R ichmond, Va. – It was the first day of spring, and the VCU Men's Tennis team was ready to spring forward. The Rams took down the Hokies of Virginia Tech by a score of 5-2 at the Thalhimer Tennis Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The win pushed the Rams' winning streak to nine matches.

"The focus and determination our guys have shown over the past weeks has continued. I thought today was just another example of what can happen when the guys have those two things," said Head Coach Paul Kostin.

Winning at the Thalhimer Tennis Center is becoming a familiar sight for VCU Tennis. The victory over the Hokies was their eighth home victory in a row, and their 13th victory in 14 homes matches.

On the doubles side of things, the Black & Gold won two out of three doubles matches thanks to the pairings of Tim Johannsen and Antoine Baroz (right) (8-4) followed by Max Wennakoski and Filip Svensson (8-5).

Wennakoski led the charge for the Rams in singles actions as well as he became the only Ram on the day to record a victory in doubles and singles. He defeated Patrick Daciek 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Jaime Vasquez Catoira avenged a doubles defeat earlier in the day by taking down Tech's Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci by a score of 6-0, 6-4.

The Rams will hit the road for the next two and a half weeks as they travel to Old Dominion, South Florida and William & Mary for some action.

No. 56 VCU 5, Virginia Tech 2


Pedro Graber/Will Beck (VT) def. Jaime Vasquez Catoira/Camill Salomon (VCU) 8-5
Tim Johannsen/Antoine Baroz (VCU) def. Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci/Luka Somen (VT) 8-4
Max Wennakoski/Filip Svensson (VCU) def. Patrick Daciek/Lucas Oliveira (VT) 8-5
Luka Somen (VT) def. Tim Johannsen (VCU) 6-7, 7-6, 1-0
Max Wennakoski (VCU) def. Patrick Daciek (VT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Antoine Baroz (VCU) def. Pedro Graber (VT) 6-7, 7-5, 6-4
Jaime Vasquez Catoira (VCU) def. Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci (VT) 6-0, 6-4
Will Beck (VT) 7-6, 6-3 def. Camill Salomon (VCU) 7-6, 6-3
Alejandro Argente (VCU) def. Trpimit Kujundzic (VT) 6-4, 6-1