VCU NIPS DEFENDING CHAMPS, HEADS TO A-10 TITLE MATCH

Atlantic 10 Conference Semifinals
Score: #3 VCU 4, #2 George Washington 3
Location: Orlando, Fla. (USTA National Campus)
Records: VCU 13-11, George Washington 17-7

The short story: Sophomore Vitor Lima grinded out a three-set victory on the No. 4 court to complete a VCU rally and send the Rams back to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Match. VCU will meet top-seeded Richmond Sunday at 2 p.m. in Orlando for the title. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
 
FIRST SERVE
  • VCU trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in the match, but Lima and freshman Ignacio Rivero Crespo completed dramatic wins on the No. 4 and 5 courts, respectively, to give the Rams the win.
  • The triumph allowed the Rams to exact a measure of revenge on George Washington. The Colonials defeated VCU in last year's A-10 Championship match. George Washington had won three straight A-10 titles.
  • Lima has now won both of his A-10 Tournament singles matches. On Saturday, he earned a hard-fought, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 triumph over Christos Hadjigeorgiou.
  • VCU also received singles wins on the No. 2 court from senior Marten Jonsson and from Javier Amantegui at the No. 6 position.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • VCU will head into Sunday's match in search of its second A-10 Championship and first since 2013. The Rams have won 17 conference titles in 27 seasons under Coach Paul Kostin.
  • Saturday's win was VCU's second straight by a 4-3 margin. On Friday, Crespo earned the clinching victory over Saint Louis on the No. 5 court.
RESULTS
#3 VCU 4, #2 GEORGE WASHINGTON 3
Singles
1. Julius Tverijonas (GW) def. Daryl Monfils, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
2. Marten Jonsson (VCU) def. Christopher Fletcher, 7-6(9), 6-3
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Arvid Noren, 6-1, 6-2
4. Vitor Lima (VCU) def. Christos Hadjigeorgiou, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
5. Ignacio Rivero Crespo (VCU) def. Dennis Afanasev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Javier Amantegui (VCU) def. William Tutecky, 6-2, 7-6
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 2, 1, 5, 4
 
Doubles
1. Julius Tverijonas/Christopher Fletcher (GW) vs. Daryl Monfils/Marten Jonsson, 4-4, DNF
2. Christos Hadjigeorgiou/Fernando Sala (GW) def. Vitor Lima/Arvid Noren, 6-4
3. Chris Reynolds/Jakub Behun (GW) def. Javier Amantegui/Louis Ishizaka, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2