By: Jaron Nutter

The VCU women’s tennis team were defeated by Syracuse on Monday, 2-4 in Richmond. Both teams entered the game 1-0 after winning their season openers. 

The Rams got off to a good start after Junior Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Senior Noumea Witmus defeated Syracuse’s Sofya Golubovskaya and Zeynep Erman, 6-1, in doubles. The Orange responded when the team of Sofya Treshcheva and Kim Hansen defeated the Rams’ Freshman duo of Gabriela Ana-Maria Davidescu and Luminita Tutunaru, 6-1. Syracuse finished the doubles victory as Miranda Ramirez and Guzal Yusupova defeated the Junior duo of Melissa Ifidzhen and Kanako Yano, 7-6.

In singles, Diaz Delgado notched another victory after defeating Yusupova, 6-3, 6-1. The Orange regained the lead after Treshcheva beat Yano, 6-3, 6-2. Syracuse extended their lead after Hansen defeated Ifidzhen, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. The Rams bounced back after Davidescu took down Golubovskaya, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Orange finished the win after Ramirez defeated Tutunaru, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

The Rams fall to 1-1 as Syracuse improves to 2-0. The Rams will look to bounce back against East Carolina on Friday, January 24 in Richmond.

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