CINCINNATI, Ohio—Top-seeded VCU won its first match of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship, defeating No. 8 Fordham 4-0 Friday afternoon at Queen City Racquet Club. The first two of Friday’s quarterfinals were moved indoors following rainy weather in the area.
VCU, which received a bye through Thursday’s opening round, won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to capture the doubles point. The team of Ludivine Burguiere and Sitilia Rencheli combined to beat Hanna Fritzinger and Bella Genkina, 8-1 at No. 3 doubles. Salome Kvitashvilli and Angie Dabu then won at No. 2 doubles, 8-2 over Fordham’s Angie Dabu and Julie Leong to secure the point for VCU.
The Richmond-based Rams then won at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to clinch the match. Ludivine Burguiere beat Julie Leong at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-2 and Olga Barscheuskaya won at No.4 singles over Bella Genkina, 6-2, 6-1. Daria Yakauleva defeated Sarah Ali, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to secure the win.
VCU (10-9) advances to Saturday’s semifinals to face the winner between No. 4 Richmond/No. 5 Massachusetts. Fordham finishes at 10-10 overall.
2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Tennis Championship
Match 6 – Friday, April 25 – 11:00 am
#1 VCU def. #8 Fordham, 4-0
Yukako Noi (VCU) vs. Ellie Ball (FOR), 6-4, 3-0 DNF
Daria Yakauleva (VCU) def. Sarah Ali (FOR), 6-2, 6-2
Salome Kvitashvilli (VCU) vs. Angie Dabu (FOR), 6-3, 3-6, 0-1
Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU) def. Bella Genkina (FOR), 6-2, 6-1
Ludivine Burguiere (VCU) def. Julie Leong (FOR), 6-0, 6-2
Olga Terteac (VCU) vs. Destiny Grunin (FOR), 4-6, 6-3 DNF
Order of finish: #5, #4, #2
Barscheuskaya/Yakauleva (VCU) vs. Ball/Ali (FOR), 7-2 DNF
Kvitashvilli /Terteac (VCU) def. Dabu/Leong (FOR), 8-2
Burguiere/Sitilia Rencheli (VCU) def. Hanna Fritzinger/Genkina (FOR), 8-1
Order of finish: #3, #2