TAMPA, Fla. – Winning on the road is a trait that most championship-caliber teams have on their resume.

That bodes well for the VCU women's tennis squad who picked up a big road win on Friday with a 4-1 win over South Florida, who was ranked 37th in the latest ITA poll. The Black & Gold have now won five straight and sit at 14-4 on the year.

VCU started its day with the youngsters leading them on the doubles court with freshmen Alena Gerasimova and Salome Kvitashvili picking up an 8-4 win at the third position to kick things off. Sophomores Olga Terteac and Daria Yakauleva solidified the doubles point for the Rams with an 8-6 win at the second doubles spot.

The Bulls squared things up with 41st-ranked Ecaterina Vasenina picked up a win at the top singles spot, but Kvitashvili quickly answered with a 6-3, 6-3 win at the sixth position in the lineup.

Yakauleva would keep momentum with the Black & Gold thanks to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win at the fifth spot before Gerasimova locked up the win for the Rams by taking home a hard-fought 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory at the fourth position.

VCU gets right back on the courts in Florida on Saturday morning when they battle Marquette in a neutral court match. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

No. 48 VCU 4, No. 37 USF 1

1. Al. Bara/An. Bara (VCU) def. No. 54 E. Vasenina/L. Martinez (USF) 7-6
2. O. Terteac/D. Yakauleva (VCU)def. F. Fracassi/D. Mills (USF) 8-6
3. A. Gerasimova/S. Kvitashvili (VCU) def. P. Montoya/L. Rey (USF) 8-4

1. No. 41 Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) def. Ana Bara (VCU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Loreto Alonso Martinez (USF) vs. Alex Bara 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 unfinished
3. Fanny Fracassi (USF) vs. Olga Terteac (VCU) 7-6, 4-6, 3-0 unfinished
4. Alena Gerasimova (VCU) def. Danielle Mills (USF) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Daria Yakauleva (VCU) def. Paula Montoya (USF) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
6. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Lucie Rey (USF) 6-3 ,6-3