RAMS WIN SIXTH A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP, SWEEP RICHMOND 4-0

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship

Score: No. 1 VCU 4, No. 6 Richmond 0

Location: Orlando, Fla. (USTA National Campus)

Records: VCU (18-5), Richmond (10-10)

The short story: VCU won its sixth Atlantic 10 title in the seven years since joining the league by completing a sweep of all three A-10 Championship matches. 

OPENING SERVE

  • The Rams began the match with Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Melissa Ifidzhen defeating Dessi Zlateya and Lea Owens 6-4 to clinch the doubles point.
  • Marine Alacaide Barriza and Sofia Sualehe defeated Lyndell Giffenig and Adrienne Haynes 6-3 in the other doubles match.
  • Kanako Yano beat Lea Owens 6-3, 6-0 for the first sinlges point for VCU.
  • Diaz-Delgado earned the second singles point with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Emily Dunbar.
  • Ifidzhen sealed the A-10 Championship for VCU with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ana Ramirez.

THE RESULTS

No.1 VCU 4, No. 6 Richmond 0

SINGLES

1. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Emily Dunbar (UR) 6-2, 6-1

2. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) vs. Kiana Marshall (UR) 6-3, 2-1, DNF

3. Marina Alcaide (VCU) vs. Dessi Zlateva (UR) 6-1, 5-1, DNF

4. Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Lea Owens (UR) 6-3, 6-0

5. Noumea Witmus (VCU) vs. Helene Heiberg (UR) 6-3, 4-1, DNF

6. Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Ana Ramirez (UR) 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish: 4, 1, 6

DOUBLES

1. Emily Dunbar/Kiana Marshall (UR) def. Anna Rasmussen/Noumea Witmus (VCU) 6-4

2. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Dessi Zlateva/Lea Owens (UR) 6-4

3. Marina Alcaide/Sofia Sualehe (VCU) def. Lyndell Giffenig/Adrienne Haynes (UR) 6-3

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

UP NEXT

VCU earned the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament. The Rams will find out their opponent at 6:30 p.m. on April 29. It will be streamed on NCAA.com.