April 21, 2013

Charlottesville, Va. - In their first year of A-10 competition, the VCU Rams have claimed the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship. VCU completed their fourth 4-0 sweep of the week and 13th consecutive victory, defeating No. 2 Xavier Sunday at Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville. 

With the win, VCU earns their third conference title in four years and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. 

VCU, who hadn't dropped a point all week, continued with a strong start in doubles play, winning at number three, then number two tandems to earn the doubles point. 

In singles play, Josefin Hjertquist and Olga Terteac picked up straight set wins to put the Rams up, 3-0 over Xavier. 

On the number one and four singles courts, Xavier's Katie Pleiman and Daniella Patton won their first sets but couldn't finish before Yukako Noi netted a 6-4, 6-4 win against Alex Brinker, clinching the win for the Rams. 

VCU will have three weeks off before heading to the NCAA Tournament. The regional dates and locations will be announced on Monday, May 5.

MATCH #15
#1 VCU DEF. #2 XAVIER, 4-0
SINGLES
1. Katie Pleiman (XU) vs. Cindy Chala (VCU) 7-5, 1-2, DNF
2. Yukako Noi (VCU) def. Alex Brinker (XU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) def. Kally Alkire (XU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) vs. Daniella Patton (XU) 7-5, 3-3, DNF
5. Olga Terteac (VCU) def. Andrea Wolf (XU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Lizzie Oosterbaan (XU) vs. Olga Barscheheuskaya (VCU) 7-5, 1-4

Order of Finish: 3, 5, 2

DOUBLES
1. Olga Barscheheuskaya/Yukako Noi (VCU) def. Kally Alkire/Katie Pleiman (XU) 8-4
2. Josefin Hjertquist/Cindy Chala (VCU) vs. Daniella Patton/Ally Westling (XU) 7-2, DNF (VCU lead)
3. Olga Terteac/Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Alex Brinker/Andrea Wolf (XU) 8-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1