RAMS EARN SPLIT AT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – It's not how you start, it's how you finish, at least that's what they say.

That saying could apply to the VCU women's tennis team, who earned a split this weekend at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Rams dropped a 4-1 decision to Brown on Saturday before taking down Marshall, 5-1 on Sunday morning.

Sophomore Daria Yakauleva was the star of the weekend with a perfect 2-0 mark in singles play and a doubles win on Sunday in the win over Marshall. Ana Bara, Alex Bara and Alena Gerasimova each posted singles victories on the weekend as well.

VCU, now 5-1 on the year, returns to action next weekend with home matches against N.C. State (Saturday at 11 a.m.) and Winthrop (Sunday at 10 a.m.).

Brown 4, VCU 1

Doubles
1) Herzberg/Harrow (BU) def. Al. Bara/An. Bara (VCU), 8-4
2) Kraskowski/Caldwell (BU) def. Yakaleva/Hjertquist (VCU), 8-2
3) Kvitashvili/Gerasimova (VCU) def. Kandath/Uberoi (BU), 8-6

Singles
1) Kraskowski (BU) def. Alex Bara (VCU), 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-3
2) Herzberg (BU) def. Hjertquist (VCU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
3) An. Bara (VCU) vs. Harrow (BU), 5-7, 6-4, 1-3 DNF
4) Yakauleva (VCU) def. Kandath (BU), 7-5, 6-2
5) Flanzer (BU) def. Gerasimova (VCU), 6-4, 6-4
6) Terteac (VCU) vs. Uberoi (BU), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-3 DNF

VCU 5, Marshall 1

Doubles
1) Zaprazna/Voscekova (MU) def. Al. Bara/An. Bara (VCU), 8-4
2) Hjertquist/Yakauleva (VCU) def. Ball/Timko (MU), 8-4
3) Gerasimova/Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Koprcina/Kucin (MU), 8-2

Singles
1) Zaprazna (MU) def. Hjertquist, 6-3, 6-1
2) Al. Bara def. Voscekova (MU) , 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
3) An. Bara def. Ball (MU), 6-2, 6-2
4) Yakauleva def. Kucin (MU), 7-5, 6-1
5) Terteac vs. Koprcina (MU), 6-7, 6-3, 0-1 DNF
6) Gerasimova def. Timko (MU),  7-6 (7-5), 6-1

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