VCU Vs. South Alabama - M 6-1, W - 2-5

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STREAKING RAMS SCOOP FOURTH STRAIGHT, 6-1
4-11-09

NORFOLK, Va. – With the postseason looming, Virginia Commonwealth University seems to have found its stride at the right time.

The Rams nabbed their fourth consecutive victory Saturday, cruising past South Alabama, 6-1. VCU improves to 15-8 on the year, while the Jaguars drop to 10-11.

Despite the lob-sided final score, the match was hotly contested. Five of the six singles contests reached a third set. However, the Rams prevailed in four of those five deciding sets.

Senior Emil Lindgren (pictured, above) helped lead the way. He was one of five Rams to pick up both singles and doubles victories. After dropping a 6-1 decision to Leon Dominguez in the first set on the No. 3 court, Lindgren rallied for consecutive 7-5 triumphs in the second and third stanzas. Lindgren is 16-8 this season.

Additionally, the senior from Stocksund, Sweden earned his 54th career doubles victory, moving him into a tie for ninth place on VCU’s all-time list.

Senior Martin Schulhauser (pictured, left), sophomore Bobo Delemark and freshmen Benjamin Bouhana and Filip Svensson also collected both singles and doubles wins.

VCU returns to action April 16-19 at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Norfolk, Va. Seedings for the tournament will be released later this week. The Rams have won 11 of the last 13 CAA crowns.

VCU 6, South Alabama 1
April 11, 2009 (Norfolk, Va.)
Doubles
1. #72 Benjamin Bouhana/Emil Lindgren (VCU) def. Romain Bocaert/Hanno Bartsch, 8-5
2. Thibaut Charron/Bobo Delemark (VCU) def. Leo Dominguez/Dauw Kruger, 8-5
3. Martin Schulhauser/Filip Svensson (VCU) def. Aaron Krisan/Marek Sramek, 8-5
Order of finish: 1,2,3
Singles
1. Marek Sramek (USAM) def. Thibaut Charron, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
2. Martin Schulhauser (VCU) def. Romain Bocaert, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Emil Lindgren (VCU) def. Leo Dominguez, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
4. Benjamin Bouhana (VCU) def. Aaron Krisan, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
5. Filip Svensson (VCU) def. Hanno Bartsch, 6-2, 6-2
6. Bobo Delemark (VCU) def. Dauw Kruger, 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (12-10)
Order of finish: 5,4,2,1,3,6

Records:
VCU 15-8; South Alabama 10-11

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BURNS, LEONCHUK NOT ENOUGH FOR VCU
4-11-09

NORFOLK, Va. – Sophomore Laura Burns (pictured, above) won her team-leading 21st match, but Virginia Commonwealth University fell to South Alabama Saturday, 5-2.

VCU has lost two straight to slip to 16-8. South Alabama is 12-3.

Burns improved her singles record to 21-5 this season when she rolled past Michaela Babicova, 6-4, 6-2 on the No. 2 court. Burns is 18-5 this year in dual matches.

In addition, junior Olena Leonchuk (pictured, right) became the third Ram to win 20 singles matches this year when she picked up a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Parija Maloo at the No. 4 position. Leonchuk is 20-3 overall and has won 14 consecutive matches.

VCU will return to action April 16-19 when it participates in the 2009 CAA Championships in Norfolk, Va. Pairings for the tournament will be released later this week.

South Alabama 5, VCU 2
April 11, 2009 (Norfolk, Va.)
Doubles
1. Michaela Babicova/Sylvanie Spangenberg (USA) def. Ana Bara/Laura Burns, 8-3
2. Erica Krisan/Katie Welch (USA) def. Alex Bara/Olena Leonchuk, 8-6
3. Parija Maloo/Alina Volman (USA) def. Mihaela Bunea/Lisa Dyke, 8-1
Order of finish: 1,3,2
Singles
1. Erica Krisan (USA) def. Ana Bara, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2. Laura Burns (VCU) def. Michaela Babicova, 6-4, 6-2
3. Katie Welch (USA) def. Alex Bara, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
4. Olena Leonchuk (VCU) def. Parija Maloo, 6-4, 6-3
5. Sylvanie Spangenberg (USA) def. Mihaela Bunea, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
6. Alina Volman (USA) def. Lisa Dyke, 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,2,4,5,3,1

Records:
VCU 16-8; South Alabama 12-3
 
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