RICHMOND, Va. – It's nearly 5,000 miles from Oradea, Romania to the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
However, it seems that Alex and Ana Bara of the VCU women's tennis teams have made Richmond their home as they helped the Rams to their sixth straight victory with a 5-2 defeat of Big East power, South Florida.
VCU is now 11-1 on the year and have won 22nd straight matches in the comforts of the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
"South Florida is a quality program so today was a good win for our girls," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "I thought our depth was the important thing for us today because we need the contributions from the back end of our lineup in order to secure the victory."
South Florida evened things up with a win at the top singles spot, but VCU then reeled off four straight singles victories to secure the victory.
It started with freshman Olga Terteac, who swept Alessandra Bonte, 6-4, 6-0 at #5 singles. Alex Bara followed with a 6-1, 6-2 win over 62nd-ranked Jannette Bejikova and her sister, Ana, continued VCU's success with a tough 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 victory.
Freshman Daria Yakavleva wrapped up the Rams' singles success with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kate Parker at #6 singles.
The Black & Gold returns to action next weekend when they travel to State College, Pa. to take on the Nittany Lions and Princeton.
VCU 5, USF 2
1. Yergina/Al. Bara (VCU) def. Janette Bejikova/Irene Rehberger, 8-2
2. No. 20 Ecaterina Vasenina/Loreto Alonso Martinez (USF) def. Herjtquist/An. Bara (VCU), 8-5
3. Yakavleva /Pietzuch (VCU) def. Kate Parker/Allessandra Bonte (USF), 8-2
1. No. 52 Irene Rehberger (USF) def. Hjertquist (VCU), 6-4, Inj. default
2. No. 124 Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) def. Yergina (VCU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
3. An. Bara (VCU) def. Alonso Martinez (USF), 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
4. Al. Bara (VCU) def. No. 62 Jannette Bejikova (USF), 6-1, 6-2
5. Terteac (VCU) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF), 6-4, 6-0
6. Yakavleva (VCU) def. Kate Parker (USF), 6-2,6-1
Order of Finish - 1, 5, 4, 3, 6, 2