MASON, Ohio – Saint Louis came up short in a bid to win its first-ever league crown Sunday morning, falling 4-0 to top-seeded VCU in the title match of the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Tennis Championship at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Second-seeded Saint Louis, which saw its program-record winning streak halted at 11, finished the season 17-5. The Billikens are A-10 runners-up for a second time in four years (2011), and their 17 victories are the third most in program history. SLU won 16 of its last 18 matches.
VCU, which joined the conference last year, successfully defended its 2013 title. The Rams (12-9) move on to the NCAA Championship.
VCU won the doubles point with victories at the top two positions. Olga Barscheuskaya and Daria Yakauleva defeated Stephanie Hollis and Brooke Urzendowski 8-1 at No. 1, while Salome Kvitashvili and Yukako Noi topped Aspen Cervin and Madison Cook 8-2 at No. 2.Barscheuskaya’s 6-0, 6-0 win over Maria Toro at No. 5 doubled VCU’s lead, and Ludivine Burguiere defeated Cook 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 to put the Rams one point away. A 6-1, 6-2 victory by Kvitashvili over Urzendowski at No. 4 gave VCU the championship.