NORFOLK, Va. – There is something to
say about taking momentum into a conference tournament.
The Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team did just that on Sunday by blowing past the Jaguars of South Alabama, 6-1, in the regular season finale at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion.
Senior Thibaut Charron (Sens, France) teamed with freshman Krisztian Krocsko (Budapest, Hungary) got things started on the right track by picking up an 8-6 win at #1 singles. Junior Tim Johannsen (Hohenlockstedt, Germany) and freshman Camill Salomon (Limoges, France) won at #2 doubles, and the duo of Filip Svennson (Angelholm, Sweden) and Max Wennakoski (Helsinki, Finland) wrapped up the doubles sweep for the Black & Gold.
The singles side would be no different as Krocsko blew past Christian Kuehne, 6-3, 6-2 at #3 singles to push VCU's lead to 2-0.
Charron registered his 21st win of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Romain Bocaert at #1 singles. The 21 wins is a career-high for the lone senior on this year's squad. Wennakoski grabbed a 6-3, 2-1 lead before Alexandre Bernard retired at #4 singles to lock up the win for the Black & Gold.
Svensson and Salomon also notched singles win on the day. Svensson ends the season having won four of his last five singles matches.
The Black & Gold will now take the week to prepare for the upcoming CAA Tournament next weekend. Seeding will be announced late Monday afternoon.
VCU 6, South Alabama 1
1. #25 Thibaut Charron (VCU) def. Romain Bocaert (USA), 6-3, 6-4
2. Lucas Viel (USA) def. Tim Johannsen (VCU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Krisztian Krocsko (VCU) def. Christian Kuehne (USA), 6-3, 6-2
4. Max Wennakoski (VCU) def. Alexandre Bernard (USA), 6-3, 2-1, ret.
5. Filip Svensson (VCU) def. Dauw Kruger (USA), 6-3, 6-7, 10-5
6. Camill Salomon(VCU) def. Hanno Bartsch (USA), 6-1, 6-2
1. Charron/Krocsko (VCU) def. Bocaert/Bartsch (USA), 8-6
2. Johannsen/Salomon (VCU) def. Viel/Bernard (USA), 8-3
3. Svennson/Wennakoski (VCU) def. Kruger/Seur (USA), 8-4