CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – All good things must come to an end and the Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis team learned that exactly lesson on Saturday morning.
Making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 12 years, the Rams dropped a first round decision to N.C. State, 4-0, to wrap up the 2011 season, which saw VCU finish with a 19-6 mark.
"Of course we hoped to keep it going, but we weren't able to do that today," Associate Head Coach Yana Carollo said. "We'll work as hard as we can, both on and off the court, in the offseason to make it further next year."
The tough day started with the Wolfpack taking two hard-fought doubles matches to earn the doubles point and grab an early lead.
With two of the country's top-85 singles players, the Rams knew N.C. State would be a tough out and that's exactly what happened. The Wolfpack picked up straight set wins at #2, #4 and #6 singles to secure the victory and promptly end VCU's campaign.
The match was the final match for the lone senior on this year's squad, Kateryna Yergina (pictured, right), who will end her Ram career ranked in the top-10 in both singles and doubles victories.
#25 NC State 4, #37 VCU 0
1. #17 Bhambri/Nagaraj def. #33 Yergina/Al. Bara 8-6
2. Hjertquist/An. Bara led Illova/Hojckova 5-4, abd.
3. Kissell/Miller def. Pietzuch/Yakauleva 8-5
1. Kateryna Yergina led #28 Sanaa Bhambri 6-3, 4-4, abd.
2. #85 Sandhya Nagaraj def. Al. Bara 6-0, 6-2
3. Tatiana Illova led Josefin Hjertquist 7-6 (8-6), 4-1, adb.
4. Joelle Kissell def. Daria Yakauleva 6-1, 6-3
5. Lenka Hojckova led Ana Bara 7-6 (7-5), 3-0, abd.
6. Christy Sipes def. Olga Terteac 6-4, 6-3