Score: VCU 4, Winthrop 3
Date: March 17, 2018
Location: Rock Hill, S.C. (Rock Hill Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 11-2, Winthrop 10-4
The short story: The bottom of the lineup carried VCU to a tightly-contested 4-3 win over a quality Winthrop team on Saturday afternoon.
- Although the Rams dropped the doubles point, freshman Melissa Ifidzhen picked up her 17th doubles win of the season, partnering with freshman Sofia Sualehe to defeat Aida Kelic and Ellie Burns 6-4.
- Freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado continued her stellar debut season with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alisa Soloveva at No. 2 singles to cut the Eagles lead to 2-1. Diaz Delgado tied junior Anna Rasmussen for the team lead with 13 singles wins this season.
- The Rams earned wins at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions to secure the 4-3 comeback victory.
- Sophomore Kanako Yano defeated Alya Mourad 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6 before sophomore Noumea Witmus topped Tayla van Eck 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4.
- Sualehe clinched the match for VCU with a three-set victory over Kelic at No. 5, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
1. PROCTOR, Lauren/KAUFFMAN, Megan (WIN) def. Paola Delgado/Noumea Witmus (VCUW) 6-2
Order of finish: 1,3,2
1. #23 PROCTOR, Lauren (WIN) def. Anna Rasmussen (VCUW) 6-3, 6-1
2. Paola Delgado (VCUW) def. SOLOVEVA, Alisa (WIN) 6-3, 6-1
3. KAUFFMAN, Megan (WIN) def. Marina Alcaide (VCUW) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4. Noumea Witmus (VCUW) def. VAN ECK, Tayla (WIN) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sofia Sualehe (VCUW) def. KELIC, Aida (WIN) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
6. Kanako Yano (VCUW) def. MOURAD, Alya (WIN) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 1,2,6,4,3,5
VCU returns home to host in-state rival Liberty on Tuesday, March 20 at Thalhimer Tennis Center. First serve is set for 2 p.m.