DAVIDESCU AND YANO HIGHLIGHT THE RAMS OPENING WEEKEND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – VCU Women's Tennis traveled to College Park, Md. to participate in the Bedford Cup which ran from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15. The weekend was highlighted by Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu going 4-0 and Kanako Yano going 3-1 in the Australian Open Singles Flight. Davidescu shined in the East Finals defeating Alexandrova (UMD) 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-8. At the top of the bracket, Kanako Yano battled through Virginia Tech and Maryland to win the North Region of the open tournament.

The duo of Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu and Noumea Witmus suffered an early setback after dropping their opening set 6-3 to Owens/Zlateva (Richmond). Despite the loss, Davidescu/Witmus battled their way back with victories over Loyola and Towson. In the West Region of the Old Bay Doubles Flight, the tandem defeated Giffenic/Campodonico (Richmond) 6-4 to give the Rams a third victory in the tournament.

Four VCU athletes participated in the tournament and the Rams' finished with an overall record of 13-8, with a 9-5 singles record and a 3-3 doubles record. Eight universities including VCU, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Richmond, Georgetown, Loyola, George Washington, and Towson participated in the tournament. The Rams' fall season continues next weekend at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The Results

Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu [Australian Open Singles Flight] 4-0

First Round – Gabriela Davidescu def. Carmen Aizpurua (GU) 6-2, 6-1

Quarterfinals – Gabriela Davidescu def. Kiana Marshall (UR) 6-3, 6-1

Semifinals – Gabriela Davidescu def. Agata Mikos (GU) 6-2, 5-7, 10-5

East Region Finals – Gabriela Davidescu def. Eva Alexandrova (UMD) 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-8

Kanako Yano [Australian Open Singles Flight] 3-1

First Round – Kanako Yano def. Katarina Marinkovikj (GW) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6

Quarterfinals – Eva Alexandria (UMD) def. Kanako Yano 6-1, 6-4

Semifinals – Kanako Yano def. Samantha Gillas (VT) WO; Inj.

North Region Finals – Kanako Yano def. Chloe Hamlin (UMD) 6-1; Ret. Inj.

Paula Onita [French Open Singles Flight] 1-2

First Round – Bye

Quarterfinals – Lea Owens (UR) def. Paula Onita 6-2, 6-3

Semifinals – Paula Onita def. Abby Thorton (LU) WO; Inj.

North Region Finals – Olivia Ashton (GU) def. Paula Onita 6-2, 6-2

Noumea Witmus [French Open Singles Flight] 1-2

First Round – Dessi Zlateva (UR) def. Noumea Witmus 6-2, 6-2

Quarterfinals – Bye

Semifinals - Noumea Witmus def. Justine Bryson (UR) 6-2, 6-2

West Region Finals – Elena De Santia (GU) def. Noumea Witmus 6-2, 7-6(1)

Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu/Noumea Witmus [Old Bay Doubles Flight West] 3-1

First Round – Owens/Zlateva (UR) def. Davidescu/Witmus 6-3

Quarterfinals – Davidescu/Witmus def. Lund/Kuncl (LU) 6-1

Semifinals – Davidescu/Witmus def. Assenmacher/Posipischill (TU) 6-4

West Region Finals - Davidescu/Witmus def. Giffenig/Campodonico (UR) 6-4

Kanako Yano/Paula Onita [Old Bay Doubles Flight West]  1-2

First Round – Martin/Thorton (LU) def. Yano/Onita 6-1

Quarterfinals – Yano/Onita def. Martinez/Haliou (TU) 6-4

Semifinals – Giffenig/Campodonico (UR) def. Yano/Onita 6-4