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CAA Tennis Semifinals

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          Release: 04/21/2012
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MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

NORFOLK, Va. (April 21, 2012) - Top-seeded VCU beat #4 Old Dominion, 4-0, and #3 UNCW edged #2 Georgia State, 4-3 in the semifinals of the Virginia 529 CAA Men's Tennis Championship on Saturday morning at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.

VCU and UNCW will meet for the CAA championship at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Rams, who are ranked #37 in the nation, will play in the title match for the 16th time in 17 years. The Seahawks, who are ranked #42 in the nation, are in the finals for the third time in four years.

VCU was able to earn a hard-fought doubles point against the Monarchs. The Rams' top team of Alexis Heugas and Antoine Baroz beat Cam Cetinel and Fahoum Fahoum, 8-4, but ODU picked up a win at No. 2 as Albert Ochagavia and Carlos Lopez Villa topped Filip Svensson and Max Wennakoski, 8-5. VCU captured the deciding match at No. 3 as Alejandro Argente and Jaime Vazquez defeated Krzysztof Muzalewski and Alfredo Rodriguez, 8-4.

The Rams got two quick points in singles as Baroz beat Wesley Barrett, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 4 and Vazquez downed Rodriguez, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6. VCU clinched the match with a victory at No. 1, where Heugas, the CAA Player of the Year, rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 decision over Muzalewski.

Georgia State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on UNCW by capturing the doubles point. The Seahawks' top team of Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank beat Matias Hatem and Thomas Cook, 8-3, but the Panthers won the other matches. At No. 2, GSU's Victor Valente and Juan Pablo Gutierrez defeated Michael Reilly and Sam Williams, 8-3, and the No. 3 team of Lucas Santana and Jose Ortiz topped Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira, 8-3.

UNCW rallied quickly in singles with three consecutive victories. Mol downed Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4, Aita beat Valente, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 and Pereira got past Ismael Lahlou, 6-2, 7-6 (3) at No. 5. The Panthers battled back as Hatem was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Cooprider at No. 2 and Santana topped Reilly, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6. The match was decided at the No. 3 singles position, where Blank came back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Cook.

VCU and UNCW will meet in the finals for the third time in the past four years. UNCW edged the Rams 4-3 for the title in both 2009 and 2011.

Virginia 529 CAA Men's Tennis Championship - Semifinals

 #1 VCU 4, #4 Old Dominion 0

Singles

#1 Alexis Heugas (VCU) d. Krzysztof Muzalewski (ODU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

#2 Max Wennakoski (VCU) vs. Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) - DNF, 6-2, 3-6, 5-2

#3 Filip Svensson (VCU) vs. Albert Ochagavia (ODU) - DNF, 6-4, 5-7

#4 Antoine Baroz (VCU) d. Wesley Barrett (ODU), 6-4, 6-0

#5 Alejandro Argente (VCU) vs. Can Cetinel (ODU) - DNF, 6-2, 3-6, 5-0

#6 Jaime Vazquez (VCU) d. Alfredo Rodriguez (ODU), 6-1, 6-3

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1


Doubles

#1 Heugas/Baroz (VCU) d. Cetinel/Fahoum Fahoum (ODU), 8-4

#2  Ochagavia/Lopez Villa (ODU) d. Svensson/Wennakoski (VCU), 8-5

#3 Argente/Vazquez (VCU) d. Muzalewski/Rodriguez (ODU), 8-4

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3


#3 UNCW 4, #2 Georgia State 3

Singles

#1 Rafael Aita (UNCW) d. Victor Valente (GSU), 6-2, 6-1

#2 Matias Hatem (GSU) d. Chris Cooprider (UNCW), 6-2, 6-3

#3 Kosta Blank (UNCW) d. Thomas Cook (GSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

#4  Pedro Mol (UNCW) d. Juan Pablo Gutierrez (GSU), 6-0, 6-2

#5 Kaue Pereira (UNCW) d. Ismael Lahlou (GSU), 6-2, 7-6 (3)

#6 Lucas Santana (GSU) d. Michael Reilly (UNCW), 6-4, 6-3

Order of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 2, 6, 3

Doubles

#1 Cooprider/Blank (UNCW) d. Hatem/Cook, 8-3

#2 Valente/Gutierrez (GSU) d. Reilly/Sam Williams (UNCW), 8-3

#3 Santana/Jose Ortiz (GSU) d. Mol/Pereira (UNCW), 8-3

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

 

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

NORFOLK, Va. (April 21, 2012) - Top-seeded VCU defeated #5 Old Dominion, 4-0, and #3 Georgia State rallied past #2 UNCW, 4-2, in the semifinals of the Virginia 529 CAA Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday afternoon at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.

