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Colleges roundup: VCU tennis teams fall in NCAAs
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Colleges roundup: VCU tennis teams fall in NCAAs

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VCU’s Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado has found renewed enjoyment and confidence after the 2020 stoppage. “Now when I’m playing, and it’s not going the way I want, I just have faith in myself,” she said. “I believe in myself.”

Both the men’s and women’s VCU tennis teams fell in their opening-round NCAA tournament matchups on Friday, with the men falling 4-1 to Ohio State in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the women losing to N.C. State 4-0 in Raleigh, N.C.

The lone point came in a singles victory from Rayane Stable in the men’s No. 4 match. He defeated Ohio State’s Justin Boulais 6-4, 6-1. The No. 3 men’s doubles team of Charles Bertimon and Quintin Coulaud earned a 6-3 win, but the Rams’ other two doubles pairs lost, including the 81st-ranked tandem of Stable and Inigo Torre Martin, who fell 7-5.

The women couldn’t take a set or match off of the host Wolfpack, but No. 3 doubles pair Alessia Ciucal and Shivani Manjanna were winning 4-3 before the other doubles results nullified the need for that match to continue. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado was down in the second set in a matchup against sixth-ranked Anna Rogers. The unfinished result maintains the Ram’s 14-match win streak to end her senior season.

Old Dominion advanced in the first round of the women’s tournament with a 4-2 win over Arkansas. The Monarchs face top-ranked UNC at 4 p.m. Saturday. James Madison’s women fell 4-0 to Tennessee.

The Virginia Tech men play their first-round matchup against Texas Tech at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Baseball

VCU 14, Saint Louis 6: The Rams exploded for 10 runs in the second inning en route to a rout in Game 1 of a seven-inning doubleheader in Saint Louis, Mo., on Friday.

The Rams (29-14) collected six doubles and a home run in a 15-hit performance. Five of the doubles and the solo home run from Hunter Vay came in the second-inning barrage.

Steven Carpenter led the hit parade with three. Five different Rams drove in two runs.

Three players homered for the Billikens (15-25).

Dayton 8, Richmond 3: Jordan Schulefand and Jared Sprague-Lott homered, but the Spiders couldn’t keep up with the Flyers at Pitt Field.

Richmond (16-9, 2-3 Atlantic 10) outhit visiting Dayton (15-23, 5-4) 11-10.

Riley Tirotta and Mitchell Garrity homered for the Flyers.

Aiden Mathes (2-1) took the loss for UR, allowing six runs (five earned) over 6⅓ innings. He struck out nine and walked three.

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