VCU RACES PAST JAMES MADISON

Score: VCU 4, James Madison 0

Date: April 10, 2018

Location: Harrisonburg, Va. (Hillside Courts)

Records: VCU 13-4, James Madison 17-3

The short story: The middle of the lineup made quick work of in-state rival James Madison, using three straight-set singles victories to power VCU women's tennis to a 4-0 road win.

OPENING SERVE

  • Although they dropped the first match, the Rams clinched the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions.
  • Freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado and sophomore Noumea Witmus notched their ninth win of the year, defeating Elizabeth Norman and Abby Amos 6-3 at No. 1. Junior Anna Rasmussen and freshman Marina Alcaide Bakkari, playing together for the first time, clinched the point with a 6-4 win over Jona Roka and Dylan Owens at No. 3.
  • A pair of freshmen pushed the VCU lead to 3-0. Sofia Sualehe dominated Diane Flament at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-1. Alcaide Bakkari then defeated Roka at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-4.
  • Witmus wrapped up the VCU victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Emma Petersen.

THE RESULTS

Doubles

1. Paola Delgado/Noumea Witmus (VCUW) def. Elizabeth Norman/Abby Amos (JMU) 6-3

2. Anna Makarova/Emma Petersen (JMU) def. Sofia Sualehe/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCUW) 6-2

3. Marina Alcaide/Anna Rasmussen (VCUW) def. Jona Roka/Dylan Owens (JMU) 6-4

Order of Finish: 2,1,3

Singles

1. Elizabeth Norman (JMU) vs. Anna Rasmussen (VCUW) 6-4, 2-5, unfinished

2. Anna Makarova (JMU) vs. Paola Delgado (VCUW) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished

3. Marina Alcaide (VCUW) def. Jona Roka (JMU) 6-1, 6-4

4. Noumea Witmus (VCUW) def. Emma Petersen (JMU) 6-3, 6-4

5. Sofia Sualehe (VCUW) def. Diane Flament (JMU) 6-0, 6-1

6. Kimmy Herrock (JMU) vs. Melissa Ifidzhen (VCUW) 7-6 (7-4), 3-0, unfinished

Order of Finish: 5,3,4

UP NEXT

The Rams face another Colonial Athletic Association opponent on Sunday, traveling to Williamsburg to play William & Mary at 1 p.m.