi followed close behind with a 6-2, 6-1 win at #4 singles.
- Maryland picked up wins at #2 and #3, but a hard-fought, gutty performance by freshman Olga Barscheuskaya sealed the win for the Rams.
VCU 4, Maryland 3
1) Daria Yakauleva/Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU) def. Van Berlo/Gealer (MD), 8-4
2) Cindy Chala/Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) vs. N. Bredikhina/O. Bredikhina (MD), 5-4 DNF
3) Olga Terteac/Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Srodowski/Gaistruk (MD), 8-2
1) Cindy Chala (VCU) def. Vroni Van Berlo (MD), 6-2, 6-1
2) Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Josefin Hjertquist (VCU), 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
3) Olga Bredikhina (MD) def. Olga Terteac (VCU), 6-4, 6-3
4) Yukako Noi (VCU) def. Olga Gaistruk (MD), 6-2, 6-1
5) Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU) def. Gabriela Srodowski (MD), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
6) Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Karina Alesha (VCU), 6-0, 6-4
- The Rams are back in action on Sunday when they host the Bulls of South Florida. First serve at Thalhimer Tennis Center is set for 10 a.m.