RICHMOND, Va. – After losing one of the country's best players in Thibaut Charron to graduation, Head Coach Paul Kostin knew he would have to lean on senior Tim Johannsen to lead the VCU men's tennis squads.
Three matches into the 2011 campaign, Johannsen is proving that Kostin can do that as the veteran carried the Black & Gold to back-to-back sweeps on the first day of the VCU 4-1 Invitational, 5-0 over Georgetown and Howard.
"It was a good way to start the weekend," Kostin said. "Any time you can win and do it efficiently, it's a good thing. However, with such a young team, we have to make sure our confidence doesn't get to high and we focus on getting better every time we hit the courts."
In the first match of the day, sophomores Camill Salmon and Jaime Vazquez Catoira started things off with a 7-5, 6-4 doubles victory over Georgetown's Mike Clarke and Andrew Bruhn.
Johannsen kept things rolling with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Bryan Miller at the top spot, followed by sophomore Max Wennakoski's 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Charlie Caris at #2.
Against Howard, Salomon teamed with Dyke to breeze to a 6-3, 6-1 doubles win over George Diggs and Tonique Merrelll. Once again, Johannsen kept the momentum going with a 6-0, 6-2 win at # 1, followed by Wennakoski at #2, 6-2, 6-1.
Junior Filip Svennson battled past Eric Chavous, 6-2, 6-3 at #3 and Alejandro Argente concluded VCU's day with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 victory over Bogdan Dzakovic.
VCU 5, Georgetown 0
Salomon/Vazquez Catoira d. Mike Clarke/Andrew Bruhn, 7-5, 6-4
#1 - Johannsen d. Bryan Miller 6-1, 6-1
#2 - Wennakoski d. Charlie Caris 6-2, 6-1
#3 – Baroz d. Brian Ward 6-2, 6-1
#4 - Dyke d. Raf Notario 6-0, 6-3
VCU 5, Howard 0
Salomon/Dyke d. George Diggs/Tonique Merrell, 6-3, 6-1
#1 - Johannsen d. Omar Haloui 6-0, 6-2
#2 - Wennakoski d. Devard Wharton 6-2, 6-1
#3 - Svensson d. Eric Chavous 6-2, 6-3
#4 – Argente d. Bogdan Dzakovic 6-0, 6-0