RICHMOND, Va. - For the second straight season, the Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis team has gotten off to a blistering start after picking up two victories on the final day of the VCU 4-1 Invitational.

Led by the play of junior Ana Bara, the Rams ripped off a 5-0 victory over Norfolk State and a 4-1 win over conference foe UNC Wilmington to improve their season mark to a perfect 5-0.

"It was a good weekend to start off the year," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "We just have to keep working and getting better each day in order to accomplish our long-term goals."

Against Norfolk State, the Black & Gold dropped a total of just four games in a rout of their in-state rival. Bara blew past Gabbi Jonsson in the top spot, 6-0, 6-0 to go along with the doubles tandem of Josefin Hjertquist and Kateryna Yergina, who swept their match, 6-0, 6-0.

The underclassmen trio of Daria Yakavleva, Olga Terteac and Manuela Pieztuch rounded out the sweep with straight set victories on the singles side.

In the match-up against the Seahawks, Alex Bara and Yakavleva teamed to get the Rams started on the right track with a 6-2, 6-2 doubles victory over Chelsea Kahle and Kelly Cameron.

Yergina moved VCU's lead to 2-0 with a straight set, 6-3, 6-0 win over Angela Sekely and Ana Bara locked up the victory for the Black & Gold with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Olga Blank in the top spot.

The Rams return to action next weekend when they head to the ITA Atlantic Indoor Regionals down in Chapel Hill, N.C.

VCU 5, Norfolk State 0
Hjertquist/Yergina d. Jenny Astbury/Naeemah Brooks, 6-0, 6-0
#1 – Ana Bara d. Gabbi Jonsson, 6-0, 6-0
#2 – Yakavleva d.  Chenge Tsapayi, 6-0, 6-2
#3 – Terteac d. Maryna Kariuk, 6-0, 6-2
#4 – Pieztuch d. Ashley Foster, 6-0, 6-0

VCU 4, UNC Wilmington 1
Alex Bara/Yakavelva d. Chelsea Kahle/Kelly Cameron 6-2, 6-2
#1 – Ana Bara d. Olga Blank 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
#2 – Christina Lee d. Hjertquist, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
#3 – Yergina d. Angela Sekely, 6-3, 6-0
#4 – Terteac d. Lindsay Leblang, 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-1