Tennis Finishes Season With A-10 Semifinal Loss To VCU
April 26, 2014
MASON, Ohio - Top-seeded VCU advanced to its second straight Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship Final with a 4-0 win over fifth-seeded UMass Saturday afternoon at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The Rams (11-9) opened their semifinal match by winning the doubles point, starting with an 8-4 No. 2 win by the team of Salome Kvitashvili and Yukako Noi over Aarzoo Malik and Arielle Griffin. Cindy Chala and Ludivine Burguiere then beat Anna Woosley and Jessica Podlofsky at No. 3 singles, 8-4, by winning the final four points to break a 4-4 tie and give VCU the doubles point. Sonia Bokhari and Chanel Glasper rounded out the doubles pairs in the No. 1 spot with a 7-4 unfinished match.
VCU's three singles wins began with Kvitashvili beating Griffin, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 4 spot. Chala then topped Yuliana Motyl 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, followed by Burguiere's 6-3, 6-2 No. 6 win over Podlofsky to clinch the match.
Bokhari, Malik and Woosley also put up strong fights in unfinished singles matches at No. 2, 3 and 5, respectively.
UMass, which pulled off the only upset of the championship to date in its quarterfinal win over No. 4 Richmond, finishes at 13-9 after winning the first two matches of the weekend.
VCU will face the winner of the second semifinal between No. 2 Saint Louis and No. 3 George Washington Sunday at 10:00 am. The winner of the A-10 Championship will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Barscheuskaya/Yakauleva (VCU) vs. Bokhari/Glasper (UM), 7-4 DNF
Kvitashvili /Noi (VCU) def. Malik/Griffin (UM), 8-4
Chala/Burguiere (VCU) def. Woosley/Podlofsky (UM), 8-4
Order of finish: #2, #3