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Monarchs Slam the Rams in Richmond, 4-0

January 30, 2018
By ODU Athletics

RICHMOND, Va. – The Old Dominion women’s tennis team took down VCU (2-2) by a 4-0 score on Tuesday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. With the win, the Monarchs improved to 6-1 on the season and have won their last three in shutout fashion. 

Doubles wins from Nataliia Vlasova/Victoria Olivarez and Adriana Rajkovic/Natalya Malenko gave ODU an early 1-0 advantage.

Senior captain Adriana Rajkovic made it 2-0 with a straight victory over Noumea Witmus (6-3, 6-2) on Court No. 5. ODU freshman Yulia Starodubtseva gave the Monarchs a 3-0 lead after defeating Marina Alcaide Bakari (6-1, 6-3) in No. 3 singles. Nataliia Vlasova sealed the deal for Old Dominion after downing Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado (6-2, 6-2) in No. 2 singles.

Old Dominion will be back in action this Sunday, Feb. 4, when the Monarchs host Charlotte at 10:00 a.m., before taking on Appalachian State at 2:00 p.m. Both matches on Sunday will take place at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center and admission for all is free.

VCU 0      Old Dominion 4

Doubles
1- Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) def. Holly Hutchinson/Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) 6-3
2- Nataliia Vlasova/Victoria Olivarez (ODU) def. Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado/Noumea Witmus (VCU) 6-3
3- Adriana Rajkovic/Natalya Malenko (ODU) def. Marina Alcaide Bakari/Sofia Sualehe (VCU) 6-4

Singles
1- Anna Rasmussen (VCU) vs. Holly Hutchinson (ODU) 6-3, 5-5 DNF (VCU led)
2- Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) def. Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
3- Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. Marina Alcaide Bakari (VCU) 6-1, 6-3
4- Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU) vs. Victoria Olivarez (ODU) 7-6(5), 2-1 DNF (ODU led)
5- Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Noumea Witmus (VCU) 6-3, 6-2
6- Sofia Sualehe (VCU) vs. Louie McLelland (VCU) Did Not Start

Order of finish: Doubles - 1, 2, 3   Singles - 5, 3, 2

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