RAMS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER, DEFEATING DREXEL AND CAMPBELL TO ADVANCE TO 2-0 ON THE SEASON

Score: VCU 6, Drexel 0 |VCU 7, Campbell 0

Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 2-0, Drexel 1-1, Campbell 0-2

The short story: VCU cruised by Drexel and Campbell in the first two matches of the season, with sophomore Kanako Yano leading the way for the Rams only allowing three games against her all day.

OPENING SERVE

  • The combination of senior Anna Rasmussen and sophomore Melissa Ifidzhen fought hard against Drexel's Cristina Corte Gonzales and Ghita Benhadi in No. 1 doubles to earn VCU the doubles point by a score of 7-5.
  • VCU dominated the doubles matches against Campbell, winning two matches before the third match could even conclude, as junior Noumea Witmus and sophomore Sofia Sualehe won the No. 3 doubles by a score of 6-0 while Rasmussen and Ifidzhen earned the Rams the doubles point by winning their match with a score of 6-1.
  • Rasmussen defeated Campbell's Lou Regen in two sets, only allowing Regen to win a single game.
  • Yano won both of her singles matches in two sets, outscoring her opponents 24 games to three.
  • The Rams swept all of their singles matches today, only allowing two matches to go to three sets.

THE RESULTS

VCU 6, Drexel 0     

Doubles

1- Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Cristina Corte Gonzalez/Ghita Benhadi (DU) 7-5

2- Salma Ziouti/Tara Veluvolu (DU) def. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado/Kanako Yano (VCU) 6-4

3- Marina Alcaide Bakkari/Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Katarina Majorova/Marta Martinez (DU) 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles - 3, 2, 1

Singles

1- Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Salma Ziouti (DU) 6-1, 6-0

2- Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Katarina Majorova (DU) 6-2, 6-3

3- Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) def. Ghita Benhadi (DU) 6-4, 6-3

4- Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Tara Veluvolu (DU) 6-0, 6-3

5- Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Marta Martinez (DU) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6

6- Noumea Witmus (VCU) vs. Cristina Corte Gonzalez (DU) 6-3 DNF

Order of finish: 1, 4, 2, 3, 5

VCU 7, Campbell 0 

Doubles

1- Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Ana Castillo/Isabel Boada (CU) 6-1

2- Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado/Kanako Yano (VCU) vs. Alex Nicoara/Lea Curura (CU) 4-3  DNF

3- Sofia Sualehe/Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Lou Regen/Inma Ramon (CU) 6-0

Order of finish: 3, 1

Singles

1- Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Ana Castillo (CU) 6-1, 6-2

2- Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Lou Regen (CU) 6-0, 6-1

3- Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) def. Alex Nicoara (CU) 6-2, 6-4

4- Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Inma Ramon (CU) 6-0, 6-0

5- Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Isabel Boada (CU) 6-1, (4)6-7, 10-4

6- Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Lea Cutura (CU) 6-2, 7-6(4)

Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

HEAD COACH PAUL KOSTIN
"The girls all played well considering it was the first matches of the season. We still have a lot to work on but I'm happy with the way they competed and supported each other throughout the day."

UP NEXT
VCU will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to participate in the ITA National Indoor Tournament on Jan. 26 and is set to play UNC in the first match of the tournament at 12 p.m.