VCU, Richmond Advance to Women's Tennis Championship Final
ORLANDO, Fla.—Top-seeded VCU beat Davidson 4-0 and No. 6 Richmond upset second-seeded George Washington, 4-1 in the semifinals of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship.
The Rams and Spiders will now meet Saturday at 3:00 pm in the A-10 title match, with the winner claiming the league crown and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The final match will feature wrap-around coverage on ESPN+.
This will be VCU’s seventh straight appearance in the Championship final. The Rams have played on the final day every year they have been in the A-10. Richmond’s last appearance in the title match was in 2012. VCU has won five A-10 titles and the Spiders have nine A-10 trophies.
VCU won the doubles point in their match with victories at No. 2 and No. 1. The Rams team of Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Melissa Ifidzhen beat Alexa Abele and Samantha Armas, 6-2 at No. 2, and Anna Rasmussen and Noumea Witmus earned a 6-4 win over Davidson’s Megan Scholvinck and Elizabeth Truluck at No. 1 doubles.
Diaz-Delgado claimed VCU’s first singles point with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Scholvinck. Alcaide then beat Gabrielle Centenari of Davidson, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Kanako Yano had a thrilling tiebreak win (7-6(3)) in the first set against Armas, followed by a 6-1 set two victory to secure the match.
Richmond also won the double point in its match to take an early 1-0 lead. The No. 1 duo of Emily Dunbar and Kiana Marshall started double play with a 6-1 win over GW’s Maria Siopacha and Melis Bayraktarogulu. But the Colonials evened things up thanks to Sara Grubac and Katarina Marinovikj, who scored a 6-2 win over UR’s Dessi Zlateva and Lea Owens. But a 6-4 victory at No. 3 doubles by the Spiders’ Lyndell Giffenig and Adrienne Haynes over Victoria Kogan and Xenia De Luna gave Richmond the point.
In singles play, Marshall game UR a 2-0 match lead with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Grubac at No. 2. The Colonials point came at No. 3 singles on Bayraktarogulu’s 6-2, 6-3 win over Zlateva. But a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 by Dunbar over Siopacha, followed by a battle at No. 4 singles that eventually titled in Richmond’s favor gave the Spiders the upset win. UR’s Helene Heiberg lost the opening set to De Luna, 6-1, but bounced back and won 6-2, 6-2 to lock down the match and send the Spiders to the finals.
#1 VCU def. #5 DAVIDSON, 4-0
1. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Megan Scholvinck (DAV) 6-1, 6-1
2. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) vs. Alexa Abele (DAV) 6-3, 0-6, 2-3, DNF
3. Marina Alcaide (VCU) def. Gabrielle Centenari (DAV) 6-3, 6-0
4. Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Samantha Armas (DAV) 7-6(3), 6-1
5. Elizabeth Truluck (DAV) vs. Noumea Witmus (VCU) 7-5, 5-5, DNF
6. Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) vs. Alyssa Hahn (DAV) 6-3, 2-6, 5-2, DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4
1. Anna Rasmussen/Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Megan Scholvinck/Elizabeth Truluck (DAV) 6-4
2. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Alexa Abele/Samantha Armas (DAV) 6-2
3. Marina Alcaide/Sofia Sualehe (VCU) vs. Gabrielle Centenari/Nicole Krykanov (DAV) 4-4, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1
#6 RICHMOND def. #2 GEORGE WASHINGTON, 4-1
1. Emily Dunbar (UR) def. Maria Siopacha (GW) 6-4, 6-1
2. Kiana Marshall (UR) def. Sara Grubac (GW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Melis Bayraktaroglu (GW) def. Dessi Zlateva (UR) 6-2, 6-3
4. Lea Owens (UR) vs. Katarina Marinkovikj (GW) 7-5, 6-7, 0-3, DNF
5. Helene Heiberg (UR) def. Xenia De Luna (GW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Ana Ramirez (UR) vs. Victoria Kogan (GW) 6-3, 6-6, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1, 5
1. Emily Dunbar/Kiana Marshall (UR) def. Maria Siopacha/Melis Bayraktarogulu (GW) 6-1
2. Sara Grubac/Katarina Marinovikj (GW) def. Dessi Zlateva/Lea Owens (UR) 6-2
3. Giffenig/Haynes (UR) def. Victoria Kogan/Xenia De Luna (GW) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3