RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU women's tennis team entered the weekend with a chance to turn a three-match win streak into a five match-win streak.
The Rams pushed that streak to four, but couldn't get it to five as they earned a split on the weekend with a 6-1 victory over CAA foe Old Dominion on Saturday, but dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Penn State on Sunday afternoon.
Against the Monarchs on Saturday, VCU took control from the start with a sweep of the doubles lead by the Bara sisters who picked up an easy 8-1 victory at the top spot. The momentum carried over to the singles matches where VCU won five of the six, three of which came in straight sets.
Sunday started strong for the Black & Gold with a victory in the doubles point behind a hard-fought 8-6 win by junior Josefin Hjertquist and sophomore Daria Yakauleva. VCU would then take a 3-2 lead into the final two singles matches after Hjertquist and Yakauleva both won their singles matches. However, Penn State showed resiliency and picked up the final two singles victories to escape Richmond with a 4-3 win.
The Rams return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host in-state rival Virginia Tech in a 2 p.m. showdown at Thalhimer Tennis Center.
VCU 6 ODU 1
1. Alex Bara/Ana Bara (VCU) over Ivanova/Esnal Olguin (ODU) 8-1
2. Hjertquist/ Yakauleva (VCU) over Mitrovska/Pires (ODU) 8-5
3. Gerasimova/ Kvitashvili (VCU) over Khmolovska/Atiso (ODU) 8-1
1. Alex Bara (VCU) over Diana Ivanova (ODU) 6-1, 6-7, 6-1
2. Ana Bara (VCU) over Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
3. Aleksandra Mitrovska (ODU) over Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
4. Olga Terteac (VCU) over Juliana Pires (ODU) 6-0 6-0
5. Marketa Placha (VCU) over Nika Khmolovska (ODU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) over Faith Atiso (ODU) 6-1, 6-0
Penn State 4, VCU 3
1. Januskova/Utting (PSU) d. Al. Bara/An. Bara, 8-5
2. Hjertquist/Yakauleva (VCU) d. Sandor/Perrotta, 8-6
3. Gerasimova/Kvitashvili (VCU) d. Bedard/Sertic, 8-5
1. Januskova (PSU) d. An. Bara, 6-3
2. Utting (PSU) d. Al. Bara, 6-4, 6-2
3. Yakauleva (VCU) d. Sandor, 6-3, 6-1
4. Hjertquist (VCU) d. Perrotta, 6-3, 6-3
5. Bedard (PSU) d. Terteac, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Sertic (PSU) d. Placha, 7-6 (6), 6-1