VCU CAPTURES SECOND STRAIGHT ATLANTIC 10 MEN’S TENNIS CROWN  

 

Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Match
Score: #1 VCU 4, #3 Dayton 1
Location: Orlando, Fla. (USTA National Campus)
Records: VCU 16-9, Dayton 18-7

The short story: Sophomore Ignacio Rivero Crespo collected a pair of wins for the third straight day and classmate Javier Amantegui provided a clinching victory to lift VCU past Dayton and to its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Sunday in Orlando, Fla. 

OPENING VOLLEY

  • With the victory, the Rams advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and for the 22nd time in 28 seasons under Head Coach Paul Kostin
  • Rivero Crespo breezed past Will Harper 6-3, 6-2 on the No. 6 court and paired with junior Philip Mobius for a win at No. 3 doubles. He did not surrender a single set in three tournament matches
  • Freshman Inigo Torre Martin also provided a singles and doubles win for the Black and Gold. He overwhelmed Steven Karl at No. 5, 6-4, 6-2, and teamed with junior Arvid Noren on the No. 2 doubles court for a win
  • Amantegui ended Dayton's comeback hopes when he finished off Theo Jener, 6-2, 6-3 on the No. 4 court

NOTABLE

  • VCU surrendered just two points on way to A-10 title
  • The Rams' depth shined in the tournament. VCU was a combined 7-0 on the 4, 5 and 6 singles courts this weekend
  • VCU has won three A-10 titles (2013, 2017, 2018) in six seasons since joining the league prior to the 2012-13 campaign

QUOTABLE
"I think everybody played their heart out. After winning the doubles point, it helps, and the lower [lineup] guys came through at four, five and six. We lost at two and the one and three were very close. I'm proud of the guys." – VCU Head Coach Paul Kostin

NEXT UP
VCU will learn its destination and opponent for the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

RESULTS
#1 VCU def. #3 DAYTON, 4-1
Singles
1. Arvid Noren (VCU) vs. Jordan Benjamin, 3-6, 6-1, DNF
2. Carsten Fisher (UD) def. Vitor Lima, 6-3, 6-1

3. Philip Mobius (VCU) vs. Zach Berry, 6-4, 5-5, DNF

4. Javier Amantegui (VCU) def. Theo Jener, 6-2, 6-3

5. Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) def. Steven Karl, 6-4, 6-2

6. Ignacio Rivero Crespo (VCU) def. Will Harper, 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 5, 4

Doubles
1. Carsten Fisher/Zach Berry (UD) def. Vitor Lima/Javier Amantegui, 6-2

2. Inigo Torre Martin/Arvid Noren (VCU) def. Jordan Benjamin/Theo Jener, 6-4

3. Philip Mobius/Ignacio Rivero Crespo (VCU) def. Lorenzo Rollhauser/Steven Karl, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

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