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Top Seeds VCU, George Washington Advance to #A10WTEN Semifinals with 4-0 Victories

By Atlantic 10 Conference

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Top-seeded VCU defeated No. 9 Saint Louis 4-0 while No. 2 George Washington beat No. 7 Fordham, 4-0 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship at the USTA National Campus.

VCU advances to the semifinals to face the winner of No. 4 Duquesne and No. 5 Davidson on Friday at 3:00 pm. GW will face the No. 3 Massachusetts/No. 6 Richmond winner, also at 3:00 pm on Friday.

VCU captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The team of Anna Rasmussen and Noumea Witmus beat Saint Louis’ Cassie McKenzie and Ally McKenzie, 6-1 at No. 1 and at No. 3, VCU’s Marina Alcaide and Sofia Sualehe beat Alana Bourgeois and Ariana Rodridguez, 6-1.

VCU then took the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 singles to secure the win. Alcaide won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 over Mika Misgav, while Rasmussen beat SLU’s Ally McKenzie 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado closed out the victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Cassie McKenzie at No. 1 singles.

George Washington also won the doubles point in its match, but Fordham made it difficult, winning at No. 3 doubles when Nicole Li and Genevieve Quenville beat GW’s Victoria Kogan and Xenia De Luna, 6-0. But the Colonials bounced back with wins at No. 2 and No. 1 doubles. The duo of Sara Grubac and Katarina Marinovikj won at No. 2 over Fordham’s Maia Balce and Alexis Zobeideh, 6-3. Maria Siopacha and Melis Bayraktarogulu then locked up the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 1 against Arina Taluyenko and Tatiana Grigoryan.

The Colonials then captured No. 4, No. 3 and No. 2 singles with a trio of hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 wins. At No. 4 Marinkovikj beat Fordham’s Quenville and at No. 3, GW’s Bayraktaroglu defeated Grigoryan. Grubac closed out the win at No. 2 over Balce.


MATCH #7

#1 VCU def. #9 SAINT LOUIS, 4-0

SINGLES

1. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Cassie McKenzie (SLU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) vs. Ally McKenzie (SLU) 6-1, 6-1, DNF
3. Marina Alcaide (VCU) def. Mika Misgav (SLU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Kanako Yano (VCU) vs. Mariluz Rojo (SLU) 6-2, 0-1, DNF
5. Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Alba Salinas (SLU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Sofia Sualehe (VCU) vs. Alana Bourgeois (SLU) 6-1, 1-2

Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3

DOUBLES

1. Anna Rasmussen/Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Cassie McKenzie/Ally McKenzie (SLU) 6-1
2. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) vs. Mika Misgav/Alba Salinas (SLU) 4-1, DNF 
3. Marina Alcaide/Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Alana Bourgeois/Ariana Rodridguez (SLU) 6-1

Order of Finish: 1, 3


MATCH #8

#2 GEORGE WASHINGTON def. #7 FORDHAM, 4-0 

SINGLES

1. Maria Siopacha (GW) vs. Arina Taluyenko (FOR) 7-5, 3-5, DNF
2. Sara Grubac (GW) def. Maia Balce (FOR) 6-3, 6-3
3. Melis Bayraktaroglu (GW) def. Tatiana Grigoryan (FOR) 6-3, 6-3
4. Katarina Marinkovikj (GW) def. Genevieve Quenville (FOR) 6-3, 6-3
5. Xenia De Luna (GW) vs. Nicole Li (FOR) 7-6, 0-1, DNF
6. Victoria Kogan (GW) vs. Gianna Insogna (FOR) 3-6, 6-0, 1-2, DNF

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2

DOUBLES

1. Maria Siopacha/Melis Bayraktarogulu (GW) def. Arina Taluyenko/Tatiana Grigoryan (FOR) 6-4 
2. Sara Grubac/Katarina Marinovikj (GW) def. Maia Balce/Alexis Zobeideh (FOR) 6-3
3. Nicole Li/Genevieve Quenville (FOR) def. Victoria Kogan/Xenia De Luna (GW) 6-0

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

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