VCU CONCLUDES PLAY IN ITA NATIONAL INDOOR TOURNAMENT

Score: No. 3 UNC 4, VCU 0 | Michigan State 4, VCU 0

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 2-2, UNC 5-0, Michigan State 1-1

The short story: VCU battled hard but fell short to No. 3 UNC and Michigan State in the ITA National Indoor Tournament.

OPENING SERVE

  • No. 4 ranked Sara Daavettila of UNC defeated No. 48 ranked Anna Rasmussen in two sets, marking Rasmussen's first loss of the season.
  • The combination of Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Kanako Yano defeated MSU's Nicole Stephens and Lauren Lemonds to earn VCU its first victory of the weekend.
  • In the No. 3 singles, Yano was defeated by MSU's Emily Metcalf in two sets, marking only her second loss of the season.
  • Noumea Witmus fought hard against Nicole Stephens of MSU but fell short in the No. 6 singles.

THE RESULTS

#3 UNC 4, VCU 0

Doubles

1. #2 Makenna Jones/Cameron Morra (NC) def. Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen 6-1

2. Jessie Aney/Alle Sanford (NC) def. Paola Diaz-Delgado/Kanako Yano 6-1

3. Alexa Graham/Sara Daavettila (NC) vs. Marina Bakkari/Sofia Sualehe 5-1, unfinished

Order of Finish: 2, 1

Singles

1. #2 Makenna Jones (NC) vs. #48 Paola Diaz-Delgado 6-3, 1-1, unfinished

2. #4 Sara Daavettila (NC) def. Anna Rasmussen 6-1, 6-3

3. #18 Alexa Graham (NC) vs. Marina Bakkari 6-3, 2-2, unfinished

4. #21 Cameron Morra (NC) def. Kanako Yano 6-1, 6-1

5. Jessie Aney (NC) def. Noumea Witmus 6-4, 6-1

6. Alle Sanford (NC) vs. Melissa Ifidzhen 1-6, 3-4, unfinished

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 2

Michigan State 4, VCU 0

Doubles

1. Emily Metcalf/Maja Pietrowicz (MSU) def. Noumea Witmus/Melissa Ifidzhen 6-2

2. Paola Diaz-Delgado/Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Nicole Stephens/Lauren Lemonds 6-1

3. Davina Nguyen/Samantha Memije (MSU) def. Marina Bakkari/Sofia Sualehe 6-2

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3 

Singles

1. Lauren Lemonds (MSU) vs. #48 Paola Diaz-Delgado 4-6, 5-3, unfinished

2. Samantha Memije (MSU) vs. Marina Bakkari 6-0, 5-5, unfinished

3. Emily Metcalf (MSU) def. Kanako Yano 6-3, 6-0

4. Maja Pietrowicz (MSU) vs. Melissa Ifidzhen 6-2, 5-4, unfinished

5.Nicole Stephens (MSU) def. Noumea Witmus 6-2, 6-4

6. Davina Nguyen (MSU) def. Sofia Sualehe 6-0, 6-1

Order of Finish: 5, 3, 6

HEAD COACH PAUL KOSTIN

"Yesterday against UNC, we played okay. I think we gave a little too much respect. UNC is a very good team and the defending national champions for indoors and it was a good learning lesson for the team. Today, we just came out flat. It didn't help that Anna [Rasmussen] had a fever and could not play. I didn't think we played well enough to make it up, but give MSU credit. They jumped on early and we just couldn't catch up. Overall, we fought hard but came up short."

UP NEXT

VCU will return home and is set to host conference foe Davidson on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m.