RAMS DIVIDE AND CONQUER IN FALL OPENERS

RICHMOND, Va. – Several VCU players posted strong efforts, and the Rams combined for an 11-9 singles mark at tournaments at Duke and Maryland to kick off the fall season.

Sophomores Janina Braun and Anna Rasmussen participated in the Duke James Bonk Invite. The duo dominated the courts with a 4-2 singles record, along with a second place finish in the doubles Blue Flight.
 
Rasmussen fell to Miami's Ana Madeur in the opening round of the Yellow singles flight, but rallied for wins over Duke's Christina Makarova and Miami's Ana Madcur in the consolation final.Braun's path was similar, as she dropped a tightly contested match to Miami's Maci Epstein in the opening round, but bounced back with back-to-back straight set victories.
 
Gabriela Arajuo, Darya Berezhnaya and Magda Aubets represented the Black and Gold at The Bedford Cup in College Park, Maryland. Aubets placed second in the Consolation Final and finished with a 3-2 record in the tournament.  Berezhnaya also finished with a 3-2 record on the weekend. In her first tournament with the Rams, Freshman Gabriela Arajuo posted a 1-3 record in singles play.
 
The Rams are back in action on Sept. 26 as they travel to Charleston, South Carolina to compete in the ITF 10K.

RESULTS

Duke Bonk Invite
Janina Braun (2-1) – Blue singles bracket
Lost to M. Epstein (Miami), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Def. E. Susi (Virginia), 6-3, 6-3
Def. S. Fuentes (Miami), 6-2, 6-4

Anna Rasmussen (2-1) – Yellow singles bracket
Lost to D. Bashota (TCU, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2
Def. C. Makarova (Duke), 6-2, 6-2
Def. A. Madcur (Miami), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
 
Rasmussen/Braun (2-1) Blue Doubles Bracket
 def. Caroline Wegner/Seda Arantekin (TCU), 8-4
def. Alejandra Cisneros/Anna Rogers (N.C. State), 8-6
Lost to Kourtney Keegan/Peggy Porter (Florida), 8-2
 
The Bedford Cup
Gabriela Arajuo (1-3) - Singles
Def. T. Nita (Coppin State), 6-1, 6-0
Lost to Roka (JMU), 6-2, 6-3
Lost to Decamps (GW), 6-4, 6-1
Lost to Herrock (JMU), 6-2, 6-3
 
Darya Berezhnaya (3-2) – Singles
Def. Beisenova (GW), 6-1, 6-2
Lost to Nelson (JMU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Def. Lynham (Georgetown)
Lost to Decamps, 2-6, 6-3, 10-4
 
Madga Aubets (3-2) – Singles
Lost to Lynham (Georgetown), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Def. Marx (Georgetown), 7-6(4), 6-4
Def. Kogan (GW), 6-1, 6-2
Def. Bayraktaroglu (GW), 6-1, 4-6, 10-6
Lost to Owens (JMU), 6-2, 2-6, 10-7
 
Araujo (VCU)/Gaudrealt (Maryland) (1-1) – Doubles
Def. Swift/Goodson (Georgetown), 7-5
Lost to Guibe/Herrock (Coppin St./JMU), 6-3
 
Aubets/Berezhnaya (2-1) – Doubles
Def. Short/Lynham (Georgetown), 6-4
Lost to Saperstein/Nakagawa (Georgetown), 6-0
Def. Roka/Peterson (JMU), 6-2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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