Lady Eagles fall to VCU, 6-1

A Lady Eagle in action against VCU.  Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

A Lady Eagle in action against VCU. Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

The Lady Eagles took a tumble this past Sunday in a match against the #47 ranked VCU. This game makes the third straight match lost against nationally ranked opponents. Members of VCU’s team started winning matches early, with the #3 seed doubles matches with Olga Barscheuskaya and Salome Kvitashvilli beating Winthrop sophomore Ekin Gunaysu and freshman Caitlin Cridland 8-2. VCU also won the #2 seed doubles with Daria Yakauleva and Olga Terteac closing against freshman Alice Garcia and senior Giovanna Portioli 8-3. Josefin Hjertquist and Yukako Noi were defeating senior Yasmine Alkema and junior Andressa Garcia 8-6 when their match was stopped.

In the singles category, Yasmine Alkema, who is ranked 95th, defeated VCU’s 46th ranked Salome Kvitashvilli 6-2, 3-6 and 6-4. The number two seed Andressa Garcia lost to Olga Terteac 5-7, 6-7. The third seed Alice Garcia fell to Yukako Noi 1-6, 5-7, while the number four seed Giovanna Portioli lost to Josefin Hjertquist 4-6, 1-6. Lastly, the number five seed Caitlin Cridland lost to Olga Barscheuskaya 4-6, 6-3. The Lady Eagles will play Wake Forest next Saturday the 9th at 4 p.m.

Source: By Shelby Chiasson chiassons@mytjnow.com