January 30, 2010

RAMS TOP #39 WAKE FOREST, FALL TO #1 DUKE AT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND

RICHMOND, Va. – Facing two of the top-40 teams in the country, the Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis teams showed it belonged in that same discussion with strong play all weekend long at the ITA Kickoff Weekend, hosted by Duke University.

The Black & Gold got the weekend started on the right track, defeating 39th-ranked Wake Forest, 4-2 on Saturday afternoon, before falling to top-ranked Duke on Sunday, 6-1.

Senior Olena Leonchuk (Kiev, Ukraine) led the way for the Rams, picking up two straight set singles victories at the No.6 position. The veteran is now a perfect 5-0 this spring, with all of them coming in straight sets.

In the 4-2 win over the Demon Deacons, freshman Josefin Hjertquist (Spanga, Sweden) and senior Laura Burns (Hertford, England) each picked up straight set singles wins to help the Rams lock up the critical victory.

#44 VCU def. #39 Wake Forest, 4-2
Doubles:
1. Kulikova/Talbert (WFU) def. Bara, Ana/Hjertquist, 8-6
2. Yergina/Burns (VCU) def. Malvehy/Davis (WFU), 8-4
3. Bara, Alex/Leonchuk (VCU) def. Cutillo/Reveche, 8-5
Order of finish: 3,2,1
Singles:
1. Kulikova (WFU) def. Kateryna Yergina (VCU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Talbert (WFU) def. Ana Bara (VCU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) def. Malvehy (WFU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Cutillo (WFU) vs. Alex Bara (VCU), 4-6, 4-3 unfinished
5. Laura Burns (VCU) def. Reveche (WFU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Olena Leonchuk (VCU) def. Davis (WFU), 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,2,1,5,3  

#1 Duke def. #44 VCU, 6-1
Doubles:
1. Granson/Nze (Duke) def. Bara, Ana/Hjertquist, 8-6
2. Plotkin/Zsilinszka (Duke) def. Yergina/Burns (VCU), 8-2
3. Gorny/Stiles (Duke)  def. Bara, Alex/Leonchuk (VCU), 8-3
Order of finish: 2,3,1
Singles:
1. #20 Reka Zsilinszka (Duke) def. Kateryna Yergina (VCU), 7-5, 6-4
2. #80 Amanda Granson (Duke) def. Ana Bara (VCU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Elizabeth Plotkin (Duke) def. Josefin Hjertquist (VCU), 6-2, 6-3
4. #91 Ellah Nze (Duke) def. Alex Bara (VCU), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
5. #63 Monica Gorny (Duke) def. Laura Burns (VCU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Olena Leonchuk (VCU) def. Mary Clayton (Duke), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,5,6,4,2,1

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