RAMS BEAT PITTSBURGH ON THE ROAD

Score: VCU 4, Pittsburgh 2

Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Oxford Athletic Club)

Date: Feb. 3, 2018

Records: VCU 3-2, Pittsburgh 2-1

The short story: VCU women's tennis hit the road for the first time this dual season and topped Pittsburgh 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.

OPENING SERVE

  • The Rams grabbed the doubles point behind junior Anna Rasmussen and freshman Melissa Ifidzhen's team-leading seventh doubles victory of the season on court 1.  Freshmen Sofia Sualehe and Kanako Yano teamed up to win at No. 3 doubles, beating Natsumi Okamoto and Jovana Knezevic 6-1.
  • Rasmussen and freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado pushed the VCU lead to 3-1 with straight-set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
  • Sophomore Noumea Witmus clinched the match for the Rams with a three-set victory over Jovana Knezevic at No. 6 singles, winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

THE RESULTS

Singles

1. Anna Rasmussen (VCUW) def. Luisa Varon (UP) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)

2. Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado (VCUW) def. Camila Moreno (UP) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2

3. Claudia Bartolome (UP) vs. Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCUW) 6-3, 6-7, 4-1, unfinished

4. Callie Frey (UP) def. Melissa Ifidzhen (VCUW) 6-4, 6-1

5. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) def. Sofia Sualehe (VCUW) 7-5, 6-3

6. Noumea Witmus (VCUW) def. Jovana Knezevic (UP) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles

1. Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCUW) def. Luisa Varon/Claudia Bartolome (UP) 6-4

2. Callie Frey/Camila Moreno (UP) vs. Paola Delgado/Noumea Witmus (VCUW) 5-5, unfinished

3. Kanako Yano/Sofia Sualehe (VCUW) def. Natsumi Okamoto/Jovana Knezevic (UP) 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,2,1,5,6,3)

UP NEXT

The Rams continue their road trip with a match at West Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m.

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