The Rams and Panthers will meet for the CAA title at 2 p.m. on Sunday. VCU, which is ranked #43 in the nation, is in the CAA title match for the 10th time in the past 11 years, while GSU, which is ranked #63 nationally, is in the championship for the third time in the last four years.

VCU took a quick 1-0 lead on ODU with a pair of convincing wins in doubles. The Rams' No. 2 duo of Olga Terteac and Daria Yakauleva rolled past Melissa Esnal Olguin and Nika Khmolovska, 8-1, and VCU's No. 3 tandem of Salome Kvitashvili and Alena Gerasimova topped Juliana Pires and Faith Atiso, 8-3. The Rams wrapped up the match with victories at the bottom three singles positions. Marketa Placha blanked Atiso, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6, Kvitashvili downed Pires, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5 and Gerasimova ended the match by beating Khmolovska, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4.

UNCW grabbed an early 1-0 advantage on GSU by claiming the doubles point. The Panthers' top team of Abigail Tere-Apisah and Tereza Lerova beat Christina Lee and Alyssa Ritchie, 8-1, but the Seahawks picked up a win at No. 3 as Miller Hales and Kelly Cameron got past Masa Grgan and Chaimaa Roudami, 8-5. The point was decided at No. 2 where UNCW's Olga Blank and Angie Sekely edged Maryna Kozachenko and Whitney Byrd, 9-8 (7-5).

However, Georgia State battled back in singles. Byrd defeated Sekely, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3, Tere-Apisah, the CAA Player of the Year, got by Lee, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 1 and Roudami was a 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 winner over Christina Riley at No. 6, which put the Panthers ahead 3-1. UNCW closed to within 3-2 as Ritchie topped Kozachenko, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4, but GSU ended the match with a 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 victory by Grgan over Cameron at No. 5.

VCU has won three CAA championships, with the most recent coming in 2010. Georgia State captured its lone CAA title in 2009 when it edged the Rams, 4-3.

 

2012 VIRGINIA 529 CAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - Semifinals

 

#1 VCU 4, #5 Old Dominion 0

Singles

#1 Ana Bara (VCU) vs. Diana Ivanova (ODU) - DNF, 6-1, 3-3

#2 Alex Bara (VCU) vs. Aleksandra Mitrovska (ODU) - DNF, 6-4, 3-1

#3 Olga Terteac (VCU) vs. Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) - DNF, 6-3, 4-2

#4 Alena Gerasimova (VCU) vs. Nika Khmolovska (ODU), 6-2, 6-3

#5 Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) d. Juliana Pires (ODU), 6-1, 6-0

#6 Marketa Placha (VCU) d. Faith Atiso (ODU), 6-0, 6-0

Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4

Doubles

#1 Bara/Bara (VCU) vs. Ivanova/Mitrovska (ODU) - DNF, 7-4

#2 Terteac/Daria Yakauleva (VCU) d. Olguin/Khmolovska, 8-1

#3 Kvitashvili/Gerasimova (VCU) d. Pires/Atiso (ODU), 8-3

Order of Finish: 2, 3


#3 Georgia State 4, #2 UNCW 2

Singles

#1 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) d. Christina Lee (UNCW), 7-5, 6-4

#2 Tereza Lerova (GSU) vs. Olga Blank (UNCW) - DNF, 6-3, 4-6, 4-2

#3 Whitney Byrd (GSU) d. Angie Sekely (UNCW), 6-2, 6-4

#4 Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) d. Maryna Kozachenko (GSU), 6-2, 6-3
#5 Masa Grgan (GSU) d. Kelly Cameron (UNCW), 7-6 (8), 6-3

#6 Chaimaa Roudami (GSU) d. Christina Riley (UNCW), 7-6 (6), 6-0

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 6, 4, 5

Doubles

#1 Tere-Apisah/Lerova (GSU) d. Lee/Ritchie (UNCW), 8-1

#2 Blank/Sekely (UNCW) vs. Kozachenko/Byrd (GSU), 9-8 (5)

#3 Miller Hales/Cameron (UNCW) d. Grgan/Roudami (GSU), 8-5

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2


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