NORFOLK, Va. – Although receiving all sorts of recognition was nice last night, the Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team wanted to make their weekend trip to Norfolk a business trip and not a vacation.
On Friday, the Rams made that perfectly clearly by making quick work of ninth-seeded Drexel, 4-0, and moving on to the Colonial Athletic Association semi-finals.
"It was good to see our guys come out and not mess around. They came into the match with a clear focus and it was evident," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "Now we just need to keep doing that and we'll have a chance to defend our title."
VCU started strong out of the gates with junior Filip Svensson and sophomore Max Wennakoski sweeping their doubles match, 8-0 at the third doubles position. Senior Tim Johannsen and freshman Antoine Baroz (pictured, right) wrapped up the doubles point with a 8-2 win at number two doubles to give the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
Baroz continued the Black & Gold momentum into singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Bryan Nguyen at the third singles spot. Svensson followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win at number six singles over Skylar Davis.
Sophomore Jamie Vazquez secured the match victory for the Rams with a 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Mehdi Rhazali.
VCU now moves on to face the Tribe of William & Mary on Saturday afternoon. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
#1 VCU 4, #9 Drexel 0
#1 Tim Johannsen (VCU) vs. Nikoloz Kurdadze (DU) – DNF 6-1, 4-1
#2 Max Wennakoski (VCU) vs. Manu Bajpai (DU) – DNF 6-2, 3-0
#3 Antoine Baroz (VCU) d. Bryan Nguyen (DU), 6-0, 6-0
#4 Jamie Vazquez (VCU) d. Mehdi Rhazali (DU), 6-0, 6-4
#5 Camill Salomon (VCU) vs. Jeganathan Srinivasan (DU) – DNF 7-5, 2-2
#6 Filip Svensson (VCU) d. Skylar Davis (DU), 6-3, 6-1
Singles Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4
#1 Vazquez/Salomon (VCU) vs. Kurdadze/Bajpai (DU) – DNF 4-3
#2 Johannsen/Baroz (VCU) d. Nguyen/Davis (DU), 8-2
#3 Wennakoski/Svensson (VCU) d. Rhazali/Robert Tekie (DU), 8-0
Doubles Order of Finish: 3, 2