RAMS CRUISE BY SPIDERS IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE; FINISH WITH 15-5 OVERALL RECORD

Score: VCU 4, Richmond 0

Location: Richmond, Va. (Westhampton Courts)

Records: VCU (15-5, 4-0 A-10), Richmond (7-9, 2-3 A-10)

The short story: VCU cruised by cross-town rival, Richmond, in the regular season finale. The Rams finished the regular season with a 15-5 overall record and a 4-0 record in conference play.

OPENING SERVE

  • The combination of Melissa Ifidzhen and Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado took down Dessi Zlateva and Lea Owens to give VCU its first doubles win of the day
  • Sofia Sualehe and Marina Alcaide Bakkari teamed up to seal the doubles point for the Rams after defeating Lyndell Giffenig and Adrienne James
  • Diaz-Delgado kept the momentum going for VCU when she took down Emily Dunbar in straight sets, only allowing two games against her
  • Ifidzhen gave VCU its third point of the day when she beat Ana Ramirez in straight sets, outscoring Ramirez 12 games to 1
  • Rasmussen clinched the victory for the Rams after taking down Kiana Marshall in straight sets, only allowing two games against her

THE RESULTS

VCU 4, Richmond 0

Doubles

1. Anna Rasmussen/Noumea Witmus (VCU) vs. Emily Dunbar/Kiana Marshall (Richmond) 5-4 unfinished

2. Melissa Ifidzhen/Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Dessi Zlateva/Lea Owens (Richmond) 6-2

3. Sofia Sualehe/Marina Alcaide (VCU) def. Lyndell Giffenig/Adrienne James (Richmond) 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 3

Singles

1. #77 Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Emily Dunbar (Richmond) 6-2, 6-0

2. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Kiana Marshall (Richmond) 6-2, 6-0

3. Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) vs. Dessi Zlateva (Richmond) 4-5 unfinished

4. Kanako Yano (VCU) vs. Lea Owens (Richmond) 6-2, 4-0 unfinished

5. Noumea Witmus (VCU) vs. Helene Heiberg (Richmond) 5-6 unfinished

6. Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Ana Ramirez (Richmond) 6-0, 6-1

Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2 

UP NEXT

VCU returns to action when it travels to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament on Wednesday, April 24