RAMS DROP TOUGH 4-3 DECISION TO SOUTH CAROLINA

Basics:

  • Score: South Carolina 4, VCU 3
  • Records: USC (3-0), VCU (2-4)
  • Location: Boar's Head Sports Club – Charlottesville, Va.
  • The Short Story: Cindy Chala, Yukako Noi and Daria Yakauleva all notched singles victories, but it wasn't enough as the VCU women's tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision to 33rd-ranked South Carolina. The 4-3 final score marked the fourth time in the last five meetings the Gamecocks and Rams have played a match decided by one point.
How It Happened
  • The Gamecocks claimed the doubles point, but Chala quickly evened the match at 1-1 with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 over Katerina Popova at the top singles position.
  • USC would take a 2-1 lead with a victory at #2 singles, but Noi answered with a 6-2, 6-3 win at the third singles spot to even the score at 2-2.
  • Olga Barscheuskaya nearly took a 3-2 lead for the Rams, but fell in a tiebreaker 10-8 to Caroline Dailey. USC would follow that up with a win at #4 singles to seal the victory.
  • Daria Yakauleva made 4-3 with a hard-fought, 3-6, 6-3 (11-9) win at the #5 singles spot.
South Carolina 4, VCU 3

Singles
1) Cindy Chala (VCU) def. Katerina Popova (USC), 6-3, 6-2
2) Elixane Lechemia (USC) def. Ludivine Burguiere (USC), 6-1, 6-2
3) Yukako Noi (VCU) def. #113 Brigit Folland (USC), 6-2, 6-3
4) Ximena Siles Luna (USC) def. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU), 6-2, 6-4
5) Daria Yakauleva (VCU) def. Meghan Blevins (USC), 3-6, 6-3 (11-9)
6) Caroline Dailey (USC) def. Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU), 6-2, 2-6 (10-8) 

Doubles

1) Blevins/Lechemia (USC) def. Burguiere/Chala (VCU), 6-4
2) Folland/Popova (USC) def. Barscheuskaya/Yakauleva (VCU), 6-3
3) Dailey/Siles Luna (USC) vs. Kvitashvili/Terteac (VCU), DNF

Up Next

  • VCU returns home on Saturday morning when they host the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. First serve at the Thalhimer Tennis Center is set for 10 a.m.
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