VCU Wins WTEN Championship
NORFOLK, Va. (April 22, 2012) - In a back-and-forth match that lasted nearly five hours, top-seeded VCU outlasted #3 Georgia State, 4-3, to win the Virginia 529 CAA Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday afternoon at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.
It was the fourth CAA women's tennis title for the Rams, who won their 11th straight match and improved to 21-4 on the season. VCU, which is ranked #43 in the nation, earned the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. Georgia State, which is ranked #63 in the nation, fell to 11-7 following the loss. The Panthers were making their third appearance in the last four years in the CAA championship match.
Georgia State took an early 1-0 lead in the match after claiming the doubles point. VCU's No. 3 tandem of Salome Kvitashvili and Alena Gerasimova rolled past Masa Grgan and Chaimaa Roudami, 8-1, but the Panthers won the other two spots. At No. 1, GSU's Abigail Tere-Apisah and Tereza Lerova topped Alex Bara and Ana Bara, 8-2 and the Panthers' No. 2 duo of Maryna Kozachenko and Whitney Byrd beat Olga Terteac and Daria Yakauleva, 8-4.
In singles, the teams split at the top two positions. VCU picked up a win at No. 2 as Alex Bara beat Lerova, 6-3, 6-1, but Tere-Apisah, the CAA Player of the Year, was a 6-0, 7-5 winner over Ana Bara at No. 1. The Rams pulled ahead 3-2 in the match when Kvitashvili defeated Grgan, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 5 and Josefin Hjertquist rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Roudami at No. 6.
The final two singles matches featured tiebreakers. At No. 3, GSU's Byrd pulled out a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) win over Terteac that evened the competition at 3-3. The title was decided at No. 4, when VCU freshman Alena Gerasimova won a three-set thriller over the Panthers' Maryna Kozachenko, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.
2012 VIRGINIA 529 CAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - Finals
#1 VCU 4, #3 Georgia State 3
#1 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) d. Ana Bara (VCU), 6-0, 7-5
#2 Alex Bara (VCU) d. Tereza Lerova (GSU), 6-3, 6-1
#3 Whitney Byrd (GSU) d. Olga Terteac (VCU), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4)
#4 Alena Gerasimova (VCU) d. Maryna Kozachenko (GSU), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2
#5 Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) d. Masa Grgan (GSU), 7-5, 6-4
#6 Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) d. Chaimaa Roudami (GSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 5, 6, 3, 4
#1 Tere-Apisah/Lerova (GSU) d. Bara/Bara (VCU), 8-2
#2 Kozachenko/Byrd (GSU) d. Terteac/Daria Yakauleva, 8-4
#3 Kvitashvili/Gerasimova (VCU) d. Grgan/Roudami (GSU), 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2