September 11, 2011

RAMS OPEN FALL SLATE WITH STRONG SHOWING AT WILLIAM & MARY INVITATIONAL

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The VCU women's tennis squad opened its fall schedule with a strong showing at the 19th Annual William & Mary Invitational over the weekend. 

Senior Alex Bara [pictured] (Flight A) and sophomore Daria Yakavleva (Flight D) highlighted VCU's singles action as the pair cruised through their respective brackets with perfect 4-0 marks.  Meanwhile, the duo of senior Ana Bara and sophomore Olga Terteac rolled through the Flight B Doubles bracket unblemished.

Ana Bara and Terteac, who each picked up a trio of wins to reach the final of Flight B singles, were set to meet Sunday but rain cancelled the matchup.  Freshman Alena Gerasimova (Flight C) showed promise in her first career outing, going 3-1 in singles play.

The duos of junior Josefin Hjertquist/Gerasimova (Flight A), and rookie Salome Kvitashvili/Terteac (Flight B) both went 3-1 in their respective doubles action.

VCU returns to the court Sept. 16-18 at the UVa Fall Invitational in Charlottesville, Va.

Alex Bara
W, Kinsey Pate (JMU) 6-2, 6-1
W, Martha Blakely (VT) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-5
W, Kayla Rizzolo (W&M) default
W, Mariam Kurdadze (Tulane) 6-2, 6-4

Josefin Hjertquist
L, Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) 6-3, 6-3
W, Diana Ivanova (ODU) 6-0, 6-1
W, Martha Blakely (VT) 6-3, 6-4

Olga Terteac
W, Srinidhi Raghavan (Penn) 6-2, 6-3
W, Jacky Palmucci (JMU) 6-4, 6-3

Ana Bara

W, Camille Amrani (Winthrop) 6-0, 6-2
W, Anik Cepeda (Unattached) 6-1, 6-3
W, Stephanie Do (Penn) 7-6 (2), 6-1

Alena Gerasimova
L, Caroline Magnusson (Tulane) 7-5, 7-5
W, Alex Smyth (UR) 6-1, 6-2
W, Melissa Esnal (ODU) 6-4, 6-3
W, Joana Alecsiu (Columbia) 5-2, retire

Marketa Placha
W, Joana Alecsiu (Columbia) 3-6, 6-4, 10-1
W, Megan Douglass (JMU) 6-1, 6-2
L, Lindsay Dvorak (Tulane) 6-3, 7-6

Daria Yakavleva
W, Elizabeth Hamlin (Tulane) 6-3, 6-2
W, Jules Rodin (Penn) 6-1, 6-0
W, Katherine Bulling (JMU) 6-1, 6-1
W, Hila Elster (Tulane) 6-2, 6-1

Salome Kvitashvili

W, Arina Alilueva (ODU) 6-1, 6-0
W, Alex Ion (Penn) 6-7, 6-3, 10-6
L, Hila Elster (Tulane) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7

Gerasimova/Hjertquist
W, Dvorak/Thornton (Tulane) 8-3
W, Bulling/Pate (JMU) 8-3
L, Belaya/Mesgarzadeh (W&M) 8-4
W, Cepeda (Unattached)/Rizzolo (W&M) 8-3

Alex Bara/Placha
W, Alecsiu/Kovacevic (Columbia) 8-1
L, Cepeda (Unattached)/Rizzolo (W&M) 9-7
W, Amrani/Gunaysu (Winthrop) 8-1
L, Blakely/Ivanovic (VT) default

Kvitashvili/Terteac
W, Pires/Alilueva (ODU) 8-1
L, Elster/Hamlin (Tulane) 8-3
W, Do/Raghavan (Penn) 8-5
W, Andriescu/Palmucci (JMU) 8-6

Ana Bara/Yakavleva
W, Lauten/Martinez-Marcos (VT) 8-2
W, Whitfield/Bridges (Penn) default
W, E. Dvorak/Helisten (Tulane) 8-0
W, Elster/Hamlin (Tulane) 9-7

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