VCU FALLS TO UMASS IN A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Match
Score: #2 UMass 4, #1 VCU 2
Location: Orlando, Fla. (USTA National Campus)
Records: VCU 16-9, UMass 12-8

The short story: Sophomore Anna Rasmussen helped keep VCU in contention, but her efforts couldn't hold off upstart UMass Sunday in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in Orlando.
 
FIRST SERVE
  • Rasmussen had a hand in both VCU points Sunday, scoring victories on the No. 1 doubles court, as well as at the No. 2 singles position. In singles action, she fought off a challenge from Ruth Crawford, 6-4, 7-5
  • Sophomore Janina Braun teamed with Rasmussen for that doubles victory on the No. 1 court. She was also locked in a battle with UMass' Janja Kovacevic when the match ended. That contest was all tied in the third set.
  • VCU picked up the doubles point early in the match when senior Darya Berezhnaya and sophomore Magda Aubets topped Kovacevic and Ana Yrazusta, 6-4.
  • Despite VCU's efforts, UMass, which hadn't won an A-10 title since 1991, fought back with wins on the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles courts to capture the match.
NOTABLE
  • VCU loss snaps the Rams' streak of five consecutive conference championships. The Rams had won all four A-10 crowns since joining the league in 2012-13 and topped the CAA in their final year in that conference in 2011-12.
  • The Rams are now 15-1 all-time in A-10 Tournament play.
  • Rasmussen was 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles play during the A-10 Tournament.
RESULTS
#2 UMASS 4, #1 VCU 2
Singles
1. Janja Kovacevic (UMASS) vs. Janina Braun, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 2-2 (DNF)
2. Anna Rasmusson (VCU) def. Ruth Crawford, 6-4, 7-5
3. Ana Yrazusta (UMASS) def. Magda Aubets, 7-5, 6-3
4. Anna Woosley (UMASS) def. Darya Berezhnaya, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Laura Moreno (UMASS) def. Noumea Witmus, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
6. Brittany Collens (UMASS) def. Isabella Camargo, 6-7 (2), 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 2, 6, 4
 
Doubles
1. Janina Braun/Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Ruth Crawford/Anna Woosley, 6-3
2. Darya Berezhnaya/Magda Aubets (VCU) def. Ana Yrazusta/Janja Kovacevic, 6-4
3.Brittany Collens/Laura Moreno (UMASS) vs. Noumea Witmus/Isabella Camargo 5-5 (DNF)
Order of Finish: 1,2