CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Top-seeded VCU (16-8) clinched its third consecutive Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-0 win against third-seeded Massachusetts (17-5) on Sunday at Boar's Head Sports Club.
VCU took the first point of the match at doubles with wins on courts one and three. Cindy Chala and Salome Kvitashvilli defeated UMass' top pair of Ana Yrazusta and Carol Benito, before Ludvine Burguiere and Olga Barshcheuskaya took an 8-6 decision against Chanel Glasper and Anna Woosley. UMass was leading, 7-4, on court two when the point was decided.
In singles, Chala struck first for the Rams with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-2. VCU's Olga Barshcheuskaya followed with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Arielle Griffin, to give the Rams a 3-0 match lead.
The Minutewomen netted first set wins on all remaining courts, including a first set tiebreaker, 7-6(4) behind Ana Yrazusta. With UM leading in second sets at No. 2, 5, and 6, the match was called when Glasper of UMass was forced to retire due to injury.
VCU will learn their NCAA matchup in the 64-team field on April 28 at 5 pm on the NCAA Selection Show, which can be viewed on NCAA.com.
The Minutewomen's 17 wins this season are the most since 2005.
#1 VCU DEF. #3 MASSACHUSETTS, 4-0
1. Cindy Chala (VCU) def. Aarzoo Malik (UM) 6-2, 6-2
2. Ana Yrazusta (UM) vs. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU), 7-6(4) 2-1, DNF
3. Olga Barshcheuskaya (VCU) def. Arielle Griffin (UM) 7-5, 6-1
4. Carol Benito (UM) vs. Ludvine Burguiere (VCU), 7-6(3) 4-4, DNF
5. Anna Woosley (UM) vs. Darya Berezhnaya (VCU) 7-5, 3-2, DNF
6. Chanel Glasper (UM) vs. Ana Batiri (VCU) 6-3, 6-5, (UM ret.)
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6
1. Cindy Chala/Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Ana Yrazusta/Carol Benito (UM) 8-4
2. Arielle Griffin/Aarzoo Malik (UM) vs. Darya Berezhnaya/Ana Batiri (VCU) 7-4, DNF
3. Ludvine Burguiere/Olga Barshcheuskaya (VCU) def. Chanel Glasper/Anna Woosley (UM) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3