RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team returned to Thalhimer Tennis Center on Thursday looking to get back on the winning track.

Behind a strong showing on the singles side, the Rams did just that, rolling to a 5-2 victory over SMU, improving to 8-6 on the year.

The Mustangs were able to sweep all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 advantage, but freshman Krisztian Krocsko (Budapest, Hungary) quickly turned the momentum in the Black & Gold's direction with a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of David Costa at #2 singles.

VCU would keep things rolling with singles wins by Thibaut Charron (Sens, France), Max Wennakoski (Helsinki, Finland), Tim Johanssen (Hohenlockstedt, Germany) and Camill Salomon (Limoges, France) to lock up the much needed victory.

The Rams will look to continue the winning ways next week as they travel to the Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala. Play begins on Thursday, March 18th.

VCU 5, SMU 2

Singles Competition
1. #52 Charron def. #99 Artem Baradach (SMU), 6-4, 6-0
2. Krocsko def. David Costa (SMU), 6-1, 6-1
3. Johanssen def. Tobias Flood (SMU), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
4. Wennakoski def. Pablo Perez (SMU), 6-4, 6-4
5. Darren Walsh (SMU) def. Svensson, 7-6 (2), 6-4
6. Salomon def. Adham el-Effendi (SMU), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,1,4,6,3,5

Doubles Competition
1. Costa/Perez (SMU) def. Charron/Johanssen, 9-7
2. Walsh/el-Effendi (SMU) def. Salomon/Krocsko, 9-8 (5)
3. Baradach/Hooshyar (SMU) def. Wennakoski/Svennson, 8-5
Order of Finish: 3,1,2