The VCU Men's and Women's tennis teams both fell to the Virginia Cavaliers Friday, in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tennis Team Championships. The men dropped a 4-0 result to UVA, while the women, after losing the opening doubles point, secured singles wins by Sofia Sualehe and Paola Delgado at No. 6, and No. 2 respectively but Virginia proved to be too much for the Rams, completing the match win, 4-2.
Score: Virginia 4, VCU 0 (NCAA Tournament First Round)
Date: May 11, 2018
Location: Queens, N.Y. (Billie Jean King Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 16-10, Virginia 14-12
The short story: VCU men's tennis closed its season with a 4-0 loss to Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Rams' second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
- Sophomore Javier Amantegui and junior Vitor Lima were locked in a 4-4 battle at No. 1 doubles when Virginia clinched the first point of the match with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
- The Cavaliers secured the victory with wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 singles.
- Amantegui started his No. 3 singles match strong with a 6-2 first-set victory over Gianni Ross, but the match went unfinished when Virginia claimed the win.
3 – Amar Alhaqbani/Spencer Bozsik (UVA) def. Ignacio Rivero Crespo (VCU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,2
1 – Carl Soderlund (UVA) def. Arivd Noren (VCU) 6-2, 6-1
2 – Aswin Lizen (UVA) def. Vitor Lima (VCU) 6-3, 6-0
3 – Javier Amantegui (VCU) vs. Gianni Ross (UVA) 6-2, 4-5
4 – Philip Mobius (VCU) vs. Kyrylo Tsygura (UVA) 0-6, 5-6
5 – Matthew Lord (UVA) def. Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
6 – Ignacio Rivero Crespo (VCU) vs. Amar Alhaqbani (UVA) 4-6, 2-5
Order of Finish: 2,5,1
Although the Rams' season ends with the loss, VCU finishes 2018 with a 16-10 record and a second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship, having not dropped a match to A-10 opponents all year
Score: Virginia 4, VCU 2
Date: May 11, 2018
Location: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 17-6, Virginia 16-8
The short story: VCU's freshmen led the charge in a tough First Round NCAA Tournament battle, but the Rams ultimately fell to Virginia 4-2 to end a great season.
- Freshman Sofia Sualehe and Marina Alcaide Bakkari were serving for match point at No. 3 doubles, but their match went unfinished when Virginia claimed victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take a 1-0 lead.
- Sualehe tied the match at 1-1 with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hunter Bleser at No. 6 singles.
- Fellow freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado gave VCU the lead to 2-1 with a straight-set victory over Cassie Mercer at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0.
- Cavalier victories at No. 5 and No. 3 singles pushed Virginia's lead to 3-2.
- Junior Anna Rasmussen nearly notched a victory over #32 Rosie Johanson at No. 1 singles, but her match went unfinished when Chloe Gullickson defeated sophomore Noumea
Witmusin three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 4 position.
1. #32 Rosie Johanson (UVA) vs Anna Rasmussen (VCU) 6-7(5), 5-4 susp.
2. Paola Delgado (VCU) def. Cassie Mercer (UVA) 6-2, 6-0
3. Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Marina Alcaide (VCU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Chloe Gullickson (UVA) def. Noumea Witmus (VCU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Teodora Radosavljevic (UVA) def. Kanako Yano (VCU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Hunter Bleser (UVA) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 3, 4
1. #54 Gullickson/Mercer (UVA) def. Rasmussen/Yano (VCU) 6-3
2. #16 Johanson/Kelley (UVA) def. Delgado/Witmus (VCU) 6-3
3. Bleser/Radosavljevic (UVA) vs Alcaide/Sualehe (VCU) 2-5 susp.
Order of Finish: 2, 1
Although the Rams' season came to a close, VCU finished the year with a record of 17-6 and claimed the Atlantic 10 title for the fifth time in six years.