CLEMSON, S.C. – The Virginia
Commonwealth University women's tennis team suffered its first loss
of the 2010 campaign on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 5-2 decision
to 14th-ranked Clemson at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.
Senior Laura Burns (Hertford, England) was the standout for the Black & Gold, winning both her doubles and singles match to improve to 2-0 in both.
Burns and junior Kateryna Yergina teamed up to drop Nelly Ciolkowski and Laurianne Henry, 8-3, to get the Rams ahead in doubles, but the Tigers rallied for victories of 8-3 and 8-4 to take the doubles point.
Clemson swept the first four singles matches but not without a fight as Yergina gave ninth-ranked Josipa Bek trouble at #1, 6-0, 6-7 (6), 6-1. Burns and classmate Olena Leonchuk (Kiev, Ukraine) picked up wins at #5 and #6 to get the Black & Gold on the board.
Burns dropped Henry, 6-2, 6-3, while Leonchuk cruised to her third straight set victory of the season, 6-2, 6-1 over Estefania Balda.
The Rams will now head to ITA Indoor Nationals next weekend in Durham, N.C.
#14 Clemson def. #43 VCU 5-2
1. Hadziselimovic/Wong (CU) def. Bara, Ana/Hjertquist (VCU) 8-3
2. Burns/Yergina (VCU) def. Henry/Ciolkowski (CU) 8-3
3. Bek/Balda (CU) def. Bara, Alex/Leonchuk (VCU) 8-4
Order of finish: 2,1,3
1. #9 Bek (CU) vs. Yergina (VCU) 6-0, 6-7 (6), 6-1
2. Wong (CU) def. Hjertquist (VCU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #113 Hadziselimovic (CU) def. Bara, Ana (VCU) 6-4, 6-0
4. #61 Ciolkowski (CU) vs. Bara, Alex (VCU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Burns (VCU) def. Henry (CU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Leonchuk (VCU) def. Balda (CU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,2,4,1,5,6