RICHMOND, Va. – The frustration was obvious from just one look at the faces of Head Coach Paul Kostin and Associate Head Coach Yana Carollo.
It wasn't exactly the Wednesday they had planned as the Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis team dropped its regular season finale, 4-3, to their bitter rival, William & Mary. The Rams finish the regular season 18-4 and will enter the CAA Championships next weekend as the second seed.
"We're very disappointed by the result today, the effort just wasn't there," Carollo said. "We need better results from our leaders in these type of matches, we can't rely on our young, inexperienced players to pull us through."
After dropping the doubles point to the Tribe, VCU found itself losing momentum on the singles courts as well with losses at the second and fourth positions to fall behind 3-0.
That's when sophomore Josefin Hjertquist got things going for the Rams with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jeltje Loomans at the third singles spot. Junior Alex Bara brought the Black & Gold within one point of the Tribe with a 7-5, 7-6 (6) win at number one singles.
VCU evened the match up when freshman sensation Olga Terteac dropped Katie Kargl, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the number six singles.
However, the experience of fifth-year senior Lauren Sabacinski allowed the Tribe to pick up the final singles match at number five and clinch the top seed for the upcoming CAA Tournament.
"As upset as we are about today, we know that we have a chance to redeem ourselves next weekend in Norfolk," Carollo said.
Yergina/Al. Bara def. Johnson/Cepeda (W&M), 9-8 (5)
Mesgarzadeh/Kargl (W&M) def. Hjertquist/An. Bara, 8-6
Loomans/Sabacinski (W&M) def. Pietzuch/Yakavleva, 8-2
1) Al. Bara def. Johnson, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
2) Mesgarzadeh def. Yergina, 6-2, 6-2
3) Hjertquist def. Loomans, 6-4, 6-2
4) Cepeda def. An. Bara, 6-1, 6-4
5) Sabacinski def. Yakavleva, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2
6) Terteac def. Kargl, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3