Score: VCU 4, Richmond 3
Date: April 18, 2018
Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)
Records: VCU 14-5, Richmond 7-11
The short story: After Richmond fought back to tie the match at 3-3, freshman Sofia Sualehe won a three-set battle at No. 6 singles to clinch the match for VCU women's tennis.
- VCU jumped out to a 1-0 lead with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Junior Anna Rasmussen and sophomore Kanako Yano defeated Emily Dunbar and Kiana Marshall 6-1 at the No. 1 position before freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado and sophomore Noumea Witmus topped Lyndell Giffenig and Adrienne Haynes 6-4 to clinch the point.
- Yano doubled the VCU lead with a quick 6-1, 6-3 win over Gaby Rosales at No. 5 singles.
- Diaz Delgado notched her team-leading 16th singles victory of the season to push the Rams lead to 3-1, defeating Marshall at No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-1.
- The Spiders battled back to tie the match with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles.
- Sualehe breezed through the first set against Haynes 6-1, but Richmond's No. 6 won the second set 7-5. Sualehe faced a barrage of lobs in the third set, but earned a crucial break at 4-3 with a powerful volley winner that put her in position to clinch the match.
Order of Finish: 1, 2
1 - Emily Dunbar (UR) def. Anna Rasmussen (VCU) 6-4, 6-2
2 - Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado (VCU) def. Kiana Marshall (UR) 6-4, 6-1
3 - Dessi Zlateva (UR) def. Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) 7-6(2), 6-4
4 - Lea Owens (UR) def. Noumea Witmus (VCU) 6-3, 6-2
5 - Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Gaby Rosales (UR) 6-1, 6-3
6 - Sofia Sualehe (VCU) vs. Adrienne Haynes (UR) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2, 1, 3, 6
With the regular season complete, the Rams head to Orlando, Fla. for the Atlantic 10 Tournament from April 26-29.