RICHMOND, Va. – It's always important to finish strong no matter what you're doing.
That's apparently the message that the Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team wanted to send as they wrapped up the regular season with a 6-1 defeat of James Madison to notch their 20th victory of the spring campaign.
"For the most part, we've got a pretty inexperienced group, but we've been able to come together at the right time," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "However, none of this matters unless we go to the CAA Tournament and take care of business."
Svensson continued his strong play on the singles court, where he dispatched Yaroslav Voznenko in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 at the sixth position.
Freshman Antoine Baroz and senior Tim Johanssen kept things going for the Black & Gold with straight set victories of their own to easily secure the victory over the visiting Dukes.
Wennakoski and freshman Alejandro Argente rounded out the singles wins for the Rams with battles at the second and fifth singles position.
"It's important for our guys to keep the hunger and competitiveness going," Kostin said. "The CAA Tournament is always a dogfight and this year will be no different. We have to be ready to go for whoever we take on."
Those CAA Championships take place this upcoming weekend, April 21-24, in Norfolk, Va.
VCU 6, James Madison 1
#1 – Moulin/Vladimirsky def. Vazquez/Salomon, 8-3
#2 – Johannsen/Baroz def. Pool/King, 8-5
#3 – Wennakoski/Svensson def. Sentenac/Vozuenko, 8-6
#1 – Johannsen def. Vladimirsky, 6-3, 6-2
#2 – Wennakoski def. Moulin, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
#3 – Sentenac def. Vazquez, 6-4, 6-2
#4 – Baroz def. Pool, 6-4, 6-2
#5 – Argente def. Milic, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 10-7
#6 – Svensson def. Voznenko, 6-2, 6-4