The VCU men’s tennis team kept its string of Atlantic 10 tournament success going Sunday afternoon, clinching a fourth straight tournament title. The Rams beat Richmond 4-0 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. VCU was the tournament’s top seed for the third straight year.
Sunday’s title also marked a second in a row for coach Anthony Rossi, who took over the program in the summer of 2018 for longtime coach Paul Kostin.
Against the Spiders, doubles partners Quentin Couland and Charles Bertimon beat Richmond’s Matt Fernandez and Alex Wernink 6-2, and David Cierny and Lleyton Cronje beat Josh Keitelman and Daniel Kliebhan 6-3 to give the Rams the doubles point.
In singles, VCU’s Inigo Torre Martin beat Wernink 6-1, 6-1; Cronje — No. 80 in the ITA’s Division I singles rankings — took down Fernandez 6-1, 6-3; and Rayane Stable won 6-4, 6-2 against John Walsh to clinch the match.
The Rams swept matches against Saint Joseph’s on Friday and Davidson on Saturday to make the final.
The men’s team’s title came one day after the VCU women’s team won a seventh A-10 title in the last eight years. Combined, the VCU men’s and women’s squads have won 12 of a possible 16 A-10 titles since the school joined the A-10 ahead of the 2012-21 school year.
The women’s and men’s NCAA tournament fields will be announced Monday at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
The men’s and women’s tournaments begin May 17 at the USTA National Campus.
Rams win A-10 women’s track title
VCU reclaimed the Atlantic 10 outdoor women’s track and field title, securing a third A-10 outdoor crown overall for the program. The Rams won the A-10 title in 2016 and 2018. But George Mason won it last in 2019.
This year, though, with a team score of 149 to George Mason’s 123, VCU won it back. The event was hosted by George Mason in Fairfax.
The Rams got first-place finishes from Lauryn Taylor in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.64 and 23.99, respectively. Makayla McGowan took first in the shot put (15.21 meters), and Jocelyn Midkiff in the discus (48.08 meters). Courtney Higgins won the heptathlon with 5,023 points.
On the men’s side, VCU finished third with 114 points, behind Rhode Island (184) and George Mason (157). Ian Davis set two school records, with a time of 13.98 in the 110-meter hurdles, and 51.25 in the 400-meter hurdles. He claimed gold in the 110-meter hurdles and silver in the 400-meter hurdles.
Jaekob Vollbrecht also set a school record in the discus with a gold medal-winning distance of 54.02 meters.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Davis, JeVon Waller, Camron Browne and Justin Wallace took gold in 40.48.