RAMS RALLY BEHIND SINGLES PLAY TO DEFEAT ETSU; MOVE TO 11-3 ON SEASON

Score: VCU 4, East Tennessee State 3

Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 11-3, ETSU 5-8

The short story: After losing the doubles point, VCU rallies behind strong singles play to take down ETSU to move to 11-3 on the season

OPENING SERVE

  • The combination of Marina Alcaide Bakkari and Sofia Sualehe defeated ETSU's Yunen Elizarraras and Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga to give VCU its only doubles victory of the match
  • Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado continued her undefeated spring by defeating Laylo Bakhodirova, which earned VCU's first point of the day
  • In No. 6 singles, Sofia Sualehe took down ETSU's Yi Chi Ma in two sets to give VCU its second point of the match
  • Noumea Witmus kept the momentum going for the Rams when she defeated Elizarraras of ETSU in three sets, giving VCU its third point of the day
  • Marina Alcaide Bakkari sealed the victory for VCU by fighting off four match points to take down Pascual-Larrinaga 

THE RESULTS

VCU 4 ETSU 3

DOUBLES:

1. Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Molares (ETSU) def. Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen(VCU) 6-4

2. Raquel Amaro/Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) def. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado/Kanako Yano (VCU) 6-0

3. Marina Alcaide Bakkari/Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Yunuen Elizarraras/Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) 6-3

Order of Finish - 2, 3, 1 

SINGLES: 

1. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) 6-4, 6-0

2. Alejandra Molares (ETSU) def. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) 6-3, 2-2 injury default

3. Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) def. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(6)

4. Raquel Amaro (ETSU) def. Kanako Yano (VCU) 7-5, 6-1

5. Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

6. Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) 6-2, 7-5

Order of Finish - 2, 1, 4, 6, 5, 3

UP NEXT

VCU returns to action when it travels to Norfolk, Va. to take on the #24 Old Dominion on Wednesday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m.