The Basics

Score: South Carolina 4, VCU 2
VCU (7-3), South Carolina (4-2)
Thalhimer Tennis Center – Richmond, Va.
The Short Story:
Newcomers Cindy Chala and Olga Barscheuskaya earned singles victories, but it wasn't enough as the VCU women's tennis team suffered a tough home loss to the hands  of South Carolina, 4-2. The Gamecocks entered the weekend ranked 30th in the latest ITA poll.

How It Happened

  • Sophomore Salome Kvitashvili and junior Olga Terteac picked up an 8-4 win at the third doubles position, but South Carolina won the other two doubles matches to grab a 1-0 advantage.
  • Chala got VCU on the board by taking down South Carolina's Jaklin Alawi, 6-3, 6-4. Alawi entered the match as the 59th-ranked player in the latest  ITA singles rankings.
  • The Gamecocks picked up two singles wins of their own to push the lead to 3-1, but Barscheuskaya battled her way to a 7-5, 6-1 win over Adriana Pereira at the fifth singles position to make it, 3-2.
  • However, South Carolina's Ximena Siles Luna battled back to earn a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 win over  Terteac at the fourth singles spot to secure the win for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina 4, VCU 2


  1. Alawi/Kanakova (USC) def. Hjertquist, 8-4
  2. Popova/Andersson (USC) def. Yakauleva/Barscheuskaya, 8-4
  3. Kvitashvili/Terteac (VCU) def. Pereira/Siles Luna, 8-5


  1. Cindy Chala (VCU) def. #59 Jaklin Alawi, 6-3, 6-4
  2. Katerina Popova (USC) def. Salome Kvitashvili, 6-0, 6-4
  3. Dominika Kanakova (USC) def. Josefin Hjertquist, 6-4, 6-3
  4. Ximena Siles Luna (USC) def. Olga Terteac, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
  5. Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU) def. Adriana Pereira, 7-5, 6-1
  6. Yukako Noi (VCU) vs. Josefin Andersson, 7-6 (7-2), 5-1 DNF