Scores: VCU 4, Marshall 3
Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 5-1, Marshall 4-2
The short story: The Rams made a remarkable comeback and rallied from a 0-3 deficit to defeat the Thundering Herd of Marshall on Friday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. Sophomore Janina Braun continued her dominant campaign thus far to lead The Black and Gold to their fifth win of the season.
- After trailing 3-0, Braun earned VCU's first point by defeating Marshall's Derya Turhan in consecutive sets, 6-4, 6-2. Braun now possesses an overall singles record of 12-1 and remains a perfect 6-0 in dual matches this season.
- Senior Darya Berezhnaya picked up the second point for the Rams. After dropping her first set she rallied to beat Anna Pomyatinskaya, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The veteran holds a 3-1 singles record in dual play.
- Freshman Gabriela Araujo tied things up at three a piece for The Black and Gold. The rookie is sporting a 4-1 record in dual matches so far this season.
- Sophomore Anna Rasmussen downed Stephanie Smith in a long three set match to earn the fourth and final point which ultimately secured the win for the Rams.
1- Derya Turhan/Anna Pomyatinskaya (MARSH) def. Janina Braun/Anna Rasmussen, 7-5
2- Darya Berezhnaya/Noumea Witmus (VCU) vs. Maddie Silver/Rachel Morales, 5-5
3- Stephanie Smith/Daniela Dankanych (MARSH) def. Magda Aubets/Gabriela Araujo, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 3
1- Janina Braun (VCU) def. Derya Turhan, 6-4, 6-2
2- Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Stephanie Smith, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-2
3- Maddie Silver (MARSH) def. Magda Aubets, 6-3, 6-2
4- Darya Berezhnaya (VCU) def. Anna Pomyatinskaya, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5- Rachel Morales (MARSH) def. Noumea Witmus, 6-4, 6-1
6- Gabriela Araujo (VCU) def. Daniela Dankanych, 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 3, 1, 4, 6, 2
The Rams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when they battle the Dukes of James Madison at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.