RAMS FALL TO WEST VIRGINIA FOR THE FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON

Scores: VCU 3, West Virginia 4
Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 4-1, West Virginia 2-3

The short story: After a long and closely contested match, the Rams fell to the Mountaineers of West Virginia for their first loss of the season. Sophomore Janina Braun continues to lead VCU with her dominant singles play on the second court. Braun defeated West Virginia's Kaja Mrgole, 6-1, 6-2 to improve to a team best 11-1 overall record.

FIRST SERVE
  • After dropping the first doubles match, Noumea Witmus and Darya Berezhnaya bounced back to earn a win in doubles play. The duo now possesses an overall doubles record of 2-0.  
  • Trailing 1-0, Braun picked up the first point for The Black and Gold. The sophomore now has 27 career wins in singles play.
  • Senior Darya Berezhnaya defeated Christina Jordan in consecutive sets. The veteran is now 2-1 in dual matches this season.
  • Down 4-2, freshman Gabriela Araujo rallied for the Rams to defeat Yvon Martinez, 6-3, 6-4.

THE RESULTS 
Doubles
1- Kaja Mrgole/Christina Jordan (WVU) def. Anna Rasmussen/Janina Braun, 6-4
2- Noumea Witmus/Darya Berezhnaya (VCU) def. Habiba Shaker/Lyn Yuen Choo, 6-3
3- Yvon Martinez/Paula Goetz (WVU) def. Magda Aubets/Gabriela Araujo, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1   

Singles
1- Habibia Shaker (WVU) def. Anna Rasmussen, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
2- Janina Braun (VCU) def. Kaja Mrgole, 6-1, 6-2
3- Paula Goetz (WVU) def. Magda Aubets, 6-3, 6-4
4- Darya Berezhnaya (VCU) def. Christina Jordan, 6-2, 6-2
5- Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) def. Noumea Witmus, 7-5, 6-4
6- Gabriela Araujo (VCU) def. Yvon Martinez, 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6

UP NEXT 
The Rams will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 10 when they host the Traveling Herd of Marshall at 2 p.m. at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. 
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