Rams Defeat Penn State, Win Season Opener

Score: VCU 4, Penn State 3
Location: University Park, Pa. (Sarni Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 1-0, Penn State 1-1

The short story:  Sophomores Anna Rasmussen and Janina Braun dominated at the top two singles positions to give the Rams an early 3-1 lead. The Nittany Lions made a late push to tie things up at 3 a piece, but Freshman Gabriela Araujo defeated Shannon Hanley, 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 to secure a win for the Rams.

FIRST SERVE

  • Rasmussen and Braun recorded their first win in doubles play by defeating Katia Blik and Devan McCluskey.
  • Araujo earned her first career win as a Ram.
  • Braun secured The Black and Gold's first point of the match in Singles play by defeating McCluskey, 6-2, 6-1.
  • With her first win of the season, Rasmussen now possess a 19-9 overall Singles record in her career.
  • Sophomore Magda Aubets dominated in Singles play by defeating Jacqueline Zuhse, 6-2, 6-2.



RESULTS
VCU 4, Penn State 3
Singles
1-Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Katia Blik, 6-3, 6-1
2-Janina Braun (VCU) def. Devan McCluskey, 6-2, 6-1
3-Magda Aubets (VCU) def. Jacqueline Zuhse, 6-2, 6-2
4-Dash Sapogava (Penn State) def. Darya Berezhnaya, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
5-Samantha Smith (Penn State) def. Noumea Witmus, 6-2, 6-4
6-Gabriela Araujo (VCU) def. Shannon Hanley, 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 5, 4, 6

Doubles
1-Anna Rasmussen/Janina Braun (VCU) def. Katia Blik/Devan McCluskey, 6-4
2-Jacqueline Zuhse/Bennett Dunn (Penn State) def. Darya Berezhnaya/Magda Aubets, 6-4
3-Shannon Hanley/Samantha Smith (Penn State) def. Noumea Witmus/Gabriela Araujo, 7-6 
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

UP NEXT
The Rams return to Richmond, Va. to host the VCU 4-1 Invitational Jan. 27-29. The Black and Gold will take on Morgan State at Noon, followed by a match against George Mason at 6:30 p.m.
 
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