RAMS’ NINE-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED BY RED-HOT N.C. STATE, 5-2
RALEIGH, N.C. – All good things must come to an end and the 25th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis team found that out Saturday afternoon against a red-hot North Carolina State squad.
The Black & Gold entered the match on a nine-game winning streak, but the Wolfpack brought a streak of their, winning seven of their last eight. In the end, it was the home squad who snapped VCU's, sending the Rams home with a 5-2 defeat.
"We didn't play our best match and when you're playing a good team, you can't do that," Associate Head Coach Yana Carollo said. "What we need to do now is use this as a learning experience going forward and only get better as we head towards CAA Championships next month."
Senior Kateryna Yergina and junior Alex Bara knocked off 11th-ranked Sandhya Nagaraj and Sanaa Bhambri at the top doubles spot, 8-5, but N.C. State was able to tally wins in the other two doubles matches to record the first point of the match.
The Wolfpack would carry that momentum into singles play, where they sport two of the country's top-100 players. It showed with N.C. State picking up straight set victories at both of the top two singles spot, as well as #4 singles.
However, the Rams wouldn't go quietly with freshman Daria Yakavleva taking a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) at #6 singles and Bara improved to 12-0 this spring with a hard-fought 6-2, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6) win at the third singles position.
VCU will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks in a 2 p.m. match.
#41 NC State 5, #25 VCU 2
1. Yergina/Al. Bara def. #11 Bhambri/Nagaraj 8-5
2. Hojckova/Illova def. Hjertquist/An. Bara 8-1
3. Shah/Miller def. Yakavleva/Pietzuch 8-6
1. #28 Sanaa Bhambri def. Josefin Hjertquist 6-2, 6-2
2. #83 Sandhya Nagaraj def. Kateryna Yergina 6-2, 6-3
3. #107 Alex Bara def. Lenka Hojckova 6-2, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Tatiana Illova def. Ana Bara 6-2, 6-1
5. Joelle Kissell def. Olga Terteac 6-4, 6-1
6. Daria Yavkleva def. Tanvi Shah 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)