VCU Wins Men's Tennis Title
NORFOLK, Va. (April 22, 2012) - Top-seeded VCU defeated #3 UNCW, 4-0, to capture the Virginia 529 CAA Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday morning at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.
It was the 13th CAA title in 17 years for the Rams and earned them an automatic berth in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. VCU, which is ranked #37 in the nation, improved to 22-4 overall. UNCW, which had beaten VCU 4-3 in its two previous appearances in the CAA finals (2009, 2011), fell to 17-6 with the setback. The Seahawks, who are ranked #42 in the nation, will await a possible at-large berth in the NCAA Tennis Championship.
VCU, which posted 4-0 victories in all three rounds of the tournament, turned in another dominant effort in the finals. The Rams claimed the doubles point as their top tandem of Alexis Heugas and Antoine Baroz beat Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank, 8-4, and the No. 2 duo of Filip Svensson and Max Wennakoski downed Michael Reilly and Sam Williams, 8-4.
VCU closed out the match with three straight-set victories in singles. Wennakoski got things started at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Cooprider and Baroz followed by defeating Pedro Mol, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5. The deciding point came at the No. 6 spot as the Rams' Jaime Vazquez downed Reilly, 6-4, 6-1.
2012 VIRGINIA 529 CAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - Finals
#1 VCU 4, #3 UNCW 0
#1 Alexis Heugas (VCU) vs. Rafael Aita (UNCW) - DNF, 6-2, 5-2
#2 Max Wennakoski (VCU) d. Chris Cooprider (UNCW), 6-1, 6-2
#3 Filip Svensson (VCU) vs. Kosta Blank (UNCW) - DNF, 6-2, 5-4
#4 Antoine Baroz (VCU) d. Pedro Mol (UNCW), 6-3, 6-4
#5 Alejandro Argente (VCU) vs. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) - DNF, 0-6, 6-2, 2-2
#6 Jaime Vazquez (VCU) d. Michael Reilly (UNCW), 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 6
#1 Heugas/Baroz (VCU) d. Cooprider/Blank (UNCW), 8-4
#2 Svensson/Wennakoski (VCU) d. Reilly/Sam Williams (UNCW), 8-4
#3 Argente/Vazquez (VCU) vs. Mol/Pereira (UNCW) - DNF, 7-7
Order of Finish: 1, 2