TUTUNARU AND WITMUS SHINE AT HOKIE FALL INVITE

BLACKSBURG, Va. – VCU Women's Tennis traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to participate in the Hokie Fall Invite, which ran from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6. The weekend was highlighted by Luminita Tutunaru going 4-0 and Noumea Witmus going 3-1 in their respective singles flights. Tutunaru kicked things off on Friday with a 7-6, 4-6, 1-0(4) victory against Anastasia Belyaeva (Radford). Saturday was another sensational day for Tutunaru as she won both matches.

Fellow teammate Noumea Witmus also had herself a weekend with two hard earned victories. After winning her only match on Friday, Witmus battled Daniela Dankanych (Marshall) for a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0(8) win. On Sunday, the senior faced another test in Annie Clark (Virginia Tech). After winning the first set 6-4 and dropping the second set 4-6, Witmus rallied for a 1-0(6) final.  

The Rams also competed in doubles action throughout the weekend, posting a 4-0 record as a team. Melissa Ifidzhen and Luminita Tutunaru dueled for an 8-4 win over Maria Jose Zacarias/Sandra Anglesjo (Appalachian State). Noumea Witmus and Luminita Tutunaru also paired up to take down Shene Disbergen/Annie Clark (Virginia Tech) 8-4. The final doubles match was capped off by Tutunaru/Witmus defeating Camryn McClure/Marielle Leahy (Radford)

Three VCU athletes participated in the tournament and the Rams finished with an overall record of 12-1, with an 8-1 singles record and a 4-0 doubles record. Five universities including Virginia Tech, VCU, Appalachian State, Marshall, and Radford participated in the tournament. The Rams' fall season continues Oct. 25 through Oct. 29 at the ITA Atlantic Regional in Blacksburg, Va.

The Results

Luminita Tutunaru [Singles Flight] 4-0

Friday – Luminita Tutunaru def. Anastasia Belyaeva (RU) 7-6, 4-6, 1-0(4)

Saturday – Luminita Tutunaru def. Anna Smith (MU) 6-4, 6-4

Saturday – Luminita Tutunaru def. Cassie McLay (ASU) 7-6, 5-7, 1-0(7)

Sunday – Luminita Tutunaru def. Shene Disbergen (VT) 6-0, 6-1

Noumea Witmus [Singles Flight] 3-1

Friday – Noumea Witmus def. Drousile Dzeubou (RU) 6-1, 6-3

Saturday – Noumea Witmus def. Daniela Dankanych (MU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0(8)

Saturday – Kate Earnhardt (ASU) def. Noumea Witmus 6-3, 6-2

Sunday – Noumea Witmus def. Annie Clark (VT) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(6)

Melissa Ifidzhen [Singles Flight] 1-0

Friday – Melissa Ifidzhen def. Malin Falk (RU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(7)

Melissa Ifidzhen/Luminita Tutunaru [Doubles Flight] 1-0

Friday – Ifidzhen/Tutunaru def. Zacarias/Angesjo (ASU) 8-4

Noumea Witmus/Luminita Tutunaru [Doubles Flight] 2-0

Saturday - Witmus/Tutunaru def. Disbergen/Clark (VT) 8-4

Sunday – Witmus/Tutunaru def. McClure/Leahy (RU) 8-1

Noumea Witmus (VCU)/Annie Clark (VT) [Doubles Flight] 1-0

Friday – Witmus/Clark def. Van Hansewyck/Joseph (MU) 8-7