WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No matter how talented some collegiate teams are, if they are young, there are always up and downs.
The Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team experienced exactly that this past weekend, dropping their second straight match to an ACC foe on Sunday afternoon. VCU dropped a 6-1 road decision to 36th-ranked Wake Forest.
With the loss, the Black & Gold fall to 7-3 on the year.
"I kept telling the guys earlier this year that we aren't good enough yet, we have to keep working," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "This weekend was the reason I kept saying that. We played two top teams and saw that we still have a lot of work to do."
Sophomore Max Wennakoski and junior Filip Svensson were able to come up with an 8-7 (9-7) victory at the third doubles spot, but Wake Forest took the other two doubles matches to claim in the first point of the day.
The Demon Deacons went to work in the singles competition, picking up two quick victories before senior Tim Johannsen finished 87th-ranked Tripper Carleton, 6-3, 6-4 to get the Rams on the board.
VCU would continue to fight, but Wake Forest came up with the answers to pick up the 6-1 match victory.
The Rams return home next weekend to host Elon and UMBC on Saturday and Sunday at Thalhimer Tennis Center.
#36 Wake Forest 6, Virginia Commonwealth 1
1. Tripper Carleton/Iain Atkinson (WF) def. J. Vazquez Catoira/Camill Salomon (VCU) 8-4
2. Danny Kreyman/Jonathan Wolff (WF) def. Tim Johannsen/Antoine Baroz (VCU) 8-6
3. Max Wennakoski/Filip Svensson (VCU) def. David Hopkins/Zach Leslie (WF) 8-7 (9-7)
1. Tim Johannsen (VCU) def. #87 Tripper Carleton (WF) 6-3, 6-4
2. #45 Jonathan Wolff (WF) def. #123 Max Wennakoski (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #100 Danny Kreyman (WF) def. J. Vazquez Catoira (VCU) 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
4. #109 Iain Atkinson (WF) def. Antoine Baroz (VCU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Adam Lee (WF) def. Alejandro Argente (VCU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Zach Leslie (WF) def. Jordan Dyke (VCU) 6-3, 6-4
Virginia Commonwealth 7-2
Wake Forest 1-3; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,1,5,6,3)