Scores: VCU 5, East Carolina 2
Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 8-2, East Carolina 3-5
The short story: Trailing 0-1, the Rams dominated in singles play to defeat East Carolina 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. Senior Darya Berezhnaya and sophomores Janina Braun and Magda Aubets won their matches in consecutive sets.
- Aubets tied the match at 1 a piece by defeating Nastja Tettich, 7-5, 6-0. She is now 13-6 in singles play.
- Braun then put the Rams ahead 2-1. She holds a 15-4 overall record, and has won four out of her five singles matches on the first court thus far.
- Berezhnaya added to the lead by downing Annija Veinsteina, 6-4, 6-4. She is 14-5 on the year in singles play.
- Sophomore Anna Rasmussen won her match to put VCU out of reach at 4-2. After dropping the first set, she bounced back to defeat Lisa Hofbauer, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. She now holds a 12-6 overall singles record this season.
- Freshman Noumea Witmus earned the last point for the Rams. She overcame a first set loss to win, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
- Braun and Rasmussen picked up a win in doubles play as well. The duo holds a team-high 12 wins on the doubles court.
1- Janina Braun/Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Lisa Hofbauer/Celia Ruiz, 6-3
2- Maria Gomez/Nastja Rettich (ECU) def. Darya Berezhnaya/Noumea Witmus, 6-3
3- Michelle Castro/Annija Veinsteina (ECU) def. Magda Aubets/Gabriela Araujo, 7-6(6)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1- Janina Braun (VCU) def. Celia Ruiz, 6-3, 6-2
2- Anna Rasmussen (VCU) def. Lisa Hofbauer, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
3- Magda Aubets (VCU) def. Nastja Rettich, 7-5, 6-0
4- Darya Berezhnaya (VCU) def. Annija Veinsteina, 6-4, 6-4
5- Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Gabriela Araujo, 6-3, 7-6
6- Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Maria Storozheva, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 2, 6
The Rams will host the Elon Phoenix on Saturday, March 4 at the Thalhimer Tennis Center at 10 a.m.