ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Richmond women's tennis team was not intimidated by four-time defending Atlantic 10 Champion and top-seeded VCU.
The Spiders came out fighting in a nearly four-hour long battle with the Rams, ultimately falling, 4-3, in the A-10 quarterfinal round at the USTA National Campus.
“I couldn't have asked for more from the team today,” head coach Mark Wesselink said. “I'm disappointed, but also excited for their future. To be so close and not win will be a big motivation for them.”
VCU started strong with a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles, but the Spiders rebounded with victories on courts 2 and 3 to take an early 1-0 lead. Dessislava Zlateva and Gaby Rosales took a 6-4 win at No. 2, before Lea Owens and Brittany Boys clinched the point with a 7-5 comeback win on court 3.
Singles play was tight throughout, with three matches going to a decisive third set. Kelsey Williams took a decisive 6-2, 7-5 win over VCU's Gabriela Araujo at No. 5 to tie the match at 2-2, and Kiana Marshall posted a comeback win at No. 4, taking down Berezhnaya 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to tie the match at 3-3.
Zlateva and Rosales battled on their respective courts, but fell just short of overcoming their opponents, both falling in three sets.
The loss ended the 2016-17 season for the Spiders, and the impressive careers of seniors Boys and Williams.