RAMS FALL SHORT TO NO. 28 RANKED AND IN-STATE RIVAL MONARCHS

Score: ODU 4, VCU 1

Location: Norfolk, Va. (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 11-4, ODU 13-2

The short story: After earning the doubles point, VCU couldn't close the deal against No. 28 nationally ranked ODU

OPENING SERVE

  • The combination of Anna Rasmussen and Noumea Witmus took down Oleksanda Andrieiva and Yulia Starodubtseva in No. 2 doubles to give VCU its first doubles victory of the match
  • Sofia Sualehe and Marina Alcaide Bakkari teamed up to defeat Nataliia Vlasova and Natalya Malenko of ODU in No. 3 doubles to earn VCU the doubles point
  • In No. 1 singles, Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado battled against Holly Hutchinson but was defeated in two sets
  • Vlasova took down Anna Rasmussen to give ODU its first point of the match
  • ODU's Alesya Yakubovich sealed the victory for the Monarchs when she took down Sofia Sualehe in two sets

THE RESULTS

#28 Old Dominion 4, VCU 1

Doubles

1. Holly Hutchinson/Brooke Pilkington (ODU) def. Paola Diaz-Delgado/Kanako Yano (VCU) 6-1

2. Anna Rasmussen/Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Oleksanda Andrieieva/Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) 7-6

3. Sofia Sualehe/Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) def. Nataliia Vlasova/Natalya Malenko (ODU) 6-2

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles

1. Holly Hutchinson (ODU) def. Paola Diaz-Delgado (VCU) 6-3, 6-2

2. Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) def. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) 6-1, 6-0

3. Oleksanda Andrieieva (ODU) vs. Marina Bakkari (VCU) 7-5, 0-5, unfinished

4. Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. Kanako Yano (VCU) 6-1, 6-0

5. Brooke Pilkington (ODU) vs. Noumea Witmus (VCU) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished

6. Alesya Yakubovich (ODU) def. Sofia Sualehe (VCU) 6-3, 6-2

Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 6

UP NEXT

VCU returns to action when it hosts JMU on Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m.