VCU Duo In Final Eight
ATHENS, Ga. - The sophomore duo of Alexis Heugas and Antoine Baroz of the VCU men's tennis team decided to start their Memorial Day weekend celebration a little early.
Their celebration came in the form of earning All-American status with a second straight upset, this time the tandem pummeled UVA's fifth-ranked duo of Jarmere Jenkins and Drew Courtney, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday afternoon on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Entering the NCAA Doubles Championship ranked 63rd, the VCU duo has now taken down the two top-15 tandems in the past two days to reach the Elite Eight, which will get underway on Saturday.
In Friday's match against the Cavaliers, Baroz and Heugas jumped on the lead right out of the gates and easily took the first set, 6-2, before completing the straight set sweep with a 6-4 win in the second.
Heugas and Baroz become the eighth All-Americans in the history of the VCU men's tennis program, the first since Arnaud Le Clorec in 2005.
In order to reach the NCAA Semifinals, Heugas and Baroz will have to beat another top-20 opponent in the form of the 17th-ranked pair of Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann of the University of Mississippi.
Trading shot for shot with the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Georgia State women's tennis sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah finished one of the best seasons in school history by bowing out in the 2012 NCAA Singles Championship Round of 16 by a 6-1, 6-4 margin to Allie Will of the University of Florida.
Tere-Apisah finishes 19-2 on the season, a new school record for singles victories in one year. She became the first Georgia State tennis player in school history to win matches at the NCAA Singles Championship and the first tennis player to earn All-America status in school history.
The grueling match on Friday, which featured several long rallies, came down to the wire in the second set. With Will serving, Tere-Apisah faced two match points when the set score was 5-3 and down 40-15 in the game. The Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, native fought off two match points and eventually broke serve to narrow the gap to 5-4.
Down 5-4 but leading 40-30 in the next game, Tere-Apisah appeared to hold her serve with a backhand winner down the line. But a let was called late in the point and it was replayed. The game eventually went to deuce and Will was able to close out a victory on her third match point of the contest.