RICHMOND, Va. – It seems that seniors
Leonchuk (Kiev, Ukraine) and Laura Burns
(Hertford, England) have saved their best for their final
The veteran duo once again stepped up and led the 27th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis team to a victory, their sixth-straight, this time it was over the Nittany Lions of Penn State, 5-2.
Leonchuk is now an impressive 10-1 this spring, while Burns is 9-1 after both of them picked up straight set victories on Saturday. Leonchuk topped Michaela Stracar, 6-1, 6-1, while Burns defeated Lauren McCarthy, 6-0, 6-3.
Junior Kateryna Yergina (Kiev, Ukraine) and freshman sensation Josefin Hjertquist (Spanga, Sweden) joined the straight-set victory club with wins at #3 and #2 singles, respectively.
The Rams also swept through the doubles competition with all three duos picking up 8-2 wins.
VCU returns to the court on Sunday afternoon when the Cyclones of Iowa State visit Thalhimer Tennis Center in a 12 p.m. showdown.
#27 VCU 5, Penn State 2
1. Ana Bara/Hjertquist def. Lotto/Januskova (PSU), 8-2
2. Burns/Yergina def. Simidian/Prishlyak (PSU), 8-2
3. Alex Bara/Leonchuk def. McCarthy/Stracar (PSU), 8-2
Order of finish: 1,2,3
1. Petra Januskova (PSU) def. Ana Bara, 6-1, 6-0
2. Hjertquist def. Sarah Lotto (PSU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Yergina def. Maria Prishlyak (PSU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Amy Simidian (PSU) def. Alex Bara, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
5. Burns def. Lauren McCarthy (PSU), 6-0, 6-3
6. Leonchuk def. Michaela Stracar (PSU), 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 2,1,5,3,4,6